History, 1838–1856, volume B-1 [1 September 1834–2 November 1838]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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the midst of a wicked and perverse generation, and exposed to <​January 1.​> all the afflictions, temptations and misery that are incident to human life, for which I feel to humble myself in dust and ashes, as it were before the Lord: but notwithstanding the gratitude that fills my heart on retrospecting the past year, and the multiplied blessings that have crowned our heads, my heart is pained within me because of the difficulty that exists in my father’s family. The devil has made a violent attack on <​my​> and Br. and the powers of darkness seem to lower over their minds, and not only theirs, but cast a gloomy shade over the minds of my brothers and sisters, which prevents them from seeing things as they really are, and the powers of earth and hell seem combined to overthrow us and the church by causing a division in the family; and indeed the adversary is bringing into requisition all his subtlety to prevent the saints from being endowed, by causing a division among the twelve; also among the seventy; and bickerings and jealousies among the elders and official members of the church, and so the leaven of iniquity [HC 2:352] foments and spreads among the members of the church. But I am determined that nothing on my part shall be lacking to adjust and amicably dispose of and settle all family difficulties <​on​> this day, that the ensueing year and years be they many or few, may be spent in righteousness before God. And I know that the cloud will burst, and satans kingdom will be laid in ruins with all his black designs, and the saints come forth like gold seven times tried in the fire, being made perfect through sufferings and temptations, and the blessings of heaven and earth multiplied upon our heads which may God grant for Christs sake; Amen.
came to my house, also and uncle , and went into a room by ourselves, in company with and Elder . then opened our interview by prayer, after which he expressed his feelings on the occasion in a very feeling and pathetic manner, even with all the sympathy of a father, whose feelings were deeply wounded on the account of the difficulty that was existing in the family, and while he addressed us the Spirit of God rested down upon us in mighty power, and our hearts were melted.
made an humble confession, and asked my forgiveness for the abuse he had offered me, and wherein I had been out of the way I asked his forgiveness, and the Spirit of confession and forgiveness was mutual among us all; and we covenanted with each other in the sight of God, and the holy Angels, and the brethren, to strive hence forward to build each other up in righteousness, in all things, and not listen to evil reports concerning each other, but, like brethren indeed go to each other, with our grievances in the spirit of meekness, and be reconciled, [p. 677]
the midst of a wicked and perverse generation, and exposed to January 1. all the afflictions, temptations and misery that are incident to human life, for which I feel to humble myself in dust and ashes, as it were before the Lord: but notwithstanding the gratitude that fills my heart on retrospecting the past year, and the multiplied blessings that have crowned our heads, my heart is pained within me because of the difficulty that exists in my father’s family. The devil has made a violent attack on my and and the powers of darkness seem to lower over their minds, and not only theirs, but cast a gloomy shade over the minds of my brothers and sisters, which prevents them from seeing things as they really are, and the powers of earth and hell seem combined to overthrow us and the church by causing a division in the family; and indeed the adversary is bringing into requisition all his subtlety to prevent the saints from being endowed, by causing a division among the twelve; also among the seventy; and bickerings and jealousies among the elders and official members of the church, and so the leaven of iniquity [HC 2:352] foments and spreads among the members of the church. But I am determined that nothing on my part shall be lacking to adjust and amicably dispose of and settle all family difficulties on this day, that the ensueing year and years be they many or few, may be spent in righteousness before God. And I know that the cloud will burst, and satans kingdom will be laid in ruins with all his black designs, and the saints come forth like gold seven times tried in the fire, being made perfect through sufferings and temptations, and the blessings of heaven and earth multiplied upon our heads which may God grant for Christs sake; Amen.
came to my house, also and uncle , and went into a room by ourselves, in company with and Elder . then opened our interview by prayer, after which he expressed his feelings on the occasion in a very feeling and pathetic manner, even with all the sympathy of a father, whose feelings were deeply wounded on the account of the difficulty that was existing in the family, and while he addressed us the Spirit of God rested down upon us in mighty power, and our hearts were melted.
made an humble confession, and asked my forgiveness for the abuse he had offered me, and wherein I had been out of the way I asked his forgiveness, and the Spirit of confession and forgiveness was mutual among us all; and we covenanted with each other in the sight of God, and the holy Angels, and the brethren, to strive hence forward to build each other up in righteousness, in all things, and not listen to evil reports concerning each other, but, like brethren indeed go to each other, with our grievances in the spirit of meekness, and be reconciled, [p. 677]
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