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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee. <​January.​> For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and wood brass, and for stones iron: I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness” Also 62nd Chapter 1st verses, “For Zion’s sake I will not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth. J. Smith Jnr.. [HC 2:473]
22 December 1836 • Thursday
<​Minutes of a Conference of the 22d of Dec 1836​> In the same number of the Messenger and Advocate was published the
“Minutes of a conference, held in the , on the 22nd. of December, 1836. The authorities of the church being present; viz: the first Presidency, the High council of , the quorum of the Twelve, the Presidents of the Seventies, the President of the elders and his Counsellors, and many other official members, such as priests Teachers, Deacons, &c.:— The house was called to order, and the following motions were made, seconded, and carried by the unanimous voice of the Assembly.
1st. That it has been the case that a very improper an[d] unchristian-like course of conduct has been pursued, by the elders of this church, and the churches abroad, in sending their poor from among them, and moving to this place, without the necessary means of subsistence; whereas the church in this place being poor from the beginning, having had to pay an extortionate price for their lands, provisions, &c.; and having a serious burthen imposed imposed upon them by comers and goers from most parts of the world, and in assisting the traveling Elders and their [HC 2:468] families, while they themselves have been laboring in the vineyard of the Lord, to preach the gospel; and also having suffered great loss in endeavoring to benefit Zion; it has become a serious matter, which ought to be considered by us.— Therefore, after deliberate discussion upon the subject, it was motioned, seconded and unanimously carried, that we have borne our part of this burthen, and that it becomes the duty. henceforth. of all the churches abroad, to provide for those who are objects of charity, that are not able to provide for themselves; and not send them from their midst, to burthen the church in this place, unless they come and prepare a place for them, and means for their support.
2nd. That there be a stop put to churches or families gathering or moving to this place, without their first coming or sending their wise men, to prepare a place for them, as our houses are all full, and our lands mostly occupied, except those houses that do not belong to the church, which cannot be obtained without great sacrifice, especially when brethren with their families, are crowding in upon us, and are compelled to purchase at any rate; and consequently are thrown into the hands of speculators, and extortioners, with which the Lord is not well pleased. Also that the churches abroad do according to the Revelation contained in the Book of Commandments, page 238, commencing at Section 10, which is as follows:— Now verily, I say unto you, let all the churches gather together all their money’s; let these things be done in their time, be not in haste; and observe to have all these things prepared before you. And let honorable men be appointed, even wise men, and send them to purchase these lands; and every church in the eastern countries when they are built up, if they will hearken unto this counsel, they may buy lands and gather together upon them, and in this way they may establish Zion.
, Clerk. Joseph Smith, chairman.
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thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee. January. For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and wood brass, and for stones iron: I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness” Also 62nd Chapter 1st verses, “For Zion’s sake I will not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth. J. Smith Jnr.. [HC 2:473]
22 December 1836 • Thursday
Minutes of a Conference of the 22d of Dec 1836 In the same number of the Messenger and Advocate was published the
“Minutes of a conference, held in the , on the 22nd. of December, 1836. The authorities of the church being present; viz: the first Presidency, the High council of , the quorum of the Twelve, the Presidents of the Seventies, the President of the elders and his Counsellors, and many other official members, such as priests Teachers, Deacons, &c.:— The house was called to order, and the following motions were made, seconded, and carried by the unanimous voice of the Assembly.
1st. That it has been the case that a very improper and unchristian-like course of conduct has been pursued, by the elders of this church, and the churches abroad, in sending their poor from among them, and moving to this place, without the necessary means of subsistence; whereas the church in this place being poor from the beginning, having had to pay an extortionate price for their lands, provisions, &c.; and having a serious burthen imposed imposed upon them by comers and goers from most parts of the world, and in assisting the traveling Elders and their [HC 2:468] families, while they themselves have been laboring in the vineyard of the Lord, to preach the gospel; and also having suffered great loss in endeavoring to benefit Zion; it has become a serious matter, which ought to be considered by us.— Therefore, after deliberate discussion upon the subject, it was motioned, seconded and unanimously carried, that we have borne our part of this burthen, and that it becomes the duty. henceforth. of all the churches abroad, to provide for those who are objects of charity, that are not able to provide for themselves; and not send them from their midst, to burthen the church in this place, unless they come and prepare a place for them, and means for their support.
2nd. That there be a stop put to churches or families gathering or moving to this place, without their first coming or sending their wise men, to prepare a place for them, as our houses are all full, and our lands mostly occupied, except those houses that do not belong to the church, which cannot be obtained without great sacrifice, especially when brethren with their families, are crowding in upon us, and are compelled to purchase at any rate; and consequently are thrown into the hands of speculators, and extortioners, with which the Lord is not well pleased. Also that the churches abroad do according to the Revelation contained in the Book of Commandments, page 238, commencing at Section 10, which is as follows:— Now verily, I say unto you, let all the churches gather together all their money’s; let these things be done in their time, be not in haste; and observe to have all these things prepared before you. And let honorable men be appointed, even wise men, and send them to purchase these lands; and every church in the eastern countries when they are built up, if they will hearken unto this counsel, they may buy lands and gather together upon them, and in this way they may establish Zion.
, Clerk. Joseph Smith, chairman.
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