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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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which he needs as a minister of righteousness, and to magnify [HC 2:191] <​February 21​> the Apostleship whereunto he is called. May a double portion of that Spirit which was communicated to the Disciples of our Lord and Savior to lead them into all truth, rest down upon him, and go with him where he goes, that nothing shall prevail against him that he may be delivered from prisons, from the power of his enemies, and from the adversary of all righteousness. May he be able to mount up on wings as an eagle, to run and not be weary, to walk and not faint. May he have great wisdom and inteligence and be able to lead thine Elect through this thorny maze Let sickness and death have no power over him. Let him be equal with his brethren in bringing many sons and daughters to glory and many nations to a knowledge of the truth. Great blessings shall rest upon thee. Thy faith shall increase. Thou shalt have great power to prevail. The veil of the heavens shall be roled up: thou shalt be permitted to gaze within it, and receive instruction from on high. No arm that is formed and lifted against thee, shall prosper, no power shall prevail, for thou shalt have power with God, and shall proclaim his gospel. Thou wilt be afflicted but thou shalt be delivered, and conquer all thy foes. Thine office shall never be taken from thee. Thou shalt be called great. Angels shall carry thee from place, <​to place.​> Thy sins are forgiven, and thy name written in the Lamb’s book of life; even so, Amen.
<​Charge, by . to .​> I am aware, Dear , that the mind naturally claims something new, but the same thing, rehearsed frequently, profits us. You will have the same difficulties to encounter, in fulfilling this ministry that the ancient Apostles had. You have enlisted in a cause that requires your whole attention, you ought, therefore, to count the cost, and become a polished shaft, you must be sensible, requires the labor of years; and your station requires a perfect polish. It is required not merely to travel a few miles in this country, but in distant countries. You must endure much labor, much toil, and many privations to become perfectly polished. Your calling is not like that of the husbandman to cultivate a stinted portion of the planet on which we dwell, and when heaven has given the former and the Latter rain, and mellow autumn ripened his fruits, gather it in and congratulate himself for a season, in the remission of his toils, while he anticipated his winter evenings of relaxation and fireside enjoyments.
But, Dear , it is far otherwise with you. Your labor must be incessant, and your toil great. You must go forth and labor till the great work is done. It will require a series of years to accomplish it: But you will have this pleasing consolation, that your Heavenly Father requires it, the field is his the work is his, and he will not [HC 2:192] only cheer you, animate you, and buoy you up in your pilgrimage, in [p. 569]
which he needs as a minister of righteousness, and to magnify [HC 2:191] February 21 the Apostleship whereunto he is called. May a double portion of that Spirit which was communicated to the Disciples of our Lord and Savior to lead them into all truth, rest down upon him, and go with him where he goes, that nothing shall prevail against him that he may be delivered from prisons, from the power of his enemies, and from the adversary of all righteousness. May he be able to mount up on wings as an eagle, to run and not be weary, to walk and not faint. May he have great wisdom and inteligence and be able to lead thine Elect through this thorny maze Let sickness and death have no power over him. Let him be equal with his brethren in bringing many sons and daughters to glory and many nations to a knowledge of the truth. Great blessings shall rest upon thee. Thy faith shall increase. Thou shalt have great power to prevail. The veil of the heavens shall be roled up: thou shalt be permitted to gaze within it, and receive instruction from on high. No arm that is formed and lifted against thee, shall prosper, no power shall prevail, for thou shalt have power with God, and shall proclaim his gospel. Thou wilt be afflicted but thou shalt be delivered, and conquer all thy foes. Thine office shall never be taken from thee. Thou shalt be called great. Angels shall carry thee from place, to place. Thy sins are forgiven, and thy name written in the Lamb’s book of life; even so, Amen.
Charge, by . to . I am aware, Dear , that the mind naturally claims something new, but the same thing, rehearsed frequently, profits us. You will have the same difficulties to encounter, in fulfilling this ministry that the ancient Apostles had. You have enlisted in a cause that requires your whole attention, you ought, therefore, to count the cost, and become a polished shaft, you must be sensible, requires the labor of years; and your station requires a perfect polish. It is required not merely to travel a few miles in this country, but in distant countries. You must endure much labor, much toil, and many privations to become perfectly polished. Your calling is not like that of the husbandman to cultivate a stinted portion of the planet on which we dwell, and when heaven has given the former and the Latter rain, and mellow autumn ripened his fruits, gather it in and congratulate himself for a season, in the remission of his toils, while he anticipated his winter evenings of relaxation and fireside enjoyments.
But, Dear , it is far otherwise with you. Your labor must be incessant, and your toil great. You must go forth and labor till the great work is done. It will require a series of years to accomplish it: But you will have this pleasing consolation, that your Heavenly Father requires it, the field is his the work is his, and he will not [HC 2:192] only cheer you, animate you, and buoy you up in your pilgrimage, in [p. 569]
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