History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​April 6​> Resolved. That the Macclesfield conference include Macclesfield, Northwich, Middlewich, and Lostock. That Edinburgh Conference include Edinburgh and vicinity— That Glasgow Conference, include Glasgow, Paisley, Bridge of Weir, Johnston, and Thorny bank— That , preside over the Edinburgh Conference— That J<​ohn​> Greenhow preside over the Conference— That Thomas Ward preside over the Clitheroe Conference— That preside over the Conference– That J<​as.​> Gally preside over the Macclesfield Conference— That preside over the Staffordshire Conference— That James Riley be ordained a High Priest and preside over the Birmingham Conference— That J. Mc.Auley preside over the Glasgow Conference— That Thomas Richardson preside over the Gadfield Elm Conference— That Wm. Kay preside over the Froomes Hill Conference— That have the superintendance of the Garway Conference— [HC 4:333] That P. Melling preside over the Conference— That J. Sanders preside over the Brampton Conference— Adjourned till seven o’clock
Met pursuant to adjournment, commenced by singing “When shall we all meet again”, and prayer. The Patriarch P. Melling was then called upon to pronounce a Patriarchal blessing upon the head of John Albertson, previous to his being ordained to the office of Patriarch— Laying his hands upon him he blessed him in the following words
“John, I lay my hands upon thy head, in the name of Jesus Christ; and by the authority of the Holy Priesthood committed unto me, I pronounce upon thy head the blessings of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and I say unto thee, that inasmuch as it is in thy heart to do the will of the Lord, thou shalt be blessed, and the desires of thy heart shall be granted thee; and the Lord God will enlarge thy heart; and inasmuch as thou wilt be humble and faithful before the Lord in thy calling, even that of a Patriarch, thou shalt be blessed, strengthened, and have great wisdom and understanding, Thy bowels shall be filled with compassion for the widow and fatherless; and I pray that our Father in heaven will take thee into his own care, and as he feels for thy welfare, thou shalt be made strong in faith, and the Lord shall bless thee and open thy understanding. Thou shalt know the doctrine of Jesus Christ, and the mysteries of heaven shall be opened to thy mind— Thou shalt also have the gift of Prophecy and Revelation, and thou shalt predict those things that shall take place to the latest generation. I pray that our Father in heaven may confer these blessings upon thy head: yea, thou shalt be a mighty man, if thou wilt be a faithful man, and a humble man, so that thou mayest be an ornament to thy calling, and a blessing to thy posterity: Yea thy posterity shall be blessed, and they shall become mighty upon the earth, and become blessed, inasmuch as thou wilt be faithful in all things, and watch unto prayer. Thou shalt finally overcome and be lifted up on high, and inherit the mansions prepared for thee in the kingdom of our God. Thou art of the blood of Ephraim; and I seal these blessings upon thy head in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen and Amen”
The <​Apostles​> then laid hands on J<​ohn​> Albertson, and ordained him to the office of Patriarch. The ordinations of the High Priests then took place; but from the pressure of business it was directed that the High Priests who were present should retire to the vestry, with those who were to be ordained Elders, and there ordain them at the same <​time​> that the ordinations of the High Priests were proceeding— Several appropriate discourses were delivered by different members [HC 4:334] of the <​Twelve Apostles​> in relation to the duties of the officers in their respective callings, and the duties and privileges of the members; also on the prosperity of the work in general: A very richly ornamented cake, a present from , from Elder Adams’ wife to the Twelve, was then exhibited to the meeting— This was blessed by them, and distributed to all the officers and members, and the whole congregation, consisting perhaps of seven hundred people; a large fragment was still preserved for some who were not present. during the distribution several very appropriate hymns were sung, and a powerful and general feeling of delight universally pervaded the meeting. While this was proceeding. Elder composed and handed over to the Clerk the following lines, which the Clerk then read to the meeting.
When in far distant regions When sinking in sorrow,
As strangers we roam,Fresh courage we’ll take,
Far away from our Country,As we think on our friends,
Our friends and our home.And remember the Cake.
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April 6 Resolved. That the Macclesfield conference include Macclesfield, Northwich, Middlewich, and Lostock. That Edinburgh Conference include Edinburgh and vicinity— That Glasgow Conference, include Glasgow, Paisley, Bridge of Weir, Johnston, and Thorny bank— That , preside over the Edinburgh Conference— That John Greenhow preside over the Conference— That Thomas Ward preside over the Clitheroe Conference— That preside over the Conference– That Jas. Gally preside over the Macclesfield Conference— That preside over the Staffordshire Conference— That James Riley be ordained a High Priest and preside over the Birmingham Conference— That J. Mc.Auley preside over the Glasgow Conference— That Thomas Richardson preside over the Gadfield Elm Conference— That Wm. Kay preside over the Froomes Hill Conference— That have the superintendance of the Garway Conference— [HC 4:333] That P. Melling preside over the Conference— That J. Sanders preside over the Brampton Conference— Adjourned till seven o’clock
Met pursuant to adjournment, commenced by singing “When shall we all meet again”, and prayer. The Patriarch P. Melling was then called upon to pronounce a Patriarchal blessing upon the head of John Albertson, previous to his being ordained to the office of Patriarch— Laying his hands upon him he blessed him in the following words
“John, I lay my hands upon thy head, in the name of Jesus Christ; and by the authority of the Holy Priesthood committed unto me, I pronounce upon thy head the blessings of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and I say unto thee, that inasmuch as it is in thy heart to do the will of the Lord, thou shalt be blessed, and the desires of thy heart shall be granted thee; and the Lord God will enlarge thy heart; and inasmuch as thou wilt be humble and faithful before the Lord in thy calling, even that of a Patriarch, thou shalt be blessed, strengthened, and have great wisdom and understanding, Thy bowels shall be filled with compassion for the widow and fatherless; and I pray that our Father in heaven will take thee into his own care, and as he feels for thy welfare, thou shalt be made strong in faith, and the Lord shall bless thee and open thy understanding. Thou shalt know the doctrine of Jesus Christ, and the mysteries of heaven shall be opened to thy mind— Thou shalt also have the gift of Prophecy and Revelation, and thou shalt predict those things that shall take place to the latest generation. I pray that our Father in heaven may confer these blessings upon thy head: yea, thou shalt be a mighty man, if thou wilt be a faithful man, and a humble man, so that thou mayest be an ornament to thy calling, and a blessing to thy posterity: Yea thy posterity shall be blessed, and they shall become mighty upon the earth, and become blessed, inasmuch as thou wilt be faithful in all things, and watch unto prayer. Thou shalt finally overcome and be lifted up on high, and inherit the mansions prepared for thee in the kingdom of our God. Thou art of the blood of Ephraim; and I seal these blessings upon thy head in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen and Amen”
The Apostles then laid hands on John Albertson, and ordained him to the office of Patriarch. The ordinations of the High Priests then took place; but from the pressure of business it was directed that the High Priests who were present should retire to the vestry, with those who were to be ordained Elders, and there ordain them at the same time that the ordinations of the High Priests were proceeding— Several appropriate discourses were delivered by different members [HC 4:334] of the Twelve Apostles in relation to the duties of the officers in their respective callings, and the duties and privileges of the members; also on the prosperity of the work in general: A very richly ornamented cake, a present from , from Elder Adams’ wife to the Twelve, was then exhibited to the meeting— This was blessed by them, and distributed to all the officers and members, and the whole congregation, consisting perhaps of seven hundred people; a large fragment was still preserved for some who were not present. during the distribution several very appropriate hymns were sung, and a powerful and general feeling of delight universally pervaded the meeting. While this was proceeding. Elder composed and handed over to the Clerk the following lines, which the Clerk then read to the meeting.
When in far distant regions When sinking in sorrow,
As strangers we roam,Fresh courage we’ll take,
Far away from our Country,As we think on our friends,
Our friends and our home.And remember the Cake.
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