History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 Addenda

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​1842 May 26​> of neglecting the duties devolving upon themselves,— envious towards the innocent, while they afflict the virtuous with their shafts of envy.
There is another error which opens a door for the adversary to enter. As females possess refined feelings and sensitiveness, they are also subject to an over much zeal, which must ever prove dangerous, and cause them to be rigid in a religious capacity— should be armed with mercy, notwithstanding the iniquity among us. Said he had been instrumental in bringing iniquity to light— it was melancholy and awful that so many should place themselves under the condemnation of the devil, and going to perdition,— with deep feeling said that they are fellow mortals— we loved them once, shall we not encourage them to reformation? We have not forgiven them seventy times seven <​as our Savior directed​>— perhaps we have not forgiven them once. There is now a day of salvation to such as repent and reform— they should be cast out from this society; yet we should woo them to return to God, lest they escape not the damnation of hell!— Where there is a mountain top, there is also a valley— we should act in all things on a proper medium to every immortal spirit— Notwithstanding the unworthy are among us, the virtuous should not from self importance grieve and oppress needlessly, those unfortunate ones— even these should be encouraged to hereafter live to be honored by this Society, who are the best portions of community. Said he had two things to recommend to the members of this Society— to put a double watch over the tongue: no organized body can exist without this at all. All organized bodies have their peculiar evils, weaknesses and difficulties— the object is to make those not so good reform and return to the path of virtue that they may be numbered with the good; and even hold the keys of power, which will influence to virtue and goodness,— should chasten and reprove, and keep it all in silence, not even mention them again; then you will be established in power, virtue and holiness, and the wrath of God will be turned away. I have one request to make to the President and members of the Society, that you search yourselves— the tongue is an unruly member— hold your tongues about things of no moment— a little tale will set the world on fire. At this time the truth on the guilty should not be told openly,— strange as this may seem, yet this is policy. We must use precaution in bringing sinners to justice, lest in exposing these heinous sins we draw [p. 72]
1842 May 26 of neglecting the duties devolving upon themselves,— envious towards the innocent, while they afflict the virtuous with their shafts of envy.
There is another error which opens a door for the adversary to enter. As females possess refined feelings and sensitiveness, they are also subject to an over much zeal, which must ever prove dangerous, and cause them to be rigid in a religious capacity— should be armed with mercy, notwithstanding the iniquity among us. Said he had been instrumental in bringing iniquity to light— it was melancholy and awful that so many should place themselves under the condemnation of the devil, and going to perdition,— with deep feeling said that they are fellow mortals— we loved them once, shall we not encourage them to reformation? We have not forgiven them seventy times seven as our Savior directed— perhaps we have not forgiven them once. There is now a day of salvation to such as repent and reform— they should be cast out from this society; yet we should woo them to return to God, lest they escape not the damnation of hell!— Where there is a mountain top, there is also a valley— we should act in all things on a proper medium to every immortal spirit— Notwithstanding the unworthy are among us, the virtuous should not from self importance grieve and oppress needlessly, those unfortunate ones— even these should be encouraged to hereafter live to be honored by this Society, who are the best portions of community. Said he had two things to recommend to the members of this Society— to put a double watch over the tongue: no organized body can exist without this at all. All organized bodies have their peculiar evils, weaknesses and difficulties— the object is to make those not so good reform and return to the path of virtue that they may be numbered with the good; and even hold the keys of power, which will influence to virtue and goodness,— should chasten and reprove, and keep it all in silence, not even mention them again; then you will be established in power, virtue and holiness, and the wrath of God will be turned away. I have one request to make to the President and members of the Society, that you search yourselves— the tongue is an unruly member— hold your tongues about things of no moment— a little tale will set the world on fire. At this time the truth on the guilty should not be told openly,— strange as this may seem, yet this is policy. We must use precaution in bringing sinners to justice, lest in exposing these heinous sins we draw [p. 72]
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