History, 1838–1856, volume D-1 [1 August 1842–1 July 1843]

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<​April 6​> Third, the elders will have the privilege of appeals from the different conferences, to this, if any such cases exist. These are the principle items of business which I have at present to lay before you. This is not a general, but an annual conference.
It is necessary that this conference give importance to the . A prejudice exists against building it in favor of the , and the conference is required to give stress to the building of the . This is the most important matter for the time being, for there is no place in this , where men of wealth, character and influence from abroad, can go to repose themselves, and it is necessary we should have such a place. The church must build it, or abide the result of not fulfilling the commandment.
President Joseph then asked the conference if they were satisfied with the First Presidency, so far as he was concerned, as an individual, to preside over the whole church; or would they have another? If, said he, I have done any thing to injure my character, reputation, or standing; or have dishonored our religion by any means in the sight of angels, or in the sight of men and women, I am sorry for it, and if you will forgive me, I will endeavor to do so no more. I do not know that I have done anything of the kind; but if I have, come forward and tell me of it. If any one has any objection to me, I want you to come boldly and frankly, and tell me of it; and if not, ever after hold your peace.
Motion was made and seconded that President Joseph Smith continue President of the whole church. After a few minutes silence, the motion was put by President , when one vast sea of hands was presented, and the motion was carried unanimously
President Joseph returned his thanks to the assembly for the manifestation of their confidence, and said he would serve them according to the best ability God should give him
Elder motioned, and Elder seconded, that be continued in his office as councillor to Prest Smith. spoke, saying, the last time I had the privilege of attending conference was as the laying of the corner stones of this , and I have had but poor health since, and <​have been​> connected with circumstances the most forbidding which doubtless have produced some feelings. I have never had a doubt of the work: my feelings concerning were always the same, I told my family to guard <​against​> that fellow, for some time he will attempt to make a rupture among this people, I had so little confidence in him, that I always felt myself at his defiance. I was once threatened by , if I would [HC 5:328] not coincide with his views, and I have just received such a threatening letter from , <​that​> if I did not turn my course I should feel the force of his power; as there is now an increase of my health and strength, I desire to serve you in any way it is possible for me to do, if any one has any feelings against me, I hope they will express them
— asked him what he meant, when he said was a good man &c., when he called him a perfect gentleman, and he had nothing against him;
,— said he did not recollect it, he did not then know as much about as he has learned afterwards, I say now he never offered any abuse in my house; has never been about my house but little, I never saw anything about the man but what was respectable; he came to Robinson’s [Lewis Robison’s], I was in debt to him, and consequently boarded him. I think must be mistaken. [p. 1513]
April 6 Third, the elders will have the privilege of appeals from the different conferences, to this, if any such cases exist. These are the principle items of business which I have at present to lay before you. .
It is necessary that this conference give importance to the . A prejudice exists against building it in favor of the , and the conference is required to give stress to the building of the . This is the most important matter for the time being, for there is no place in this , where men of wealth, character and influence from abroad, can go to repose themselves, and it is necessary we should have such a place. The church must build it, or abide the result of not fulfilling the commandment.
President Joseph then asked the conference if they were satisfied with the First Presidency, so far as he was concerned, as an individual, to preside over the whole church; or would they have another? If, said he, I have done any thing to injure my character, reputation, or standing; or have dishonored our religion by any means in the sight of angels, or in the sight of men and women, I am sorry for it, and if you will forgive me, I will endeavor to do so no more. I do not know that I have done anything of the kind; but if I have, come forward and tell me of it. If any one has any objection to me, I want you to come boldly and frankly, and tell me of it; and if not, ever after hold your peace.
Motion was made and seconded that President Joseph Smith continue President of the whole church. After a few minutes silence, the motion was put by President , when one vast sea of hands was presented, and the motion was carried unanimously
President Joseph returned his thanks to the assembly for the manifestation of their confidence, and said he would serve them according to the best ability God should give him
Elder motioned, and Elder seconded, that be continued in his office as councillor to Prest Smith. spoke, saying, the last time I had the privilege of attending conference was as the laying of the corner stones of this , and I have had but poor health since, and have been connected with circumstances the most forbidding which doubtless have produced some feelings. I have never had a doubt of the work: my feelings concerning were always the same, I told my family to guard against that fellow, for some time he will attempt to make a rupture among this people, I had so little confidence in him, that I always felt myself at his defiance. I was once threatened by , if I would [HC 5:328] not coincide with his views, and I have just received such a threatening letter from , that if I did not turn my course I should feel the force of his power; as there is now an increase of my health and strength, I desire to serve you in any way it is possible for me to do, if any one has any feelings against me, I hope they will express them
— asked him what he meant, when he said was a good man &c., when he called him a perfect gentleman, and he had nothing against him;
,— said he did not recollect it, he did not then know as much about as he has learned afterwards, I say now he never offered any abuse in my house; has never been about my house but little, I never saw anything about the man but what was respectable; he came to Robinson’s [Lewis Robison’s], I was in debt to him, and consequently boarded him. I think must be mistaken. [p. 1513]
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