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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​April 10​> When the Twelve went to , they went on a special mission <​by special commandment​> and they indent their families sick and destitute, God having promised that they should be provided for; but God does not require the same thing of the elders now, neither does he promise [HC 5:350] to provide for their families when they leave them contrary to counsel. The elders must provide for their families.
I wish to give a word of advice to the sisters, and I will give it to my wife. I have known elders who had, by some means, got in debt, but had provided well for their families during their contemplated mission, and after they had taken their departure, their creditors would teaze their wives for the pay due from their husbands till they would give them the last provision they hadindent them, and they were obliged to subsist on charity, or starve till their husbands returned. Such a course of conduct on the part of the creditor is anti-christian, and criminal, and I forbid my wife from paying one cent of my debts while I am absent attending to the things of the kingdom; and I want all the sisters to act on the same principle.
said, if there is an elder who does not provide for his family in the unrighteous mammon, shall we commit to him the true riches, the priesthood, missions, &c? No!
requested the elders to remember in their travels, that there was a printing press in , and that it is in the hands of the church; and wished the elders would procure subscribers for the papers, collect pay for the same, and forward it to the editor, in cash.
instructed the elders that when they found a place where the people wanted preaching, they must stay themselves and preach, and not run away somewhere else, and write to to have elders sent to the place they had left.
Elders and requested that when the elders had built up a church, they would write a brief statement of facts, unencumbered with useless matter, and forward their communication to the editor of the “Times and Seasons,” post paid.
The elders were reminded that they need not expect any attention would be given to unpaid letters, directed to the Presidency.
The elders were also reminded that although they were not sent out to be taught, but to teach, yet if the would prosper in their missions, they must be careful to teach those things alone which would be profitable to their hearers; that they must bear their testimony of the truth of the fullness of the gospel, and preach nothing but faith and repentance to this generation, and that if they presumed to teach to babes those things which belong to men, they might expect to return to as destitute as they went out; but if they adhered closely to the first principles and taught the “Word of Wisdom,” more by example than by precept, walking before God and the world, in all meekness and lowliness of heart, living by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord, they might expect an abundant harvest; and as doves re[HC 5:351]turn to their windows in flocks, when they see the storm approaching, so will multitudes, by listening to their voices, learn of the things which await the earth, and arise and flee. and return unto Mount Zion, and her stakes with them, who shall be seals of their ministry in the day of celestial light and glory. President , Clerk. [p. 1527]
April 10 When the Twelve went to , they went on a special mission by special commandment and they indent their families sick and destitute, God having promised that they should be provided for; but God does not require the same thing of the elders now, neither does he promise [HC 5:350] to provide for their families when they leave them contrary to counsel. The elders must provide for their families.
I wish to give a word of advice to the sisters, and I will give it to my wife. I have known elders who had, by some means, got in debt, but had provided well for their families during their contemplated mission, and after they had taken their departure, their creditors would teaze their wives for the pay due from their husbands till they would give them the last provision they hadindent them, and they were obliged to subsist on charity, or starve till their husbands returned. Such a course of conduct on the part of the creditor is anti-christian, and criminal, and I forbid my wife from paying one cent of my debts while I am absent attending to the things of the kingdom; and I want all the sisters to act on the same principle.
said, if there is an elder who does not provide for his family in the unrighteous mammon, shall we commit to him the true riches, the priesthood, missions, &c? No!
requested the elders to remember in their travels, that there was a printing press in , and that it is in the hands of the church; and wished the elders would procure subscribers for the papers, collect pay for the same, and forward it to the editor, in cash.
instructed the elders that when they found a place where the people wanted preaching, they must stay themselves and preach, and not run away somewhere else, and write to to have elders sent to the place they had left.
Elders and requested that when the elders had built up a church, they would write a brief statement of facts, unencumbered with useless matter, and forward their communication to the editor of the “Times and Seasons,” post paid.
The elders were reminded that they need not expect any attention would be given to unpaid letters, directed to the Presidency.
The elders were also reminded that although they were not sent out to be taught, but to teach, yet if the would prosper in their missions, they must be careful to teach those things alone which would be profitable to their hearers; that they must bear their testimony of the truth of the fullness of the gospel, and preach nothing but faith and repentance to this generation, and that if they presumed to teach to babes those things which belong to men, they might expect to return to as destitute as they went out; but if they adhered closely to the first principles and taught the “Word of Wisdom,” more by example than by precept, walking before God and the world, in all meekness and lowliness of heart, living by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord, they might expect an abundant harvest; and as doves re[HC 5:351]turn to their windows in flocks, when they see the storm approaching, so will multitudes, by listening to their voices, learn of the things which await the earth, and arise and flee. and return unto Mount Zion, and her stakes with them, who shall be seals of their ministry in the day of celestial light and glory. President , Clerk. [p. 1527]
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