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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
Page 1535
image
<​April 16​> ready to burst upon you like peals of thunder; lay hold of these things, and let not your knees or joints tremble, nor your hearts faint, and then what can Earthquakes, wars and tornadoes do? Nothing. All your losses will be made up to you in the resurrection, provided you continue faithful. By the vision of the Almighty, I have seen it.
“More painful to me the thoughts of annihilation, than death; if I had no expectation of seeing my Father, Mother, Brothers, Sisters and friends again, my heart would burst in a moment, and I should go down to my grave. The expectation of seeing my friends in the morning of the resurrection, cheers my soul, and makes me bear up against the evils of life; it is like their taking a long journey, and on their return we meet them with increased joy.
“God has revealed his Son from the heavens and the doctrine of the resurrection also, and we have a knowledge that those we bring here, God will bring them up again, clothed upon, and quickened by the Spirit of the Great God, and what mattereth it, whether we lay them down, or we lay down with them, when we can keep them no longer then let them sink down, like a ship in the storm, the mighty anchor holds her safe, so let these truths sink down in our hearts, that we may even here begin to enjoy that which shall be in full hereafter. Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna to Almighty God, that rays of light begin to burst forth upon us, even now. I cannot find words to express myself; I am not learned, but I have as good feelings as any man. Oh that I had the language of the Archangel to express my feelings once to my friends, but I never expect to in this life. When others rejoice I rejoice, when they mourn, I mourn. [HC 5:362]
“To Marcellus Bates let me administer comfort, you shall soon have the company of your companion in a world of glory; and the friends of , and all the Saints who are mourning; this has been a warning voice to us all to be sober and diligent and lay aside mirth, vanity and folly, and be prepared to die tomorrow” (preached about 2 hours)
said he was a boarder with President Joseph Smith the first week he was in , he helped to carry the chain for the Surveyor, and helped to lay out the first city lots.
President Joseph Smith said as President of this house, I forbid any man leaving, just as we are going to close the meeting, he is no gentleman who will do it, I don’t care who it comes from, even if it were the King of . I forbid it.
Dismissed with singing, and prayer by .
I received a letter from the Post Office, of which the following is a copy:
March 31. 1843.
“Sir:— You stand accused of High Treason. You will deliver yourself up to <​the at Illinois in order to​> be tried before the Supreme court of the next term. The of will be directed to take you in custody if you will not deliver yourself up. The will issue a proclamation against you if you obey not this order by May 1. 1843.
Respectfully Yours “Joseph Smith Esq.” Hugh L. Legare. Attorney General”
This letter was superscribed “By order of . President of the
I insert this letter in <​my​> history to shew a specimen of the many despicable falsehoods resorted to by the enemies of truth to annoy me and my friends. [p. 1535]
April 16 ready to burst upon you like peals of thunder; lay hold of these things, and let not your knees or joints tremble, nor your hearts faint, and then what can Earthquakes, wars and tornadoes do? Nothing. All your losses will be made up to you in the resurrection, provided you continue faithful. By the vision of the Almighty, I have seen it.
“More painful to me the thoughts of annihilation, than death; if I had no expectation of seeing my Father, Mother, Brothers, Sisters and friends again, my heart would burst in a moment, and I should go down to my grave. The expectation of seeing my friends in the morning of the resurrection, cheers my soul, and makes me bear up against the evils of life; it is like their taking a long journey, and on their return we meet them with increased joy.
“God has revealed his Son from the heavens and the doctrine of the resurrection also, and we have a knowledge that those we bring here, God will bring them up again, clothed upon, and quickened by the Spirit of the Great God, and what mattereth it, whether we lay them down, or we lay down with them, when we can keep them no longer then let them sink down, like a ship in the storm, the mighty anchor holds her safe, so let these truths sink down in our hearts, that we may even here begin to enjoy that which shall be in full hereafter. Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna to Almighty God, that rays of light begin to burst forth upon us, even now. I cannot find words to express myself; I am not learned, but I have as good feelings as any man. Oh that I had the language of the Archangel to express my feelings once to my friends, but I never expect to in this life. When others rejoice I rejoice, when they mourn, I mourn. [HC 5:362]
“To Marcellus Bates let me administer comfort, you shall soon have the company of your companion in a world of glory; and the friends of , and all the Saints who are mourning; this has been a warning voice to us all to be sober and diligent and lay aside mirth, vanity and folly, and be prepared to die tomorrow” (preached about 2 hours)
said he was a boarder with President Joseph Smith the first week he was in , he helped to carry the chain for the Surveyor, and helped to lay out the first city lots.
President Joseph Smith said as President of this house, I forbid any man leaving, just as we are going to close the meeting, he is no gentleman who will do it, I don’t care who it comes from, even if it were the King of . I forbid it.
Dismissed with singing, and prayer by .
I received a letter from the Post Office, of which the following is a copy:
March 31. 1843.
“Sir:— You stand accused of High Treason. You will deliver yourself up to the at Illinois in order to be tried before the Supreme court of the next term. The of will be directed to take you in custody if you will not deliver yourself up. The will issue a proclamation against you if you obey not this order by May 1. 1843.
Respectfully Yours “Joseph Smith Esq.” Hugh L. Legare. Attorney General”
This letter was superscribed “By order of . President of the
I insert this letter in my history to shew a specimen of the many despicable falsehoods resorted to by the enemies of truth to annoy me and my friends. [p. 1535]
Page 1535