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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​May 14​> and visions &c. why they are just ripening for the damnation of hell. They will be damned, for they reject the most glorious principle of the Gospel of Jesus christ and treat with disdain and trample under foot the—— key that unlocks the heavens, and puts in our possession the glories of the celestial world. Yes, I say, such will be damned with all their professed Godliness. Then I would exhort you to go on and continue to call upon God, until you make your calling and election sure for yourselves, by obtaining this more sure word of prophecy, and wait patiently for the promise until you obtain it. &c &c
Elders and followed him with a few remarks, and meeting closed for one hour, when we met again, opened meeting and spoke upon revelation, obeying the commandments by building the , was followed by upon the same subject. Elder then spoke somewhat at length, concerning his mission to , which was interesting; after meeting, we all rode to , and took supper with , and while we were conversing with Brother Joseph, and . Brother Joseph made the following remarks.
The way to get along in any important matter, is to gather unto yourselves wise men, experienced and aged men to assist in Council in all times of trouble. Handsome men are not apt to be wise and strong minded men, but the strength of a strong minded man will generally create coarse features, like the rough strong bough of the oak. You will always discover in the first glance of a man, in the outlines of his features<​,​> something of his mind.
Excitement has almost become the essence of my life, when that dies away I feel almost lost; when a man is reined up continually by excitement, he becomes strong and gains power and knowledge; but when he relaxes for a season he loses much of his power and knowledge; but in all matters temporal or spiritual preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, or in leading an army to battle, victory almost entirely depends upon good order and moderation. In going to battle move slowly, dress up into line, and though your enemy rush upon you with [HC 5:389] fury, meet them slowly but firmly, let not confusion or terror seize upon you, but meet them firmly, and strike a heavy blow and conquer. A man can bear a heavy burthen by practice and continuing to increase it. The inhabitants of this Continent anciently were so constituted, and were so determined, and persevering either in righteousness or wickedness, that God visited them immediately either with great judgments or blessings. But the present generation if they were going to battle, if they got any assistance from God, they would have to obtain it by faith.”
preached at .
preached all the [illegible] <​afternoon​> and prevented Elders and from giving instructions regarding their Mission at .
The Wind blew terribly from South West all day.
A naval action took place between the Texan and Mexican fleets off Campeachy. [p. 1550]
May 14 and visions &c. why they are just ripening for the damnation of hell. They will be damned, for they reject the most glorious principle of the Gospel of Jesus christ and treat with disdain and trample under foot the—— key that unlocks the heavens, and puts in our possession the glories of the celestial world. Yes, I say, such will be damned with all their professed Godliness. Then I would exhort you to go on and continue to call upon God, until you make your calling and election sure for yourselves, by obtaining this more sure word of prophecy, and wait patiently for the promise until you obtain it. &c &c
Elders and followed him with a few remarks, and meeting closed for one hour, when we met again, opened meeting and spoke upon revelation, obeying the commandments by building the , was followed by upon the same subject. Elder then spoke somewhat at length, concerning his mission to , which was interesting; after meeting, we all rode to , and took supper with , and while we were conversing with Brother Joseph, and . Brother Joseph made the following remarks.
The way to get along in any important matter, is to gather unto yourselves wise men, experienced and aged men to assist in Council in all times of trouble. Handsome men are not apt to be wise and strong minded men, but the strength of a strong minded man will generally create coarse features, like the rough strong bough of the oak. You will always discover in the first glance of a man, in the outlines of his features, something of his mind.
Excitement has almost become the essence of my life, when that dies away I feel almost lost; when a man is reined up continually by excitement, he becomes strong and gains power and knowledge; but when he relaxes for a season he loses much of his power and knowledge; but in all matters temporal or spiritual preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, or in leading an army to battle, victory almost entirely depends upon good order and moderation. In going to battle move slowly, dress up into line, and though your enemy rush upon you with [HC 5:389] fury, meet them slowly but firmly, let not confusion or terror seize upon you, but meet them firmly, and strike a heavy blow and conquer. A man can bear a heavy burthen by practice and continuing to increase it. The inhabitants of this Continent anciently were so constituted, and were so determined, and persevering either in righteousness or wickedness, that God visited them immediately either with great judgments or blessings. But the present generation if they were going to battle, if they got any assistance from God, they would have to obtain it by faith.”
preached at .
preached all the afternoon and prevented Elders and from giving instructions regarding their Mission at .
The Wind blew terribly from South West all day.
A naval action took place between the Texan and Mexican fleets off Campeachy. [p. 1550]
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