History, 1838–1856, volume E-1 [1 July 1843–30 April 1844]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​April​> Bath— Represented by letter, comprises 31 members, 1 elder, 2 priests.
Wolverton— Represented by letter, comprises 8 members, 1 elder, 2 priests.
Carlisle <​Conference​>— Represented by letter, comprises 160 members, 8 elders, 19 priests, 8 teachers, 3 deacons, and contains four branches.
Littlemoor— Represented by letter, comprises 6 members, 1 priest.
Bedfordshire <​Conference​>— Represented by letter, includes twelve branches, comprising 184 members, 14 elders, 20 priests, 9 teachers, 2 deacons.
The number of members, and authorities, of each Conference being ascertained as nearly as possible, it was determined that the delegates should represent the condition of each Conference; and what alterations or measures were necessary to be adopted for the well being of each.
Elder <​Charles​> Miller having remarked that he had been challenged to discussion, and had accepted it; <​it​> led to some remarks from elder Ward as to the very little good effected in general by discussions; and that it was beneath the servants of God to turn aside from the path of duty, to wrangle and dispute like the people of the world; and that while the professors of modern religion were in a manner devouring each other, the path of the Saints ought to be onward in the proclamation of the principles of truth.
agreed with the remarks of elder Ward, and stated that it was in perfect accordance with the advice of the first presidency, and ought to be guarded against as much as possible. [HC 6:329]
Elder George Mitchelson then arose to state that the work of the Lord in the Conference was progressing slowly.
The condition of North Wales being stated by Elder Joseph Martin, it was proposed by elder Ward, and carried, that elder Martin be permitted to ordain to the lesser priesthood such officers as he may feel led by the spirit to be necessary.
Evening meeting.
The meeting being opened by elder Charles Miller with singing and prayer; Elder John Banks rose to state the condition of the Conference. The church he said had been much harassed, as well as much blessed previously, it having been the place where the standard of the fulness of the Gospel had been first planted in these islands in the last days; it had also been the subject of the attacks of the enemy in an extraordinary manner, many had also emigrated, and Satan appeared to have singled some of them out for his victims, through whose influence, at times, much evil had been done; but, notwithstanding all this, the condition of the Conference, with the exception of the distant branches in the North, was in a much better condition than for a long time past, and he trusted would ultimately overcome, and be eminently successful in gathering in the honest in heart. [p. 2003]
April Bath— Represented by letter, comprises 31 members, 1 elder, 2 priests.
Wolverton— Represented by letter, comprises 8 members, 1 elder, 2 priests.
Carlisle Conference— Represented by letter, comprises 160 members, 8 elders, 19 priests, 8 teachers, 3 deacons, and contains four branches.
Littlemoor— Represented by letter, comprises 6 members, 1 priest.
Bedfordshire Conference— Represented by letter, includes twelve branches, comprising 184 members, 14 elders, 20 priests, 9 teachers, 2 deacons.
The number of members, and authorities, of each Conference being ascertained as nearly as possible, it was determined that the delegates should represent the condition of each Conference; and what alterations or measures were necessary to be adopted for the well being of each.
Elder Charles Miller having remarked that he had been challenged to discussion, and had accepted it; it led to some remarks from elder Ward as to the very little good effected in general by discussions; and that it was beneath the servants of God to turn aside from the path of duty, to wrangle and dispute like the people of the world; and that while the professors of modern religion were in a manner devouring each other, the path of the Saints ought to be onward in the proclamation of the principles of truth.
agreed with the remarks of elder Ward, and stated that it was in perfect accordance with the advice of the first presidency, and ought to be guarded against as much as possible. [HC 6:329]
Elder George Mitchelson then arose to state that the work of the Lord in the Conference was progressing slowly.
The condition of North Wales being stated by Elder Joseph Martin, it was proposed by elder Ward, and carried, that elder Martin be permitted to ordain to the lesser priesthood such officers as he may feel led by the spirit to be necessary.
Evening meeting.
The meeting being opened by elder Charles Miller with singing and prayer; Elder John Banks rose to state the condition of the Conference. The church he said had been much harassed, as well as much blessed previously, it having been the place where the standard of the fulness of the Gospel had been first planted in these islands in the last days; it had also been the subject of the attacks of the enemy in an extraordinary manner, many had also emigrated, and Satan appeared to have singled some of them out for his victims, through whose influence, at times, much evil had been done; but, notwithstanding all this, the condition of the Conference, with the exception of the distant branches in the North, was in a much better condition than for a long time past, and he trusted would ultimately overcome, and be eminently successful in gathering in the honest in heart. [p. 2003]
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