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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​September 9​> Some of the Elders want to appear very big, and to be called great preachers; but whenever I have seen them trying to preach something large and mysterious to get a name, I have concluded they have yet much to learn. I have been 11 years a member of this church, and was a believer two years before I entered it; and during that time I have seen many Elders who like to preach large and mysterious sermons. As many are desirous of hearing mysteries, I will rehearse a short sermon of mysteries for their edification. has had a long standing in the church; he has preached much, done much good, brought many Souls into the kingdom, had great influence, and is considered the most successful minister among us. Elder and myself went into Pine County, Illinois, to preach where the Elders had preached all the mysteries about beasts, heads and horns; they wanted us to preach mysteries; we told them we were not qualified to preach mysteries, but if they would send for he could preach them. So they sent about forty miles [HC 6:18] for and brought him down, they were so anxious to hear the mysteries. When he came he had a large congregation assembled, he arose and remarked that he understood they had sent for him to come and preach the mysteries to them. “I am well qualified, and fully competent to do it, and am happy to have the privilege: I want the attention of all”. When every mind was stretched and eager to learn these great mysteries, he said: “The first mystery I shall present before you is this: <​look at​> Elder <​he​> needs a pair of Pantaloons! <​and a new hat; but it appears you do not see it, consequently I want to open your eyes, and reveal to you​> Is it not a great mystery that <​for​> an Elder in this church should want for <​has need of a hat and​> a pair of breeches!! <​as well as yourselves,​> and especially when the Saints know he was <​is​> so much in need of them? He preached a few more mysteries of the same nature; and the result of this sermon was, that got a pair of pants <​and a new hat​> and and myself each a barrel of flour for our families.”
Elder arose and said:
“I will make an apology for my remarks in the former part of the day; some may think I spoke very plain, but the object I had in view was to teach you your duty, as I am aware the people are not made to feel; and the apology I have to make is this: I will turn Thompsonian Doctor, and give the composition without cream and sugar; it matters not whether I get friends or foes. If this work does not live, I do not want to live; for it is my life, my joy, my all; and if it sinks, God knows I do not want to swim.
I wish you to understand this; that he that gathereth not with us scattereth, and they have not the Spirit of God. We live in anticipation of the day when Mobs cannot harm us, and they who have tasted the bitter cup feel to realize this hope. Wake up, ye Elders of Israel who have sought to build yourselves up and not the kingdom of God, and put on your sword:— wake up, ye that have daubed with untempered mortar, hearken and hear me; for I say unto you in the name of Jesus Christ, that if you do not help us to build the , and the , you shall not inherit the land of Zion. If you do not help to build up Zion, and the cause of God, and help me and my brethren on our way when we want to go on the Lord’s business, [p. 1723]
September 9 Some of the Elders want to appear very big, and to be called great preachers; but whenever I have seen them trying to preach something large and mysterious to get a name, I have concluded they have yet much to learn. I have been 11 years a member of this church, and was a believer two years before I entered it; and during that time I have seen many Elders who like to preach large and mysterious sermons. As many are desirous of hearing mysteries, I will rehearse a short sermon of mysteries for their edification. has had a long standing in the church; he has preached much, done much good, brought many Souls into the kingdom, had great influence, and is considered the most successful minister among us. Elder and myself went into Pine County, Illinois, to preach where the Elders had preached all the mysteries about beasts, heads and horns; they wanted us to preach mysteries; we told them we were not qualified to preach mysteries, but if they would send for he could preach them. So they sent about forty miles [HC 6:18] for and brought him down, they were so anxious to hear the mysteries. When he came he had a large congregation assembled, he arose and remarked that he understood they had sent for him to come and preach the mysteries to them. “I am well qualified, and fully competent to do it, and am happy to have the privilege: I want the attention of all”. When every mind was stretched and eager to learn these great mysteries, he said: “The first mystery I shall present before you is this: look at Elder he needs a pair of Pantaloons! and a new hat; but it appears you do not see it, consequently I want to open your eyes, and reveal to you a great mystery for an Elder in this church has need of a hat and a pair of breeches!! as well as yourselves, and especially when the Saints know he is so much in need of them? He preached a few more mysteries of the same nature; and the result of this sermon was, that got a pair of pants and a new hat and and myself each a barrel of flour for our families.”
Elder arose and said:
“I will make an apology for my remarks in the former part of the day; some may think I spoke very plain, but the object I had in view was to teach you your duty, as I am aware the people are not made to feel; and the apology I have to make is this: I will turn Thompsonian Doctor, and give the composition without cream and sugar; it matters not whether I get friends or foes. If this work does not live, I do not want to live; for it is my life, my joy, my all; and if it sinks, God knows I do not want to swim.
I wish you to understand this; that he that gathereth not with us scattereth, and they have not the Spirit of God. We live in anticipation of the day when Mobs cannot harm us, and they who have tasted the bitter cup feel to realize this hope. Wake up, ye Elders of Israel who have sought to build yourselves up and not the kingdom of God, and put on your sword:— wake up, ye that have daubed with untempered mortar, hearken and hear me; for I say unto you in the name of Jesus Christ, that if you do not help us to build the , and the , you shall not inherit the land of Zion. If you do not help to build up Zion, and the cause of God, and help me and my brethren on our way when we want to go on the Lord’s business, [p. 1723]
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