John Fletcher Darby Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

John Corrill, “Brief History,” Manuscript, circa 1838–1839

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​were used and especially by to persuade all to join.​>
Chapter 27
<​Chap 27​>
<​Healing the sick. Blessing children. Age of accountability. Patriarchs. Words of wisdom. Sacrament. Resurrection and future state. Matter eternal. War law. Cause of difficulty. Remarks to the church.​>
<​X 27​> The Mormons believe in and constantly practice the laying on of hands <​and praying​> for the healing of the sick; sometimes they are <​have been​> healed, sometimes partly healed and sometimes not benefited at all: if they are healed they say it was because of their faith as the Saveour promised, “according to thy faith be it unto thee; thy faith hath made the whole” &c Math. 8.13 and 9.22. If partly healed it is still according to their faith as it was said of some in old times “and he began to mend from that very hour;” but if they are not healed or benefitted at all then it is for the want of faith as when the Lunatic was brought to the disciples and they could not heal him because of their unbelief Math 17.20 & 13.58. But they think in this as in many other cases, practice makes perfect, and <​it​> is necessary to an increase in Faith confidence and the powr of God.
They <​members of the church​> are also required
The members of the church are required to bring their children under eight years old into meeting and have the elders lay hands -[on and bless them <​47— sig 7.​> in the name of the Lord. This they say was according to the custom of the ancients, also of the Saviour who commanded little children to be brought to him for that purpose. They also believe that a child begins to be accountable at eight years old and not sooner, and it is the duty of the [p. 86]
were used and especially by to persuade all to join.
Chapter 27
Chap 27
Healing the sick. Blessing children. Age of accountability. Patriarchs. Words of wisdom. Sacrament. Resurrection and future state. Matter eternal. War law. Cause of difficulty. Remarks to the church.
X The Mormons believe in and constantly practice the laying on of hands and praying for the healing of the sick; sometimes they have been healed, sometimes partly healed and sometimes not benefited at all: if they are healed they say it was because of their faith as the Saveour promised, “according to thy faith be it unto thee; thy faith hath made the whole” &c Math. 8.13 and 9.22. If partly healed it is still according to their faith as it was said of some in old times “and he began to mend from that very hour;” but if they are not healed or benefitted at all then it is for the want of faith as when the Lunatic was brought to the disciples and they could not heal him because of their unbelief Math 17.20 & 13.58. But they think in this as in many other cases, practice makes perfect, and it is necessary to an increase in Faith confidence and the powr of God.
The members of the church are required to bring their children under eight years old into meeting and have the elders lay hands -[on and bless them 47— sig 7. in the name of the Lord. This they say was according to the custom of the ancients, also of the Saviour who commanded little children to be brought to him for that purpose. They also believe that a child begins to be accountable at eight years old and not sooner, and it is the duty of the [p. 86]
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