Minutes and Discourses, 6–8 April 1844, as Reported by William Clayton
General conference of the church, Minutes, and JS, Discourses, Nauvoo, Hancock Co., IL, 6–8 Apr. 1844; handwriting of ; dockets in handwriting of Robert L. Campbell and Jonathan Grimshaw; thirty-eight pages; General Church Minutes, CHL.
He is disposed to give some reasons why salvation only belongs to the kingdom of God. He will give some reasons why salvation belongs to us peculiarly in contradestinction of all other bodies. Mankind have labored under one universal mistake viz that salvation was distinct from government ie that I could build a church without government and that thing have power to save me. When God set up a system of salvation he set up a system of government. When he speaks of a government he means what he says— he means a government that shall rule our temporal & spiritual affairs Every man is a government of himself and he infringes upon no government. A good man is above law and above government. He said Lawyer seemed only to study law— only for the purpose of seeing how much they could <Go forth> disturb the peace of the public without breaking the law He referred to the case of trial and the plea set up by the Lawyer. Gentlemen would not insult a poor man in the street but would bow to him as much as those who appear more respectable. We ought to live a great way within the circle of the laws of the land. The laws of God is far above the laws of the land. The kingdom of God does not interfere with the laws of the land— but keeps itself by its own laws
here stoped his discourse to rest—
The choir sang an Hymn
Er , being called upon to address the c[hurch] he did it with cheerfulness. He did it with such principles as he was in possession of and if his ideas would be benificial to any he was at all times amply repaid. He referred to s remarks concerning the early history of this church. No individual who has searched the oracles of eternal truth but his heart would be touched with the remarks this A. M. We trace with pleasure the rise of nations and kingdoms— Historians trace it with nicety— the men who took the lead in those goverments— their legislatures, kings nobles, Genrals &c. We look back to the time when this was under the Iron hand of oppression by — We reflect upon Washington Layfayete &c in whose bosoms burn the spark of liberty [p. 5]