Minutes and Discourses, 6–9 April 1844, as Reported by Thomas Bullock

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April 6th. 1844
afternoon meeting
The president arrived at ½ past 2. The Choir sung an hymn. Prayer by Elder The Choir again sung— said we were discoursing on the history of the Church of Christ— he had got tired of hunting the Bible for a text— I have heard many an excellent discourse made <​spoiled​> from a bad text— in the earliest history of the Church of Christ— the manner in which light was given the height & depth of conviction— all persons whoever they were who had turned away from the Church of Christ & said they did not believe. I give the lie— they do not believe that it is the Church of Christ for it was driven into him with an irresistable force— the things that were in its infancy done in secret are now made known to this immense congregation— there never will be anything but what will be your property but the time is coming when I every eye shall see and every ear shall [h]ear I happen to know all its history— and I intend to day that you and the world shall hear when God was revealing his will— I have been with the President for weeks seeking God with prayer and fasting— and when it was known that we were there— a mob of 20 or 30 ruffians came damning & roaring against us— our houses were surrounded— at this important period the heavens were opened to us— there was a Gent from came & spent a number of days with us— he walked out in a dark night & saw in one place a man armed with a rifle & he found no less than a doz. & he seen them all more than half a mile— & he swore he would kill some of those rascals— at last there got some hundreds of them— I was dragged out of my bed & was put on a large wood pile— some were putting it on me my head went thump thump upon the hard frozen ground— they then threw a quantity of pitch upon me and when they attempted to threw some thing else on me I fell and the next morning when I went to the same place I found it was a quantity of aqua fortis that they were going to throw on me— I think it right to let this congregat[io]n. know a few of these events— this Church has come up thro great tribulation, trouble &c &c & all the powers that the devil ever thot. of— there are men in your midst this day who fears neither men nor devils— you have men in your midst who you can do nothing with them— you cannot do any thing this side eternity with them no rebels no powers nor angels can do any thing with them & if you want to get rid of them you must send them to their father in heaven for you can not send them to hell for they can defy the powers of hell & all the combined powers of darkness— & all the universe has got to learn it either in this world or in Eternity— he talked with them as I talk with you My Son My Son fear them not— for I am Israels God— they have no fear for they have seen the very place they are going to— the know what sort of God— business— employment &c is there— they know all about it— there are men in your midst this day who you have got to sustain or you will dam yourselves— for if you do sustain them [p. 5]
April 6th. 1844
afternoon meeting
The president arrived at ½ past 2. The Choir sung an hymn. Prayer by Elder — The Choir again sung— said we were discoursing on the history of the Church of Christ— he had got tired of hunting the Bible for a text— I have heard many an excellent discourse spoiled from a bad text— in the earliest history of the Church of Christ— the manner in which light was given the height & depth of conviction— all persons whoever they were who had turned away from the Church of Christ & said they did not believe. I give the lie— they do not believe that it is the Church of Christ for it was driven into him with an irresistable force— the things that were in its infancy done in secret are now made known to this immense congregation— there never will be anything but what will be your property but the time is coming when every eye shall see and every ear shall [h]ear I happen to know all its history— and I intend to day that you and the world shall hear when God was revealing his will— I have been with the President for weeks seeking God with prayer and fasting— and when it was known that we were there— a mob of 20 or 30 ruffians came damning & roaring against us— our houses were surrounded— at this important period the heavens were opened to us— there was a Gent from came & spent a number of days with us— he walked out in a dark night & saw in one place a man armed with a rifle & he found no less than a doz. & he seen them all more than half a mile— & he swore he would kill some of those rascals— at last there got some hundreds of them— I was dragged out of my bed & was put on a large wood pile— some were putting it on me my head went thump thump upon the hard frozen ground— they then threw a quantity of pitch upon me and when they attempted to threw some thing else on me I fell and the next morning when I went to the same place I found it was a quantity of aqua fortis that they were going to throw on me— I think it right to let this congregation. know a few of these events— this Church has come up thro great tribulation, trouble &c &c & all the powers that the devil ever thot. of— there are men in your midst this day who fears neither men nor devils— you have men in your midst who you can do nothing with them— you cannot do any thing this side eternity with them no rebels no powers nor angels can do any thing with them & if you want to get rid of them you must send them to their father in heaven for you can not send them to hell for they can defy the powers of hell & all the combined powers of darkness— & all the universe has got to learn it either in this world or in Eternity— he talked with them as I talk with you My Son My Son fear them not— for I am Israels God— they have no fear for they have seen the very place they are going to— the know what sort of God— business— employment &c is there— they know all about it— there are men in your midst this day who you have got to sustain or you will dam yourselves— for if you do sustain them [p. 5]
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