Times and Seasons, 15 September 1842

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wise Disposer of events could have rendered supportable. Thus has it come to our turn, like the Jamaicians, to humble ourselves before Almighty God, and in the most devout and solemn manner to return thanks for his great mercy vouchsafed us in preserving us from the ruin and devastation with which it has been His divine will recently to visit the Haytiens. It is with a deep sense of gratitude to the giver of all good gifts, that we say we are happy to report that no life has been lost on this most alarming occasion. The prinicipal injury that has been occasioned by this terrific occurrence is to be seen at the Jail and House of correction, the walls of which have been severely rent. To this may be added the fall of a pair of stairs, and the partial overthrow of the ruins of the calamitous fire of April, last year. How grateful ought we to be for that portion of Divine mercy by which our lives have been spared!
 
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A Visit To Joe Smith.—We present the following extract from a letter received some days ago, from a clergyman now in Illinois:—Exchange Paper.
“I spent the night in the of the ‘Latter-Day Saints.’ In the morning I visited the lions of the place.
contains a population variously estimated at from five to ten thousand. Probably there are six or seven thousand people there. It is a beautiful location. The is laid out in acre lots, each lot having a house, generally of one story; it extends from 3 to 4 miles along the river, and runs back about the same distance, and this space is all built on. I called to see the prophet, and had a short but pleasant interview with him. I asked him about the gold plates which he professes to have dug up and translated into the Book of Mormon. He said: ‘Those plates are not now in this country; they were exhibited to a few at first, for the sake of obtaining their testimony—no others have ever seen them, and they will never be exhibited again.’ He next asked me—
‘What is the fundamental doctrine of your faith?’ ‘The unity of God—one God in one person.’ ‘We don’t agree with you. We believe in three Gods. There are three personages in Heaven—all equal in power and glory, but they are not one God.’ I suppose, from what I heard, that Smith makes it a point not to agree with any one in regard to his religious opinions, and adapts himself to the person with whom he happens to be talking for the time being.”
☞Tolerable fair:—Though the idea that Joseph Smith adapts his conversation to the company, is an error. Joseph Smith opposes vice and error, and supports his positions from revelation: no odds whether there be two, three, or “Gods many.” The Father, and the Son are persons of Tabernacle; and the Holy Ghost a spirit, besides the sons of God: for the scriptures say: “Ye are Gods.”
 
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To the Editor of the Times and Seasons.
Dear Brother:—Having commenced our mission to the east, yesterday we held our first conference at Br. ’s; we had a good time—the brethren here are in good spirits. We ordained 19 elders and baptized 12. We expect next Saturday and Sunday to hold a two days meeting in , being the 17, 18th inst., on the 24, 25th at Payson, the 1, 2d of Oct. at . the 8, 9th of Oct. at Pittsfield, the 15, 16th Oct. at Apple Creek in Green co. From thence we shall proceed to , and .
If you please notice the above in your paper for the benefit of those friends scattered abroad.
Yours in the everlasting covenent
,
.
, Sept. 12, 1842.
 
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To those who covenant to keep the commandments of the Lord, we recommend a perusal of the 35th chapter of Jeremiah.
 
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BOOKS OF MORMON. &C.
JUST published and for sale, Books of Mormon, and Hymn Books, together with some other publications in defence of the faith of the saints.
. Aug. 20, 1842
 
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The Times and Seasons,
Is edited, printed and published about the first and fifteenth of every month, on the corner of Water and Bain Streets, , Hancock County, Illinois, by
JOSEPH SMITH.
TERMS.—Two Dollars per annum, payable in all cases in advance. Any person procuring five new subscribers, and forwarding us Ten Dollars current money, shall receive one volume gratis. All letters must be addressed to Joseph Smith, publisher, post paid, or they will not receive attention. [p. 926]
wise Disposer of events could have rendered supportable. Thus has it come to our turn, like the Jamaicians, to humble ourselves before Almighty God, and in the most devout and solemn manner to return thanks for his great mercy vouchsafed us in preserving us from the ruin and devastation with which it has been His divine will recently to visit the Haytiens. It is with a deep sense of gratitude to the giver of all good gifts, that we say we are happy to report that no life has been lost on this most alarming occasion. The prinicipal injury that has been occasioned by this terrific occurrence is to be seen at the Jail and House of correction, the walls of which have been severely rent. To this may be added the fall of a pair of stairs, and the partial overthrow of the ruins of the calamitous fire of April, last year. How grateful ought we to be for that portion of Divine mercy by which our lives have been spared!
 
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A Visit To Joe Smith.—We present the following extract from a letter received some days ago, from a clergyman now in Illinois:—Exchange Paper.
“I spent the night in the of the ‘Latter-Day Saints.’ In the morning I visited the lions of the place.
contains a population variously estimated at from five to ten thousand. Probably there are six or seven thousand people there. It is a beautiful location. The is laid out in acre lots, each lot having a house, generally of one story; it extends from 3 to 4 miles along the river, and runs back about the same distance, and this space is all built on. I called to see the prophet, and had a short but pleasant interview with him. I asked him about the gold plates which he professes to have dug up and translated into the Book of Mormon. He said: ‘Those plates are not now in this country; they were exhibited to a few at first, for the sake of obtaining their testimony—no others have ever seen them, and they will never be exhibited again.’ He next asked me—
‘What is the fundamental doctrine of your faith?’ ‘The unity of God—one God in one person.’ ‘We don’t agree with you. We believe in three Gods. There are three personages in Heaven—all equal in power and glory, but they are not one God.’ I suppose, from what I heard, that Smith makes it a point not to agree with any one in regard to his religious opinions, and adapts himself to the person with whom he happens to be talking for the time being.”
☞Tolerable fair:—Though the idea that Joseph Smith adapts his conversation to the company, is an error. Joseph Smith opposes vice and error, and supports his positions from revelation: no odds whether there be two, three, or “Gods many.” The Father, and the Son are persons of Tabernacle; and the Holy Ghost a spirit, besides the sons of God: for the scriptures say: “Ye are Gods.”
 
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To the Editor of the Times and Seasons.
Dear Brother:—Having commenced our mission to the east, yesterday we held our first conference at Br. ’s; we had a good time—the brethren here are in good spirits. We ordained 19 elders and baptized 12. We expect next Saturday and Sunday to hold a two days meeting in , being the 17, 18th inst., on the 24, 25th at Payson, the 1, 2d of Oct. at . the 8, 9th of Oct. at Pittsfield, the 15, 16th Oct. at Apple Creek in Green co. From thence we shall proceed to , and .
If you please notice the above in your paper for the benefit of those friends scattered abroad.
Yours in the everlasting covenent
,
.
, Sept. 12, 1842.
 
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To those who covenant to keep the commandments of the Lord, we recommend a perusal of the 35th chapter of Jeremiah.
 
————
BOOKS OF MORMON. &C.
JUST published and for sale, Books of Mormon, and Hymn Books, together with some other publications in defence of the faith of the saints.
. Aug. 20, 1842
 
——————————
The Times and Seasons,
Is edited, printed and published about the first and fifteenth of every month, on the corner of Water and Bain Streets, , Hancock County, Illinois, by
JOSEPH SMITH.
TERMS.—Two Dollars per annum, payable in all cases in advance. Any person procuring five new subscribers, and forwarding us Ten Dollars current money, shall receive one volume gratis. All letters must be addressed to Joseph Smith, publisher, post paid, or they will not receive attention. [p. 926]
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