Discourse, 2 July 1839, as Reported by Wilford Woodruff–A
JS, Discourse, , Lee Co., Iowa Territory, 2 July 1839. Featured version copied [between 2 July and 8 Aug. 1839] in Wilford Woodruff, “Book of Revelations,” pp. –; handwriting of ; CHL. For more complete source information, see the source note for Discourse, 27 June 1839, as Reported by Wilford Woodruff–A.
On 2 July 1839, JS delivered a discourse regarding the cooperation and humility required of the . The morning of 2 July, JS and several others traveled to to visit land that had recently purchased for the . After this visit, JS and his counselors in the went to the home of apostle in , Iowa Territory, where the presidency met with the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, the apostles’ wives, and members of the Quorums of the . This meeting was one of several convened to instruct the apostles and several of the seventies who were preparing to leave for a proselytizing mission in Europe. The presidency gave blessings to three prospective missionaries and three of the women in attendance. then instructed the apostles and seventies, advising the men to preach about “the first principles of the gospel.” He also warned the men against “trifling with their office, and of holding on strictly to the importance of their mission & the authority of the .”After spoke, JS addressed the group. Apostle , who attended the meeting, recorded in his journal that JS “arose & presented some precious things of the kingdom unto us in the power of the Holy Ghost.” According to JS’s journal, he gave those in attendance instructions “calculated to guard them against selfsufficiency, selfrighteousness & selfimportance.” In particular, JS taught the importance of forgiveness, humility, unity, and cooperation among the apostles. He concluded by urging the men to endure the coming hardships without betraying Christ or each other. JS perhaps felt the need to caution the apostles because disaffection during the previous two years had resulted in several apostles being excommunicated and replaced with men who were loyal to JS and the church.Three versions of this discourse are extant. took notes on the discourse and later copied the notes into his “Book of Revelations,” a notebook in which he copied JS revelations and discourses. In his notebook, Woodruff dated the discourse as 1 July 1839, but the context of the discourse places it on 2 July, when JS was in . Woodruff brought his notebook on his mission to , where fellow missionary borrowed the notebook and copied this and other discourses into his own notebook. Woodruff also copied the discourse into his 1839 journal. In the journal version, he omitted the final section of the discourse, which addressed apostasy, and made other minor revisions. Woodruff’s “Book of Revelations” version is featured here because it is the earliest and most complete and was likely copied between 2 July and 8 August, the date Woodruff and fellow apostle departed for , en route to England. Significant differences between the two versions are noted in annotation.
(aRevelation, 8 July 1838–A [D&C 118:6].bLetter to Heber C. Kimball and Brigham Young, 16 Jan. 1839; Woodruff, Journal, 26 Apr. 1839.cSee Minutes, 4–5 May 1839; and Woodruff, Journal, 25 May and 27 June 1839.)
Woodruff, Wilford. Journals, 1833–1898. Wilford Woodruff, Journals and Papers, 1828–1898. CHL. MS 1352.