Minutes and Discourse, 9 June 1842

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Minutes of the Proceedings
of the
Eleventh Meeting of the .
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, June 9th.
Prest J. Smith opened the meeting by pray’r and proceeded to address the congregation on the design of the Institution— said it is no matter how fast the Society increases if all are virtuous— that we must be as particular with regard to the character of members, as when the Society first started— that sometimes persons wish to put themselves into a Society of this kind, when they do not intend to pursue the ways of purity and righteousness, as if the Society would be a shelter to them in their iniquity.
Prest. S. said that henceforth no person shall be admitted but by presenting regular petition signed by two or three members in good standing in the Society— whoever comes in must be of good report.
Harriet Luce and Mary Luce were receiv’d into the Society by recommend.
Objections previously made against Mahala Overton were remov’d— after which Prest Smith continued his address— said he was going to preach mercy Supposing that Jesus Christ and angels should object to us on frivolous things, what would become of us? We must be merciful and overlook small things.
Respecting the reception of Sis. Overton, Prest. Smith It grieves me that there is no fuller fellowship— if one member suffer all feel it— by union of feeling we obtain pow’r with God. Christ said he came to call sinners to repentance and save them. Christ was condemn’d by the righteous jews because he took sinners into his society— he took them <​up​>on the principle that they [p. [61]] repented of their sins. It is the object of this to reform persons, not to take those that are corrupt, but if they repent we are bound to take them and by kindness sanctify and cleanse from all unrighteousness, by our influence in watching over them— nothing will have such influence over people, as the fear of being disfellowship’d by so goodly a Society as this. Then take Sis. O. as Jesus received sinners into his bosom.
Sis. O. In the name of the Lord I now make you free, and from this hour if any thing should be found against you
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Nothing is so much calculated to lead people to forsake sin as to take them by the hand and watch over them with tenderness. When persons manifest the least kindness and love to me, O what pow’r it has over my mind, while the opposite course has a tendency to harrow up all the harsh feelings and depress the human mind.
It is one evidence that men are unacquainted with the principle of godliness, to behold the contraction of feeling and lack of charity. The pow’r and glory of Godliness is spread out on a broad principle to throw out the mantle of charity. God does not look on sin with allowance, but when men have sin’d there must be allowance made for them.
All the religious world is boasting of righteousness— tis the doctrine of the devil to retard the human mind and retard our progress, by filling us with selfrighteousness— The nearer we get to our heavenly Father, the more are we dispos’d to look with compassion on perishing souls— to take them upon our shoulders and cast their sins behind our back. [blank] I am going to talk to all this Society— if you would have God have mercy on you, have mercy on one another.
Prest. S. then refer’d them to the conduct of the Savior when he was taken and crucified &c.
He then made a promise in the name of the [p. [62]] Lord saying, that soul that has righteousness enough to ask God in the secret place for life, every day of their lives shall live to three score years & ten— We must walk uprightly all day long— How glorious are the principles of righteousness! We are full of selfishness— the devil flatters us that we are very righteous, while we are feeding on the faults of others— We can only live by worshipping our God— all must do it for themselves— none can do it for another. How mild the Savior dealt with Peter, saying “when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren”— at an other time he said to him “lovest thou me? “Feed my sheep”.— If the sisters love the Lord let them feed the sheep and not destroy them. How oft have wise men & women sought to dictate br. Joseph by saying “O if I were br. Joseph I would do this and that.” But if they were in br. Joseph’s shoes, they would find that men could not be compel’d into the kingdom of God, but must be dealt with in long suff’ring— and at last we shall save them. The way to keep all the saints together and keep the work rolling, is to wait with all long suff’ring till God shall bring such character to justice. There should be no license for sin, but mercy should go hand in hand with reproof.
Sisters of this , shall there be strife among you? I will not have it— you must repent and get the love of God. Away with selfrighteousness. The best measure or principle to bring the poor to repentance is to administer to their wants— the Society is not only to relieve the poor, but to save souls.
Prest. S. then said that he would give a lot of land to the Society by deeding it to the Treasurer, that the Society may build houses for the poor. He also said he would give a house— frame not finished— said that br. [p. [63]] will move it on to the aforesaid lot, and the can pay him by giving Orders on the Store— that it was a good plan to set those to work who are owing widows and thus make an offsett &c. &c.
The following names were receiv’d.
Violetta Burgess Ann Bowberry
Rosanna Lyman Mary Bowberry
Sarah Fisher Charlotte Jenkins
Elizabeth Edwards Zilpha Jacobs
Mary Moore Charity Bickmore
Sabra Prior Mary R. Maxton
Marina Prior Mary Ann Stevens
Elizabeth Crafton Betsey Foot
Flavilla L. Leavitt Jane Jenkins
Roxana Huntsman Wealthy Pratt
Lucinda E. Cole Agnes Moss
Persis Stiles Mary Moss
Sarah W. Gibbs Sarah Zundal
Sophia C◊◊t Catharine Pope Mary Ann Greenwell
Phebe Rannals Mary Ann Green
Rhoda A. Fulmer Margaret Smoot
Martisha Smith Sarah Bullard
Nancy Houghton Elizabeth Mittwell
Mary I. Horne Harriet Little
Catharine Nicolson Lucy Seely
Eliza Canfield Elizabeth Lemon
Anna Demill Lydia Hadlock
Elizabeth Maudsley Martha J. Powers
Nancy Henderson Maria Clark
Margaret Avery Nancy Simpson
Elizabeth Avery Gates Elizabeth Browett
Lydia Badger Margaret Stow
Mary J. Melks Maria Hodson
Betsey Bidwell Ann Slater
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Lydia Edwards Mary H. Hoyg
Eleanor Edwards Mary Winterbotton
Phebe McNall Mary Ann Allen
Araminta Vorth Eda Sweat
Eunice Cone Mary Henderson
Sarah Rawlins Naomi C. Price
Julia Owens Mary Wilson
Nancy Stewart Amanda Wilson
Agnes Wilson Elizabeth Scott
Philinda Stanley Lydia M. Luce
Elizabeth Hendricks Esther Wood
Mahala Dudley Sarah Meeks
Mary Ann Maxton Susanna Adams
Catharina Wilson Mary Thompson
Nancy Karr Elizabeth Wilson
Tirzah Chase Emily Wilson
Eliza Chase Mary Wilson
Nancy Chase Margaret Wilkinson
Diana Chase Ann Smithies
Sarah Buthrick Sarah A. Murply
Polly Leach Mary Owins
Diana Camp Chara Owens
Elizabeth Merrills Mary Mitchell
Abigail Bradley Abigail Burbank
Mary Hustin Susanna Wakefield
Lydia F. Gibbs Huldah Judd
Candace Evans Susanna C. Boyce
Jane Judd Elizabeth C. Allen
Mary Ives Nancy M. Murphy
Mary Jane Morris Talitha C. Garlick
Mahala Morris Sarah K. Taylor
Mary Blake Catharine Minnerly
Lodemia Barnet Catharine Mulliner
Elizabeth Helm Margaret Myers
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Mary McIlwrick Martha H. Wilson
Clarissa Smith Sarah I. Weeks
Mary Smith Margaret Willis
Caroline Smith Lavina Boren
Louisa Camfield Alice Elison
Charity Shepherd Hannah A. Chesebrough
Lucinda Kinyun Alice Martin
Jane Jones Eliza Jenkins
Mary Carter Mary Richardson
Mary Tytle Ann Vowles
Mary Owen Mary Davis
Mrs. Gay Ruth Stoddard
Mrs. Winter Malinda Chipman
Sarah Marsden Charlotte Chase
Ann Delany Esther Gleason
Mrs. Worthington Ann E. Hoskinson
Mary Stilly Abigail Woolsey
Mrs. Williams Polly Woolsey
Mrs. Richards Elmira Meacham
Jane Gandolf Polly Meacham
Jane Roberts Mary Jane Butterfield
Mary Evans Betey A. Burkett
Susan Wallace Sarah J. Burkett
Margaret Butterfield Catharine Skinner
Harriet Roberts Eleanor Taylor
Elizabeth Frampton Mary Burkett
Sarah Cox Jane Burkett
Margaret Empey Mary Ann Bracken
Jane A. Foot Elsey Ann Curtiss
Mary Allred Lydia M. Luce
Nancy W. Allred Hannah M. Swasey
Orissa A. Allred Louis Judd
Sarah L. Taylor Charity Sharp
Mary C. Egbert Mavy Roles
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Eliza Ann Dusette Abigail D. Hovey
Abi Salina Burk Sarah Rockwell
Jane Tidwell Sarah Remington
Susan Strong Katharine Walker
Mary Mayberry Cyntha Yeamans
Sophia Anderson Deborah Leithead
Sarah H. Head Eliza J. Wilber
Mary Head
Mary Wall
Elizabeth Wilson
The following donations were then receiv’d, to wit—
Lucinda E. Cole .. 50
Mrs. Chase .. 75
Elizabeth Romley .. 75
Mary Rollins 1, 00
Roxana Repsher 2, 25
Mrs. Curtis 1, .50
Maria C. Perry .. 50
Maria Scholes 1, 87
Cyrena Merrills .. 31
Albina Merrills .. 25
Rhoda Bentley .. 50
Lodemia Barnet .. 25
Mary Ann Peck .. 25
Mary Greenwell .. 25
Amanda Rogers 1, 00
Diantha Billings .. 25
Sophronia Drake .. 37
Hannah Smith .. 50
Sarah Head .. 75
Loisa Pratt .. 50
Hannah Pierce 1, 00
Mary Woolley .. 50
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Elmira Miller 1, 25
Unknown— .. 25
do .. 50
Philena Stanley 1, 50
Jemima Newcomb 4, 00
Julius Guinand 2. 00
Mrs. Felshaw 1, 00
Hannah Ells 1, 00
Mary Smith 1, 87
Ann Bosley 1, 50
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