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Vol. I. No. 1.] ' KIRTLAND, OHIO,. OCTOBER, 1837. [Whole No. 1. 



North Lat, 44. Long. 69, 10. Vin- 
alhaven, Fox Islands, Monday, Sept. 
18th, 1837, 

To Joseph Smith Jr. and the 
CHURCH OP Latter Day Saikts ix 

KlRTLAxND greeting: 

Dear Saints of God, 
whom we love of a truth for the truth' 
sake that dwellcth in you, and we pray 
God that it rnay abide with you forev- 
er: As we are called to stand upoa 
the Islands of the sea, in defence of the 
truth and for the word of God and the 
testimony of Jesus Christ. We are 
under the necessity of mr king use oi 
our pen, to give jom an account of our 
labors in the ministry since we left 
Kirtland, as we cannot at present speak 
to you face to face. We loft Kirtland 
May 31st, and took Steamboat at Fair- 
port in companj'" with Elder Milton 
Holmes, to go forth to labor in the 
vineyard as the Lord should direct. — 
After calling on the Saints in Jefferson 
Co. N. Y. we arrived at Sackett's 
Harbour and took Steamboat on the 
6th of June for Upper Canada and on 
the 8th arived at Brother Artemus 
Judd's. And on the 10th, had the hap- 
py privilege of setting in conference 
with Jolni R. Page, James Blakes- 
lee, and a number other elders, and a 
large congregation of Saints. And 
we were blessed with a very interesting 
time. After spending several days 
with them we took the parting hand 
with these beloved friends and pro- 
ceeded on our journey for the East in 
company with elder John Goodson, and 
others bound for England. We took 
the parting iiand with them at Schenec- 
tady, and arrived at the Caanan church 
in Connecticut, visited the church a 
few days. Here elder M. Holmes 
took his departure for Mass. and we 
wenttoColebrook, visited different parts 
of the town and held eight meetings, 
from thence to Canton and held a meet- 
ing in the village hall in Collinsville. — 
As wc commenced speaking several 
began to beat th':ir drums at the doors 
which made much confusion. This is 
the only disturbance wc have had since 
we left Kirtland. Wc next visited 
Avon, where we held four meetings 
and many came out to hear and mani- 
fested a --piril of in^iuiry. And elder 



Woodruff had the privilege of leading 
three of his kinfolk into the*\vaters of 
baptism. And had not the Spirit call- 
ed us away to perform a greater work, 
we should have had no difficulty in es- 
tablishing a branch of the church in 
that place. A family v/here we tarried 
but one night, and taught them the 
things of the kingdom, believed our tes- 
timony, and after our departure, two 
of the household followed us 15 miles 
to receive baptism at our hands, but we 
were gone, and they truly believed it 
to be a day of warning and not of ma- 
ny words. We also visited Farming- 
ton and held one meeting In the Meth- 
odist meeting house, and preached to 
an attentive congregation who wished 
to hear more concerning the great work 
of God. We left Furmington on the 20 
of July, for Mass. and "after visiting 
the Bradford church, and after preach- 
ing several times with them, we pro- 
ceeded on our journey to Saco, Maine, 
where we spent several days with the 
church and friends. But duly urging 
us forward to lift the warning voice to 
those that had not heard the sound of 
the gospel, we then went to the city of 
Portland. We there took the Steam- 
er Bangor on the 19 of August, to speed 
us on our way to the Islands of the sea, 
they landed us at Owls head at the set- 
ting of the sun: But how to get con- 
veyance to the Islands wc knew not, 
we retired to a grove and offered up 
our thanks unto God for his mercies 
and asked him to open our way before 
us; we returned to the Inn and soon 
found some men that were going n'iar 
the Islands that night, they said they 
would land us if we chose to take pas- 
sage with tbem. Wc accordingly went 
on board, they hoisted sail and landed 
us on North Fox Isjand, Vinalhaven, 
at 2 o'clock Sunday morning, August 
20th. It was with peculiar feelings 
and sensations that wc began to walk 
forth upon one of the Islands of the sea 
which was wrapped in the sable shades 
of night, whose waters had never cov- 
ered a soul for the remission of their 
sins after the order of the gospel, and 
which soil had never before been press- 
ed by the foot steps of an elder of Is- 
rael. ^^'e were strangers, pilgrims, 
and aliiioul penny less. But we huci 



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come on the Lords business, we believ- 
ed him faithful that had promised, and 
we felt willing to trust in his name, 
we soon came to a house, where we 
were received and we retired to rest. 
We arose in the morning nnde ourselves 
known as servants of the Lord, we in- 
quired if there was any religion or 
priests on the Island; we were inform- 
ed that tbeie was a Baptist priest, a 
small church and a meeting house at 
the center of the Island. The town of 
Vinalhaven includes both North and 
South Fox Islands: Pop. 1800. The 
inhabitants arc generally wealthy, in- 
telligent, industrious, generous and 
hospitable to strangers. North Island 
is 9 miles long, and 2 v/ide, pop. 800. 
South Island is 10 miles long, and 5 
wide, pop. 1000 &c. As it was Sab- 
bath morning there was to be preach- 
ino in the meeting house, we conclu- 
ded to attend considering it a proper 
place to introduce the gospel. When 
we arived at the place, meeting had 
commenced, the deacon came to the 
door and we informed him that we 
were servants of the Lord, that we had 
a message for the people and wished 
to be heard, the deacon informed the 
priest that we were preachers of the 
gospel. He invited us into the stand 
and gave out an appointment for us at 
5 o'clock P. M. After the priest had 
closed his discourse he invited us to his 
house during the intermission. We 
presented him the book of Mormon, 
he appeared friendly and said he should 
like to read it. We met according to 
appointment and preached to tiiem the 
first principles of the gospel. We then 
trave out appointments fo«- tWe four fol- 
lowing evenings to be heivi at tlK; sev- 
eral school houses on the Island. The 
people came out in great numbers and 
heard with attention and manifested 
much anxiety, and in fourteen days 
we held nineteen meetings. The Bap- 
tist priest became alarmed seeing that 
hiscraltwas in danger; and fearing 
that if he held his peace all r'or^ islands 
would l)elieve on our wovus, accor- 
dingly he strove to use his in..,'.cnce 
against us, but without effect as you 
may judge on learning the fact that o.i 
Sunday the 2~th while we met with a 
congregation, he had not so much as 
one to meet with him at his usual place 
of worship, for the excitement was so 
great that the members of his church 
and deacon, were attending our meet- 



ings and inviting us to visit them, and 
inquiring into these things. The Lord 
clothed us with his Spirit and we were 
enabled to stand up and boldly declare 
those things that are commanded os.-— 
And the sound thereof soon reached 
the neighboring Islands and some of the 
inhabitants soon hoisted their sails to 
convey them over the waters to hear 
the tidings for themselves. On Sun- 
day the 3rd of Sept. we preached to a 
large congregation assembled together 
from these Islands, at the close of our 
meeting we opened a door for baptism^ 
and a respectable sea captain and his 
wife offered themselves as candidates, 
we then assembled where there was 
much water and after ofiering up oar 
prayers unto God, we then lead them 
down into the sea and baptized them 
and we returned rejoicing. On Mon- 
day following we visited the South Is- 
land to set before them the truths of the 
everlasting gospel. We held five 
meetings, the people came out by hun- 
dreds, to hear and filled the school- 
house-s to overflowing. 

Notwithstanding the anxiety of the 
people to hear more upon this impor- 
tant subject, yet we were under the 
necessity of returning to the North Is- 
land, to attend an appointment oa Sun- 
day, accordingly we met and preached 
to the people and opened a door for 
baptism and another sea Captain and a 
young lady came forward and we re- 
paired to the sea shore and baptiz.ed 
them, and on Tuesday following, we 
administered the ordinance of baptism 
unto three others. 

A Methodist priest on the South Is- 
land fearing whereunto these things 
would grow, came over to the Island 
where we were baptizing and made 
friends with the Baptist priest (tike 
Herod and Pilate) and called a meet- 
ing, we attended. The Methodist priest 
arose and commenced warm hostilities 
against the book of Mormon, and our 
principles; we took minutes of his dis- 
course that we might be correct in an- 
swering him. As he could not bring 
proof from the word of God against 
our principles, and in order to make 
an impression upon the minds of his 
hearers against the work; he took the 
book of Mormon in his hand, and with 
an out stretched arm declarcd that he 
feared none of the judgments of God 
that would come upon him for rejecting 
that book as the word of God. When 



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he closed his meeting we arose and 
rec?ified some of his wide mistakes in 
his presence before the congregation, 
and informed the people if they would 
meet next Sabbath at the meeting 
house we would answer every ebjection 
that had been presented against the 
book of Mormon and our principles du- 
ring the meeting. And last Sabbath 
we met a congregation of several hun- 
dred at the meeting house, assembled 
together from the different Islands, and 
we arose in their midst, and redeemed 
our plsdge by answering every objec- 
tion that had been brought against the 
book of Mormon, or our principles. — 
After meeting we repaired to the water 
and again administered the ordinance 
of baptism. The Baptist priest is no 
iessbusy than his Methodist brother, for 
%vhile one is in the pulpit declaring to 
the people, that the principles of the 
book of Mormon are saping the very 
foundation of our churches and holy 
religion; the other is gone over to the 
main land calling upon his Baptist 
brethren, saying come over and help 
us lest we fall, v But cursed is man 
that trusteth in man or maketh flesh his 
arm saith the Lord God. O 5'e priests 
of Baal your cry is in vain, the God of 
Israel has set his hand the second time 
to recover his people. The stone has 
began to roll, and will soon become a 
mountain and fill the whole earth The 
Lord is calling his church out of the 
wilderness, with her gifts and graces 
and restoring her judges as at the first. 
God hath chosen the weak things of 
this world to confound the wise, and 
with them he will rend your kingdoms, 
that the wisdom ol your wise men may 
perish, and the understanding of yonr 
prudent men may be hid. The cry of 
the Saints is ascending into the cars of 
the Lord of Sabaoth for Ephraim. — 
The horns of Joseph arc bogining to 
push the people together. The a[!03- 
tles of the Lamb of God are bcarins: the 
keys o( his kingdom on the shores of 
Europe. Yea and the mighty Captain 
of the ships at sea, arc receiving the 
gospel of Jesus Christ; and enjoying 
its power, and the call of many from 
distant Islands, has already entered 
our cars; O come and jircach to us, 
we have sent a book of Mormon over 
the billows of the great deep, to leach 
those that are at sea. And the word 
and work are i)ropclled by the arm of 
JEIIOVAIL And the weapon that is 



formed against Zion shall soon be 
broken. And he that raises his puny 
arm against it, is fighting against God 
and shall soon mourn because of his 
loss. V/e say these things are true as 
God liveth, and the Spirit beareth rec- 
ord^and the record is true, and ven- 
geance v/ill bo speedily executed upon 
an evil work in these last days, there- 
fore, O Babylon thy fall is sure. 

Although we have not baptized but 
Cev/ on these Islands, yet there is hun- 
dreds believing and many are almost 
ready to enter into the kingdom, the 
calls are numerous from the neighbor- 
ing Islands, and also from the main 
land, for us to come and preach unto 
them, and tell them words whereby 
they may be saved from the pending 
judgments that await the world. There 
are fifteen or twenty neighboring Islands 
that are inhabited, some of them con- 
tain a population of several thousand. 
And while the fields are white, we 
view the harvest great in this country; 
and the laborers i:ew. And while we 
are faithfully laboring day and night 
for the salvation of his people; we ask 
an in:erest in your prayers, O ye 
Saints of the most high God. O ye 
elders of Israel will ye not go forth in- 
to the vineyard and help wind up the 
scene of this generation which sits in 
darkness and in the shadow of death. 
O ye ministers of our God, if we alto- 
gether hold our peace at this time, shall 
we not sufiljr loss when the Lord raises 
up deliverance unto Israel. But for 
Zion's sake let us not hold our peace, 
and for Jerusalem's sake let us not rest 
until tiie light thereof go forth as bright- 
ness and salvation as a lamp that burti- 
cth. 

That wo all may keep the patience 
and faith of the Saints and see that no 
man take our. crown, is the prayer of 
vour brethren in the Lord Jesus. 

WILLFORD WOODRUFF, 
JOHNATIIAN IL HALE. 



Oar readers will notice that the fol- 
lowing from cider Kimball, was intended 
for a private letter to his wife, conse- 
quently it was not expected by hi.m to 
be placed before the p^ublic; but as El- 
der Kimball is lilcc ourselves, a man 
that delights in plaincss, and is not 
skilled in the art of daubing with un- 
(cmpered mo'.ter; we have taken the 
liberty to give it publicity almost en- 



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tire, that tlie saints may have the long 
desired information, that the standard 
of truth is Iioisted on the Eastern con- 
tinent, and hundreds are alread}' enlist- 
ing under the Wood stained banner of 
Immanuel, even him who once trod in 
the same path that our beloved breth- 
ren who are laboring in England are 
now pursuing, i. c. "and the poor 
have the gospel preached to them." — 
Mat. 11:5. We feel thankful in very 
deed that God is no respecter of per- 
sons. — Ed. 

Preston, Lancashire, Eng. Sept. 2 1837 

My dear CoJirANION, 

I take this op- 
portunity to write a few lines to you, 
to let you know I am in the land of the 
living, 1 am a pilgrim on the earth, 
and a stranger in a strange land far 
from my home, and among those that 
seek my life because I preach the truth 
and those things that will save their 
lives in the day of tribulation. On the 
18 of July we landed in Liverpool in 
the forenoon. I had peculiar feelings 
when we landed, the Spirit of God bur- 
ned in my breast; and at the 
san^G time I felt to covenant 
before God, to live a new life, and to 
pray that the Lord would help me to 
do the same. We remained there 
three days, resting our bodies: on Sat- 
urday the 22 we took coach for Pres- 
ton, the distance 31 miles, we arri- 
ved there at four in the afternoon. 

After we had unloaded our things, 
Br. Fielding had gone to see his broth- 
er, and Br. Goodson had gone to get 
lodgings; all at once 1 looked up, there 
was a large Flag before me, with large 
gilded letters written thereon, 
''TRUTH WILL PREVAIL" we said 
Amen, so let it be Lord; the same eve- 
ning, one of the clergy desii'ed an in- 
terview with us. Elders Hyde and 
Goodson, and myself went to see him, 
conversed with him and one Mr. Wat- 
son until about ten in the evening, 
when we retired to oar Lodging, the 
next morning we agreed to go and 
hear him preach, >ve did so; after he 
got through, he ^ave out an appoint- 
ment fo.* one of us at three in the af- 
ternoon, it fell to my lot to preach first; 
I apake upon the first principles of the 
gospel, and w'oat the Lord was doing 
jn these last days, it caused the people 
to stare at me; after I got through, Br. 
Jiycjc bore testimony and many receiv- 



ed our testimony, for they date their con- 
viction back to that tinie. The Rev. Mr. 
gave out another appointment, aS 



half past seven, Br. Goodson preaeiied^ 
and Br. Fielding bore testimony after 
him, and it came with power, he ther> 
gave another appointment fo-r Wed- 
nesday evening, Br. Hyde preached,- 
and there seemed to be many that re- 
joiced, that the Lord had sent his ser- 
vants to preach to them. The Rev, 

Mr. closed his doors against us, 

and found fault with us because we 
htld forth the order of baptism, said 
we agreed we would not bold fortk 
these things, this was not sa. for we 
did not ask him for his house, but we 
prayed that the Lord would open his 
heart to let us preach in it and so he 
did, and we gave God the glory. Af- 
ter this there were private doors open- 
ed for us te preach; we had two ov 
three meetings every night, and many 
began to bear testimony of the truth 
of the things which we de- 
clared, and desired to be baptised^ 
Eight days after we arrived at Preston, 
ninr* presented themselves lor baptism, 
and I was appointed to baptise, on sun- 
day morning, and Br. Russel was ap- 
pointed to preach in the market place 
at half past two in the afternoon; this, 
was concluded upon on Saturday eve- 
ning, and we retired to bed as usuaL — 
A singular circumstance occurred be- 
fore morning, which I will quote from? 
Br. Hydes journal, as he wrote it down» 
he commences as follows, "Elder Rus- 
sel was much troubled with evil spirits- 
and came into the room where Eider 
Kimball and myself were sleeping, and 
desired us to lay our hands on hitn, 
and rebuke the evil spirit: I arose upon, 
the bed, and Br. Kimball got upon the 
floor and I sat upon the bed; we laid 
our hands on him, and brother Kim- 
ball rebuked and prayed for him but 
just before he had finished his prayer, 
his voice faltered, and his mouth was 
shut, and he began to tremble and 
real to and fro, and fell on the floor 
like a dead man, and uttered a deep 
groan, I immediately seized him by 
the shoulder, and lifted him up, being; 
satisfied that the devils were exceding 
angry because we attempted to cast 
them out of Br. Russel, and they made 
a powerful attempt upon Elder Kimball 
as if to dispatch him at once, they 
struck him senseless and he fell to the 
floor; Br. Russel and myself then laid 



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our hands on Elder Kuiiball, aud rebu- 
ked the evil spirits, hi the name of Je- 
sus Christ; and immediately he recov- 
=ered his strength in part, so as to get 
tip; the sweat began to roll from him 
most powerfully, and he was almost 
as wet as if he had been taken out of 
the water, we could very sensibly hear 
the evil spirits rage and foam out their 
shame. Br. Kimball was quite weak 
for a day or two after: it seems that 
the devils are determined to destroy us, 
and prevent the truth from being de- 
clared in England." The devil was 
mad because I was a going to baptize, 
and he wanted to destroy me, that I 
should not do those things the Lord 
sent me to do. We had a great strug- 
gle to deliver ourselves from his hands; 
when they left Br. Russel they pitched 
upon me, and when they left rac they 
fell upon Br. Hj'de; for we could hear 
them gnash their teeth upon us. — Eight 
■days after w-e got here, we held a coun- 
sel: Br. Goodson and Br. Richards, 
■went to Bedford: elders Russel and 
Snider, went North, about one hundred 
miles: elder Hyde, and priest Fielding 
■stayed at Preston, it is a large place; 
there is betwixt fifty and sixty thou- 
sand inhabitants; and the most poor 
people that I ever saw. There are 55 
now baptized, and it is as much as 
they can do to live, there is not more 
than one or two that could lodge us 
over night if they should try; and in 
fact there are some that have not a bed 
to sleep on themselves; and this is the 
situation of most of the people in this 
place, and it is so in the country; we 
oannot travel the streets without meet- 
ing beggars half naked, this gives me 
■feelings that I do not like. 

We have to live quite short, but the 
brethren are very kind to us, they arc 
willing to divide with us the last they 
have, they are quite ignorant, many of 
them cannot read a word and it needs 
great care to teach them the gospel so 
that they can understand; the people 
here are bound down under priestcraft 
in a manner I never saw before: they 
have to pay tithes to the priests of every 
tenth they raise; so that they cannot 
lay up one cent; they are in the same 
situation the children of Israel were 
in Egypt: they have their taskmasters 
over thsm to bind them down; it will 
be as great a miracle to deliver this 
people, as it was the children of Israel. 
There are a great many believing 



ing in Preston; we are baptising almos^ 

every day. The Rev. Mr. is like to 

lose all his members, and the priests 
are mad, but the} are afraid of us, and 
durst not come near us. 

You stated in your letter that some 
of the twelve were coming to England 
next spring, and you say they are cal- 
culating to bring their wifes with them; 
this I have no objections to, but if they 
come they had better bring money to 
support themselves; I think they had 
better take up with Br. Joseph's advice, 
and leave their wifes at home, for if 
they bring them here, they will repent 
the day they do it, I do not wish to 
bring my wife to this place to suffer, if 
they could see the misery that I do they 
would not think of such a thing, . the 
Savior says, "he that is not willing to 
leave father and mother, and wife 
and children, brothers and sisters, hou- 
ses and lands for my sake and the gos- 
pel, are not worthy of me*"' We have 
had our own hired house, since we 
have been here, and bought our own 
provisions; we do not eat but one meal 
at home, for the brethren invite us to 
eat dinner and supper with them. 

You stated that our brethren tliought 
of appointing a conference in England 
next spring, but we know not what 
will happen before that time; we know 
not how long we shall be here; if we 
come home next summer, we shall 
come before they can get here. The 
Lord says "take no thought for the 
morrow" and this is the way I feel at 
present, Icommit myself into his hands, 
that, I may always be ready to go at 
his command; 1 desire to be content 
with whatever situation I am placed 
in. 

The 2nd week after I came here, a 
minister's daughter came in where I 
was, and I commenced preaching to 
her the woixls of life, she seemed to 
listen with great attention to me; I told 
her I was going to preach in the eve- 
ning, she said she would come and 
hear me, she did so, and the next night 
she came again, and the next morning 
she sent for me to come and baptize 
her; accordingly I went and baptized 
her; this was on friday morning, and 
on Saturday she started forborne: she 
wanted me to come to her father,s 
house, for she thought her father would 
open his chapel for me to preach in; I 
told her if there was a door open, I 
would come. She appeared very intel- 



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ligent, and I have since learned, that 
she was a person of great influence in 
the place where she livc^, which is cal- 
led VValkerford, about fifteen miles 
from Preston. I saw her into the 
coach, and she desired that I would 
pray for her, and her father, that his 
heart might be softened, that he might 
not find lauli with her. 1 bade her 
farewell, went home at my lodging 
and found Br. Hyde, and Fielding, 
and told them what I had done; and 
that I wanted to call on the Lord, and 
ask him to soften her fathers heart, 
thai he might open his chapel for me 
to preach &c. Then we bowed before 
the Lord, and we were agreed in ask- 
ing for these thmgs, the next week, 
I received a letter from her father, re- 
questing me to come to his house on 
Saturday as he had given out for me 
to preach three times on the next Sab- 
bath, I accordingly went, he received 
me very kindly; I preached in his 
chapel seven times, stayed there nine 
or ten days; and preached thirteen 
times, and the Lord v/as v/ith me, and 
I baptized eight; and almost every one 
that came to hear, believed. The 
Rev. Mr- R. has preached here 33 
years, ho is a Presbyterian. It caused 
me to marvel to see hov/ the Lord is 
able to turn the hearts of the people: 
?vlr. R. did not receive m}' testimony, 
but the Lord softened his heart, that he 
might gather out his sainls. I never 
was treated better any where than by 
them, while I was there, the Lord 
warned me in a vision to go back to 
Preston for I was v/anted there, the 
Lord is with me, and v/arns me of al- 
most every thing before hand. Walk- 
erford is but two miles from the Catho 
lie college the most of the people liere 
are Catholics they have threatened my 
life, but this does not scai-e me, for the 
Lord is with me, and you know that 
perfect love casts out all fear, I feel 
firm in the Lord, I never enjoyed my- 
self better than I do now, and it is so 
with brother Hyde and all the breth- 
ren. * * * * 

Brothers, Goodson and Richards, 
went to Bedford, and Rir. Matthews re- 
ceived their testimony and exhorted 
his people to do the same, and set a 
time to go forward and be baptized; 
and when the time come, he was mis- 
sing and did not come. He had turn- 
ed against the work; and been bapti- 
zed by soma of their Ministers; and is 



now preaching repentance and baptism 
for the remission of sins; and calling 
on his members to be baptized. He 
has written a letter to the Rev. Mr. 

at Preston, and says that the 

best of his people have lefi him. The 
last we heard from the brethren there, 
they had baptized twelve. 

Br. Russel and Snider that went 
North, we have not had the particu- 
lars from. We have preached in the 
streets the most of the time, until our 
lungs are injured much, we have large 
congregations to hear, and the houses 
are very small in this place. 

We have had the Cock-pit to preach 
in, two Sundays once a day, and next 
Sunday we have the privilege of preach- 
ing in it twice: it will hold six or sev- 
en hundred people. 

Sept. 6, I am now going down to 
Walkerford to visit that little branch. — 
There is a great and affectual door o- 
pcned there, 1 had many calls in dif- 
ferent places, and so it is here m Pres- 
ton, more than we can attend to; and 
they are calling for us in the cnuntry: 
Br. Hyde and myself went out ten 
miles last week, and preached twice 
we had as many as could hear us. — 
They had a shock of an earthquake 
here a few years ago, but they say it 
was nothing compared to this, the people 
find much fault, and threaten us much, 
because we get their best members; we 
tell them all we want is the wheat. 

I cannot tell you much on one sheet of 
paper, but 1 shall write again in about 
three weeks from the date of this, you 
must forgive me my dear Vilate, that I 
have been so negligent about writing 
to you, but 1 will not do so again. I 
felt much gratified with the news you 
wrote in your kind letter; I had many 
sorrowful hours thinking of the things 
in Kirtland: it has been my prayer ev- 
er since 1 left, that a reconciliation 
should take place. I feel contented 
about you I know the Lord will take 
care of you, and preserve you till I 
come home; and feed you, and clothe 
you, and the children. And he will 
take care of me; give me your prayers, 
and you shall have mine: be faithful 
my dear companion, our labours will 
soon be over, when we shall meet to 
part no more forevei". I am glad you 
have sister Fielding with you, I hope 
she will stay with you till I come home. 
Tell William and Hellen and Heber to 
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loveto'all enquiring friends; write 
when you receive this, and let this 
sheet be an example for you, this to my 
dearest friend. 

HEBER KIMBALL, 
ViLATE Kimball. 



Tere Haute, la. Oct. 13th, 1837. 

Brother Don C. Smith, 

Dear Sir: 

Having arrived 
here last evening in a heavy shower of 
rain, and calculating to pursue our 
journey on the morrow, I thought I 
would occupy part of the day, in wri- 
ting a few lines to you for the Journal. 

This place is about five hundred 
miles from Kirtland, and about half 
way from Kirtland to the city of Far 
West; which makes the distance from 
Kirtland to the Far West, one thou- 
sand miles. 

Part of the way the roads were ex- 
cedingly good, and part of the way, 
were as bad as they could well be. — 
7^he immence travel on the national 
road is incredible, and this compo- 
sed of all classes, and discriptions 
of character. Here indeed you may 
see the rich and the poor, the noble 
and ignoble, all traveling together a- 
long the same way; just like they have 
to the grave, the common lot of all. 

I observed as I passed through Ohio, 
that there was quite a diversity of both 
soil and timber, some parts of Ohio 
through which we passed, I think is 
not surpassed in any part of the coun- 
try, for fertility of soil, beauty of at- 
traction, and splendor of improvements. 
I have not, as yet, to this point seen 
anything to equal it. 

Through Indiana, there is a much 
greater uniformity of soil, timber, and 
surface, than in Ohio, I mean in the 
parts through which we passed. From 
the time we crossed the state line, until 
say within 12 or 15 miles from this 
place,, there is a uniformity in soil, 
timber, and surface, that amounts to a 
dull monotony in the eye of the obser. 
ver. The timber is principly beech 
and maple. The surface is very flat; 
and the soil not above second quality, 
if it would be considered of that qal- 
ity 

Indiana as far as I have traveled 
through it, until I came within a few 
miles of this place, does not justify the 
general report which has been given of 
t; al least, I confess, that I was disap- 



pointed, not finding the country as good 
as I expected from report. 

There are a multitude of villages 
springing up on the national road, of 
which Richmond, Indianapolis, and Te- 
re Haute are principle, of these three, 
I should consider Richmond quite in 
advance of the others. Indianapolis, 
the seat of government, is avillage of 
considerable size; but the buildings are 
generally sinall, many of them from 
one, to one story and a half high, and 
very few excel two storys high. — 
The greater part of the houses are 
wood. — The town is built or\. the east 
side of White river; the situation is ples- 
ant, and would admit of a city of the 
largest size. 

This vilage (Terehaute) is situated 
on the east sidf^ of the wabash, which 
is a beautiful river, and flows majesti- 
cally along the west side of the vilage. 
The steamboats ascend the river to 
ihis point. The village is situated on 
a wide spreading prairv of exceeding- 
ly rich soil, and the surface is level, 
and presents a sublime prospect, to the 
eye of the traveler as he comes from 
the east. From where the national 
road enters the prariy; it is about three 
miles to the river, where the village 
stands. 

The prices of land on the national 
road is astonishing; take it at any point 
you will, and you will find, the wild 
land, from twenty to thirty dollars per 
acre; while the improved land, is from 
fifty to a hundred, according to the 
situation and improvements. 

No thinking mind can travel through 
the country, and observe the ways of 
man and things, without deep reflection. 
In passing along you will see wealth, 
beauty, and eligance, flowing in all 
richness, and the next minute, you 
will see poverty, want, and wretched- 
ness, praying like a vulture upon the 
happiness of their subjects. The 
wretchedness and sufierings which a- 
bound in many habitations, makes 
the heart sicken, and throws a gloomi- 
ness over the spirit of the philanthi-o- 
phist. 

A person who is acquainted with the 
purposes and work of God in the last 
days, by traveling only increases his 
desire, that the great work of God may 
be speadily accomplished; for the amel- 
ioration of the world depends intirely 
on the accomplishment of the purpo- 
ses of God. For this cause, the iatel- 



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igent saint earnestly desires the gath- 
ering of the elect; to be completed; 
that the scene of wretchedness may 
cese in the world, and the remainder of 
man may have rest. 

For, however flourishing we may 
figure to ourselves is the condition of 
this or any other country, the repre- 
sentation is always partial, it is never 
universal. For amid the glory of our 
greatest prosperity, there are thou- 
sands, yea tens of thousands, of our 
race suffering grief and wof;, that 
would melt the stoutest heart, if it 
would but stop to reflect. 

There are many scenes which ex- 
hibit themselves in traveling through 
the western settlements, which are 
painful to behold; multitudes of little 
children clothed in rags, deprived of all 
the advantages of good society, with 
a bare subsistence, and that of the 
coursest kind, their fathers are in ma- 
ny instances indolent, and do not 
make the provision necessary for their 
wants, and at the time when they 
ought to be receiving their education, 
they are deprived of all advantages, 
and grow up under circumstances cal- 
culated to deprive them of many privi- 
leges, and the enjoyments of societj in 
its more refined state. 

I am convinced of the great advan- 
tages there are in settling any ne-v 
country, to do it by colonizing. It en- 
ables the settlers, to obtain the comforts 
of life sooner, to establish schools, erect 
machienery; and colonies uniting in 
good faith, could soon have as many 
advantages as the elder settlements; 
while those who attempt to settle re- 
mote regions by individuals; accor- 
ding to the usual plan, is attended with 
the sacrifice of almost every comfort of 
life, and during the life time of the first 
settlers, if not longer: you shall hear 
from me again. 

yours as ever. 

SIDNEY RIGDON. 



Neio York, Oct. 3, 1837. 
Dear Brother, I take this opportu- 
ty to write, that your readers may 
know how the kingdom of God is rol- 
ling forth in these parts. Since my 
arrival in this city August 5th I have 
preached in three of their chapels, on 
board three of their vessels, in several 
of their private houses, and once in the 
ship yard, to a crouded and respecta- 
ble andiance who listened with profound 



attention, while we baptized four per- 
sons in east river, towards the upper 
end of the city. It has been with much 
exertion that the truth has taken root 
in this city, but at length, the Spirit of 
the Lord is beginning to manifest it 
self in mighty power and showing that 
he is able to do bio own work. On last 
Sunday eve while preaching at the 
house of a good old Cornelious who 
had not yet obeyed the gospel, but was 
seeking and believing, while I yet 
spake he was carried away in a vision 
and saw the two lUicks, representing 
the two books and the light and glory 
of God shining around them: to this 
he arose and testified in the power of 
the Spirit and immediately spake in 
tongues & interpreted the same, speak- 
ing of the two records and of the rem- 
nant of Joseph and how they would 
soon come to the knowlege of the truth 
and nearly all present believed and glo. 
rified God, and several are intending 
to obey the ordinance. The gift of 
healing is also beginning to be enjoyed 
here in some degree, and we are now 
preaching daily. On last eve we had 
two of the Campbellite preachers to 
hear us; they expressed much satisfac- 
tion and a desire to hear more there is 
a society of them in this city. Mr. Jo- 
seph Wolsf, a Jew, who has journeyed 
through all parts of the old world, from 
Palistine to Irgi;i, for many years In 
search of the ten tribes, has at length 
come to America to learn the origin of 
the Indians. He came to this city a- 
bout the time I did and commenced 
lecturing to immense crouds of peo- 
ple; you may see his lectures in the 
public prints, and they are precisely 
what we believe and teach, as for as 
pi'ophecy & its fulfillment is concerned, 
that is as far as lie goes: I have had 
two interviews with him and have told 
him concerning the finding the record 
and the rise of the church keeping 
nothing back. He seemed excedingly 
interested, not only in the record but in 
the prophecies of the old testament 
concerning Joseph and Ephraim, 
which I opened to him, I finally made 
him a present of the book of Mormon 
which he promised to read attentively, 
and he also took the Name and resi, 
dence of broth(;r Smith, and probably 
will call on him in Kirtland soon, and 
if he does I hope he will preach a few 
discourses in the house of the Lord, 
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the truth of prophecy and its fulfininent; 
Being acquainted with the things of the 
East, he informs me that there are 
people in the confines of Russia who 
are called Gog and Magog to this day, 
and that ihe chief prince of Mesheck 
and Tubal* (Tobolsk) is no less, than 
the Emperor of Russia; In short his 
coming and his manner of preaching 
is but another evidence that the pre- 
parotory work has commenced upon all 
the face of the earth tor the gatheraig of 
his people. The following is one of 
his visions which he has suffered to be 
published in the papers in this city, 
which is truly a striking picture of the 
state of things as they W'ill by and by 
exist in Jerusalem. He says being 
greatly cast down in my mind concern- 
ing the Jews, I was all at once carryed a- 
way in the Spirit and set down in the 
midst of Jerusalem (which is to be 
rebuilt) & I saw Jesus and Abraham, 
Isaac, and Jacob, & others walking tiie 
streets in their glorified bodies, and 
as they passed by the daughters of Je- 
rusalem devoutly looked out of the 
window as Jesus approached and ex- 
claimed, the Tabex'nacle of God^is now 
with men. Some of the saints were 
looking about and said who are these 
ships coming from a distance as doves 
to their windows and others answered 
these are ships of England, and the 
vision closed. Besides our labours in 
this city I have been to Providence and 
Boston, and from thence to Holliston, 
Mass. where I gave a course of lectures 
in the Town house, the building was 
decently full at first, but the congrega- 
tion continued to increase insomuch 
thst some put ladders to the windows 
and listened from without by climing to 
the second story. I baptised two 
persons in Holliston, and I think many 
more will come forward soon, indeed 
the work must bo firmly rooted in the 
minds of many in that place, judging 
from the attention of the people who 
listened with intense interest through 
a regular course of Instruction. Be- 
sides other labors, I have in two months 
past written 210 pages, which with the 
assistance of Eld. Elijah Fordham who 
has been laboring faithfully with me, 
is now issuing from the press and the 
first will be bound and ready for sale to 
morrow or next day, three Thousand 
copies are printed, it is entitled A 
Voice OP Warxing and Instruction 
^See Ezekiel 26 cliap. 



to all people containing a declaration 
of the laith and doctrine of the church 
of Latter day Saints commonly called 
Mormons. It contains in short the 
principles whicti we wish to teach the 
world as to prophecy and doctrine, 
opening the prophecies in a clear, con- 
clusive, and intelligent manner, and so 
simple that all may understand. It 
contains eight chapters exclusive of 
preface, and appendix. The first is on 
prophecy already i'ulfilled, the second 
on prophecy yet future, the third is on 
the kingdom of God. the fourth on 
the book of JMormon, and origin of the 
Indians, the fifth, a proclamation, the 
sixth on restoration of all things, the 
seventh on the dealings of God with all 
nations in regard to revelation, the 
eighth is entitled a contrast between 
the doctrine of Christ and the false 
doctrines of the nineteenth centuiy. — 
But I will Immediately forward you a 
copy from which you will feel at liber- 
ty to extract such portions as you see 
fit, for your valuable paper. 

P. P. PRATT. 
D. C. Smith. 

Orange, Oct. 2, 1837. 
Br. Smith, 

The following correspon- 
dence between myself and Wm. Hay- 
don, the champion of the Campbcllites 
in this quarter, passed last fall and fi- 
nally resulted in a two day oral debate. 
1 forward you the letters, and if you 
think they will be of any benefit to 
your readers, they are at your disposal. 
At the end of the letters I subjoin a 
recapitalation of the debate in a very 
concise manner, as a synopsis of the 
whole would be quite to lengthy for 
publication in your paper. 

STEPHEN BURNET. 



Orange, O. Nov. 10, 1837. 
Elder Hayden 

Dear sir, a few Sabbaths 
since I was long and attentively listen- 
ing to you upon the subject of miracles 
as recorded in the Holy scriptures, 
one to me of deep interest. 

With the most part I was well pleas- 
ed, but there were some ideas advan- 
ced which you scarcely attempted to 
prove. No opportunity was given & 
fearing I might trespas upon the pre- 
rogatives of others by requesting the 
privilege, 1 forbore making any re- 
marks at that time. 

This will be a sufficient apology for 



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my letter to you, as^the subject of re- 
ligion is one infinitely more important 
than any otiier, of which we can s[)eak, 
& on;' in which all are, or ought to be 
conci rned, so it dcmands^our most se- 
rious consideration, and as there is a 
diveisily of opinions upon this subject 
1 am St .icitous to examine the evidence 
for the la ilh of others being always 
ready my^'ir 'o give a reason of the 
hope that is u .ll.in me. Although I 
am under the necessity from the^veno- 
ration I have tor the ancient gospel & 
apostolic order of the church of dissen- 
ting from you upou some cardinal 
points, briefly noticed by you in the 
discourse referred to, yet it is with 
the best of feelings I take my pen to 
notice them, you quoted mark 16; 17, 
"these signs shall follow them that be- 
lieve" * * expressed your surprise that 
any man would maintain that these 
should follow the believer, he at the 
same time professing to believe & ac- 
knowledsing the signs do not follow 
him. Perhaps, I too might censure 
such a man for his inconsistency, if I 
had not met with so many who profess 
to believe the gospel, but when requir- 
ed to acknowledge its precepts, would 
rather deny its validity. But what 
were they required to believe, or what 
did those believe who the signs did fol- 
low: They credited and acknowledged 
there, the testimony of the apostles 
concerning the death, burial & resur- 
rection of Jesus of Nazereth, they also 
believed, if they repented and were 
baptised for the remission of sins they 
•would receive the gift of the holy 
Spirit. 

The Jews at Jerusalem on the day of 
pentecost, evidently understood what 
they were to receive, as there was but 
one holy Spirit, they had nothing else 
to expect but the same which was shed 
forth upon the apostles and which they 
saw and heard. The Samaritans re- 
ceived the same Acts 8: 17, as did also 
the twelve disciples at Ephesus, Acts 
19; 6, through laying on of Pauls hands. 
The same fell upon the house of Cor- 
nelius even as upon the apostles at the 
first, (day of pentecost) and it produces 
the same aiTects. This was that Spir- 
it which God said by the mouth of the 
prophet Joel, he would pour out upon all 
flesh in the last days. It was the same 
by which, the prophet Agabus predic- 
ted the death which came to pass in the 
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to Paul that the Jews would bind him 
at Jerusalem. 

It was the same also in which Phil- 
ij) was caught away from the Eunuch to 
Azotas, and it was the same into which 
the whole primitive church was bapti- 
sed and no other Spirit of God or ho- 
ly Spirit is known in the new testa- 
ment. Can we then regard him a be* 
liever in the ancient gospel who does 
not believe as the ancients did, and are 
not those who believe they must re- 
ceive the holy Spirit before they are 
worthy of baptism, and those who be- 
lieve it subsequent to it, but something 
ditFerent from that which the first chris- 
tians received equally unbelievers, 
with those who do not believe the holy 
Spirit is for any, in our day? But if it 
can be proven that the promise of the 
holy Spirit is no part of the gospel, 
then I must admit there may be believ- 
ers in it in the nineteenth century, 
who do not believe as the first disciples 
did. In the days of the apostles bap- 
tism was for remission of sios. the lay- 
ing on of hands was for the gift of the 
holy Spirit, and the elcharist was to 
show forth the Lords death till he come. 
If baptism is now for remission why 
not the laying on of hands for the gift 
of the Spirit but if we can obtain the 
Spirit without the laying on hands, 
why not obtain remission with- 
out baptism? Paul in enumerating 
the principles of the doctrine of Christ 
in the sixth of Heb. places amongst 
them the imposition of^ hands. Faith, 
repentance, baptism for the remission 
of sins, and the laying on of hands for 
the gift of the holy Spirit, with signs 
following those who believe, was then 
the gospel which the apostles preached, 
of which Paul said, if we or an angel 
from heaven preach any other, let him 
be accursed. But you said there had 
been no miracles since the days of the 
apostles, I think this sentence must in- 
advertantly escaped from your lips, 
as it can be shown from good author- 
ity that miracles did not cease in the 
first century and even Mr. A. Campbell 
although diametrically opposed to the 
continuance of miracles, admits they 
did not wholy disappear with the apos- 
tles. You very briefly noticed the 
subject of spiritual gifts, as they ap- 
peared in the first christian church. 

Those gifts you said, had now dis- 
appeared for the reason that the pur- 
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It 

gift of prophecy, that he may practice 
things yet in futurity; but this like the 
knov.'iedge of the other, is only in part, 
and is to be done away when that 
which is perfect is come. The analo- 
gy drawn by Paul, in this chapter, be- 
tween the natural body and the church 
or body of christ, is perfect and very 
forcible. Those different gifts answer 
to the dissimilar members of the natural 
body, and as the body would be defec- 
tive without all these members, so the 
church or body of christ would be de- 
ficient, without all those gifts. 

If the whole church were apostles. 
without prophets, teachers, workers of 
miracles, or gifts of healing, it would 
be like the body of a man which was 
all a hand, without a foot, an eye, or 
an ear, incapable of walking, seeing, 
or hearing: and the church without a- 
ny of those gifts, would be like the bo- 
dy without any of the senses. Those 
gifts, were also the means of preserv- 
ing union and concord in the church, 
that there should be "no schisms in 
the body" but the members have the 
same care one for another. This or- 
der of the church was establishedby di- 
vine authority; for Paul says, God pla- 
ced these gifts in the church, there to 
remain until the church becomes per- 
fect, when there wll be no more need 
of them. 

But you say the church has been per- 
fect. That is quite questionable as 
that which was to be, subsequent to the 
perfection of the church, has never yet 
become visible. At that time, nothing 
but charity was to remain, that is, the 
love of (jod, and will continue in the 
bosoms of the saints in eternity. That 
knowledge which was in part, was then 
to be supplanted by a knowledge of all 
things, it was to disappear, being o- 
vercome, of that, which was greater, 
as the light of the moon, vanishes be- 
before the sun shining in all his bril, 
liancy. 

Now "says Paul, "I know in part, 
but then shall I know as also I am 
known." Now we see through a glass 
darkly, (by faith') but then (we shall see 
God) face to face. Then our faith 
will be swallowed up in sight,^ and we 
shall see him as he is. 

But you say the church has been per- 
fect and it will be again. How did it 
become so? it must be by means of 
spiritual glits, for that was the purpose 
for which they were given. 



had been accornplisded, this puipose, 
I agree with you, was the perfection 
of the church; those gifts which I also 
agree were only in part, were to be 
done away when that which was perfect 
was come. You remarked you were 
too inteligent to believe the church was 
now perfect, but it had been and would 
be again, but did not inform us when. 
If the church has ever approximated 
nearer perfection than it was in the 
days of the apostles, or if its members 
have ever been more perfect Ihan Paul 
was, when he wrote his first letter to 
the Corrinthians, I have that fact yet 
to learn. But, let us hear Paul a- 
bout this matter. 

The common version reads thus: — 
And he gave some apostles and some 
prophets and some evangelists, and 
some pastors and teachers, for the per- 
fecting of the saints, for the work of 
the ministry, for the edifying of the bo- 
dy of Christ, till we all come in the u- 
nity of the faith, and of the knowledge 
of the son of God, unto a perfect man, 
unto the measure of the stature of the 
fulness of Christ. Eph. 4; 11, 12, 13, 
If then, those gifts were for the per- 
fecting of the saints and to I'emain un- 
til the saints become perfect, they were 
also to remain until there was no more 
need of the work of the ministry, or of 
edifying the body of Christ, till the 
whole church come in the unity of the 
faith (which appeal's had not taken 
place at that time) and of the knowl- 
edge of the son of God (not the faith 
only) unto a perfect man, (not a child) 
unto the measure of the stature of the 
fulness of Christ. I ask has the church 
ever come to the fulness of Christ? or 
can it in this world? It is certain any 
thing can only be full and if they could 
obtain that fulness in this world why 
did the ancients seek a better country? 
why had Paul rather depart and be 
with Christ, or why do we anticipate 
any greater enjoyment? Paul speaks 
more fully upon that subject of spiritu- 
al gifts, in the twelvth chapter of his 
first letter to the Corinthians, although 
there is but one spirit, it imports dif- 
ferent gifts for the edification of the 
church, for to one is given the word of 
knowledge by the spirit, instantaneous- 
ly & miraculously, yet his knowledge 
is not perfect, or rather he has not a 
knowledge of every thing, consequent- 
ly, his knowledge is only in part, to 
another is given by the same spirit the 



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If we admit the churr^h has once be- 
come perfect by means of spiritual 
gifts and has now become corrupt or 
imperfect without them, can we con- 
r;i-tently believe it will ever become 
poifect again without their being res- 
toivd? Or are we now to expect the 
chiiir'h will be made perfect in anoth- 
er \\:iy? The apostle, in illustrating 
this suljf-rt to the Corinthians, com, 
pared their j ros-ont imperfect state of 
the church to his childhood, showing 
thereby, that the church in its perfect 
dignity would as much excel! what it 
was then, as his knov/ledge in man- 
hood excelled that of infancy, for as he 
spake, understood and thought as a 
child in childhood, but put away these 
things when he became a man, 
so the church while it is imperfect, 
needs all those gifts, but will dispense 
with them, when it becomes perfect 
or complete. And the reason why 
they cease at that time, is expressed, 
because all see as they are seen and 
know as they are known. There will 
therefore be no need of the gift of 
knowledge, or prophecy in part, for 
all will know all things. There will 
be no need of healing, for there will be 
no sick, there will be no need of tongues, 
because all will understand one language 
nor of interpretation for the same 
reason, but charity will remain, and 
the church will be perfect. But the 
query naturally arises in the mind 
of the enquirer, why do we not see 
those gifts amongst professing chris- 
tians? The answer is at hand, becau- 
se of the apostacy, they have departed 
from the faith, of this, the apostles war- 
ned the disciplesby telling them the time 
would come when men would not en- 
dure sound doctrine, having a form of 
godliness but denying the power there- 
of. There would be a falling away 
&c. at the same time putting them in 
reminisence of what they had believed 
and exhorting them to hold fast. Jam- 
es counseled those to whom he directed 
his general epistle, if any were sick 
to call for the elders of the church, 
by means of whose prayers and an- 
ointmg, they should be healed. Jude 
also, exhorted his brethren to earnestly 
contend for that faith which was once 
delivered to the saints. We are pre- 
sented with a summary view of that 
faith and its affects, in the eleventh 
chapt. of Pauls epistle to the Hebrews. 
Now prv)fessing christians are not con- 



tenoing for that faith which stopped 
the mouths of Lions, quenched the vi- 
olence of fire, and those who were in 
possession of it, escaped the edge of 
the sword, out of weakness were made 
strojig &c. &c. but arc rather contend- 
ing against it. 

Now sir, J close for the present, 
having already been more prolix than 
I anticipated, hoping these lines will be 
read in as kind a spirit as they have 
been written, and if you consider this 
letter worthy your notice. I shall ex- 
pect to hear from you soon, and shall 
be expectant to receive instruction 
from one of your age experience and 
talent. 

With sentiments of high 
respect I subscribe myself 
your sincere friend & wellwisher, 
STEPHEN BURNET. 

Wm. Hayden. 



Solen, Nov. 24th, 1836. 

Mb. S. Burnet. 

Sir, it was as pleas- 
ing as it was unexpected, for me to re- 
ceive from you a letter upon that which 
was the subject of the discourse alluded 
to, (viz.) miracles. And still better 
that you manifest so much good nature 
upon the subject and v/ithout I'equest an 
answer, professing a willingness to in- 
vestigate the subject. 1 can answer 
you nothing gives me more pleasure, 
than to find a man honestly wishing to 
examine the scriptures, to know truth 
divine. I find'compaiatively, few who 
are willing so to do. I have been wish 
ing for some time past, to have an op- 
portunity for a fair investigation of 
these matters with some competant 
person, believing as you do, and I ho- 
ped a few weeks ago, I should have 
the privilege as a Mr. Olney, formerly 
of Shalersvill invites me to visit Kirt- 
land, and finally promised me two men 
to discuss with me in public, the subject 
of miracles «Sjc. But whether J. Smith 
forbade the measure, or whether he 
could obtain no persons to meet me, or 
whether he, forgot his promise I know 
not, but at all events the time has pas- 
sed by a number of weeks since I was 
to ha\ e heard from him. Not that I 
love conti'oversy for any other sake, 
than lo ascertain and exhibit truth. 

And now I would prefer a personal 
interview, rather than the plan of wri- 
ting private letters, it being a subject 
of general interest and with all I am 



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quite slow with a pen. For these rea- 
sons together with others, I shall not 
pretend to take up all the items in your 
epistle, nor even to do justice to any 
one of them. In the first place, and on 
your first page, you appear to suppose 
the ancient converts in order to baptism 
must not only believe that Jesus is the 
Christ, the son of God, but also com- 
prehend all about the Spirit you also ap- 
pear to me to set an improper criterion 
by which to determine whether a man 
believes the great fact or not. The 
truth is the world has been preached 
out ofcommon sense as respects reli- 
gion, inasmuch that with them it is 
hard telling whether a man is a believ- 
er, and that because they know not 
what it means to believe, the gospel. 

Hence, with some, a man has not 
believed until he has repented, with 
others he is not to be considered a be- 
liever unless he has obeyed, and with 
you he is not a believer unless he can 
work miracles. If in this or any oth- 
er particular I mischasten you, be as- 
sured it is because I misunderstand 
you, but as I understand, and if sush 
be your meaning, I am prepared to 
show you are certainly wrong. Again 
as it regards the holy Spirit, you ap- 
pear to me not to understand the office, 
or proper work ofthe spirit, nor Paul's 
object in all he says about gifts, nor 
whathe means by the church being per- 
fect. If we can know what things are per- 
fectly rational, there is nothing more, 
so than believing, loving God, enjoy- 
ing or practicing religion. I mean to 
say there is pothing miraculous in an}'^ 
of these things. Not that a man could 
believe that Jesus is the son of God 
had no miracles been wrought: but 
when the apostles wrought a miracle 
to prove the fact, the beholder could 
believe it though he never wrought a 
miracle. The proof of the fact is one 
thing, the believing of it another, the 
former is a miracle, the latter is not. 
The powers of the mind act in the 
same way in believing, this fact when 
proven; the difference is the man's 
faith depends on the fact he believes, 
and the evidence of it, not in the man- 
ner of believing it. These things 
being so, the criterion by which to de- 
termine whoth«r a^man believes is his 
own conciousness. i. e. to himself, &. 
to others his confession, I must ask 
you to show that the Spirit was ever 
given u man to make liiin believe, lo 



increase his faith, or to make him en- 
joy religion. I insist, no man was ev. 
er converted by a miracle, nor is a 
miracle to make a convert persevere, 
for we do not believe miraculously,- 
neither do we serve God miraculous-- 
ly. I feel abundantly able to show 
that the laying on of hands oftlie apos- 
tles ar.d others, was for other purpo- 
ses, besides bestowing the Spirit or its 
gifts. I understand the apostles some- 
times confered the Spirit by laying on 
their hands, but none others ever did. 
It can be clearly shown, that the place 
where the church will be perfect is- 
not in heaven or in the state triumph- 
ant, because Paul says then being no- 
longer children, tossed to and fro by 
every wind of doctrine, and cunning, 
ceaftiness of men whereby they lie in 
wait to deceive &c. Now in heaven- 
are no deceivers nor wind of false doc- 
trine. I know I have not adduced 
much argument or scripture, for in 
fact I have not entered into the merits 
of the subject. My object in writing 
is rather to assure you of my I'eadiness 
to aflbrd the satisfaction desired, and 
to suggest the propriety of a personal 
inteaview, where others might be prof- 
ited. I shall be glad to hear from you 
soon and if you are willing to proceed, 
as I have suggested please let me know 
and we will then make arrangement* 
as respects the time and manner. In. 
the mean time I am your 

humble servent 
WILLIAM HAYDEN. 



Orange VZth Dec. 1836. 

Elder Wm. Hayi:en: — 

Sir, yours of the 
24 Nov. crrr.fi to hand two days after 
date. I was gratified to learn my letter 
met with so kind a reception, and I 
shall now proceed to examine a few 
items contained in yours. But, as you 
have not attended to the arguments of 
my first letter, I shall aim at briefly in 
this, and wait for you to dispose of my 
first evidence before 1 advance more. 
You say I set an improper criterion by 
which to determine whether a man be- 
lieves the great fact or not, I proposed 
the query, can we regard him a believ- 
er in the ancient gospel, who does not 
believe as the ancients did. This 
must be what you call an improper, 
criterion. 

You say further, the proper criteri- 
an by which to dclcrminc whether a 



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tnan believes the gospel or not, is to 
himself, his own concience, and tJ oth- 
ers, his confession. 

But sir, how can this be, for you 
have just said, that with the v/orld, it 
was hard telling whether they believed 
the gospel or not, because thoy know 
not what the gospel is. At the same 
time, ask them if tliey believe the gos- 
pel and they will readily answer in the 
affirmative. If then a man's simple 
confession, is a correct criterion by 
which others may judge whether he is 
a believer or not, why do you say it is 
hard telling? 

The fact is, there is such a thing as 
a mans deceiving, he may think he is 
believing the truth, when he is in an 
error. Was it not for this, your rea- 
soning would be logical. This is de- 
monstrated by the experience of thou- 
sands who were conscientious in caus- 
ing their children to pass through the 
fire to Moloch, in being willingly crush- 
ed to atoms under the car of jugger- 
naut, tearing their flesh v.'ith hooks &c. 
So it is with the world of Christendom 
in in our day; they think they believe 
the gospel, aid will readily acknowl- 
edge it when in fact they do not know 
what the gospel is, therefore, cannot 
believe it. 

I am told I do not understand the 
office or proper work of the holy Spirit, 
nor Paul's object in all he says about 
gifts, and am ignorant concerning 
what he means by the church being 
perfect, I shall therefore quote your 
instruction. If we can know what 
things are perfectly rational, there is 
nothing than believing, loving God en- 
joying or piacticing religion. 

Now, I infer from what you here 
say, that believing, loving God and 
practicing religion, is what Paul meant 
by the church being perfect. If so 
why did he speak of that perfection as 
yet to come, for all this was in the 
church already, and even before Paul 
was converted. You also say it can be 
already shown that the place where the 
church will be perfect is not in heav- 
en or the state triumphant, because 
Paul says "then being no longer chil- 
dren, tossed to and fro, and carried a- 
bout with every wind of doctrine by the 
sleight of men and cunning craftiness 
whereby they lie in wait to deceive," 
&c. You add in heaven are no de- 
ceivers, nor wind of false doctrine. — 
Now dear sir, please look at that sen- 



tence n2;iin: you use the adverb then 
of time indefinite, in the place of hence- 
forth i;f time future, which very ma- 
teriuiiy alters the sense, or perverts the 
true meanmg of the passage. As 
Chii^t had ascended up on high, led 
captivity captive and given gifts unto 
men, so henceforth they were no more 
children, as they were wh.en under the 
law, subject to be tossed to and fro and 
carried about with every wind of doc- 
trine, which was then in the world.— 
See Gal. 4:3. also turn your eye to 
the 17th verse of the 4th chap. ofEph- 
where Paul says I testify that you 
henceforth walk not as other Gentiles 
in the vanity of their minds. You do 
not suppose the apostle intended they 
should wait until the church became 
periect before they left walking as oth- 
er Gentiles? 

I am interrogated to shov/ \\here the 
holy Spirit v/as ever given, a man to 
make him believe, to increase his faith, 
or to make him enjoy religion. To the 
first I answer, faith comes by hearing 
and not by receiving the holy Spirit. — 
The Spirit is not given the infidel to 
beget faith, for the Savior has said "I 
will send you the comforter whom the 
world cannot receive." 

In reply to the second, I answer in 
the words of the apostles "we are his 
witnesses and so is the holy Spirit, 
which God hath given them that obey 
him." Acts 5:32. Whereofthe Holy 
Ghost is a witness to us &c. Heb. 10; 
15. The design of a witness, is to 
give additional evidence, and this natur- 
ally increases the faith of tho believer. 
In a court of justice, we may believe the 
prisoner innocent or guilty from hear- 
ing a part of the evidence, but when 
positive evidence, which cannot be im 
peached is adduced, our faith is estab- 
lished, hence Paul says no man can 
call Jesus Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. 

The first christians believed the wri- 
tings of the apostles and they promised 
them the gift of the holy Spirit, through 
obedience, and this was a witness to 
them & their faith was increased there- 
by. If they had not received it their 
confidence would have been diminished 
and they had reason to question the 
validity of the apostles' testimony. — 
As the magicians of ancient times used 
to work miracles, so false prophets 
have done since the days of Christ, but 
that the saints might not be deceived, 
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them the holy Spirit. As to your third 
interogative, perhaps, I do not fully 
understand your meaning, I shall there- 
fore not answer it correctly. 

The holy Spirit was a source of en- 
joyment to the saints, if this is what 
you mean by enjoying religion I can 
adduce an abundance of proof to tho 
point. 

I read in your letter that the apos- 
tles sometimes laid on hands for the 
gift of the Spirit, but that none others 
ever did. May I ask for what pur- 
pose Ananias laid his hands upon Saul. 
[To be continued.] 



Elders' Joiimal. 



JOSEPH SMITH 3v. Edit®r. 



KIRTLAND, OHIO- OCTOBER, 1837. 



We are in hopes that our patrons 
from seeing the Journal, close at the 
heels of the Messenger and Advocate, 
will take courage and forward us the 
ready; for they may be assured that if 
there is no lack on their part, that the 
Journal shall at all times be forth com- 
ing in Its season without delay, and by 
so doing our readers can get the news 

before it gets cold. 

When our patrons arc aware of the 
fact, that on the old subscription, out of 
about 1500 subscribers, there is now 
between 800 and 81000 behind, they 
will not blame our predecessors for 
being in the drag — a word to the wise 
is sufficient- 



Minuses of a Conference of Elders 
and members of the Church of the Lat- 
ter Day Saints held in West Toioti- 
ship, Columhiana Co. 0. Oct 6, 1837. 

The conference assembled at an ear- 
ly hour and after immersing two in the 
waters of baptism repaired to a mart 
house near the village of Rochester. — 
The house was called to order by Elder 
J. Cooper the presiding Elder of the 
church in this place: thirteen official 
members being present one high priest, 
eight elders, three priests & one teach- 
er, elder S. James was called to the 
chair and L. Barns chosen Secretary, 
The conference opened with singing & 
prayer, elder Cooper represented the 
church in this place consisting of ;^<) 
members, elder A. Stanley represented 
the church in Sufficld Toriagc co. con- 



sisting of 8 members iu good standing 
elder Wealberby from Strongsvillc 
Medina co. said there were six mem- 
bers in that place in good standing, J. 
Robevson a priest from New Portage 
Medina co. said he believed there were 
twenty members yet in that place in 
good star.ding, eider B. Winchester 
gave a short relation of his mission in 
the eastern countries the past season iu 
CO. with J. Grant from which it a[)pear- 
ed that he 1 ad traveled in the states of 
Pa. N. Y. N. J. Delaware and 
i\Iaryland, an 1 baptised twelve; he 
came through Beaver city he believed 
the church in that place numdered 15 
in good standing. 

Elder S. James gave quite an inter- 
esting account of his labours in compa- 
ny with others in Harrison co. Va. 
He stated that the church in that region 
where he left numbered 71 members in 
good standing and the work o( the 
Lord in a very prosperous condition in 
Va. L. Barns made remarks concern- 
ing his mission from Va. to this place 
and the prosperity of the cause of right- 
eousness and the meeting closed with 
prayer. 

Our public meeting commenced on 
Friday in the afternoon, and continued 
until Sabath evening: our congrega- 
tions were respectable, solemn and at- 
tentive. Monday morning the church 
(and others who felt disposed) came 
together to fast and pray and receive 
instruction, and the Spirit of the Lord 
came down in power, and seldom have 
the saints in the last days witnessed a 
more glorious time. It was a little 
pentecost indeed: some spake in ton- 
gues, and some prophecied, some in- 
terpreted, and some cried out as in 
former times, brethren what shall we 
do to be saved. Five went forward 
immediately and were baptized in the 
name of Jesus Christ for a remission 
of sins. The prospect here is good, 
and we trust the work is but just begun. 
O may the Lord roll on his kingdom m 
every" land. The church in this placo 
now numbers fortv five members, nmo 
having been added at our conference 
meeting. SAMUEL JAIMES Chair. 

LoRK.NZO Barns Clerk. 

Conference. 
A conference of eldt^rs and members 
of the church of Latter Day Saints, was 
held in Bath, Steuben county, New- 
York on the tenth of July last, Elder 



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J. Grant, G. Snow, Benj. S. Wilber 
and Abrum Rose were present. El- 
der J. Grant was called to the chair, 
and Benjamin S. Wilber was appoint- 
ed clerk. On the request and reccotn- 
mend of brethren, Nathan Hatch was 
ordained a priest. 

An edifying discourse v»'as delivered 
by thechairnfian, after which five were 
baptized. The Spirit of the Lord res- 
ted down upon us and our hearts were 
made glad. The word of the Lord 
grows and multi[)lies here, and there is 
truly a great field open f©r faithful la- 
borers. 

J. GRANT, Ch'n. 

B. S. Wilber, Clerk. 



NOTICE. 

The subscriber respectfully informs 
the traveling community, and especial- 
ly the brethren who may conx; to this 
place, that he has recently opened a 
public house opposite the stone chapel, 
where he will wait upon such as shall 
see fit to give him a call. 

GEORGE W. ROBINSON. 

Kirtland, Oct. 1837. 



MARRIED, on the 26th instant, by 
Elder Don C. Smith, Elder LEWIS 
ROBBINS to Miss. FRANCES M. 
SMITH, 

Also on the same inst. by Elder P. 
P. Pratt, Elder HARVEY RED- 
FIELD to Miss. FANNY ATHER- 
TON all of this place. 



AFFLICTING CASUALTY, 
DROWNED in Lake Erie on the 
2nd Inst. Andrew J. Reader son of 
George and Gerusha Reader, aged six 
years. 

Brother Reader v/as formerly a citi- 
zen of the State of New York, but had 
resolved to remove to this State with 
his family and accordingly had taken 
a passage on board the Steam Boat 
"Uncle Sam". We are not aware that 
blame is attached to any one: he fell 
overboard when tliere wa"s none to help, 
he was seen by his parents when 15 or 
20 rods distant, waving his hands and 
crying for help, there was an exertion 
made by the crew and small boat to 
save him, but in vain. 



OSlITUAIiT. 

Died, in this place on the 13th Inst, 
after nu illness of about ten days, Mrs. 
Jerusli I T. Smith, the wife of Hyrum 
Smith. She has lett five small chil- 
dren l-'gether with numerous relatives 
to mourn her loss, a loss which is se- 
verely felt, by all. 

Our Sister was beloved and highly 
esteemed by every lover of truth and 
virtue; but she has been taken from us 
in an untimely, or rather an unexpect- 
ed hour, as her companion was from 
home perhaps near one thousand miles 
at the time of her decease, and was 
deprived of the privilege of witnessing 
her e.xit from a world of sorrow and 
perplexity, to the paradise of God. 

But, Alas! she is gone home! yes, 
(using her own language to one of her 
tender offsprings when on her dying 
bed,) '■'■Tell your father when he comes 
that the Lord has taken your mother 
home, and left you for him to take care 

or 

She had her senses until the last, and 
fell asleep, leaving this assurance be- 
hind as a reward for leaving all that 
was dear for the sake of a risen Sav- 
ior, and enduring in faith on his name 
to the end, that she should have a part 
in the first resurrection, and come forth 
and inherit the mansion that is prepar - 
ed for the faithful, and receive the wel- 
come plaudit "Come ye blest of my 
Father inherit that kingdom prepared 
for 3^ou from before the foundation of 
he world." 

MESSENGER AND STAR, 

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OF THE CniJRCH OF LATTER DAY SAIIVTS. 



Vol. I. No. 2.] KIRTLAND, OHIO, NOVEMBER, ]837. [Whole No. 2. 



The following conference minutes 
should have been published in the Sept. 
No. with the Bishop's Appeal or 
Memmorial, but through a press of 
business it has been overlooked and 
not handed to us until now, however, 
we feel in hopes that it will serve to 
call the attention of our readers (those 
that have the last No. of the Messen- 
ger") to the second candid perusal of 
the Appeal. — Ed. 

Minutes of a conference, of the author- 
ities of the church of Latter Day 
Sai7ils assembled in the house of the 
Lord in Kirtland, Sept. 17th, 1837. 

President Joseph Smith jr. presided; 
conference opened by prayer after 
which Bishop N. K. Whitney arose 
and said the time had arrived when it 
became necessary for him to travel and 
necessarily must have an agent to act 
in his abscence, agreeably to the Pro- 
visions made in the revelations &c. — 
Elder W^illiam Marks was nominated 
and elected by the unanimous voice of 
the conference, to act and serve the 
church in this office. After taking in- 
to consideration the affairs of the Lat- 
ter Day Saints m general, havmg op- 
portunities of becoming acquainted 
with the affairs of the Saints through- 
out the continent, and also the peculiar 
condition of this our city; it is deemed 
by this conference, (which is constitu- 
ted of all the authorities and even mem- 
bers of the church,) of great impor- 
tance to the prosperity of the cause of 
truth in general, that the Bishop and 
his Counselors send abroad their mem- 
morial, to all the Saints throughout the 
land, as well as to all well-wishers to 
the cause of Zion, That their appeal 
may go forth in the name and by the 
authority of the church, to all Saints 
scattered abroad. Some remarks were 
made by President S. Rigdon, relative 
to the duties of the Bishop, his coun- 
selors and agent, Showing the great 
necessity of their immediate exertion 
in steping forward in the dignity of 
their office &c. Conference closed af- 
ter receiving a benediction from Presi- 
dint S. Rigdon. 

.T. SMITH Jr. Prtfs't. 

0. W. RoBLvaoK Clork. 



Fox Islands, Vinalhaven Me- 
Nov. 201 h 1837. 

Elder Don C. Smith. 

The lllh No. 
of the Messenger and Advocate con- 
taining the Prospectus for the Elders 
Journal has providentially fallen into 
my hands. It is cheering to my feel- 
ings to learn that such a paper is to be 
presented before the world. I believe 
it will become a powerful engine in re- 
moving a flood of prejudice from the 
minds of thousands of this generation, 
and encourage the Saints to persevere 
in the glorious cause in which they are 
engaged even if their path should at 
times be intersected with trials, afflic- 
tions, and persecutions. And while we 
peruse the account of the Elders of Is- 
rael, whom God hath called, commis- 
sioned and sent forth to establish light 
and truth in the earth and to prune his 
vineyard for the last time: we rejoice 
at their success. And as we learn of 
their prosperity in the ministry, while 
faithfully proclaiming the word of God 
we feel encouraged to go and do like- 
wise. 

My object in addressing you at this 
time, is to forward you a list of tho 
names of some of our friends from the 
several Islands of the sea, who wish 
you to send them your valuable paper, 
viz: the Elders Journal of the church 
of Latter Day Saints, and knowing 
there are thousands of Saints who feel 
interested in the progress of »he work 
of the Lord in these last days, and be- 
lieving it to be interesting to them to 
learn that the Lord is raising up a peo- 
ple upon the Islands of the Sea, who 
are engaged in the same cause with 
their brethren and sisters, that are scat- 
tared abroad through the land. I will 
endeavor to give a brief account of its 
prospect in this part of the moral vine- 
yard. Elder Jonathan H. Hale and 
myself addressed a letter to Elder Jo- 
seph Smith jr. and the church in Kirt- 
land, under date Sept. 18th. We then 
gave an account of our visit to the 
Islands, the reception we met with a» 
mong the people, and the commence- 
ment of the work of the Lord. On 
the 13th of Oct. following we held a 
meeting on North Fox Island Vin«l« 



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fiaven and organized a small branch of 
the church to the number of twelve, and 
broke bread unto them. Qn the day 
following we left the Islands, as Elder 
Hale was desirous to return to his 
friends in Kirtland. While on our way 
to Portland we preached in the town of 
Bath, to a large and respectable con- 
gregation of citizens who met in Pier- 
ces Hall: We were treated with ev- 
ery mark of respect and civility, and 
solicited to meet with them again. I 
took the parting hand with Elder Hale 
in South Berwick Me. And after 
Spending a season among the Saints 
and friends in Saco and Scarborough, 
I Isft Portland on board the Bangor 
(in company with Mrs. Woodruff) for 
the purpose of returning to the Islands 
to spend the winter. Notwithstanding 
we passed through a severe snow storm 
by the way, we arrived at North Fox 
Island safe and in good spirits, on the 
31st Oct. and I'ound the Saints strong 
in the faith, and I think growing in 
grace. I have as yet, mostly, confined 
my labors since my return to North 
and South Fox Islands. I have had 
more calls for preaching than I can fill 
I find a deep interest manifiirted in the 
minds of many while investigating the 
subject of the fullness of the gospel. 
The people are more noble in Vinalha- 
Ten than in many places, they are gen- 
erally willing to hear the matter before 
they judge it. I have baptized a num- 
ber since my return, and others have 
oifered themselves as candidates. The 
church now numbers 17 in this town; 
and I consider it as only the beginning^ 
of the work of the Lord upon the Isl- 
ands of the Sea. I would here re- 
mark, that I have visited the Isle of 
Holt since my return. The vessel in 
which I sailed left the Island the day 
following our arrival, consequently 1 
had but little time with the people. I 
had the privilege of preaching the gos- 
pel unto them and leaving the book of 
Mormon. I have had an interview 
with persons from several Islands 
where we have not as yet proclaimed 
the gospel, and soir.e of the number 
have manifested their faith in the cause, 
by inviting me to visit them and offer- 
ing to open their doors for preaching. 
Thus doors are open not only upon 
the maine land, but upontbe Islands of 
Sea for faithful laborers in the vine- 
yard. The enemy of all righteousness 
is busy in opposing the Saints, and stri- 



ving to stop the progress of truth in 
this country, as in ail places where 
truth is proclaimed, by creating and 
setting afloat every falsehood and fool- 
ish story that human ingenuity can in- 
vent, or wicked men devise. The doc- 
trines of the shakers, and Matthias and 
others I might name with all the ap- 
pendages of stories added unto them 
that have long since been v.'orn out 
and found a grave, have of late appear- 
ed upon tliese Islands of the Sea, as 
though they had risen from the dead with- 
redoubled strength and are heaped up- 
on the heads of the Lattei Day Saints, 
But notwithstanding this exertion a- 
gainst the truth the work of God rolls 
on and wiH continue to roll until hi-» 
Kingdom fills the M'hole earth. I need 
the prayers of all the Saints as I am a- 
lone and much is required at my 
hands, 

I wish to say a woid concerning as 
statement made by Mr. G. J. New- 
ton, in his letter under date of Oct. 12,, 
1837, published in a Baptist paper at 
Portland called Zion's Advocate, la 
speaking of the fruits of their seven 
days meeting in the Baptist church ou" 
North Fox Island, Mr.. Newton (the 
Pastor of the church,^ made mentioi> 
of two converts that had been impress- 
ed before this protracted ineeti^ng: one 
of which he says was afterwards baj)- 
tized. it is a well known fact that 
the two mentioned persons were hi& 
own son and dsughtei. He then 
speaks of several others who had re- 
ceived tlie fellowship of the Church as 
candidates for the ordinance of bap- 
tism, Mr. Newton sums up the subject 
bv saying, "It is worthy of remark 
that those who have obtained a hop& 
are some of those who stood aloof from 
hearing the "Mormons"' (as he is pleas- 
ed to call us.) Now what can Mr. 
Newton think by presenting such a 
'Sentiment" before the publick, lor it 
is a truth too notorious to be denied, 
that not only his son and daughter, but 
some, if not all of the other converts 
of which he speaks as well as himself 
attended our meetings from time to 
time. The cloud of witnesses is to 
great on this subject to convince the 
citizens of Vinalbaven that such a state- 
ment is correct, and wherever else it 
may find credit or be believed, it will 
not be on North Fox Island. When- 
ever men who profess to be teachers 
of the people and ministers of the gos- 



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pel of Jesus Christ, so far stray from 
the truth (in order to appear plausible,) 
as to clearly show that they liave need 
that one teach them the first prin- 
ciples of the gospel, are rather to be 
pittied than ridiculed. 

Yours in the bonds 
of the covenant. 
WILLFORD WOODRUFF. 



We are aware that it is not expect- 
ed by the elders of the church of Lat- 
ter Day Saints, that their private epis- 
tles will be spread before the public, 
especially when addressed to their 
wives; & the apology we have to offer 
for so doing at this time is, that our col- 
umes could not be devoted to a better 
use, than they are with the following 
epistle from our beloved Bro. O. n3'de. 
Although it is but ten days later than 
that of elder Kimball's, published in 
the Oct. No. yet, we think it v*'ill be 
a sv/eet morsel to every Saint, and 
will serve as a stimulative to the minis- 
ters of our God, that their exertions in 
the proclatmaiou of the gospel may be 
untiring, until the uttermost corners 
of the earth shall be made to tremble 
with the sound of their voices, and the 
Israel of God be gathered out against 
the day of disolution, Vvhich is speedily 
to come upon the earth, if the ancient 
prophets have not prophesied falsely. 

— Ed3 
Preston, Eng. Sept. 14, 1837. 
My dear, SIartxda: — 

I have been and pro- 
cured a large sheet of paper which will 
give me ample room to redeem the 
promise I made to you iii a few lines 
■which 1 addressed to you in Bro. Kim- 
ball's letter to his wife. Through the 
favor of the Lord, I am in good health 
and spirits, and so are all the brethren. 
I read your letter with peculia-: interest 
and have but one fault to find, and that 
is, there was not quite enough of it. — 
1 s!)ould like to have heard how the 
bretliren are getting along, but I know 
you could not think of every thing. I 
never wanted to see you more than I 
do at this time: But in this I cannot be 
gratified at present. There are about 
four tliousand and two hundred /o7ig 



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miles which separate us, and the migh- 
ty ocean rolling between. Since I 
came to this place I have been down 
by the v/ater side and looked wcstv/ard 
over the surface of the deep as far as 
the eye could extend, fancy painting 
to my imagination the prospect of 
catching a glimpse of my native shore 
through the glass of great desire and 
intense anxiety, but, alas! the great- 
ness of the distance blasted the pros- 
pect, and the fleet and extended imagin- 
ation returned v/ithin its own native 
borders. Again I looked as the sun 
was fast reclining in the western sky, 
leaving his golden beams in the mirror 
of waters, and descried a proud and 
lofty billow bending its course towards 
the shore, as if to say, I have brought 
tidings from your homo, your dear na- 
tive home: But O! hov.- I was disap- 
pointed again on seeing this false mes- 
senger sink by its ovv'n gravity to rise 
no mure. This much is the result of 
one view of the sea shore 

I labor in the vineyard night and 
day and the Lord labors with me. — 
There has been betv/ecn one and two 
hundred baptized in this place since we 
came; and Elder Kimball is now a la- 
boring about 15 miles from this place 
where he has raised a small church, 
and I do notknov/ but that it is a large 
one by this time. The Lord is with 
him., and he can preach so loud and so 
fast that the Catholics call him a noisy 
devil. Bro. Goodson has this day re- 
turned from Bedford and says that he 
left thirteen baptized into the new cov- 
enant there, and bro. Richards is left 
v/ith them. Bro. Goodson v/ill remain 
in this place with me for a season. — 
Brother Snider has returned from the 
borders of Scotland where he and bro. 
Russel went to labor, and Bros. Field- 
ing and Snider left this place yesterday 
to po out into the country on a mission, 
and will go from house to house. Bro. 
Russel has not bnptized any as yet but 
ho will soon I think. Those who havo 
been baptized, ai'o mostly manufactur- 
ers and some other mechanics. They 
know how to do but little else than to 
spin and weave cotton, and make cam- 
brick, mull and lace, and v.hat they 
would do in Kirtland or the ci'.y "Far 
West," I cannot say. They are ex- 
tremely poor, most of them not having 
a change of clothes decent to be bab- 
tizedin, but they have open hearts and 
strong faith. Wc have taught them 



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nothing about the gathering for they 
inave no means to bring them to Amer- 
ica, let alone procuring them a place 
fa live" after they get there. We all 
pay 2 english shillings per week for 
our lodging which is nearly 50 cents, 
fjind then we buy our own provisions 
at the market anicJ' k is cooked for us. — 
The brethren will frequently divide the 
J ast loaf with us, and will do all in their 
power for us. If it had not been for 
brother Goodson's books, I know not 
how we should have lived. They are 
very kind to us where we are, but their 
circumstances will not allow thern to do 
much for us without pay. I have fre- 
quently seen the tender and delicate fe- 
males with their old pails or baskets in 
the streets gathering up fresh horse 
dung with their naked hands, and then 
go and sell it and get a penny or two's 
worth of bread for themselves and hun- 
gary children. Marinda, how would 
you like to follow that busines? I pray 
God that such may not be your lot. — 
Tell the brethren if it would be a pleas- 
ure tO' them to see their wives carrying 
on such or a similar branch of busi- 
ness for a living, to bring them along 
with them when they come to old Eng- 
land to preach the gospel. Whoever 
comes here for loaves and fishes will 
realize their expectations as much as 
our Kirtla»d speculators. 

If brother Joseph never advised cor- 
rectly before, he certainly did when he 
advised the brethren to leave their wo- 
men at home. My humble advice is, 
that if they have any compassion on 
their wives, let them for God's sake 
and for their wive's sake leave them at 
home. It is of no use for any to come 
into this country to preach the gospel 
unless they are able to defend it like a 
nranof God. For unless they have a 
pretty powerful gift, they cannot live. 
'Not so at home, if a preacher has but 
a small gift there, he can get what he 
V' ,nts to eat &c. because there are 
r. ne so distressedly poor there and 
tj )y will keep him over night free, 
but this is not the custom in this coun- 
try. The people expect pay for what 
they do; and in fact, that people who 
will receive the gospel, are not able to 
do it without pay. Now if there are 
t.ny elders or preachers in the church 

f Latter Day Saints in America who 
' -ve faith to brook all these difficulties, 

t them come to Old England. We 

ant them. We must have such men. 



and we say to them "come over into 
Macedonia and help us." We do be- 
lieve that Kirtland affords some such 
men, men who are willing to forsake 
wife and children for Christ's sake and 
the gospel's, and look forward for their 
recompense at the resurrection of the 
just. It would be altogether better for 
the brethren :o see us before they 
commence their labors in this country, 
for we can tell them many things re- 
specting the customs of the people, and 
the laws of the land respecting preach- 
ing the gospel, that will he of great 
service to them. I understand that 
brother Pratt has gone East with his 
wife to spend the winter, and meet 
some other brethren in N. Y. in May 
next to come to England: But he had 
better wait and see us in Kirtland be- 
fore he starts, or any one else; for we 
can tell them things that will prove to 
their advantage and to the advantage 
of the cause if they will do so. We 
shall probably sail for N. York about 
the first of March next, at least some- 
of us, if not all: And we hope to be irj 
Kirtland about the first of May next. — 
My dear wife, I never wanted to see 
you more than I do at this time, yet I 
am glad you are where you are, and 
that I ain \\here I am. But the time 
will be when we shall meet again and 
rejoice before the Lord. I can truly 
say that I never before preached with 
that power and Spirit that I have since 
I come to this place. In fact, I am 
surprized at myself many times. The 
priests all fear and tremble and Babel's 
towers begin to fall. The priests talk- 
ed of putting me in prison for preach- 
ing without a liscence from under this 
government. I made application to 
the Clerk of the peace for a liscence, 
but he informed that I could not obtain 
one until the court of quarter sessions 
which would be in October. I thought 
it would not answer for me to be idle 
until that time, therefore I continue 
preaching in houses, and in the streets, 
and on the public grounds, and in the 
market places, and ani liable to be ta- 
ken & thrust into prison any day wher^ 
informed against: But the priests dare 
not really do this for fear of the people, 
for all men, almost, consider us to be 
prophets of God. Thus by the power 
and goodness of God we still continue 
to preach Jesus Christ and him cruci- 
fied. We are now. occupying a large 
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by a general philanthropist, but does 
not belong to any church. The place 
will accommodate towards eight hun- 
dred people, and we have it Tree of 
•charge. The priests have been to him 
telling him that he was encouraging 
false doctrine by letting us have the 
house &c. His reply to them is, "You 
are at liberty to go and contest the point 
with them; and if you think their doc- 
trine incorrect, go and expose them. — 
You shall have your turn in the use of 
the house:" This shuts their mouths 
and puts them in rather an awkward 
position. The people here are quite 
anxious to build a chappel for them- 
selves by laying aside sixpence a week 
out of their scanty earnmgs, but wo 
shall advise them upon this subject to 
do differently. * * * * 

We have not said a hard word a- 
gainst the priests since we came here, 
neither have we spoken against any 
sect, yet they say all manner of evil 
against us. The people have discov- 
ered this difterence between us, and 
•they are most agreeably surprised, and 
it gives us unbounded influence. Wc 
tell them that God has not sent us to 
judge and condemn another man's ser- 
vant: But he has sent us to preach the 
kingdom of God. The short experi- 
ence that I have had here, causes me 
to regret that all the elders have not 
observed the same course. 1 am quite 
satisfied that the great and frequent 
anathemas pronounced by many of our 
elders upon people who do not believe 
their testimony, are not by the Spirit 
of God: neither do I think it wisdom to 
be clubing the sects always; but let 

them alone, and preach Jesus Christ. 

« * * * * # * 

My dear wife: 

I take the liberty to write 
a few more words across the lines 
which I hope you will be able to read: 
I feel that I have given myself wholy 
to the Lord and to the work of the 
ministry. 1 feel that I am far from 
home and no arm to lean upon but the 
arm of the Almighty. In him do 1 put 
my trust; and to him do I look for ev- 
ery blessing that 1 need. I know that 
in me there is no goodness, that is, in 
my flesh. For when I view my past 
course, I am ready to say, Lord de- 
liver thy servant from vanit} — Cleanse 
his heart from all unholy desires. Let 
the virtue of thy blood wash him and 
"lakp him fit for an inheritance with 



the Saints in light. Let him be sanc- 
tified, a vesel of honor to bare glad ti- 
dings to those who sit in darkness, and 
call upon poor wandering prodigals to 
return to their father's house. Give 
him prosperity in the promulgation of 
thy words; and let the enemies ol the 
cross be confounded and put to shame 
before the sublimity and power of his 
arguments. Let him raise the stan^d- 
ard of the cross in every land and na- 
tion where he shall go; and let the 
simple and broken heai'ted flock unto it 
and rejoice beneath its heavenly banner. 
Before the light which he shall hold 
forth, let error, ignorance, and super- 
stition fall like Dagon before the ark of 
God, or flee like the shades qIl night 
before the rising glory of tJ?e king of 
day. Let his heart became the store- 
house of charity and good will to men, 
and his body the temple of the Holy 
Ghost. Let his tongue be armed with 
truth supplied from the rich and flow- 
ing fountain of the heart. OLord, re- 
member the partner of all my joys and 
sorrows; and when she reads this epis- 
tle from her dear and affectionate hus- 
band. Bless, O bless her with the same 
love and joy that now inspire my bos- 
om. Let her enjoy health of body and 
peace of mind. When she is sick, do 
thou heal her: When she is cast down 
do thou raise her up. When she is 
sorrowful do thou comfort her, when 
the tear of deep affection steels down 
her cheeks, do thou cheer her mind 
with the prospect of once more seeing 
the object of her earthly hopes; and 
with open arms embracing her nearest 
and dearest friend. And now O Lord, 
have thou respect unto the little babe 
which thou hast given us. Take it not 
from us, but let it remain as a source 
of comfort unto its parents. Give Iier 
health and prosperity and may she 
grow like thine own plants and let the 
blessings of heaven rest upon her. Let 
the babe and her mother be faithfully 
preserved until thy servant shall re- 
turn to his home. Let these, the hum- 
ble petitions of thy servant be answer- 
ed, for I ask them in the name of Jesus 
Christ thy Son, Amen. * * • • 

Now farewell for a little season 
Until I come and bring a reason, 

Why I left my all behind, 
To go and warn all mankind. 

FotIq! the time is drawing nigh, 
When Christ will take us up on high; 



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No more to pai't, no more to sorrow, 
The time is nigh 'twill be tomorrow. 
1 art) as ever your 

affectionate husband 

ORSON HYDE. 
Marinda FIyde. 



Troy, Ohio, Bee. 2, 1837. 
Brother Don C. Smith:-— 

Sir, The flow- 
ing short extract of my journal kept 
during the past season is at your dis- 
posal, or for insertion in the Journal, if 
it is deemed worthy to occupy the pa- 
ges of that highly interesting paper. 

May 9th I left Kirtland in company 
with Elder Wm. Bosley, intending if 
Providence so directed to blow the 
trumpet of the gospel in New England, 
this season: Our lirst stop was in Mad- 
ison, Ohio, where we spent a few days 
with the brethren of that place, held 
three meetings and baptized one. From 
thence we turned our course S. E. in- 
tending to visit those churches in Ohio 
and Pa. that were built up by us in 
1836. We arrived at elder Blanch- 
ards in Andover, Astabula Co. Ohio, 
on the evening of the 13th, about 10 
o'clock, much fatigued as you will 
judge after learning that our journey 
for the last several miles, was through 
an abundance of mud and scores of 
tree tops, which you know are nothing 
uncommon in that country. The An- 
dover church commenced its rise in 
Aug. 1836, by the instrumentality of 
elders Bosley and Robinson; The num- 
ber of its members I have forgotten: 
we tarried preaching in Andover and 
its vicinity about ten days and baptized 
four: during the last two days of our 
tarry in that place, I was drawn into a 
debate with the Rev. Mr. Roberts, a 
learned clergyman of that place, upon 
the authenticity of the book of Mormon, 
which lasted about 8 hours. 

Though I consented to the discussion 
to gratify the intense anxiety of many 
friends both in, and out of the church, 
yet I think it was productive of much 
good, for the weakness of error and 
the strength of truth were clearly man- 
ifested; and when we closed (about 12 
o'clock in the evening of the second 
day) the aspect of the people was en- 
tiiely changed: our meeting was held 
at the center of Andovtn-, in the town 
house, which was full to overflowing, 
and many listened from without by the 
windows and in the waggons. 



After discussion some others desired 
to be buried beneath the yielding wave, 
but feeling ourselves in a hurry we left 
it to be attended to by elder Adams and 
others of that place. May the 23rd, 
we took leave of the brethren and pur- 
sued our journey: on the evening of 
the 25th we anived at elder Stevensons 
in Venango Co. Pa. in that vicinity 
we preached a few times, and added 
one to that branch. From thence we 
went South to Butler Co. visited tv/o 
members near Unionsville and baptiz- 
ed one. Here I parted with brother 
Bosley and went to Bever Co. When 
I visited the branch at Biidgewater el- 
der F. G. Bishop had just left, having 
baptized eight. I tarried preaching m 
the vicinity until the 13th of June, and 
baptized one more. From there 1 bent 
my course to Brushvalley church, In- 
diana Co. where I again met with el- 
der B. who had visited the Plum Creek 
branch, in Armstrong Co. unto which 
he added one member. 

We tarried in Indiana Co. until we 
added 16 to that church. On the 25th 
of June we held a council with the 
church and its officers, and ordained 
John F. Waketield (formerly teacher) 
to the office of an elder, and Wm. P. 
Mc'intire to that of a priest. Elders 
Bosley and Wakefield then left on a 
mission to the lower counties of Pa. — 
that they might cause light to spring 
up among those that sit in darkness 
and the shadow of death; for the Spirit 
in our councils directed us to abandon 
the idea of our eastern journey and 
take a southern mission. 1 started a- 
lone from Brushvalley, on the 3rd 
of July, an-d passing through several 
southern counties of Pa. I went as far 
as Washington Co. Md. about 40 miles 
fi'om Baltimore. 

In Washington, Franklin and Bed- 
ford counties, were my labors confined 
for about four months: It is a thickly 
populated, and wealthy country, but 
the ministers of our God had not visit- 
ed their habitations, and the glorious 
sound of the fullness of the gospel had 
not saluted their ears: Though it is a 
place of many sects, I think not less 
than about fifteen, and hattalions of 
priests very much divided. They have 
a factory for making them (priests) in 
Franklin Co. I suppose you know the 
machine by which they fashion them, 
and teach them the laws of interpreta- 
tion. I of course m^t wWi^ „,.„„:. i— 



T: 1. D r. U S ^ .1 O U R N A L . 

^le opposition, but personal abuse I re- 
tjeived none but once, when I was way- 
laid by a secret con^pan3/ in the even- 
ing and besmered with rotten eggs. 

I preached in their court houses, 
•chapels, school houses and dwellings; 
when these were closed, 1 occupied the 
streets or groves. Some would close 
their ears against my words, but rnr^st 
people wished to iiear what the babler 
had to sav; and when their ears could 
be obtained once, their next cr}^ would 
be "We would hear thee again on this 
matter:" and alter the people-were a 
waiscned to the subject, I had jneny 
more calls than I cotild supply. — 
Though the p resses of those counties 
■i'reque^Ttly teamed with intelligence 
^bout the notorious imposter that had 
•invaded their quiet possions: the priests 
were howling from their pulpits, and 
babylons bells were tolling; and priests 
not unfrequetly manifested a disp,osi- 
tion like that of a hireling shepherd, 
who stands upon the hills and exclaims 
to the sheep, take care of yourselves 
for the wolves are after yoy; but now 
•and then there would be one so daring 
as to make an attack upon the suppos- 
ed wolf in the attire of a lamb; among 
them were several followers of Mr. A. 
Campbell; at different times and places 
of whom was the Rev. Mr. Bell, who 
in the village of Leitcrsburgh made an 
attack upon our principles in the great- 
ties of his strength, by two oral discour- 
ses, to which 1 replied before the same 
-audience, which aftervv'ards occasioned 
a formal debate and the whole dis- 
•cussion lasted about ten hours, chiefly 
upon the spiritual gifts, orderof Christs 
church and the priesthood; which was 
conducted and closed in mildness and 
good order, and I think to the entire 
satisfaction of a large and attentive au- 
dience: which laid the axe at the root of 
Campbellism in that place, and produ- 
ced much good as I have reason to 
believe from the fact, that I shortly af- 
ter baptized eleven persons; where al- 
^o the last of Sept. by the assistance 
of another eider which the Lord sent 
to mc and the voice of the Saints, we 
ordained brotJier George Grouse an el- 
der; he was formerly a Methodist ex- 
horter, a man of influence and dearly 
beloved among them. 

1 do not like to engage in such de- 
bates lest some spirit should be admit- 
ed that should displease the Lord, nei- 
ther will I, except in defence of the 



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truth for the truths' sake when it is un- 
hallowedlv attackted, Tl>e 16 of Oct. 
I left Md. and returned visiting ihe 
branches and preaching by the way; 
arriving in Bedford Co. I found elders 
Bosley and Wakefield laboring in the 
vineyard, they had baptized 18 in that 
Co. one of whom was a Campbellite 
preacher, and many more were believ- 
ing: I baptized ten in Bridgeport, 
Franklin Co. and several in Bedford 
Co. I think the whole in Bedford Co. 
is about 30, a part in Mc'connelscove, 
and part on Clear ridge. I spent two 
weeks in Indiana Co. on my return 
found the church in prosperous circiim- 
stances, some additions having been 
made since 1 left them. All the churcli- 
es I visited during the season seemed 
with few exceptions to be abounding in 
the work of the Lord, In the city of 
Pittsburgh I unexpectedly fell in com- 
pany with elder B, Winchester: Dur- 
ing our association we preached sever- 
al times and baptized one in Ohio river: 
We separated a few days ago in Col- 
umbiana Co. I arrived in this place 
(Troy) Saturday, preached on Sunday 
vvhen elder Sliter administered the 
ordinance to some others. 

Now in taking a review of my jour- 
nal, I find I have since I left Kirtland 
travelled about 1600 miles, preached 
about 150 times obtained 27 subscribers 
for your periodical, baptized 43 and 
witne ;sed the baptism of several oth- 
ers; and feel myself authorized to say 
that truth is gaining influence in those 
regions within the limits of my travels, 
and will prevail though persecution 
rages and falsehoods are wafted on ev- 
ery breeze; and slanderous reports 
rolling as a sweet morsel under the 
tongues of almost every religious bigot, 
yet error is like exploding gun powder, 
put no constraint upon it and it will con- 
sume itself and do no harm; but truth 
is like oil in water always upormost. — 
Yours respectfulJVi 

EkASTUS SNOW. 



Continued from page 15. 
I now come to your proposal for a 
debate. You propose holding a per- 
sonal interview aa you have desired 
the opportunity for some time with some 
competant person believing as I do, 
I acknowledge myself imcompctant to 
the task of exhibiting this subject in all 
its splendent glory, but am willing to 
reflect what lifriit I am able. Yov 



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prefer an oral debate to a written con- 
troversy, that others may be profited 
thereby, as the subject is one of gener- 
al interest. If this were your only ob- 
jection I could obviate the difficulty by 
procuring an insertion in a public pe- 
riodical, but as you have other reasons, 
I shall not refuse to investigate the 
subject as you proposed, provided we 
agree upon the time, place and man- 
ner of discussion. 

It will of course devolve upon you 
to decide the time, as you first made 
the proposition. 

Having now attended to all the items 
of importance in your letter, 1 submit 
this to your critisism, hoping I shall 
hear from you again in due time, I 
think the ground 1 have taken is tena- 
ble, although I have not as strongly 
fortified it as might have been done. 
Be pleased to accept 

the assurance of my respect, 
STHEPHEN BURNET. 

Wm. Hayden. 

Several letters followed the above, 
but as they 'only relate to the arrange- 
ments for the debate, would not be of 
much interest to the public. The pre- 
liminaries were finally settled and the' 
debate commenced at Bently's mills in 
Solon on the 3 day of Jan. 1837. 

There was only one })roposition a- 
greed upon to be discussed and that 
was proposed by Mr. Hayden. viz. 

Was the christian church perfect at 
the close of the apostles lives. 

This seemed to cover the w^hole 
ground of difference between us, we 
both agreed spiritual gifts were to 
^ cease when the church became per- 
fect. Mr. Hayden affirms the above 
proposition and I denyed it, as Mr. 
Hayden had the affirmation it became 
his duty to lead the way, in prosecu- 
ting the subject, and mine to respond. 
I shall therefore give all his arguments, 
first, and mine follow, although on the 
stage each spake twenty minutes alter- 
natively. 

Hayden, My first arguments is from 
1 Cor. 13; 9, 10, Charity never faileth 
but whether there be prophecies they 
shall fail, whether there be tongues 
they shall cease, whether there be 
knowledge it shall vanish away, for we 
know in part and we prophecy in part, 
but when that which is perfect is come 
then that which is in part shall be done 
away. 

Now we both agree when the 



church become perfect, spiritual gifts 
were to cease, and Paul says they were 
to continue until that time Eph. 4; 13, 
It is now a notorious fact that miracles 
and spiritual gifts have ceased, con- 
sequently the church must have been 
perfect at the lime they became ex- 
tinct, although she has since aposta- 
tised and is a great distance from that 
perfection, yet there is no necessity of 
miracles being restored as the gospel 
facts, have been fully demonstrated 
and to prove them again would bo 
wholly superfluous. 

The design of miracles was the con- 
firmation of the gospel as evidently 
appears from the language of Mark, 16, 
20, "and they went forth and preach- 
ed every where, the Lord working with 
them and confirming the word with 
signs following. 

God never sent a messenger to man- 
kind without accompanying his test! 
mony with visible displays of his pow- 
er, as the message perports to be from 
heaven, so the evidence must be super- 
natural or miraculous. 

The gospel never could have been 
promulgated in the world, nor mankind 
condemned for rejecting it without its 
having been thus confirmed; hence, 
the necessity of miracles in the days 
of the apostle. But when the gospel 
was preached and established, the tes- 
timony of the apostles recorded, and 
the churches put in possession of all the 
necessary information concerning those 
facts, miracles were no longer neces- 
sary. 

Spiritual gifts were to assist the 
church in its infancy, or minority. — 
The manners & usages of the chris- 
tian institution, are alike now, to both 
Jews and Pagans, and the apostles could 
not be always in every church to teach 
them their duty, wherefore God gave 
them spiritual gifts for their mutual in- 
struction, until there were those born 
and educated in the christian church, 
who were able to teach others also. 

Thus the whole church became in- 
structed in righteousness and thorough- 
ly furnished unto every good work, 
speaking the truth in love, they grew 
up into him in all things, who is the 
head even Christ making increase of 
the body unto the edifying of itself in 
love. Paul says these gifts were "for 
the work of the ministry" that is to in- 
struct the disciples how to offer up spir- 
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Jesus Christ, as every m<imber of the 
body or church of christ, is a priest of 
the most high God. Peter. 2:5. He 
also says they were for the edifying 
of the body of Christ, as to the man- 
ner in vvhicli this was done, I perfectly 
agree with Mr. Burnet, when the 
church came together, one by the spirit 
prophecied, and all were instructed, 
another by the same spirit spake in 
tongues, and another interpreted etc. 
thus all were edified of all, or as Paul 
said a manifestation, in this manner 
the saints became perfect in a knowl- 
edge of the gospel, perfect in obedience 
to its requirements. And perfect men 
and women in Christ Jesus. 

Being come to the unity of the faith 
and of the knowledge of the son of God, 
unto a perfect man, unto the measure 
of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 
they had no more need of spiritual 
gifts. But Mr. Burnet argues the 
church has never been perfect, because 
its members have not yet seen God 
face to face, which he infers from 1 
Cor. 13:12, will be the case at that 
time. 

Paul did not say that would be the case, 
but we shall see face to face, which is 
evidently figurative of the union which 
prevailed in the church, when its mem- 
bers come to a full understanding of all 
the gospel facts and christian privile- 
ges. It is admitted, that spiritual gifts 
have ceased, I therefore insist the 
church was perfect at the time, aliho' 
miracles did not all cease at once, 
or exactly at the death of John the last 
apostle. Yet they became extinct 
within at most, half a century after 
that event. Those who had received 
spiritual gifts under the administration 
of the apostles, continued to enjoy 
them during their lives, although they 
outlived the apostles by years, but since 
those individuals who were cotempora- 
ry with the apostles, have left the stage, 
no miracles or spiritual gifts, have ap- 
peared in our world, neither will, to the 
end of time. It cannot be proven thiit 
the apostacy was the cause of the dis- 
appearance of miracles, for they were 
confered by the laying on of the apos- 
tles hands, without regard to the holi- 
ness of the individuals who received 
them. The Corinthians were as much 
divided and as corrupt as any protest- 
ant church has ever been, being car- 
nal, brother going to law with brother, 
guilty of all manner of laciviousness, 



even incest not excepted, yet Paul says 
they curne behind in no gift. But the 
object fur which these gifts were given 
having been long since accomplished, 
there now remains no more need of 
them and I cannot conceive of what 
they could be, were they now in the 
church. We do not need the gift of 
tongues, or of interpretation, for we 
can communicate our ideas in our 
mother tou'-jue; neither the gift of 
knowledge, as we arc in possession of 
that knowledge which was written 
in the commencement of the christian 
church, and spiritual gifts could we 
possess them would now be wholly su- 
perabundant. The gospel has been 
confirmed by evidence which cannot 
be successfully contradicted; it has 
survived the fall of empires and wreck 
of nations, pure and unadulterated, and 
if we heartily embrace its precepts and 
follow out its mandates in our lives, by 
being merciful and kind, relieving the 
wants of the needy and in fine, keep 
the golden rule, do by others as we 
would wish them to do by us, we will 
be accepted of God and receive a 
crown of life though we never possess 
a spiritual gift. 

Stephen Burnet. — Mr. Hayden ar- 
gues the church has been perfect from 
the well known fact that spiritual git'ts 
have ceased, which were to remain un- 
til that time. Does not Mr. PI. know 
all the promises of God to men are on 
conditions of their obedience, because 
God says to the righteous he shall sure 
ly live; it does not inevitably follow 
he cannot turn from his righteousness 
and surely die, neither because he says 
to the wicked he shall surely die does 
it follow he cannot turn from his wick- 
edness and live. See Ezekiel 34:13,14. 
But Mr. H. has given up the question 
in debate. He argues to prove the 
church was perfect at the close of the 
apostles lives, and now says it was 
within fifty years after that time; but 
even allowing him this lenity, he 
comes far short of proving his point. 
He has not shown wherein the church 
was more perfect when spiritual gifts 
disappeared, than it was when Paul 
wrote his first epistle to the Corinthians, 
and if the church was not then perfect, 
but in some things aside from the doc- 
trine of Christ, the same was applica- 
ble to the seven churches of Asia in 
the year ninety five, as appears from 
the second and third chapters of Rev. 



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nod we are not historically informed 
thai (lip-entions ever entirely ceased 
in the christian church, but there were 
men Vi lio arose speaking perverse 
ihings V) draw away disciples after 
them. 

But t'lit we may come to correct 
conclusion--, it is necessary v.-e should 
understand uhat Paul meant by the 
perfection oi :!=>• rhurch. Any thing 
is perfect when li ,'. li admit of no im- 
provement, hence "God's work is per- 
fect." Deut 32:4. "The law of" the 
Lord is perfect." Psalms. 19:7, and a 
man is a perfect christir.n when he 
obeys all the law of Christ, "Mark the 
perfect man and behold the upright," 
Psa. 37:37, "How beit we speak wis- 
dom among them that are perfect," — 
Cor. 2:6, 

But when the adjective perfect is ap- 
plied to the saints in another state, it 
represents them as being raised from 
the dead, clothed with immortality, and 
enjoying all the fullness of Christ. — 
That the term was thus used by Paul 
in the thirteenth chapter of his first let- 
ter to the Corinthians when applied to 
the church is evident from the fact, that 
he represents himself as being imper- 
fect in the twelvth verse, where he 
says "Now I know in part, but then 
shall I know as also I am known. — 
Again he says "If by any means I 
might attain unto the resurrection of 
the dead, not as though I had alieady 
attained, either were already perfect. 
Phil. 3:12 Thus as he was imper- 
fect, so was the church, and as he 
would not be perfect until he attained 
to the resurrection from the dead, so 
the church would not be perfect until 
it was clothed with immortality. He 
says God gave gifts to men "till we all 
come in the unity of the faith" or un- 
til the end of time when there were no 
more to believe on Christ or embrace 
the gospel. Now as Paul had not at- 
tained that perfection which the whole 
church must attain before they could 
know as they are known, and see face 
to face, until which time, it was their 
privilege to enjoy spiritual gifts, we 
are led to conclude that perfection is 
not attainable in this world, hence gifts 
may yet be enjoj^ed by the church of 
Christ. They disappeared by reason 
of the departure from the faith, it 
therefore remains for us to return to 
God and he will return to us. But 
we are told by Mr. Hay den that it 



cannot be proven that the apostacy was 
the cause of the disapp.earance of mir- 
acles, for they were confered by the 
laying on of the ap-oslles hands without 
regard to the holiness of the individuals 
who received them, and names the di- 
vsions amongst the Corinthians as 
proof. Here I think Mr. H. and the 
aposdes came in contact, for no man 
can receive a spiritual gift without first 
obtaining the Holy Ghost, and there is 
no promise of the holy Spirit without 
obedience to the gnspel. "Repent and 
be baptized" said Peter "and you shall 
receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." — 
Paul says "If any man have not the 
Spirit of Christ, he is none of his." — 
Rom. 8:9, Paul says further, all spir- 
itual gilts come by that one Spirit, and 
there is abundant proof to this point, 
so that it is clear that a wicked man 
cannot possess the holy Spirit, and a 
man who has not the Spirit cannot en- 
joy a spiritual gift. Although there 
were wicked contentious persons in the 
Corinthian church, yet it has not been 
proven that one of them possessed a 
gift by the Spirit. As tlse church be- 
gan to depart from the faith, gifts be- 
gan to disappear, until the church be- 
came corrupted and the mistery of 
iniquity became so great, that the holy 
Spirit was measurably withdrawn from 
the earth and sniritual cifts, were no 
m.ore to be seen. 

This, like many other things under 
the new institution, had its type. I 
mean the Urim and Thummim and 
Breastplate of the Jewish High priests. 
Those shone with great splendor as 
long as he who v/ore them was right- 
eous. Josephus says "the one in the 
shape of a button on the high priest 
right shoulder shined out when God 
was present at their sacrifices so as to 
be seen by those most remote, which 
splendor, was not bet'ore natural to the 
stone." The breastplate likewise shone 
when Israel was to be victorious in bat- 
tle. "This has appeared a wonderful 
thing to such as have not so far indul- 
ged themselves in philosophy as to dis- 
pise divine revelation." I3ut thisbreat- 
plate and this sardonyx, left off shin- 
ing about one hundred and fifty years 
before Christ, or from the days of the 
last good high priest of the family of 
the Macabus John Hyrcanus. Thus 
we see God refused to speak to the 
Jewish church through the oracle 
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wickedness, so has he withdrawn his 
Spirit from professing christians, and 
left ihem without prophets and spiritual 
gifts, hccause of transgression. But 
as he had mercy upon the Jews and 
sent them a prophet to announce the 
near approach of the kingdom of heav- 
en and call on them to repent and flee 
from the wiath to come, so I trust God 
will not come oat of his iiiding place 
in judgement against an apostate church 
without first setting betbiO her the u-ay 
of life and causing the voice, "Come 
out of her my people that you be not 
partakers of her sins and receive not 
of ber plagues," to be heard in every 
part of Babylon and amongst her 
daughters. 

P. S. If you should think proper to 
publish the foregoing or any part of it, 
you will probably find it necessary to 
make some corrections in my synthe- 
sis as I am unaccustomed to writing 
for the press and a part of the above 
is the first writing and not a transcript. 
STEPHEN BURNET. 



dery, those who have books or other 
artici'js at this office will please hand 
or send llio money to the persons nam- 
ed in the nhnve alluded notice, also all 
applications for books or back Nos. of 
the Star and ^lessenger and Advocate, 
and for bt; ks to be rebound &c. 
&c. 6zc. to be made to the same per- 
sons, v.'lio viill v.-ait upon them with 
pleasure. Tiie reason of this notice 
is, that our subscribers as well as our- 
selves may not suffer loss. O confi- 
dence where hast thou fled! Whither 
art thou gone? Art thou in search of 

lucre, is it he which has destroyed 

thee? 



J©SEPSI SMITH Jr. Editor. 



KIRTLAND, OHIO NOV EMBER, \BZ7. 

We would say to the patrons of the 
Journal, that we calculate to pursue a 
ditferent course from that of our prede- 
cessor in the editorial department. — 
We will endeavor not to scandalize our 
own citizens, especially when there is 
DO foundation in truth for so doing; we 
consider that when a man scandalizes 
his neighbor, it follows of course that 
he designs to cover his own iniquity: 
we consider him who puts his foot up- 
on the neck of his benefactor, an ob- 
ject of pitty rather than revenge, for 
in so doing he not only shows the con. 
traction of his own mind but the wick- 
edness of his heart also. 

And as there are shaving shops in 
the world, we would caution the sub- 
scribers of the Star and Messenger and 
Advocate to send their subscriptions 
agreeable to the notice given in this 



number, and furthermore those who 



Be it known unto the Saints scatter- 
ed abroad greeting; 

That myself together with 
my beloved brother Sidney Rigdon, 
having been appointed by a general 
conference of elders held in Kirtland 
in the house of the Lord on the 18th 
of Sept. for the purpose of establish- 
ing places of gathering for the Saints 
&c. we therefore would inform our 
readers that we started from Kirtland 
in company with V. Knight and Wm. 
Smith on the 27th of Sept. last, for the 
purpose of visiting the Far West, and 
also to discover situations suitable for 
the location of the Saints who are gath- 
ering for a refuge and safety, in the 
day of the wrath of God which is soon 
to burst upon the head of this genera- 
tion, according to the testimony of the 
prophets; who speak expressly con- 
cerning the last days: We had a pros- 
perous and a speedy journey; we held 
one meeting in Norton township Ohio, 
and three in Doublin, la. one between 
Doublin and Tore Haute, la. two in 
Tore Haute, one in Palmyra, Mo. 2 in 
Huntsville, one in Carlton; all of which 
were tended with good success and 
generally allayed the prejudice and 
feeling of the people, as we judge from 
the treatment we received, being kind- 
ly and hospitably entertained. On our 



we 



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foLind the chni-ch of Latter Day Saints 
in that place in as prosperous a condi- 
tion as wo could have expected, and as 
we belie\e enjoying a goodly portion o' 
the Spirit of God, to the joy and satis- 
faction of our hearts. 

The High council was immediately 
called and n) uiv difficulties adjusted, 
and the object oi' uuh mission was laid 
before them, after which the subject of 
the propriety of the Saints, gathering 
to the city Far West, was taken into 
considertion, after a lengthy discus 
sion upon the subject, it was voted, that 
the work of the gathering to that place 
be continued, and that there is a plenty 
of provisions in the upper counties for 
the support of that place, and also the 
emigration of the Saints; also voted 
that other Stakes be appointed in the 
regions round about, therefore a com- 
mittee was appointed to locate the same; 
consisting of Oliver Cowdery, David 
Whitmer, John Corril, and Lyman 
Wight; who started on their mission 
before we left. 

It was also voted that the Saints be 
directed to those men for instruction 
concerning those places; and it may 
be expected that all the information 
necessary will be had from them con- 
cerning the location of those places, 
roadi &c. Now we would recom- 
mend to the Saints scattered abroad, 
that they make all possible exertions to 
gather themselves together unto those 
places; as peace, verily thus saith the 
Lord, peace shall soon be taken from 
the earth, and it has already began to 
be taken; for a lying spirit has gone out 
upon all the face of the earth and shall 
perplex the nations, and shall stur them 
up to anger against one another: for 
behold saith the Lord, very fierce and 
very terrible war is near at hand, even 
at your doors, therefore make haste 
saith the Lord O ye m}' people, and 
gather yoarselres together and be at 
peace among yourselves, or there shall 

be no saftv for you. 
we are tola by ivir. nayuen umi it 



We furthermore say to those who 
wish to stop short of the city of Far 
West, to call on us and get informa- 
tion concerning those places of gath- 
eriag: We would say to the Saints it 
is now a day of warning and not of 
many words; therefore, a word to the 
wise is sufficient. We exhort you to 
remember the words of the prophet 
Malichi which says, bring ye all the 
tithes into the stort; house that there 
may be meet in mine house, and prove 
me herewith saith the Lord of hosts, if 
I will not open you the windows of 
heaven and pour you out a blessing, 
that there shall not be room enough to 
receive it, and I will rebuke thedevour- 
er for your sake, and he shall not de" 
stroy the fruits of your ground, neith- 
er shall your vine cast her fruit before 
the time in the field, saith the Lord of 
hosts, and all nations shall call you 
blessed for ye shall be a delightsome 
land satth the Lord of hosts. We 
would also say to the Saints, that we 
were much pleased with the location of 
the Far West, and also the society of 
that place; and we purpose of locating 
our families in that place as soon as our 
circumstances will admit. 

We shall be under the necessity of 
observing brevity in this our communi- 
cation for want of room to publsh it, 
and we shall close after naming a few 
questions which are daily and hourly 
asked by all classes of people whilst 
we are traveling, and will answer them 
in our next. 

Firstly, Do you believe the bible? 

2nd, Wherein do you differ from 
other denominations? 

3rd, Will every body be damned but 
Mormons? 

4th, How and where did you obtain 
the book of Mormon? 

5th, Do you believe Jo Smith to be 
a prophet? 

6th, Do the Mormons believe in hav- 
ing all things common? 

7th, Do the Mormons believe in hav- 
ing more wives than one? 

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9th, What signs does Jo Smith give 
to establish his divine mission? 

10th, Was not Jo Smith a money dig- 
ger? 

11th, Did he not Steal his wife? 

12th, Do the people have to give up 
their money when they join his church? 

13th, Are the Mormons Abolitionists? 

14th, Do they not stur up the Indi- 
ans to war and to commit depredations? 

15th, Do the Mormons baptize in the 
name of Jo Smith? 

16th, If the Mormon doctrine is true, 
what have become of all that have died 
since jhe days of the apostles? 

17th Does not Jo Smith pretend to be 
Jesus Christ? 

18th, Is there any thing in the bible 
that liscences you to believe in revela- 
tion now days? 

19th, Is not the canon of the scrip- 
tures full? 

20th, What are the fundamental prin- 
ciples of your religion? 

The above questions are as many as 
we probably shall have room to answer 
in our next article, though many more 
may hereafter be asked and answered 
as circumstances will permit. 



In consequence of the delay of this 
No. which was occasioned by the 
preasure of times operating against us, 
so that paper was not to be obtained in 

season for its isue, we are enabled to 
lay before our readers a few items of 
the proceedings of our brethren in the 
Far West during our visit to that place; 
which we trust will satisfy for the de- 
lay. 



Far West, Mo. Nov. 7, 1837. 

At a general assembly of the church 
of Latter Day Saints, assembled at Far 
West, to take into consideration and 
transact the business of said church, 
Elder Thomas B. Marsh was chosen 
Moderator, and Oliver Cowdery ap- 
pointed Clerk. 

After singing, the Moderator ad- 
dressed the throne of grace in prayer: 
after which pres't. Sidney Rigdon ex- 
plained the object of the meeting, giv- 
ing a relation of the recent re organiza- 
tion of the church in Kirtland — the 
minutes of said meeting were read by 
the Moderator, who also nominated 
Joseph Smith jr. the first pres't. of the 
whole church, to preside over the same 
All were requested (males and females' 



to vote — who was umnimously chowsen. 
He then made a few remarks, accept- 
ing the appointment, requesting the 
prayers of the church in his behuif. 

President Smith then nominated 
pres't. Sidney Rigdon to be one of his 
Counseioi-s— who was unanimously 
chosen. 

Ho then nominated pres't. Frede- 
rick G. V»'illiams to be his next Coun- 
selor, who was objected to by Elder 
Lyman Wight, in a few remarks, re- 
fering to a certain letter, written to this 
place by the said F. G. Williams: also 
Elder Marsh objected to pres't. Will- 
iams. Elder James Emmet also ob- 
ject to pres't Williams. 

Bishop Edward Partrage said he 
seconded pres't. Williams' nomination, 
and should vote for him; and as to 
said letter, be had heard it, and saw 
nothing so criminal in it. 

President David Whitmer also made 
a few remarks in pres't. Williams' fa- 
vor. Elder Marsh made further re- 
marks. Elder Thomas Grover also 
objected to pres't. Williams. 

President S. Rigdon then nominated 
pres't. Hyram Smith to take preset. 
Williams' place. He then called for 
a vote in faA'or of pres't. Williams, 
who was rejected. He then called for 
a vote in favor of pres't. Hyram Smith, 
which was carried unanimous. 

Some few remarks were made by 
pres'ts. David Whitmer and S. Rigdon. 

David Whitmer was nominated as 
the President of this branch of the 
church, and was objected to by Elder 
Marsh. Bishop Paitrage said he 
should vote for pres't. Whitmer. El- 
der Wm. E. McLellin made a few re- 
marks. Eider George M. Hinkel 
made remarks in favor of pres't. 
Whitmer — also Elder King Follet. 

Elder Caleb Baldwin sfiake aeainst 
pres't. Whitmer — also Elder Seymore 
Brunson. 

Eider Elisha H Groves spake in fa- 
vor of pres't. Whitnitr. Further re- 
marks from Eider McLellin by request 
of pres't. Whitmer who made satisfac- 
tion for him. Remarks from pres't. 
Joseph Smith jr. who called for an ex- 
pression which was carried by almost 
a unanimous vote in favor of pres't. 
Whitmer. 

President Joseph Smith jr. then 
nominated John Whitmer for an assis- 
tant president, who was objected, and 
Elder Marsh spake in opposition to him 



ELDERS' JOIR5AL. 



and rK«i a list of charges from a writ- 
ten (iocuaieat as?Ja>t his and pres't 
PhelRs. Pres't. JoUa W'hitmer ilien 



of r.res'ts. Joseph SmiiJi jr. Sidney 
Rigdoa and Hyram Smh^ 

Tbe ccingresaliDii, afler a few re- 



spake a fc«- \rords bv way of cooles- j marks from rresY Ri»>ion. urjani- 
^oo, and ^as folio «ei by EWer Isaac ' niousley roted net to support stores and 
Morfev. Tbe vole was called and ■ shops, seiiiae spiritaoas liquors. Tea, 
carried cnaEinhjusiT. i CoSce or Tcbairn. 

Tbe meeting adjourned for one hour, j A vote was caJied on the sabiect of 

Meeting ccnvened a<»i.rdicg to ad- i the j resets of tbe SereLties — and those 

joonnneot, a hysia was sung and a ! who h^ive reeestiv been appointed to 

prayer oi^re.^ up by :be iloderator. j that oSce, were oasainvansly received. 

Wm. ^\. P heirs was nominated for; The coEgregaiicrl then anited with 

an assisiBQt pres't. for this choreh bv pr^s'L Ei^don, who, in the closiE? 



pres'L Joseph SHsiib, jr He rose and 
made certain remarks on the soV^^jtof 
the charges refered to above, by way 
of confessi-js also, when tbe vote was 
jwt by pres'L S. Rigdoc, aad passed 
uaaniiDoas. 

Eiders Jobs Murdock. Sok»n>Dn 
HaDCof^ Elias Hi2l.ee, Calvia Rebee, 



he cl< 

prayer, eaiied aeon the Lord to deci- 
cnte ibis land for tbe gathering of the 
Saints, and their inkerilacces. 

THOMAS B. MARSH, 

Aiies:. Ooves Cc^wnEST. 



Ge^Dr^e M. Hickie. Tbcsas Grover. 



Far Wes!. rdo. .Yor. 10, 1537. 
Ai ?. ueueral n:-eetiijri of the ordain* 
and Sinjeon Curler, were cnaciiaoasly ; q^ members of tbe church in this place, 
chosen high ccunsel-ois, Lyinan ^Vight ' ri.Jer Thomas B. isarsh opened the 
was noasicated and obiecte<l by John ^ meeting: by prayer, and president S. 
Anderson, who cent aside to orDverse- i Ridden read ti« niemraorial of the 
Newel^Koight was unanio^^usiy cbos-i Bishop of Kirtland, and bis coDDselors, 
en. Geor^ M- Kickle ^as nomics-jto jj^e churches abncwnd, of SepL ISth 
ted, an'i was objeexed to by eider Jaro^ • 1^:37. He then laid before tbe meet- 
EsEs^. because be W3S too soisy — By ; jng the subject of Javine c5" cities, of 
King FoiJel because of his mJ=ii^ry of- ' coEsecratine. for pnbiic purposes, and 
fice, and bv James D^r-ee because be for res une rating thc*e Who lay tbeia 
was a Esercaact. Eider H. made a few : oS". <kc when lit was ucaoiroouslv vo- 
remarts, tbe vote was called aix!- was ted thai all citv plots hereafter laid off, 
onaDimoti^ Levi Jackman and tli- -.frej- r^rstinerating those for their la* 
sfaa H. Gloves were onaniasousiy tjors who mav be engaged m appoint- 
cbosea. John And-erson then took tbe Jog anc laving off tte same, shall be 
stand and made bis otjectioiis to Ly- : consecrated for the public benefit of 
man Wight, after which Eider Wight ; the church — for bonding hccses for 
also spoke, the v<^e was called and 1^ j public worship, or such otlier purposes 
nn a nnno qslv chosen. j as the cbuich shall sav. 

TbG Twelve vrere liien cailed, viz.: President Riiwjon then read the oros- 
Tb(sns B. 3Iar£h, David W. Patten, j pectus of tbe "Elders' Jouraal," which 
Erigham Toncg, Hel:sr C. Kimball, ; ^35 tnaninsTOsIv received It was 
Orso3 Hyde, Wm. E. McLellin, Par- ; t^en a-so aoanirnoasiv voted that the 



ley P. Pratt, Williain Smith, L^ke 
JcitasoUt Orson Prau, John F. Bojn- 
too, aod Lyiaa2 E. Johnson, and were 
anaaifnoasly chosen. 

Bishop Eisrard Partra^ was noin- 



peisoos present, use their exeriioas to 
sonport said taper. 

It wxis tb^n voted that the town plot 
of Far West be enlarged so that it con- 
ttiin four sections — that is, two mfles 



inaied to still act as Bishop, and was i saare. 

<uaa!iiioa5:y cbo^n. Who then nom- j 'Toted, that Bishop Partridge and 
iaaied Isaa-3 !. ortey and Titas BUlin^ j his Counselors be appointed a connnit- 
for his Couiiselors, vsrho were uaani- ! i^ j^ apprize tbe land adiacent to the 

15 enlar- 
pro- 




rided the present holders of those lands 
will take such a price for tbe ^une as 
tbe above apprizers shall think worth. 

der !s,-jac Morley ^as then ordained to and that the same be then fiispcsed of 

&e oSce ol Patriarch under ihe hands ' gj is roted abuve. 



Eldist John Corril was chosen to be 
r of tbe Lord's Storehoose. El- 



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31 



A call was then niado tor tho-vo 
v/hose circumstances were such as U) 
permit, to go out to prejich, to present 
themselves. There were twenty liiree 
who arose. 



Sylvester IL EarU Henry Ja 



tin. 



_^ . ckson, 

Harrison Sogers and John \V. Ciark, 
were ordained elders, and William J. 
Levans was ordained a priest. 

Pres't. Rigdon then closed 
meeting by praver. 

t. B. MARSH, 

tModeraior. 
Attest. 

Oliver Cov/dery, 

ClerL 



Conference. 

The two branches of the church of 
Latter Day Saints in Madison, Geau- 
ga Co. O. met agreeably to appoitment 
on the 12th Inst, and after bsing called 
to order by President]Z. Coultrin, Al- 
len Wait was appointed Clerk. The 
conference proceeded & organized the 
two branches into one. Br. Lester 
Brooks was then ordained presiding 
Elder over said church. Br. Asahael 
M. Hodge was oi'dained a Priest, ?\Ior- 
gan Phelps and Albert Peas Teachers, 
brother Allen Wait Deacon and Clerk, 
all by unanimous vote of the church 
Z. COULTRLM Pres't. 

Allen Wait Clerk. 



Conference. 

At a fast meeting held in Rochester, 
Columbiana Co. Ohio, on the 28th of 
Oct. 1837, the otiicial members present 
organized themselves into a conference 
for the purpose of ordaining some presr 
ent to the ministry; accordingly Elder 
Samuel James was called to the chair, 
and Elder Francis G Bishop was 
chosen Secretary. Mr. James Sloan 
and Mr. John Cooper were then pre- 
sented and were ordained to the otfice 
of Elders. The business being con- 
cluded conference adjourned, sine die. 
S/JAMESCh'n. 

F. G. BisHo? Clerk. 



NOTICE. 

A Conference will be held at the cen- 
ter of of Milton, Trumbull Co. Ohio, 
at the house of Mr. Milton Rogers, 
commoncing on Friday the 5th of Jan- 
nary: Public preaching will be expect- 
ed on Saturday and Sunday. 

Our beloved broth jr Sylvester B. — 
Stoddard, rcsidmg near that place, 



gives Ihi! elders the following invita- 
tion: "Vv'c should like very well to 
have a vibit from some of our Kirtland 
brethren if convenient — if those breth- 
ren who were calculating to travel in 
a Southeast directi^-n, have not all left 
Kirtland, this will be in their track and 
vv-e should like to have them give us a 



NOTICE. 

The subscribers lor the Messen- 
ger and A.dvocate, are prop^.bly 
aware, that much of their subscription 
is yet in the rear; the office being' 
changed into the hands of others, and 
the debts of the same pressing hard 
upon thj former proprietors: it there, 
fore becomes necessary to urge mild- 
ly the patrons of this office, to send up 
their subscriptions as soon as possible, 
and this will relieve those debts, and 
help foru'ard the Journal in its season. 
It is also necessary that those who wish 
to continue on with the Journal, for 
them to forward their money, in order 
that their names may be entered on 
the Journal book. The books of the 
Evening and Morning Star, and Mes- 
senger and Advocate are in the hands 
of Wm. Marks and G. W. Robinson, 
consequently those indebted for the 
same, (Star and Messenger,) will 
please send their subscription to them. 
All letters subscribed Marks and 
Robinson, and Post paid. — Ed. 

A Paraphrase. 

For the Journal. — Isaiah chapt. LX. 

Arise O Zion fair and lift thine eyes. 
Exalt thy lofty towers towards the 

skies; v^ 

See the respleadant glory round thee 

spread, 
Fill all thy courts and rest upon thy 

head ! 
See Gentiles from the distant nations 

too. 
Come to thy light, and in thy temple 

bow; 
Sec numerous kings and princes from 

afar. 
Cast dov.Mi their crowns, and in thy 

glories share! 
Behold thy sons shall con:ie in flooks 

as clouds 
Around thine alters bow, in shining 

crowds. 
Rejoice in God that he doth now un- 
fold; 
His hidden treasures, as in days of old. 



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By sons of strangers shalt thy walls be 

rear'd, 
And by all nations, thou shalt be re- 

ver'd, 
And greatly honored, while their kings 

shall bring, 
Their richest treasures and thy glory 

sing. 
Whereas in wrath I hid my face from 

thee, 
Behold in loving kindness thou shalt see, 
The glory of my presence manifest, 
Among thy tens of thousands in the 

rvesl/ 
Thy gates «;hall not be shut by night 

nor day. 
That Kings and Gentiles may be bro't 

to thee. 
Lebanons former glory shall be thine, 
To the shall come the fir the box and 

pine. 
To beautify the place where I shall 

stand, 
Within thy walls upon my holy land. 
The sons also of that ungodly band, 
Who cast thee out and drove thee from 

thy land, 
Shall come, and bending unto thee 

bow'd down. 
Call thee the Zion of the Holy one. 
Of Israel, who by his almighty arm. 
Hath gathered thee and claimed the for 

his own. 
The substance of the Gentile nations 

round; 
Shall come to the, and in thy streets 

abound 
Instead of wood fine brass be braught 

to thee. 
Iron as plenty as the stones shall be; 
Silver as iron unto the shall come, 
And Gold as brass, thy streets and 

courts adorn. 
And all thine oflicers shall bring thee 

peace. 
And thine exactors deal in righteous- 
ness. 
Violence shall no more be heard in 

thee. 
Neither within thy borders shalt thou 

see 
Thy fields with blood and carnage cov- 

er'd o'er. 
The wariors trumpet there, is heard 

no more: 
While wicked slay the wicked all a- 

round! 
The Earth shall shake; the stars from 

heaven be hurled, 
While God with outstretch'd arm de- 
stroys the world 



The seas shall move, and islands flee 

away. 
Mountains flow down in that tremcn- 

duous day! 
The crooked be made straight the vul- 

lies rise, 
The sun and moon be darkened in iho 

skies! 
The trump shall sound, the dead in 

Christ shall rise! 
While all the living saints beneath the 

sky's, 
Shall then be quickened and ascend on 

high. 
To meet wiih Enoch's city in the sky, 
Descend with Christ with all his holy 

train, 
Upon the Earth a thousand years to 

reign!!! 
Thy children now in righteousness 

shall rest. 
No more attiiced nor no moreoppress'd 
(For peace and union now shall spread 
Their balmy wings oe'r all the spa- 
cious globe) 
They are plantmg of mine own right 

hand. 
The branch which shall inherit Zions 

land. 
While Christ shall reign, and thou- 
sand yerrs shall roll, 
Anj songs of praise are heard from 

pole to pole, 
And echo'd throughout heavens vast 

domain 
In pealing anthems to the Lamb 'twas 

slain. 

T. B. M. 



For the want of room we have been 
under the necessity of leaving out the 
©Mtwarj' of our friends, and also 
several communications, which will 
probably appear in our next. — Ed. 



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OF THE CHURCH OF JKSUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SALVTfc?. 
Vol. 1. No. 3.J Far AVEST, MISSOUJU, JULY, IS^S. [Whole No. C. 

Far West, May, 1838. make i: a wilJeriicss— and have ex- 
Notwithstanding all the efforts of the ceeded the highest expectations of the 
enemies to the trulii, both from without "^^^^ cnthusiaslic. 

and within, to the contrary, we are en- Large bodies of land have been, and 
abled to present this Journal, to the a^'C now putting under cultivation, 
patrons, with the prospect of being able We might venture an assertion on 
to continue it in time to come, without *his point, and that, without the fear of 
interruption. contradiction by those who arc acquaint- 

Groat have been the exertions of the ^^^ "^vith the settlements in this vicinity, 
opposers to righteousness, to prevent ^"'' ''^^^ 'S' "» part of the world can 
us from sending abroad the doctrines of PJ'<J>'^'C a superior to Caldwell County, 
the church to the world: every effort ''. '^'^ nquai. Eighteen mouths since 
has been used by the combined influ- ^yithout scarcely an inhabitant: at this 
«nce of all classes of enemies, and of *'"^<^ ^'^^ City of "Far West," the 
all sects and parties of religion; and ol^ county seat, has one hundred and fifty 
^hose who are opposed to it, in all its houses, and almost the whole county is 
forms to prevent it. ^^'^^" ^ip, or all that part of it, which 

It is indeed somewhat unexpected to <^.^" ^^ conveniently settled for want of 
us, to be able to commence printing the tniiber: and large bodies of it are now- 
Journal again so soon; but the g(;neral ^-'"'-'f f cultivation. 

'interest felt in it by the Saints in gen- An enconium too high, cannot be 
<;raJ, soon, in a degree, repaired the placed upon the heads of the enterpris- 
loss which was suffered in the burning ing and industrious habits of the people 
-of the press in Kirtland; and another of this county. Thcv are fast making 
establishment, by the exertions of the for themselves, and their posterity af- 
Saints in Far West, has been obtained, ter thorn, us beautiful, interesting," and 
sufficiently large, to print the Journal; as profitable homes, as can be i'li any 
and soon will be greatly enlarged, so as countiy. 

to do all the printing necessary, for the In a very few ^ears, and it will be 
wliole church. said with propriety, "that the solitary 

We have no doubt, but liberal mind- place has become glad tor them:" anii 
cd men will con'tinue to aid with their wc can say, tliat the people will be as 
means, until the establishment will be glad for iu 

sufficiently supplied with means to This town "Far West'' is situated in 
make the largest of the kind, any where Caldwell county Missouri, in the midst 
in the region of country where it is lo- of a prairie of Very rich soil. It is an 
fitted. elevated piece of land, and has a com- 

In this place, the church is as pleas- manding view of the surrounding coun* 
ently situated as could be expected, tak- try for many miles> in every direction., 
ing into consideratbn their circumstai:- On the north, about one mile passes; 
ccs, as the settlement here is but about Shoal Creek, a heavy stream whicli 
eighteen months old, and the first set- has many water privileges on it. On 
tiers had been driven from their homes, the south, a little more than half u 
and all their property destroyed, and mile, runs Goose CreeK, a tributary of 
hud to come here without any thing. — Shoal. It also is large enough ta ad- 
But to their honor it may be said, that mit of water-v/orks. 

tow people on earth have endured the To nil appearance the country 1° • 
same degree of persecution, with the healthy, and the farming interest is , 
same patience. equal to that in any part of the world;' 

.Nothing discouraged by the great af- and the means of living ari very easily 
flictions and tribulations which they obtained, not even luxuries excepted, 
have had to endure for Chri.^'s sake. From this to the territorial lino on 
They united with all their powers, to the north, is from eighty to one hund- 
turn a solitary place into a fruitful red miles, and to the line on the west, . 
field — we do not say a svilderness. for twenty five or upwards, or wiint was 
there is not a suOiciency of timber to the tM'ritorial line, before tho purchase 



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ot what is called the PhUt and Nodawa the law, yet, coniir.andcd they out 
-countries, or rather Notav. », which property to be destroyed contrary to 
signifies rattle snake. law. 

It will be seen by this, that this town And as Paul and Barnabas did at 
is situated in the north west corner of Iconium. So did we at Kirtland. — 
the State of Missouri, in the 40th deg. "When there was an assault made, both 
of north latitude. Tlie land is rolling of the Gentiles, and also of the Jews, 
and fycnerally dry; at least, there arc with their rulers, to use them despite- 
«no nTorc wet lands, than are necessary fully, and to stone them. They were 

ware of it, and fled into Lystria and 
Derbe, cities of Lyconia, and unto the 
region that lielh round about. And 
there they preached the gospel'" 

So wc did in like manner, taking 



for grazing purposes, when the coun- 
try becomes all subdued. 

"The Saints here are at perfect peace 
with all the su Mounding inhabitants, 
and persecution is not so much as once 



nymed among them: every man can them for our example. When there 

filtend to business without fear or ex- was an- assault being made, of linrs, 

citcment, ov hein^^ molested in any t'deves, and rtdigioiiists, with llicir ru 

wise. There are many of the inhabit- ]ers all combined, we were ware of it, 

ants of this town, who own lands in the and^fled to "Far West," and are liere 

vicinity, and are at this time busily en- preaching the gospel whereuntowe aie 

gaged in cultivating them. Hundreds called by the pov.-er of God. Let no 

of acres of corn have been plantet' al- much suffice fov Kirlland. 
ready, in our immediate neighborhood; W^e have the gratification of saying 

and hundreds of acres more are now to the Elders abroad, thai we ho|ie to 

being planted. (This is the iburth day be able to furnish the Journal regular- 

of May.) ly, from hence forth, as long as it may 

The crops of wheat arc very prom- be thought wisdom to continue it. And 

isincr, and the prf)spect is that we will we hope on their part, they will use all 

have an abundant harvest. The vast tlieir exertions to give it circulation, 
quantities of provision purchased, in The enemies Isave made so rrany at- 

this upper country by the United States, ^empfs to destroy us, and always failed, 

fur the ur-e of tl.c Garrison, and also that we now just laugh at them for 

for the Indians, have made all kinds of fools, as the God of heaven said he 
provision dear, and somewhat scarce. 
Corn is fifty cents per bushel; wheat 
one dollar; pork from eight, to ten 
dollars per cwt.; and all kinds of pro- 
vision on a par with these. 



would at their calamity. 



p R o s p ;j: c T u s 

FOR THE 

Perhaps it might be thought by some of the Church ok Jksus Cnhisx, of Latter 
necessary, that we should say some- Day Sai.-.ts. 

thing about tlie afiairs of Kirt'and. — It ig, we presume, generally known, that 
The burning of the printing office there this paper was commenced in Kirl'antJ, Ohio. 
&C. But it is now, as in former days, i" October iasi; but hy reason of the great 
-In iormer days the destroyers of the P;;>-sec«'>7 against the Saints in that place, 
^"/", ■' ,, ^/ I ^ the paper had to be stopped; and througli the 

Saints' property were ot the baser sort craft of wicke(i men they got possession of 
X)f mankind, even so it is now. And as the Priming Ofiice, and knovving they, could 
the Saints in former davs considered a "o* 'lo^'^ 't. '^^ v/as burned, 
formal notice of them," beneath both . The paper ,s now about to be resuscitated 
iuiiii-ii uKjix'^K. , ' r J ,, in this place; to be conducted as sei torth in 

their character and standing, so do the the former prospectus. It will be issued in a 
Saints in like manner now. Only say few weeks, and sent to the former subscribers, 
as 
so 
to 

less of law, justice, or humanity, and 
were upheld in their wickedness, by 
those who were like the high priest in 
Paal's day, who though, ho sat to judge 
after the law, commanded Paul to be 
smitten contrary to lavv. So it was 
with our persecutors in the «;rst: for 
notwithstanding they sat to judge ailor 




use their iiitiuence to give as general a circu- 
lation as i)ossib!e. 

The JOURNAL will be Edited by .Toseph 
Smith jr., and Published by Thomas B. 
Marsh, at Far West, Caldwell County Mis- 
souri. 

TTrrSilS — One dollar, per annum, paid in 
advance. All letters must be Post Paid, and 
directed to Ihe Publisher. 

Far Wk5t, Mo. April 20, IS38. 



LLDLRS JOURNAL 



Vinulliaven, Fox Island^, J\h). 
March Gtl), lS:"iS. 

IJisiHor Edward P.\KTRiDr.K, and Prksi- 
:^F.?<T= Josj-pH Smith Jii., Sidnky II'gdov, 
iYRu.-tf Smith, and thk Saints ix Zios, 
• rei'.ting: 

Oenr friends in the neiv and cvcrJasling 
covcnani: 

' I, wiiHbii! ^^•oof]|•(,[T; ?it 

lown to inform you, that 1 have jusi 
f.?ard, correctly, of the dcn'orabie stale 
if thmgs in Kirtland, and I have this 
ly held a council wi'h Elders J. Bali 
nd J. Tovvnscnd, wlio are now with 
ne upon these Islands, and we resolved 
.\t address a few- linos to j'ou concern- 
ing our feelings, and set before you a 
brief account of things with us, and the 
course we intend to pursue. I have 
labored principally alone upon these 
Inlands, since Elder Hale left la^t fall, 
and the work of the Lord Jias prosper- 
ed in rny hands, or in ot'ier words, the 
Lord has worked with me during the 
"winter. Elder Joseph L'all lias been 
Y\"ith me for a number of weeks past 
vipon the Islands. There is rising of 
4.9 members in the church on these Isl- 
and:?, and fhcy are strong in the faith. 
I roturiied last evf^ning from a mission 
in company with -Eider Jatnes Town- 
send, we have been visiting the most 
notable cities and vilages in the eastern 
country, and deiivoritig unto them the 
word of God. 

Vie prt^ached in their CiEy Hulls, 
Chapels, School houses, dwellings &c., 
in such places as Camden, Belfast, 
Northport, Frankfort, Flampdcn and 
tliO City of Bangor. Doors Vicrc open 
in all of these places, and miny others 
I might mention, and the peo}>le hcaid 
with profound attenlion: and many are 
bolieving. I never saw more duors 
open for doing good, than at the pres- 
•eai time in the State of iMainc: Bui 
the Devil is stired up n.gain.st me licre 
aa tiie Island. 

One Methodist piiest has applied 
several times for a warrant to take me, 
but the Ofiicers, as 3'et, will not grant 
him any, for he cannot bring aii}^ ac- 
cusation against me in t uth or justice. 
The most trouble I now havo^ is the 
stopping the parjcrs. I have forwarded 
about 3'J subscribers with the money, 
and now the press is burnt down, and 
our enemies roar in the iiudst o[' the 
congregations, and they set up these 
on-;igns lor signs. 

I expcjct the report of tiie^e things 



w ill come lik3 a eijp of liiunder ii\ Viio 
cars of the Saiiits upon these Islands 
and else where. They du not knovv- it 
yet, but arc wondering why these pa- 
pers do not come. We have aj>poii!ted 
a tirr^e t^ meet the church, and v,o 
siial! lay all tliese things before them 
and trust in G5od for wisdom to direct 
us. The Elders that are with me arc 
expecting to go to their liomes, and i 
sliail he left to light the battles .-done. 
Brethren, pray for me out of Zion, 
for I have a load to bear; but in the 
nap-ie of Elijah's God, 1 aiii dcternnncd 
to stand at mv'^ post. I feel as though 
th.e time of .tacob's trouble had began, 
but I know God wiU deliver him out of 
it, and fuliil his v/ord. 

We arc advisinf^ tlie Saints of God 
to go from this country to Zion, as sooJi 
as they can. I suppose this is right: 
man}' are preparing to go the following 
season. 

Now we say t:> l!;e Presidency of the 
church in Zion; we do not e.xpect to 
counsel you, nor anj^ one there, let 
God be your counsellors. But we ask, 
can it not be consistent with the will of 
God and your feelings and circuiii- 
stances, to soon publish tha Elders' 
Jouraal froni Zion, that we m?cy have 
one v/eapon, to cut away some of the 
d;;ep gloom, tliat will be cast upon the 
nsinds of thousands of ihe Saints, by 
vi'icked men and devils, and false breth- 
ren. The traveling Elders feel the 
wait of these thins^s, eoually, if not 
more tiian those who are in Zion; Cjv 
v.o are naked targets to the press and 
t-;Rg io, as we pass th'.ough the mitlst 
of the Gentiles. O my God! have 
mercy and support us, I pray, through 
the toils tint are to come, that our' gar- 
ments may be washed white in the 
blood of the Lamb! fVjr it is through 
tribulation that v,e inherit tlic blessir.g 
and overconic. 

(Vjuld the Elders' Journal be cor.tin- 
urid, it v.'ould he great relief to the feel- 
ings of all the I'aithful; for while our 
enemies are publishing against us, 
even in Kirtland, '.ve sliould also knov»' 
wh;it God is doing for his Saints. 

Br thren, wc pray you to considei' 
this last clause, not for our sake alone, 
but for the sake of all the faithful that 
arc scattered abroad. V/e do not make 
these remarks because we have any 
lack oT confidence in 5-ou, — No, God 
forbid, wc I.'elicvo you have done, and 
wiW do all that lies in your power for 



iTi ELDEllS JOURNAL, 

the salvation of Israel; and for one, I Be humble, ho watciiriil, be pru>crrul. 
pray God to take away my life, sooner Beware of pride, lest you fall like oth- 
than to sailer tne to turn my back upon er?. \Vv do not make these remarks 
the faithful part of the church of Latter for compliment sake, we feel what wo 
Day Saii;ts, ah.i Joseph wliom God say. Kirtland is and will be scourged, 
hatli chosen to lead his people. O my to fulfill revelation and prophecy; it i?? 
soul mourns over tiic corruptions of the all right, the hand of God is in if. 
hearts of men! O how man will stum- God's work will not stop. lie will 
ble in dark places, when he neglects work for, and with his Saints. God 
praver and dci)arts from his God! O will redeem Jacob. God will build up 
ye Saints of Zion, watch and [)ray, and Zion. The Lord will establish Jcrusa- 
keep the Celestial law, which is safe! lem. And O ye Judges in Zi(jn! that 
That you may know the feelings of God may besl(jw wisdom and salvation 
the undersigncrs of this page, wc say upon you, is the praycM-of 
to you before God, that we arc in full " Wlf>F01ll) WOODRUFF, 

fellowship with Joseph Smith jr. and .TA.MI':S TOWXSEND, >.V 

the first Presidency of the church, and JOSL'^PII BALL. 

with all who still adhere to, and receive 

their teachings and instructions; and URuTHrn W. WoouucFr, . 
we say, in the name of Jesus Christ, Sir, your iGtlei', 

that we will uphold su6h by our pray- of the 9lh of IMnrch, directed to Bishop 
ers, faith, and infiuence, at the risk of Partridge, Presidents JoVioph Smith jr. 
our fortimes, lives, ami worldly honor. Sidney Kigrlon, Ifyriim .Smith, and the 
•'F'or life IS but a name, when viitue Saints in Zion, came safely to thorn, 
anil truth is "one." sonr>c days since. And on account of 

We further b'elicvc, that judgment the press of business now on their 
awaits the world speedily, Kirtland not hands, and ihe request of J. Smith Jr., 
excepted, and we do believe that those I have taken it upon me to answer it. 
who have dissented from the body of the You say, thst you hav.i heard of the 
chuic'.J, will have cause to lament for deplorable slate of tbir^gs in Kirtland: 
their follv. Wc ask in the name of and it gr.vo mo much joy to learn by 
reason and revelation, who has power your letter, that you received those 
to take from Joseph, the keys delivered things in their true light. Great has 
to him by the God of Abraham, Isaac, been the alllictions of the Saints in that 
and Jacob, and dei)rivc him of the place, particularly our beloved bretli- 
work that God has said he should per- ren Joseph Smith Jr. and Sidos-y Rig- 
form? We answer, none but Go 1 don. 

alone. We believe the book of Mor- In the past summer, I journeyed 
mon and Doctrine and Covenants, from this place, in company with Wm. 
speaks to>> loud upon the subject, to Smith and D. W. Patten, to Kirtland, 
t^all unfulfilled and to Ixt made void, by for the purpose of meeting in Confer- 
those who have neg'ectod prayer, and ence tliere, with tlie twelve. On our 
departed from the living O'od, and arrival, we soon learned the difficulties- 
sought to take honor unto themselves, that then existed there: tiiese, however, 
O ye Saints of God in Zion! wc en- were all apparently settled, previous ta 
treat you to uphold Joseph by prayer, my leaving Kirtland: And W. Parrish, 
faith, brotherly love, and charity:"^ for who has since become an unbeliever in re- 
we testity, in the Spirit of God, that he vealed religion, afleeted to repent and be- 
wiil bo brought off conquorcr, and his come satisfied with Br. Joseph and the 
enemies put to shai«c. church. Others also did the same:— 

Dv) you remember his toils and la- But this settlement was not of long du- 
bors for your salvavion) Nothing but ration. Soon after this. President Hy- 
a God has sup[)orted him to the present rum Smith and myself, left Kirtland 
day. His perils are great, and the for the upper Missouri; and President 
greatest are among false brethren; Joseph Smith, President S. Rigdon, 
and wc do entreat the Saints in Zion and Wm. Smith, soon followed us to 
not to add to his wounds, by following Far West: and during their absence, 
the example of many in Kirtland. — it seems that Parrish, J F. Boynton, 
Bear with us, ye Saints of God, while Luke Johnson, Joseph Coe, and some 
we exhort you to keep the Celestial others, united tog' tlior for tlic over- 
law of G>id, while in the land of Zion. throw of the church. President Smith. 



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37 



nnJ his company, fetaruoJ, on, or about 
tlie lOth of Dejccmber; soon after which 
this dissenting band, open!}', and pub- 
licly, renounced the church of Christ, 
of Latter Day Saints, and claimed 
themselves to be the o!d standard; call- 
ed themselves the church of Christ, ex- 
iduded that of Saints, and set at naught 
Br. Josepli, and the whole cliurch, do- 
ijounced ihcm as heretics. How blind 
nnd infatuated arc the minds of men, 
when once turned from righteousness 
?o wickedness. Thoy did not under- 
stand, that i(y taking upon them the 
name of Iiatter Day Saints, d(d not do 
iiway that of the church of Christ. — 
Neither did tijcy consid-r, that <hc an- 
cient church was tiie churph of Christ, 
and that they were Saints, And as^ain, 
it appears that ihcy did not consider 
die pro'phecy of Daniel, which says, 
*-'Tlie Sain/s f^iiall take the kingdom," 
&c. Again, "the Kingdom, and the 
greatness of the Kingdom, under the 
whole kcavcn, was givt?n t(» the peo- 
ple, (the Saints,) of the Most Ilijfh." 
And the Saints hero alluded to, were 
certainly Latter Day Saints; Inas- 
muc'n, as the above prophecy is to be 
i'ulfdled ill tiiO last diiys; nn-Tis yet fu- 
ture, as ail prufesseJ readers of the bi- 
hh will confess. 

We have of late learned, that Par- 
TJsh, and the iMOst of this eombinatioii 
liavc (ywitly renounced t^he feook of 
Mormon, and become deists. 

i will iiow krave Kirtland, and give 
_yon soTe account of the movement of 
things 'here, ns they arc and liave DGen. 

You undoubtedly re»nOmber the vis- 
it, which 1, in Company with Elder 
Gvovcs, made to the chu relies in Ken- 
'ucky and Tennessee, in the summer 
-of 18:^6. You may also recollect, the 
nature and result of our visit. Wc 
came to solicit assistance, for poor 
bleeding 7Jon: And we obtained, 
through the good/iess of the children of 
Ciod, ,iti those regions, tlic sum of four- 
teen hut)dred and fifty dollars, which 
wc delivered unto Wm. W. Phelps 
.and John Whi.tmcr, on our arrival at 
this place. But these men, instead of 
laying out the money for the benefit of 
yoor bleeding Zioii, purchased land for 
their own emolument. They geflerni- 
ly did their business, independently 
of the aid, or counsel of cither the 
Bishop, or High Council. This gave 
some uneasiness to the two authorities 
jf Zion; not only because they pur- 



chased land with church funds in their 
own name, for their own aggrandize- 
ment, but because they selected the 
place for the city Far' West, and ap- 
pointed the spot 'for the house of the 
Lord to be built on, drew the plan of 
said house, and appointed and ordained 
a cominittee to build the same, vdthout 
asking or seeking counsel, at the hand 
of citlier Bishop, High Council, or lirst 
Presidency; when it was well under- 
stood that these authorities were ap- 
pointed for the purpose of counseling 
on all ini|)ortant njitters pertaining to 
the Saints of God. 

These two presidents also managed 
to g.-^t the town plot into their own hands, 
that they )aight reap the avails arising 
from the sales of the lot^. in conse- 
quence of these, with other things, the 
High Council met by themselves on the 
:3rd day of April, 18:57, and resolved to, 
invito the two presidents, the Bishop 
and his couiici!, and ihc two apostles, 
namely, T. B. Marsh and D. W. Pat- 
ten, to meet with them on the 5th inst 
to wliich lime tney adjourned. Ac- 
cordingly the above n vmed authorities 
met, ore the .5ih, and after laboring dili- 
gentily ihrc? days in succsssion, it was 
unanimously agreed upon, that the 
town plot, with f.inr eighties adjacent 
to the plot, diould be at tiie disposal of 
the Bisliop and his counsel the High 
Council, the two presidents, and the 
two apostles. During this labor the 
two presidents acknowledged they wero 
HTong, and they, to all appearance, 
willingly sulTered themselves to be cor- 
rected by the Council. 

In the beginning of i^Iay following, 
the Council again met, and resolved to 
have the above named property trans- 
fered into the hands of the bishop, as 
an equivalent to the poor bleeding Zion 
money, and that the avils, of said land, 
should be thereafter applied to the ben- 
efit of tlie poor, and other public pur- 
poses. The business of the transfer of 
said property, was ti'ansacted by the 
two preiii':lcnts, the bishop and his coim- 
Mcl; by gome means they managed to 
bind iho bishop in a mortgage, of three 
thoasand four hundred and llfty dollars, 
to apply two thousand dollars of the 
avajls of the town plot, which they lia4 
subscribed to the building of the house 
of worship, which they intended to have 
erected. Since that time, the affair ojf 
building the house, has fallen through. 
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clrav/n tlit;iv subKcrij/iioii, and these two 
men, claiming thiii two thuusund dol- 
lars as their subscription, choose to 
withdraw it, and put it into their own 
pockets. A small part of whicii, has 
been nlrojuly paid to \Vm. W. i'liclps. 

Tlie Council, not feeling willing that 
the church should be dct'rauced out of 
twothousand dollars of her public funds, 
and also knowing that the church 
in general, as well as themselves, had 
become diss-atisfied with their condu'^t, 
as christians, in many thif>;.5s, aj>point- 
cd a commitoce to lahor with them; af- 
ter which, they called the whole cliurch 
in Z'on together, wiio almost unanim- 
ously voted them out of their pvesiden- 
tial office. 

Not long after this, the council saw 
cause to appoint a second committee, 
to wait on those men, wlio still poi'siatcd 
in thsir opposition to the interests of 
the churcli. After wliich, clsargcs 
were preferred against them before the 
Council, wJiich wc-re substantiated, and 
they were excommunicated. 

Also, the church has had much sor- 
row during the past winter, on account 
of the unfaithfulness of Oliver Cow- 
flcry, David Vv'iiitmer, and Lyman E. 
Johnson, and in consequence of this, 
and their opposition to. our beloved 
brother Joseph Smith jr. and the best 
interest of the church of Jesus Christ, 
and for persisting in the same, a num- 
ber of charges have been substantiated 
against them, before the Council and 
Bishop of the church, and they have 
also been excluded from fellowship. 
'^'How has the gold become dim, the 
hiost line gold changed!!!"' 

But 1 must drop this subtect for want 
of room. Suffice it to say, brethren 
Joseph Smith Jr. and Sidney Rigdon 
are now with us, the church now flour- 
ishes, and the Saints rejoice, and the 
internal enemies of the church, are 
down. You will see by the above pros- 
pectus, that your anxious desires for 
the Journal arc about to be granted. 

May the God of Abraham, Isaac, 
and Jacob, bless you, and keep you un- 
to his coming and Kingdom. Amen. 

My love to all the Saints in those re- 
,^ons. 

Yours in the love of God. 
THOMAS B. MARSH. 
WiLFORD Woodruff. 

P. S. Since Br. Joseph came to this 
place, we have been favored with a 



lengthy revelation, in vvhich many im- 
portant items are shown forth. First, 
that the church shall hereafter be call- 
ed *'the Church of Jesus Christ, of 
Li'.tter Day Saints " Second, it says. 
"Let the City Far West be a holy and 
conseciMted land unto me, and it shall 
be called most lioly, for the ground up- 
on which thou standests is holy: — i 
Therefoic, 1 command you to build an 
house unto mo, fir the gathering to- 
gelhor of my Saints, that they ir.ay 
worship me."' It also teaches, that tlie 
foundation or corner stone must be laid 
on tho 4th day of July next, and that a 
commencement »iust be made in this 
following soayon, and in one year front 
the '2Q\\\ of April last, the loundatioo 
must be again comn;ienced, and from 
that time, to continue tho work until it 
is iinished. Tiuis we see that the Lord 
Is triorc \vise than men, for Phelps and 
Wliitmer thoa^;'ht to commence it long 
before this, biU it was not ihs J.-ord'a 
time, therefore, he overthrew it, and 
has appointed his own tim(3. The plan 
Ls yet to be shown to the first presi'uin-' 
cy; and all the Saints, in all the world, 
arc coai.iuanded to assist in building the 
house, 

THOMAS B. MARSH. 



Far West, May, I83S. 
To the Elders abroad: 

1st. The respeci 
and duty which I owe to my Heavenly 
Father, to the church of Latter Day 
Saints, arid to tho Elders who are a- 
broad in tho earth, induces me, to drop 
a few encouraging hints, unto you my 
beloved fellow laborers in the kingdoiri 
which God has set up in those last 
days. 

2nd. Brethren I am aware of yoCir 
thirst, for the gathering -J^f that long 
dispersed people, wlio are of the house 
of Israel. I am aware of your toils, 
and fatigues, in traveling Irom city to 
city; from state to state; from kingdom 
to kingom; and from Island to Island, 
to declare the gospel in its purity, unto 
tho inhabitants of this generation. — 
Decloring unto them in plain terms, 
that God has again spoken from the 
lieavens by the voice of revelation, that 
the hour of his Judgment is nigh at 
hand, and that God hath decreed that 
wars, famine, and pestilence, will soon 
cover the land; that Babylon must fall, 
and great must be the {"all thereo.C 
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heart, that they must separate them- situation of the County of Caldvvcli, 

selves from Babylon, lest ye be par- and the regions round about, 
takers of her sins, and likewise of her Far West is situated about 50 miles 

plagues. ^ ^ North of Independence in Jackson.,^ 

3~rd, O ye Elders of Isrjiel! lift up County, on a beautiful elevated prairie, 

your heads and rejoice, for the day of so that when the traveller approaches 

your rcdtimption dravveth nigh, com- the town^ though several miles from it, 

ibrt yourselves, by pondering in your ilie eye catches the beautiful prospect, 

hearts the grand events which will which leads the mind to wonder that a 

transpire at tiie morn of the millenumi; people almosrwholly destitute of means, 

when there shall be no mobs, to rise up could accomplish so great work in so 

against you; no weapon formed against short time. 

you by lawless marauders; and no The County of Caldwell, is a beauli- 

tonguc to scandalize your character, ful elevated prairie County, interspers- — 

by vain and groundless reports; know- ed with valleys, and beautiful groves 

ing that this blessing will be placed up- of timber: the face of the coun'try, is 

on your heads, when you return from generally high and rolling, and renders 

jour iniaistry; and when the .fudge of it as healthy, as any part of the Unit-^J 

the whole earth shall say, well done thou States. 

-good and faithful servant, thou hat-t 'Jhe soil is very productive, mso- 

hccn faithful over a few t;iing.!<, I will much that forty or fifty bushels of corn 

•make the ruler over many tilings; en- per acre is but midling yield, and equal- 

•lev thou into the joys of thy Lord. Jy as good for wheat, and all other 

4th. Lift up your heads then, ye kinds of grain, which is natural to tho 

Blders of Ismel, say to the Noi'th, ^V^cstern and Southern States, 
give up, to the South, keep not back. A. RlPLEl*. 

Bay to the Isles of the sea, be glad, and — ♦""■ 

to the Kingdoms of the earth rejoice; To the Sai7ils scattered abroad; 
for the Lord our God is about to cstab- t^^ar Brethren: 

iish a Kingdom, which cannot be Whereas, manj^ 

tafown down, neither can the gates of li^^vc taken Into hand to set forth the 

hell prevail against it. order of the kingdom q{ God on earth, 

5th. Therefore, rejoice ye Elders of an^^ ''^^'c testified of the grace of God, 

Israel; believe not the slants and foul as given unto them, to publish unto 

vcnorts against our Beloved Brediren, yo'i- 

.To'seph Smith Jr. and Sidney Rigdon, I also feel it my duty to write unto 

^liey arc groundless, and as' black as y""' touching the grace of God given 

the^ipostate Authors, who will not pro- ""to me, to youward; concernmg the 

tcct that little stone that is hewn out of <3ispensat!on we have received; which 

the mountain without hands, and who is the greatest of all disi)ensations.— 

■exerts their utmost endeavors to im- And has been spoken of by the mouth 

3'fede the progress of the Kingdom of all the holy proi-hcts since the world 

which God has set up, for the salvation began, 
of man in these last days. In this, my communication to you, 

Tith. Be of good cheer then, ye min- I design to notice some of these proph- 

islcrs o( *he gospel, always abounding ecies. 

in faith and good works; ponder the Now tlw apostle Paul says on this 

paths of your feet; acL^-wedge the wise, "For 1 would not brethren that 

hand of God in all things; be instant you should be ignorant ol this mystery, 

in prayer, and your heavenly Father (lest you should bo wise m your own 

will direct your steps, lead you int. all conceit,) that bhndness in part has hap^^ 

truth, and the Spirit of the living God pened unto Israe], until the tul ness oj 

will dwell richly upon vou: even so the Gentiles be come m. And so ah 

^i^jgjj ^ ' Israel shall be saved; as it is written, 

^_ RIPLEY. There shall come out of Sion a Deliv- 

^ ' ' Grcr, and shall turn away ungodliness 

Having a general knowledge of from Jacob." 

many of the counties In upper Missou- What is that he says! "For I 

ri, and tlio welfare of the bicthren of would not have you ignorant," ignor- 

the church of Latter Day Saints in ant of what'? v.'hy of this mystery, that 

view; I will give a short history of iho blindness in part had happened unto is- 



id l:LDj:i;s journ'aI 

racl. AdJ to uliut end/ why, lliat sal- anJ lllt|. vor-e, '•Am] il shall conio to 
vation niiglit coinc unto the C'cntilcs. — pass in ihat da\-, that thf* Lord shall 
Sco the 12(Ii tind 13th verses of tlii.'i set his hand attain the second time to- 
11th chapter to the Roninrrs.' recover the rcn)naiit of his people." 

"Now if the fafi of them he the rich- Now, this is the time that the dfjliv" 
cs of the world, ai)d th« diminishing of crer shall come out of Zion, and turn 
them the riches of the Gentries; how nway ungodliness from the hoose of la- 
much more their fullness? *'For I racl. Now, the Lord has said that he 
speak to yeu Gentdes, inasnmch a's 1 would sf;t his hand the scctiud time, 
am the apostle to the Gentiles, I mag- attd we ask for what? but to recover 
iiify mine oflic-c." fhc hf>i}f:fe of Jacob. From wlir.t have 

Now, we are to understand the apes- they falfen? mos! assuredly tliey had 
tic, as speaking of the return of Israel, broFcerf rhe covCnt^.fif, that God had 
when he said, "how much more their made with their fathers, and through 
fulness,'" in their return. "F(jr I their father?^ with them, 
would not Ijave you ignorant concern- For Paul says, Ron)ans 11: 19, 20. 
ing this njatter,'"' that blindness will de- "Thou wilt say then, the branclves 
part from them in the day that the full- were broken off, tliat I might be grafted 
ncss of the Gentiles is come m. And in. Well; because ot unlxilief they 
the reason is very obvious, because it is were broken off, and thou standest by 
Slid, that out of Zion shnLI come the faith. Be not high minded but fear." 
deliverer; and for what cau.^e'? V'h}', Now it is evident, that the Jews did for* 
that the word of God might be fulfilled, sake the Lord, and by that means ihoy 
This deliverer might, throu<;h (he mer- broivC the covenant And novi? we scj? 
ey of God, turn away ungodliness fro^in the need of the Lord's setting bis hanc^ 
Jae.nb, ' the second timo to gather his }>eople. 

This work cviueiitiy commence* at according to Ephesians i: 10. "Tliat: 
the time God begins to take the darli- the dispeixsatioo uf the fullness of 
ness from the minds of Israel, for this times" *kc. Now I ask* Wlifit IS fl d:^^ 
will be the work of God by the deliver- pensation? 1 answer, it in powrev and 
Gr, for he shall turn away ungodliness authorty to dispense the word of God^ 
from the whole family of Jacob. ^'Foi* and to rtdministct iii aJl the ordinances 
this is my covenant with tl:cm, when I tlj*3reof. 

shall take away their sins." Th'5 is whast wc are to understand" 

Now then, we can sec that this deliv- by it, foi' no man ever had the Holy 
crer is v kind of harbinger or forerun- Ghost to de.'.'vcr the gospel,- or to proph- 
ncr, tjjai is, one that is sent to propiu-e ecy of things la come, txit hati liberty 
the way tor another. And this deliv- to fulfill his mission,' C( useq^uently, the- 
orer is such an pne, lor lie comes to argument it- clear, (ov it pro-ves itsclff 
turn away imgodiiacss from Jaccb. — nevertheless, I will call on the scrip- 
Consequently he uiust receive a dispen- tures to prove the assertion. Ephesians 
saliou and authority suitable to his cill- 3: 2. "If ye have heard of tho dis- 
ing, or he could not tuin away ungodli- pensation of the grace of God, which 
ness from Jaeot), nor fulfill J.J)c ,tenp- is given me to you-ward. How that by 
lures. revelation he made known unto me the 

But the words of the prophets must mystery; as I wrote in a few words." 
■be fulfilled. Ar.d in order to do this, And alao Collos'^ians 1 : 25. "Where- 
to this messenger must he given the fore I am made a minister, according 
dispensation of the fulness of times ac- to the dispensati )n of God which is 
cording to the pro[hets. For Paul given to me for you, to fulfill the word 
says again, in speaking of the dispen- of God." 

•satior. of the fullness of times; F.phc- It is evident then, that the disjiensa- 
sicin.s 1, 9. "Having made known un- tion given tlio apostle, came to him by 
toustlic mystery of his will according revelation from God. Then by this 
:to his good pleasure, wliich he has pur- v/e may understand, in .some degree, 
po.sed in himself, that in the dispent^a- the power by wtiich lio spake. And 
tinn of the fullness of times, he miglit also tlic disj)cnsation of the fullness oC 
g.ither together iu on? all things in times. 

Christ, both which are in heaven, and Now, this at fivst thought would ap- 

^vl'ich are on earth, even in him." pear very small to some, who are not 

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the beginning: but when we take into to preach to them that dwell on the 
consideration tlie plan of God tor the earth. And to every nation, and kind' 
salvation of the world, we can readily red, and tongue, and people, saying 
see that plan carried outmost faithfully with a loud Voice, fear God, and "give 
in all its bearings. glory to him for the hour of his judge-- 

See after the fall of Adam, the plan ment is come; worship him, that made' 
of salvation was made know n to him Heaven, and Earth, and the Sea, and- 
o\^ God himself: who in like manner, the fountains of water." 
in the mciedian of time revealed the Now observe, this angel delivers (he 
game, in sending his first begotten son everlasting gospel to man on the earth, 
Jesus Christ: who also revealed the and that too when ll)3 hour of the 
same to t4ie apostles, and God raised judgements of CJou had come on the 
him from the dead to perfect that j)lan. generation, in the which, the Lord 
And the apostles were made special should set his hand the second time, as 
witnesses of that plan; and testified, stated above. 

"That in the dispensation of the full- Now we have learned that this deliv- 
ness of tmies, that God would gather ercr must be clothed with the power of 
together in one, all things in Christ, all the other dispensations, or it could 
whether they be things n\ heaven, or not be called the fullness of times.— 
things on the earth." For this is what it means, tliat all 

Now the thing to be known, is, what things shaU be revealed, both in heav- 
tbe fullness of tmies means, or the ex- en and on earth. For the Lc rd said, 
tent and authority thercoi\ It means there was nothing secret that should 
this, that the dispensation of the full- not be revealed, or hid that should not 
ness of times is made up of all the dis- come abroad, and be proclaimed upon 
pensations that ever have been given the house top. And this may, with 
Since the world began untd this time. propriety, be called the fullness os 

Unto Adam first was given a dispen- limes. 
. sation. It is well known that God The authority connected with the or- 
spake to him with his own voice in the dinances, renders the tmie very desira- 
garden, and gave him the promise of ble to the man of God, and renders h;n> 
the Messiah. And unto Noah also was happy, amidst all his tiials, and afflic- 
a dispensation given. For Jesus said, tions. To such an one, through the 
^'As it was in the days of Noah, so grace of God, we are indebted for this 
shall it be at the coming of the son of dispensation, as given by the angel of 
man. And as the righteous were the liord. But to what tribe of Israel 
j5avcd then, and the wicked destroyed, ^vas it to be delivered? we answer, to 
so it wdl be now. Ephraim, because to him were the 

And from Noah to Abraham; and greater blessings given. For the Lord 
from Abraham to Moses; and from said to his father J )seph: "A seer 
J\Iose5 to Elias; and from Elias to shall the Lord raise up of the fruit of 
John the baj)tist; and from John to my loins, and he shall be a choice seer 
Jesus Christ; ani from Jesus Christ to ynto ihe fruit of my loins; yea, he tru- 
Peter, Jantes and John. The ai)osi|es ly said: Thus saith' the Lord, a choice 
all having received in their time, a dis- seer will I raise up out of the fruit of 
pensation by revelatioa faom God, to thy loins, and he shall be esteemed 
iiccomj)lish the great scheme of rcstitu- highly; and unto him will 1 give com- 
tion, spoken of by all the holy proph- mandment, that he shall do a work for 
ets since the world began. The end of the fruit of thy loins, his brethren, 
which is the dispensation of the i'ulluess which shall be of great worth untct 
•of times. In the which, all things them, even to the bringing of them to 
shall be fulfilled, that hes been spoken the knowledge of the covenants which 
of since the earth was jnade. J Ua\e made with their fathers. And I 

Now the fjucstion is, unto whom is will give unto him a commandment that 
llus dispensation to be given? or by he sdall do none other work, save the 
■whom to be revealed? The answer is, work which I shall command him; and 
lo the deliverer ti^at was to come out of | will make him great in mine eyes, 
ZioM, and given to him by the angel of for lie shall do my work, and he shall 
God. Rev.> 14: 7. "And I saw an- be crrcat like unto Moses; and out of 
other angd flying in iho midst of weakness he siiall be made strong, in 
Iicnvcn, having the .cvcxJastLug gosjjcl that dav when my work sliall com- 



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mcncc aniong all people, unto tho ro- 
sffn'ing of llic hoi:sc of Israel, saitli tlic 
Loid. 

And thus prophesied Joseph — say- 
ing, Beliold, that socr will the Lord 
]>!css, and ti\ev that seek to destroy 
him shall be confounded. Behold 1 nm 
snre of Ih-j iuirdhnont of this promise, 
and his name shall be called after me; 
nnd ii shall be after the name of hi.s 
father; and ho sl.all be like unto me, 
for tho thinjT which the Lord shall bring 
forth by his h.uid by tjjo power oi' the 
Father, ishaJl bring !!;y pouplo unto sal- 
vation. 

Thus p/roj-.hesied Joso[<a — I am sure 
of thi« thing, even as I am suit; of t'lu 
promisee of Moses.' 2nd 15ook of Ne- 
I'hi, Slid chajitei'. 

AikI again, Jesus says, as recorded 
in the book of Mormon, 520th page, 
2nd edition, 'Ijchold my servant shall 
deal prudently.; he si all bo exalted, 
aijd shall be esteemed, and be very 
high. As many o.i wero astonished at 
thee, so shall besprinkle nnny nations. 
Kings shall shut their mouths at him, 
for that which had b-en told them shall 
thoy see; and that which they liad not 
heard sliall they consider.' 

Upon this servant is bestou'ed the k'?y3 of 
the disponi:ilion of the fnlliiess ol" times. — 
Tliat from him, the priesthood of God, 
through our Lord Jesus Clu-ii^t, jnight bt; giv- 
en to many, and the order of t'^is ths].'ensa- 
lion established on the eartli. And to t!ia 
church lie has said liy commandment — (See 
book of Commandments, 4C)th secliiju, '^ad 
paragraph.) "Wlicrefore, meaning the church, 
thou shalt give hoed unto all his words, and 
commandments, vhich he shall give unto you 
as 1)0 recoiveth them, walking m all holiness 
iipfore nie: for his word ye sTiall receive as 
'.■fxom mine own mouth, ia all patience and 
'-faith, for by doing theye thin^i;, the gates of 
"Jitll shall not prevail against you. 

Now my readers, you can see in some dle- 
^rce, tlie grace given to this man of God, to 
us- ward. That we, by tiie great mercy of 
God, sliould receive irom under ids hand., llie 
gospel of Jesus Christ; and having the prom- 
ise of partnking of the fruit of l!ie vine, on 
the earth with him, and with the holy proph- 
ets and patriarciis our lathers. For those lio- 
Jy men are angels now. And these are tiiey, 
who rnake the fuihios.^ of times complete with 
us. And they who sin against this authority 
given to iiirn — (tho before mentioned man of 
God.) — sins not against hias only, but against 
jVIoroni, wlio holds tlie keys of the .stick of 
Ephraim. And also, with Eiias, Hyho holds 
the keys of bringing to pas.s the restitution 
of all things, or the restoration of all things. 
And also John, tho son of Zacharias which 
Zacharins P]Iias visited, and give promise that 
he should have a eon, and his name sliould be 
John, and he should be filled with the spirit 
of Elias, which John I have sent unto you, 
aiy sfrvanfs Joscpii S;iulh Jr. and Oliver 



Cov.'dsry, to ordain you to this first priest- 
hood, even ii:^ Aaron. And also Klijah who 
holds ttio keys of committing t)ie power, to 
turn the licarls of the Auhers to the childreii, 
and the hearts of the cliild.ren to the t'lther?, 
that tho whole earlh r,):iy not be smitten with 
a cur.se. 

And alflo Jos"'p!i, and Jacob. an:i Isaar, 
and Abraham, your fatliors, by wi;oin Viic 
promises remain. And also IMicliael, or Ad- 
am, tlie father of oil, the prin'-e of all, t'.e 
ancient of days. And also, Fetor, and Jamc.a, 
and John, v.Jiom 1 liave sent unto you, by 
wlioni I have ordained you, and contirme 1 
3'ou to bo apnp'les, nnd esprcial witnesses of 
my name, and bear the k''-ys of your tiiinisfry, 
and of the same things I revealed unto them: 
unto whom I have conmilted the keys of my 
kini ro,.i, ail'! a dispensation ol the gospel fjr 
t'le last time, lind *or the fuinnss of times.— 
Ill the which 1 will gather together in one afl 
thing.s, both which arc ):» heaven and which 
are on earih. 

Tiierefore, brc11;rcn. beware concerning 
yourselvoM, that you sin not against the au- 
thority of this dippen.salion, nor think liglilly 
of those whom God has counted wortliy for 
so great a calling, and for whose sake he lialii 
made them servants unlo you, that you might 
be made the heirs of God, to inherit so great 
a ble-ssing. and be prepared for the grniid an- 
i^6i:j'^!v, An''. «it there with the ancient of 
days, "even Adam, our f^ither, v?'"" shall com^e 
to prepare yon for theco unu cfJ^^'JS Clinst, 
our Lord; for the lime is at hand, theielbrr, 
gather up .your cfFjcts and galhir together 
upon tlie land v.hich the Lord has appointed 
for your safety. 

D. W. PATTEN. 

ELDEUS' JOURNAL. 

FAR WEST, MO. JULY, 183S. 

In obedience to our promise, yve give the 
follov.'ing answers to questions, which were 
asked in the last number of the Journal. 

Question Lst. Do you believe the !■ b'e? 

Answer. If we do, we are the only pcopk? 
under Iicaven that does. For there are none 
of the religious sects of the day that do. 

Qu"stion 2nd. Wherein do you differ froii? 
otlier sectB? 

Answer. Because we believe the bible, and 
all other sects profess to belieye their inter- 
pretations of the bible, and their creeds. 
^ Question 3rd. Will ever}' body be damned 
but Mormons? 

Auswer. Yes, and a great portion of them, 
.unless they repent and wor.k righteousness. 

Question 4lh. IIow, and where did j'ou 
obtain the book of jMormon? 

Ansv.'cr. Moroni, the person who deposited 
til? plates, from v^'honce the book of iMcrmon 



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was transialeii, in a hill m Manchester, On- Question l2lh. Do Jie people irxie to give 

'tario County New York, being dead; and up iheir money, when Ibty join his church, 
raised again iherelrom, appeared unto me, Answer. No other requirement tlian to 

and told ine where they were; and gave me bear their proportion 6f the expenses of the 

directions how to obtain them. I obtained churchj and support the poor, 

thetn, and the Urim and Thummini with ;* Question loth. Are the Mormons aboji- 

them; by the means of whicli, I translatecl tioiust?, 

the plates; and llms came the book of Mor- Answer. No, unless delivering the people 

i^on. from priestcraft, and the priests from tJje 

Question 5th. Do you believe Joseph prower of .sa tan, should be considered such.— 

Smith Jr. to be a prophet? r. » j ■ ■ i- ■ .• ,, »t 

^ but vfo do not believe jn petting the Negroes 

Answer. Yes, and every other man who ^ 

•' free. 

has the testinionv of Jesus, "For the testi- OiT^a'm-i i iii, n .1 . ,• .1 r 

- v.>[uestion 14lli. Do they not stir up tlie In-- 

mony of Jesus, is the spirit of prophecy.'' — j-„„, «„ ,„ 1 . V, , , . 

•' ' ' i- 1 .• dians to war and to commit depredations. 

Jlev. 19; 10. Answer. No, and tJiose who reported the 

Question 6th. Do llie Mormons believe in cinrv L-^piv u .,,-,= r.,i , ., 1 ^ *u . ■. • 

siory, Knew u was laisa when they put it in- 

having all things common? tn rirp.,li(,^„ ti -^ „ 1 • •• 

° ^ . '^ circulation. lli?se and similar report^y 

Answer. No. are pawned upon the people by the priests, 

Question 7th. Do the Mormons believe in and this is the reason why we ever thougirt 

having more wives than one. of answering Ihem. 

Answer. No, not at the same time. But Question 15th. Di the Mormons baptiza 

til."" believe, that if their companion dies, in the name of Jo Smith, 
they jiave a right to marry again. But we Answer. No, but if they did, it would be 

do disapprove of the custoin which has gain- as valid as the baptism administered by t'la. 

ed in the world, and has been practised among sectarian priests. 

us, to our great mortification, of marrying in Question 16th, If the Mormon doctrine h 

five or six weeks, or even in two or three true what has befiome of all those who have 

jnonths after the death of their companion. d-ed since tiie days of the apostles. 

We believe that due respect ought to be Answer. All those who have not had ati 

had, to the memory of the dead, and the feel- opportunity of hearing the gospel, and being 

!ngs of both friends and children. administered to by an inspired man in tho 

Question 8th. Can they raise the dead. fl«sh, must have it hereafter, before they car| 

Answer. No, nor any other people that be finally judged. 
T.OW lives cr ever did live. But God can Question 17th. Does not Jo Smith profcsf 

raise the dead through man^ as an instru- <-0 be Jesus Christ. 
iiient. Answer. No, but he professes to be. his 

Question 9th. What signs do Jo Smith brother, as all other saints have done, and now 

give of his divine mission. do.— Matthew, 12: 49,50— And he strelclied 

Answer. The signs which God is pleased forth his hand toward his disciples and said, 

to let him give: according as his wisdom Behold my mother and my brethren: For 

thinks best: in order that he may judge the whosoever shall do the will of my fathe^ 

world agreably to his own plan. which is in heaven, the same is my brother, 

Question 10. V/as not Jo Smith a money and sister, and mother, 
jjl^o-jj. Question 18th. Is there any thing in tha 

Answer. Yes, but it v/aa never a very prof- Bible which lioences you to believe in revela- 

fitahle job to him, as he only got fourteen dol- tion now a days, 
lars a month for it. Answer. Is there any thing that does not 

Question lith. Did not Jo Smith steal his authorize us to believe so; if there is, we 

^yife. have, as yet, not been able to find it. 

Answer. Ask her; s'.ie was of age, she can Question J9th. Is not tJie cannon of the 

finsvrcr for her='-lf. Scriptures full. 



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Answci^. Jf il is, llicre is a great clefecl in 
■the book, or else il would liave said so. 

Quesdion 20Ui. W'lal are the fundamental 
.prindjples of your religion. 

Answer. The fundamental principles of 
our religion is the testimony of the apostles 
und prophets concerning Jesus Christ, "that 
•be died, was buried, and rose again tlie tliird 
Say, and ascended up into heaven;" and all 
other things are only appendages to ihe'se, 
which pertain to our religion. 

But in connection wilii these, we believe in 
the gift of the Holy Ghost, the power of faith, 
the enjoyment of the spiritual gifts according 
lo the will of God, tiie restoration of tlie 
house of Israel, and the final triumph of truth. 

MINUTES OF TIIE PROCEEDINGS OF 

Til Lf COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 

CHURCH EN ZION. 

Tlie following are the minutes of the pro- 
ceedings of a general assembly of llie Church 
cjf Jesus Christ, of Latter Day Saints, assem- 
bled at the following places, to transact the 
business of said Chuicli. 

1st. At Far WesK Feb. 5, 18:16; Thomag 
S. Marsh was chosen Moderator, and Jolm 
Cleminson Clerk. 

The Moderator addressed the throne of 
grace in prayer, a tier which he laid before 
Ih.- assembly the ol'ject of the jneetin|, 
giving a relation of tlie recent organization of 
the CJmrcli here, and in Kirlland. He also 
read a certain revelation given in Kirtland, 
Sep). 4, 1^67; wh.icii made known that John 
Wliitmcr and William W. Phelps were in 
transgreesion, and that if they rtpenled not, 
tliey should be removed out of theii places. — 
Also, road a certain clause contained in the 
ttpp'^al, publisiied in the old Star, under tlie 
]S;3rd Jiage, aB follows: — '-And to sell our 
nands would amount to a denial of our faith, 
as lliat is the place wiiere the Zion of God 
shall stand according to our faith and belief in 
the revelatioiiB uf God." 

lllder John IMurdock then took tlie stand, 
and showed to the congregation why the 
High Council proceeded thus, was, that the 
Church might have a voice in the matter; 
and that he considered it i)erfectly legal, ac 
carding to the instructions of rresidenl Joseph 
gtnitti jr. 

Elder G. M. Hinkle then set forth the way 
in which the Presideticy of Far West had been 
'abored witli, that a comtnitiee ot three, of 
whom he was one, had labored wilh them. — 
He linn read a written document contfiining 
a number of accusations again.st tiie three 
presidents. He spake many things again.st 
them, setting fortii in a jilain arid energetic 
manner, the iniquity nt' i'helps and Whitmor, 
in n?ing the nione\'s wliich were loanrd for 
the Clmrch. Also D. \\ hiliner's v.rong, in 
persisting in the use of lea., cofteo, and tobac- 
co. 

Bishop Partridge then arose, and endeavor- 
ed to rectify some niistaiies of minor i.-npor- 
tancemadcby Eider Hinkle. Also, the Bish- 



op spake agahist t'liC pioccodiiigs of the nifeet-'' 
ing, as being Iwsty and illegal, for he thought 
they ought to' be had before the common 
council; and stiid,tl»at he could not lift liis 
liand against tlie pre.'^iilency at present; lie 
then read a^ kllcr from' Pre-rtdent Joseph 
Smith jr. 

A letter l^'a«- I'hen read" by T. B. Marsh 
from Willi^iin Smith,- who made some conV- 
ments on the same,- and a'lso on the letter, 
read by E. Partridge. 

l^lder G. Moery, vHio-was ov.2 of the com- 
mittee s^nt to labor with the Presidency, 
then spake, setting- forth in a very energetic 
manner, the proee&d'mgs of the prciideiicy, ae 
being iniipiilous. 

Elder Grover a'lso, being one of tlie com- 
millee, sjiake agViinst tlie conduct of the pres- 
jdercy snd O. Cowdeiy, on their visit tc'la- 
b^r with them. 

Elder David W. Patten, tlien si)ake witli 
much zeal against this pretiidei'icy, and in- fa- 
vor of brother Josejdi Smith jr. and that tlic 
wolf alluded to in his letter, were the dissen- 
ter* i.'i Kirtland. 

Elder Lyman Wsglit next stated tiiat bo 
considered that all oilier accusations were of 
minor importance compared to the r selling 
their lands in Jackson County, that they 
(Plielpaand Whilii «r) had set an e.tample 
which all the members were liable to follow: 
};e said that it was a hellish principle, and 
that they had flatly denied ihe faith in so do- 
ing. Elder Elias Higbee then sanctioned 
what had been done by the council, speaking 
against the [iresidcncy. 

Elder Murdock again took the stand, and 
stated that suilicieut had been said tosubstan* 
tiaie the accusations against them. 

p;ider Solomon Hancock jdead in favor of 
the jircsidency, stating that he could no^ 
raise his hand against ihcm. 

Elder Joiin Cor'.i'.l uien .«pake against the 
High Council in jcgard to their proceedingt, 
'and Uiboied liard lo show that the meeting 
tvas illegal, and that the presidency tught t» 
be had before a proper tribunal, which iie con- 
sidered to be a bishop and twelve high prieste; 
lie labored in Jitvor of the presidency, and 
said that lie should not raise his hand? against 
them at present, although he did not uphold 
the presidents in their iniquity. 

Elder Simeon Carter, next arose and spake 
against the meeting as being hasty. Elder 
Groves followed brother Carter, in like obser-i 
valions and of like nature. Elder Patten 
again took the stand in vindidcation gf ihf 
cuise of the meeting. 

Elder Morley then spake against the presi- 
dency, at the same time pleading mercy. Ti- 
tus Billings said that he could not vole until 
they had ii hearing in the common council. 

l^lder Marsh said that the meeting was ac» 
cording to tlie direction of br. Joseph, he, 
therefore, considered it legal. 

Elder Moses Martin tlien took the stand, 
and with gieat energy sj)ake in favor of* the 
legality of the meeting, and against the con- 
duct of tlie presidency of Zion, alledging that 
the present corruptions of the church In^re, 
were owing to tlie wickedness and misman- 
agement of lier leaders. 

Ttie Moderator then called the vote in fa- 
vor of the present presidency, l^iie negative 
\.'as then called, and the vote against David 
Whilnier, John Whitmcr, and Wiiliani W. 
Phelps was unanimous, exce/uirg 8 or IOan(J» 



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Uii's mirio'rity only wisJied tliem to continue 
iii office little longer, or until Joseph Smith jr. 
came up. 

In S. Carter's settlement, the saints as- 
sembled, agreeal)ie to appointment, on llie (3th 
inst. when tiiey unanimously rejected the 
three above named president?. 

Also, on the 7th, the saints assembled at 
Edmond Durfey's agreuble to apjiointment, 
where the above naiiicd presidents were unan- 
imously rejected. 

Also, on the dlh, at Naiiom Curts' dwell- 
ing house, they were urianiaiouBly rejected 
'by the assembly. 

Al;o, at Hauns' mill, on tlie 9lli, the Saints 
ananimously r<'j;'cted them. 

At a meeting of the High Council, the 
Bishop and his Council, Feb. 10, It'o^, il was 
moved, seconded and carried, that Oliver 
Cowdery, William VV. Plielps and John 
Whitmer, stand no longer as Chairmen and 
(^lerk, to sign and record liscences. 

Also, voted that Thomas B. JNIarsh and 
David VV. Patten be autiiorized to attend to 
■said business for the time being. 

Also, voted that Thomas B. Marsh and 
©avid W- Patten be Presidents, pro tempore, 
of the clmfch of Latter Day Saints in Mis- 
souri, or until Presidents J. Shiith Jr. and 
^1. Iligdon arrives in the land of Zion. 

J. MUllDOCK, Moderator. 

T. B. Marsh, Clerk 

Belovf.d Brothkr JusF.pin 

You will see by the 
above, that qaite a change has taken place 
among us, ot' late, and we hope it is for the 
■better; and we rejoice that we have a pros- 
pect of having things in a good degree slraiglit- 
ened by the time you arrive here. We saw 
plainly, from tlie movement of things that the 
aliuTch was about to go to pieces, in conse- 
quence of the wickedness of those iiifn, we 
tiierefore have done what we have; whic'i 
tiling has given the churcii general satisfac- 
tion, tii-ey also appear to be well united, and 
determined to cleave to the first presidency, 
that is, llie three first. 

J lad we not taken the above measures, we 
think that notliing could have prevented a re- 
bellion against tlie whole higli council and 
bishoj); so great was the disatleelion against 
the presidents, that the people began to he 
lealous, that the whole authorities were in- 
'ctined to uphold tliese men in wickedness, 
and in a little time the church, undoubtedly, 
would liave gone, "every man to his own way, 
like sheep without a shepherd. 

VVe concluded, that as you were coming up 
aoon, it would be well to not appoint regular 
prCfiidents of this brancli; as probably more 
satistaction would be had among the people, 
to have none but the three first. 

The High Council are well united together, 
and with yourself. The Bishop and his coun- 
cil are united with us now, and all misunder- 
stiinding removed. We believe that IrAlior 
>Corrill inteiidB to be willi you and us; al- 
ithongh he was not with us in the meetings. 

We hear that the above men intend to call 
the church together ugain, for a rehearing; 
but as they have no authority now, v;e think 
that their infl-.ience w ill not be sufiicieiit to 
.bring the peojdo logethf r. VVe know that 
sucli an attempt would be to dividiand scat- 
jb.T the flock; aiul wi? intend to be. t'aitht"i;l to 
^warn the people of this thing. The pjoplc 



seem to wish to have (he wliole kw- of Co:l; 
lived up to; and v\e think that the church 
will rejoice to come up to tiie law of eonee- 
cralion, as soon as their leaders shall say the 
word, or show them how to do if. In a word, 
we are persund^d that the most part of the 
people wish to become sanctified by tlie la\V 
of Cod. Dear Brother, may our God speedi- 
ly open the way for you and your father'e 
family, with our beloved brother S. liigdon, 
to come among us. Your presence is abso- 
lutely necessary for the salvation of this 
churcli: Do hasten therefore, to onr relief, 
our er.cmies are bitter against us, and w ill do 
all the injury they can to you, to us, and to 
the church. 

lu the name of the church, we say hold us 
by your faith, until you get here. We flatter 
ourselves that you will have the church in 
Kirtlaud, in a situation to leave them as soon 
as the rivers open. Although these men 
speak against your proceedings, they arc 
mute when you are present, and the great 
body is determined to follow you. 

Agreable to your request, brother Harris 
and myself wrote, and sent to you our testi- 
mony, relative to v/hat Oliver Cowdery said 
about the girl, and mailed it on tlie 4th inst. 
but lest tliat letter should not reach yon 
through the iniquity of men, I here send you 
the saiue, with the addition of brother Hin- 
kle's testimony. They may not be the same 
words as the other, for we have not a copy of 
the former letter, hov.'ever, this is the same 
in substance, with some addition. 

This may certify, tiiat I heard O. Cowderr 
say to Joseph Smith Jr., while at George W. 
Harris' liouse, in Far W^est, that he (Joseph) 
never confessed to hiin, (i diver) that he was 
guilty of the crime alledged to hi.m. And O. 
Cowdery gave me to understand that Joseph 
Smith Jr. never acknowledged to him, that 
he ever confessed to any one, that he was 
guilty of the above crime. 

THOMAS B. MARSH, 

This may certify, that I heard Oliver Cow 
dcry sny, in my house, that Joseph Smith Jr, 
never confessed to him, that he was guilty of 
the crime alledged against him, and Jose])]i 
asked if he ever said to him, (Oliver) that he 
conff ssed to any one that he, (Joseph) was 
guilty of the above crime, and Oliver, after 
some heaitalion, answered, no, 

GEORGE W. HARRIS. 

This may certify, tliat having heard the re- 
port about the crime al)ove reff-rred to, I as-ked 
Oliver Cowdery, last tall, when Jose|di SmiUi 
was in the Far West, if the report was true, 
for said I, if it is, as he iri to be presented be- 
fore the church, I wi.fh to know of the truth 
of tills matter before hand. And he gave me 
to understand, either in plain words or imitli- 
cations, that it was false. I bear this test i- 
mony for t!io good of the honest hearted in 
the east, and else where, and for the good of 
brother Josepji Smith Jr. Brother Marsh 
will please copy this in the letter to tiie east, 
and keep the original here. 

GF:0RGE M. IIINKLE. 

Far West, Fob. 15, 18^)8. 

Dear Brother, we lament that such foul and 
false reports shouhl be circulated in Kirtlaml 
concerning yourstlf. We are p.Tsuaded that 
none but those who wisli yonr overthrow, will 
believe them, and wc presume that the i^bc'VQ 



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i:lder3 journal 



1es!imonl"'s v.ill bo J'jiTjcirnt to stay llie 
tongue of the slanderer. 

Yours, in tin' borx's of 

the New Covenant, 

THOMAS B. MARSH. 
JosF.rii S,"".r."ir Jr. 
Fur West, Feb. 15, 1833. 



MINUTES OF HIGH COUNCIL. 

The Hifjh Council of Zion, met in Far 
West, on Saturday, -March H), 1838, njrreoa- 
ble to adjournment; the Council beina; orgau- 
iz.'id, vviis oi>ened by singing, and j>rayur by 
Elder Grover. 

After some discussion, it was 

1st, Resolved, That tlie High Council re- 
commend, by writinfj, to thevaiious branches 
of this church, that all those wiio wish to re- 
ceive ordination, procure a rocoinmenu from 
the branch to which he belongs, and have it 
pass lljrough the hands of tlie dilferent quo- 
rums for inspection, pievious to his ordina- 
tion. 

2n(!, Resolved, That the High Council re- 
commend to all those who hold liscncss, be- 
tween the ages of 18 and 45, and do not offi- 
ciate in their respective offices, be subject to 
military duty. 

A charge was tlieii preferred against William 
W. Phelps and Jo!m Wiiitmcr, for persisting 
in unchristianlil;e conduct. 

Six counsellors were appointed to speak, 
viz: -imeon Carter, Isaac Iligbee and Levi 
Jai:kinan, on the part of the accuser: Jared 
■Carter, Thomas Grover and Samuid Bent, on 
iho part of tiie accused; when the following 
latter was read by brother IVIiirccllus Cowde- 
ry, br-arnr of the rame, li. lont>ing to Thomas 
B, Marsh, previous to giving it to its rightful 
o>vner. 

"Far West, Jlarch 10, IS3S. 

It is conlrary to the princinles of ti>e 
rev^'Ialions of Jesus Ciiii»t, ar.d his gospel, 
and the laws of the land, to try a person for 
au G.T-nce, by an illegal tribunal, or by men 
ineiudiecd aga'mst him, or by autiiority tiiat 
has given an opinion, or dcsoision beforehand, 
Of in his absence. 

V'e.>-y Respectfully 
wc have tlie i>onor to he, 

DAVID WHITMER. 

w. \v. piip:lps. 

JOHN AVHiTMLR; 

Presldenii: of the cimrch of Christ in fllo. 
To T. B. Marsh, 

One of the (ravelling Counsellors. 
Attest: 

Ol.lVEK CoWDEEY, 

Clerk of tlie High Coun- 
cil of tiie cliurc'i of Christ in Missouri. 

I cortliy the foregoing to be a true copy 
from the original. 

Oliver Covtokky, Clerk 

of High Council." 

All the effect the above leller had upon the 
Council, was to convince them, ."itiil more, of 
thy U'lckrdnf ss of those men, by endeavoring 
to pahn themselves upon the church as hrr 
presidents, after the church had, by a united 
voicp, removed them from ilieir presidential 
office, for their imgodly conduct; and the let- 
ter was considers! no tnore, nor Itss, than a 
'lirec t insult, or ocfnfen^jM, cast upon the an- 



thoriiies of God, and the cimrch of Jesus 
Christ; therefore, the Council proceeded to 
busine.<;r,. 

A number of charges were sustained against 
tho.se men; the principal of which, was, ibr 
claiming ^SOOO church funds, which tliey iiad 
subscribed for the building an liouse to tli 
Lord in this place, wlion tl;ey held in t eir 
possession the city plot, and were sil'ting in 
the presidential chair, which subscription they 
were intending to pay from the avails of the 
town lots; but when the town plot was trans- 
ferred into the hands of ihe 13;shop, for the 
benefit of tlie church, it v.'as agreed that the 
church should take tiiis subscrijition fiom off 
the hands of V/. W. Phelps and John VYhit- 
mor, but in the transaction of tlie business, 
they bound the Bishop, in a hcav\' mortgage, 
to pay them the above It^'s-OOO, in two years 
from the date thereof; a part of wliich they 
have already received, and chiin the remain- 
der. 

The six Counsellors made a f<;\\ appropri- 
ate remarks, none of whom felt to.ph;ad tor 
mercy, as it h;id not been asked on the- part 
of the accused; but all, with one consent^ der 
clared that justice ought to have his de- 
mands. 

After some remarks by Presidents Marsh 
and Patten, sr-tting forth ihe iniquity of those 
men, in claiming the ^".3000 sjioken of, which 
did not belong to them any iiiore tlian any 
other person in the church; it v.as descided 
that V.'ilHam W. Pheljis and John VVhitmer 
be no longer members of tiie churc'i of Christ 
of Latter Daj' Saints, and be given over to 
tlie bof^'etiiigs of Satan, until they learn to 
blaspheme no more against the aulhoiities of 
God, nor fleece the flock of Ciirist. 

Thr Council were tlien asked, if they con- 
curred with tlie descision: if so, to nianiilst 
it by rising, when they all arose. The vote 
was then put to the congregrtion, v/hich wafs 
carried unanimous: tlie Kegative was then 
called, but no one voted. 

Mr. Mareellus Cowdcry arose and .sai^J he 
wished to have it understood that be did n^t 
vote either way, because he did not oonsid. r 
it a !■ gal tribunal: he also offered insult to 
the High Coun:^il and to the Church, by read- 
ing a letter belonging to Thomas E. Marsh 
befcjre giving it to him, and in speaking 
Bgeinst the authorities of the C'liuch. 

A motion was then made by President Pat- 
ten, that fellowsliip be withdrawn from Mar- 
eellus Cowdery, until fie make satisfaction, 
which was Seconded and carried unanimous. 
THOMAS B. MARSH 
DAVID W. PATTEN, 

Presidents. 
Eeknezf-r Robinson 

*. .crk of High Council. 



Far West, Aj*iil Gt!i 1888. 

Agreeable to a resolution passed the iiigh 
council of Zion, March 3rd 1838, the saints 
in Missouri assembled at this place, to hold 
the anniversary of tiie cliarch of Jesus Ciirist 
of Latter Day Saints and to transact Church 
business. 

The meeting was opened liy singing ai.d 

pr.ayer by David \V Patten After wliicii 

president Joseph Smith Jr read the order of 
tiie day as follows: — 

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tfhe mOiSting will coiTiaience by singing and 
prayer. 

A 3exton will then be appointed for a door 
<keeper and oilier services in the house of tiie 
.i-ord- 

Two historians will tiicn bs appointed to 
'ft'^rile and keep the church history 

Also a genrjral recorder to keep the records 
ofthe whole Cliurch, and be the cbrk of the 
first presidency. 

And a clerk will be appointed for tlie higli 
Council, and to keep the Church rjcords of 
tills stake. 

And three presidents will be appointed to 
pr?sideover tliis Chureli of Zion. 

After which an address will be delivered by 
the presidency: 

'ihen an intermission of one hour will take 
place; 

When the meeting will again convene and 
open by singing and prayer; 

The Sacrament will then be administered 
.and the blessing of infants attended to; 

The meeting then proceed d to busin'^ss 
George Morey was appointed sexton and 
J^imick Huntingtoii assiotant; 

John Corriil and Elias Iligbee were appoin- 
'ted iiistorians; 

George W Robinson was appointed gen- 
eral Church Recordor and Clerk for the first 
S'residency; 

Ebenezer Robinson W;is appointed Church 
Clerk and Recorder f)r this slake of Zion and 
Clerk for th? iiigh Council; 

Thomas B Marsh was ajipointe 1 Pr:'sident 
pro tempore ofthe Cliurca in Zion, and Bng- 
ham Yoang and David W Patten his assis- 
tant Presidents; 

The meelirio adjourned for one hour — .nnd 
a9:nin opened by David vV Patten — APier 
wiiioh the bread and wine was administered, 
and 95 inllinls were brought forwar;! and bles- 
sed — Wiienon motion tlie meeting .dosed. 
JOSEPH SMITH Jr. 

president. 

E. Robinson Clerk. 



CONFERENCE MINUTES. 

Agreeable to a resolution ofthe high couu- 
<jjl, assembled at Far West, on Watui-;liiy the 
Srd of March 1838, the general suthorities of 
tiie cliurch met, to hold tlie first quarterly 
conference of Ihe Church of Latter Day Saints 
Zion, at Far West on the 7th of April 838. 
President-s J. Smith jr, S. Rigdon, T. .B 
Marsh, D. W. Patten, and B. Young took 
tlie stand; after which the sfveral quorums, 
the high council, the high priests, the seven- 
ties the eld-^rs, the bishop, the j^riests, the 
teachers, and deacon.=i, were organized by 
their Presidents. 

President J. Smitii jr. made some remarlts, 
also gave some instruction respvcling the oi- 
tler of the day. The conference was then o- 
pened by singing, "O God our ho[ie in ages 
past" and prayer by PreKiJent B. Young. — 
Also a hymn was sung "how firm a founda- 
tion". After which. President J. Smith, Jr. 
aioso and addressed the congr'^gation at con- 
siderable langtb, on some important items. — 
President Rigdon continued the subfccl ibr a 
length of tiuio, afirr which, on motion, the 
meeting adjourned ior the space of twenty 
iiiinutc.y. 

Purbuant to a;';ournmcnt the conference 
convened, a»d opened by prayer by D. \V. 



Patten who also made a few reirjarks respect- 
ing the tv.^tlve apostles. He spak--? of T. B. 
Marsh, Bri^liam i'ouiig, Orson Hyde, He- 
bf-r C. Kimball, p. p. Pratt, and O. Pratt, as 
being men of God, whom he could reccom- 
mend vdth cheerful confidence. He spake 
Romou-hat doublful of William Smith from 
something wiiich he haj heard respectir.g his 
faitJ) in the work. He also spake of William 
E. McLellin, Luke Jo'inson, Lyman John- 
son, and Joim F. Boynto.n as being men 
whom he could not reccommend to the con- 
ference. 

Pivsident John Murdock, then represented 
the high c<mucil. The report was favorable. 
lie slated that the seats oi'Elisha H Groves, 
Calym Bebee, and Lyinan Wight was vacaul 
in consequence of their having moved away so 
far that they could not attend the council. 

Thomas B. Marsh then nominated Jared 
Caller to fill the seat of Elisha H. Groves 
who was received unanimously. 

He then nominafed John P. Green, to fill 
the seat of Calvin Bebee, who was rcceive<J 
unanimously. 

Also George W Harris, to fill that of Ly- 
man Wight, vvho w^as received unanimously — • 
riie presidency then ordained him to tiie of- 
fice of liigh priest. 

On motion the Conference adjourned to the 
8th at 9 o'clock -A M. 

" Sunday April the 8th; Pursuant to ad- 

jo irnmint the Conference convened, and o- 

pened by singing and prayer by President B. 

Young. 

President Joseph Smith Jr. made a few v^-! 
marks ro^pecting tlie Kiii.kiiul Btttilt — Who 
was followed by Brigham Young, who gave 
a short history of his travels to Massachu^ttt* 
and New York. 

President Charles Rich, who is tlie presir 
dent of the high pri\sis in Zion; represented 
his quorum; he read the names of those wiio 
belonged to his quorum, the principal part 
of which were in good st;inding. 

Tiie seventies were represented, by presit 
dents Danijl Miles, and J^evi Hancock. 

Tlie quorum of Elders were represented bf 
prer.ident Harvey Green — Their immber was 
124, in good standing 

President Joseph Suiith Jr, next made a 
few remarks on the word of wisdom, giving 
the reason of its coming forth, saying it 
sliould be observed. On motion, the Confer- 
ence adjourned for one hour. 

The Conference convened, agreeable to ad- 
journment, and opened by singing and praj. 
er, after whicii Bishop Partridge, reiiresented 
the lesjcr priesthood, and his council, — 
He gave an account of the incomes and out- 
goes of Church property which had passed 
through his hands. 

It was ihen motioned and seconded, and 
carrried that the first presidency be appointed^ 
to sign the licciicea of the official members of 
the churcii — Afl:T which on motion, ti;e 
Con.ference adjourned until the first i'riday iy 
July next- 

JOSEPH SMITH, Jr. 

Pvcsident. 
Ee.FNF.ZER RoBIXfrOV, Cieilv. 



OBITUARY. 

Du.t) on tlio 7th of SUy last, James G" 
Marsh, second son of 1 liomas B. Marsh, 
aged 14 years, 11 months and seven days. 

From early infancy lie nmnifested a love and 
reverence towards liis heavenly Father, while 
his parents dilifrently tanglit him the first 
principles of ihe gospel of Jesus Christ. And 
having a thirst for knowlerlge and a love of 
good principles, he eagerly embraced the gos- 
pel, and was baptized into the church of Jesus 
■<Jlirist of latter day paints, early in the spring 
oi [iio2 being between eight and nine years of 
age. 

His great love of knowledge led him to lay 
bold of every opportunity to read the most 
useful books, and as he was a lover of the gos- 
pel, he n)ade himself well acfjuainled with the 
sacred writings, and even at tliis early age he 
had become well skilled in protanc as well as 
sacred history. 

It seems that the Lord had respect unto 
this lover of righteousness; for when he was 
but about nine years of age, he had a remark- 
able vision, in which he talked with the Fath- 
er and many of the ancient prophets face to 
face, and beheld the Son of God coming in his 
glory. 

He said that the Lord showed him his own 
name written in the book of life in the man- 
sions of Celefrtial glory, and he saw his own 
mansionry there. And the Lord inlbrined him 
that the righteous did not die, but fell asleep 
to rise again in the resurrection of the Just, 
although the world call it death; and to show 
him that tiiere is no bitterness in the death of 
the righteous, he was permitted to see, in the 
vision, the departure of a young sister, in the 
church, who was the daughter of br. Hezekiah 
Peck, who was then living a neighbor to him, 
but she died shortly alter he had tiie vision. 
And he said that he saw angels conduct her 
spirit to the celestial paradise. 

;He saw bloody wars among all people ac- 
companied with earthquakes, pestilences and 
famines. And he saw all the cities of the 
nations crumble and fall to rise no more. 

Jle saw the church of Chri.st make ready to 
ascend on high, and when they were ready, 
Z'lon from above hove in siglit, accompanied 
by the Lord and all the holy prophets. The 
church on beholding them, arose triumpha illy 
and met them in the expanse above. 

These are a few of t e things which he re- 
lated of his vision to his i>arenls, suiTise it to 
say, he saw tiie beginning and end of all 
things, and he never at\er appeared to be 
afraid of death. During his illness, which 
lasted but four days, he constanllj' manifested 
a desire to depart an;l be with the Lord. At 
onetime he said, "if it is the will of God to 
take me, I do not wit;h tostay'. On seeing his 
parents exceedingly anxious to save him, he 
said 'I do not wish to live only for the sake of 
my father and mot hei". At an other time he 
said he would not turn his ! and over to live, 
and besought his paients to let him pray the 
liord to take him. lie prayed muu!i, and 
wanted all the Elders to pray with him, as 
often as they canie in. A fnv minutes be- 
fore he died, a number of boys, who had been 
his playmates, came into see him; he seemed 
glad to sec them and said to them, "good 
evenng boys. I shall never see you again in 
time, so farewell, be good hoys and serve the 



Lord." VVlien his father saw that he pra'-- 
ed the Lord to take him, he said, my son, arc 
you confident that if you die now your spiri"} 
will rest in the celestial paradise? he answer- 
ed yes sir. Then, said his flitlier, my son, go 
in peace and expect tocomc forth ut the resur- 
rection of the Juit where you and 1 will again, 
strike h.ands. He again answered, yes sir I 
will and immediately he fell a?leep without n 
struggles or a groan. 

Thus ends the life of this dear youth, 

Who loved the way that leads to heaven 

In wisdom's paths he sought the truth 

Hii manners mild, his temper even, 

In vision bright he soared above 

And saw the Father face to face, 

He heard the Angela sing God's love. 

And saw his own abiding place; 

He talked with Christ, and saw his name, 

Within the book of life inscribed. 

He's gone to realize the same 

With God and Angels to abide. 

THK 

ELDER'S 



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COM.MUNICATED FR03I THE EAST. |! of Jam otiiers after the holy order of God to 

„ ,, r.,, T , load) reperitancG and remissicm ot'sins also 

i or the Elders Journal. 

Refieclions on Ike order of God and 
efe els flowing from iJ. 



We oftsii 63 re'Tiarks inaJo by writ 
tlmrchiiistory and otiiers, who are i:ie adhe- 
reniij of tlie popular .eystems of the day, siiui- 
lartotlis following, viz. that, when Clirist 
established his kingdom iij)on tlia earth he 
left it without any particular order to admin- 
ister, or form to be administered: leavinrr 



or, in oiher words, to teach all those ihing^i 
that Christ i'ad commanded them to touch. — 
'And no rnan laketh this honor unto himself, 
but he that is called of God. as was Aaron.'- 
of I Heb. 5,4. JVow Aaion was ordained, and set 
apartt to his oilice, by the Lords servant Mo- 
ses, who did it in accordance wiiii a revelation, 
which Ise received from God tothat efiect. So 
also, the apostles liad the smie power to Irans- 
n)it the priesthood to others, when Uie Holy 
Ghost manifested unto them, that any person 



these things, that chrisiians might adopt sucli Of persons v;-ere worthy of that ca.iling; for 
order and form in different places, as best i '-''s Holy Ghost is a spirit of rfevelntion and 
saitsd their convenience, oi comported with 'P"'Jpii°pJ) .^ohn 14: 20, "But the Comforter, 
then- consciences. I for one, must dissent w^'i'-^^ i« in the Holy Ghost, whom liio Fa- 



from suchai idea. In the first place, because 
it is inipossible to establish a kingdom, either 
spiritual or temporal, without order in it. — 
And iii the second place, because, it is -the 
express declaration of holy, writ, that he, 
who caine a liigh priest of a royal, everlasting 
and unchangeable priesthood, placed or;le* 
in hi3 kiiagdom or church, wluch he estab- 
lished, and caused to be estai)lished upon the 
'.jarth. I Cor. 12. 28. And God hath set some 
in the church; first, apostles; secondarily, 
jjropliets; thirdly teachers; after that niira- 
■ des: then gifts of healing, helps, govern- 
ments, diversities of tongues. 

Also Eph. 4, 11 and he [Clirist] gave some 
spostles, and some prophets; and some evan- 
frelists; and some ])astors, and teachers. — 
These passages place the matter beyond a 
doubt, (and all these persons, who believe the 
•;crip'i'.iies, mast ad, nit the fact,) thatG*/d set 
an order in his church; even an oidjr ofof- 
I'lc&rs. to go forth arnoni: the nations; and 
inuKe known the law of Christ, for the obe- 
dienee of faith. That out of an innumerable 
company of aliens, they ahoidd gather into 
the one spirit of God, nil those, who would 
believe in one Lord, their Redeemer; exercise 
one faith, and be baptised v>'it!i one baptism, 
J!i accordance with tlie commission, which 
• 'hrist gave the apostles, when he spake un- 
to them saying. "Thus it beiioved Christ to 
sufier, and to rise from the dead the third day; 
and that repentance and rendsslon of sins 
should be preached in his name among all na- 
tions; go ye therefore, and leach all nations, 

■ baptizing the n in the nf.me of the Father, 
and of the Son, and oftha Holy G-bost: teac);- 

.jiig them to observe all things wliatso?ver I 
';ave commanded you; He that bolicveth and 
•i baptized, shall be saved; but ho that be- 
lieveth not shall be daumed. And these signs 
.^^liall follow them that believe," Thus, we 
find, that those who were at this tin;e ap- 
pointed to teach the i)eople, were instructed 
'.o teach repentance, and remission of sins in 
lli:5 na.ne of Jesus; witnessing unto the peo- 
]>h, that he had died, and rose ";igain accor- 
ding to the scriptures,'- by which an atone- 
ment was made, through the shedding of his 
hiood. for all the children of men. Theapos- 

#?!e.s, after their endowment, wortMp.ialilied to 



ther will send in mj^ name, lie shall teach you 
all things, and bring all things to your re- 
membrance, whatsoever I have saidmt(> 
you," C. 15; 13— 15. "Howbeit, whtn lie, 
the spirit of truth, is come, he will guide yon 
into all truth; for he shall not speak of him- 
self; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall 
he speak; and he will show you things tq 
coma. He shall glorify me for he shall receive 
of mine, and shall siiovv it unto you. All 
li.iags that the Father hath are mine; there- 
fore said I, that he shall take of mine, and 
show it unto you." The above passages 
show so plainly, that the spirit ot truth is a 
spirit of revelation and prophecy, that they- 
need no comment. The apostles, therefore, 
being endowed with the spirit of levclatiori, 
had power to transmit this spirit to others, 
through the laying on of iJieir hands. And 
tiieir proclaaiaiion was, tliat ad should re- 
ceive it, on condition of their repen'.jng and 
being baptized for the remission of their sins 
in the name of Jesus Christ. Acts '2 — 38. — 
After tlxe day of pcnlecost, when believers 
were increased, and othi rs had been .set a- 
part to the ministry; v.e find there v.'ere, 
prophfc'is in the church at y\ntioch, and, "tis 
tliey luini.sttred unlo the Lord, and lasted, 
the Holy Ghost said, seperate me Barnabas 
and Saul, lor the work whereunto I have cal- 
led them. And when they had fasted and 
p.'ay«d, and laid their ham's on them, they 
sent them av/ay." We iave also a saying of 
Paul hi his iirst epistle to Thnolhy. which 
shows hov/ Tiinolhy v.'as set apart to ids call- 
ing, viz: 1 Tim. 4-14, "Neglect not the gift 
that ii in thee, which was given thee by 
prophecy, with the laying on of the hands oi' 
the presbyter}-." [eldership]. These ensaui- 
j)les may suffice for the present, to show us, 
that the apostles had power to ordain, and 
did ordain others, according to the spirit of 
revelation and prophecy; tiiat there might be 
a succession of the order, as well as asufli- 
cient number to ttacli, and administer, until 
the purpose, for which the i>rder was given, 
should be fully completed; which purpose 
wa?, '-for the perfecting of i he saints, lor the 
woiko 'the ministry, for the edilying of thn 
body o;'Chri;;t. Till we all come in the uni- 
ty r-f< Uo. fail h, and of the iinowledge of the 



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bonof God, unto a pei.'ect inan, unto the 
measur e of the statare oftlie fulness ofChrist. 
Thai \v e hencpforlh be no more children, tosss- 
>d to a! I't fro, and ca.nied about willi ever}' 
ward ot * doctrhie, by the sleight of men, and 
cunnin- ; craft uiess whereby they lie in wait 
to dec. iivc:— Eph 4; 12-14. And are the 
above t! lings accomplished? Have the saints 
need to be perfected at the present day? Is 
there a) locespity for the work of the minis- 
try? D o-s the body of Christ [the church] 
still nee. I edifying? Is the world of man- 
kind tos led to and fro and carried about with 
divers w inds of doctrines. To the above 
questions I must answer in tlie afFunative.— 
Are the 1 rofessed followers ofChrist all in 
the unity of the fiith. No; have tUev all the 
knowledge • of the Son of God. No: we may 
safely say, because m.any or them denv tiie 
spirit of re velalion and })rophec_y, by wliich 
theknowhi H:e of the Son of God comelh.— 
Hasthechu rj!i become perfect !?ven "into 
the measure «f the stature of the fulness of | 
iwinst." No. , Then it follows t!ia.t the order 
ofthekingdc 'Ui is still uecessaj-y^ inasmuch 
iis the purpot: e is not fully aGcomipiished, for 
which the or; '.fr was given. When the her- 
alds of the go *pel in the 1st ceirtnry, went 
forth acting U; >on those coinmissi'.ons, which 
liad been respc ctively given them; ihere were 
certain effects followed whidi have never fol- 
lowed any olhr r order, viz; the sph ritual gifts 
that wereplacf id in th^ chtTrch; or,, the signs 
that Christ saiu l "shall follow thorn, that be- 
lieve". Let tl le reader exa.o^ine t' he follow- 
ing passages Ac is 8; 14-19 10; 44- d6 and 19 
5-G and then cc osider whetlir?r the same ef- 
fects flow from ; my order v^itJiin hi f. knowl- 
edge, which has been established bet ween the 
third and ninetei aith ienturies. Tf niot, then 
all such orders ai ■€ none of th I'm the -order of 
(»od. "Ye shall tnow them bv their fruits."' 
There was a caus e why the gi'fls wei -e in the 
church of Christ; iie placed t.'aem there: he 
commissioned ni' m to teach ropantan ce and 
remission of sins iji his name, nnd to baptize 
those that believe, i. 

They went fortJ i, and tauglif tlirou rh Je- 
•sus, 'the resurrect! ,oii of the dea.d' and i-epen- 



for the remis^sion of sms. 
ere baptized, the ap 3stles 
pon them; 'thc}' rec sived 

'spake v/ith tongues and 
: Savior said signs slv. >uld 
!>elieved; t.hey did follov. ^ — 
iin by their fr'aits'. D. )ct. 
f sacrament ol'haptism \ vas 
i"J3 century [fst] withi »ut 



tance and baptism 
People believed, w 
laid their hands v 
the Holy Ghost' 
prophesied'. The 
follow them that , 
'Ye shall know th 
.^Toslieim says, 'th 
iiuminiiitered m 1 

the public asse? ahlies, in places appointed 
and prepared for that purpose, and wasp. ;r- 
.formed by aniim £,■ -rsion of the wkola body in 
the baptismal .foucf.-< Vol. I. P. 3.6.. H 8. 'i'h is 
was according- to t/V.te teaching o.f the Savior,, 
and the ajjostlt \s; J >hn 3; 5, 'e-x ;ept a man, 
be born- of watei • and of (be Rnirit,. he cannot 
>in ofGod% ifeb. 10; 22, 
ith a true heart, in full 
■vingoui -.earVs sprinkled 
ce, and our bodies u'ash- 
Gal. 3; 27, for as many 
1 baptizsd into Christ, 
Kead also Rom. 6; 3 5 
Did the gifts conti nue 
» ;the apostles. In '^loa- 



heiins Church History Vol. I. Pago '29 we 
h.ave the following, 'what indeed contributed 
still farlherto this ;^glorious event, [the spread 
oftlie gospel,] v/as the power vested in the 
apostles of transmitting to their disciples 
these miraculous gifts; for many of the first 
christians were no sooner baptized according 
to Ciirists appointment, and dedicated to th«; 
service of God by poleinn prayer and the im- 
position of hands, than they spo-ke language.'? 
which they had never learned before, fore- 
told future events, healed the .sick by ])ro- 
nouneing the name of Jesus, -estored the dead 
to life, and performed many things above the 
reacli of huin.an power. One truth is clear, 
'the same cause will always produce the same 
effect'. A word to the saints and 1 have done, 
how can the branches bear fruit except the}' 
abide in the vine. How can the men.^.bers be 
eilified one of anotlier, and the body be edifi- 
ed ofthe order except they arc- assembled to- 
getlier. 

STEPHEN POST. 



enter int.o the .tirt^d^ 
'let us draw nmr w 
assurance offaitiT, he 

from an evil conac:en 

ed with pure water'; 

of you as have bee; 

have put on Christ'. 

and 1 Pet. 3; 20, 21. 

wj'.h the successors to 



Far West Mo. August, 1838. 
TO THE PUBLIC. 
Whereas a certain letter has been publish- 
ed in the Zions Watchman, (and perhaps irj- 
other prints) derogatory of the cinracter of 
ffesidents J. Smith .Tr. and S. Rigdon, pur- 
porting to come from ine, I take tliis oppor- 
tunity to correct the public mind concerning 
the .'natter. 

Firstly, the letter as it stands in print, is- 
not a trt'.e copy of the one 1 wrote; but is- 
a,ltered, so as to convey a different idea from 
the original. 

But this much I acknowledge freely; that 
I did write a letter in great severity and harsh- 
ness, censuring them botii, in regard to cer- 
tain business tr.insactions but at the same time 
expressing my entire confidence in the faith 
of the church ofl^alter Day Saints the book 
of Mormon Doctrine and Covenants; this 
letter was written under feelings of excite- 
ment, and during the mo.'st peculiar trials. I 
did not liowever iK-dieve at the time and never 
have believed at any time before, or since, 
that these men weve dishonest or had wrong 
motives or intentions, in any of their under- 
takings, either temporal or spiritual; I have 
ever esteemed them from my first acquaint- 
ance, as mfn of God, and as mighty instru- 
ments in iiis hands to bring forth, establish, 
and roll on the Iiingdam of God. But 1 con- 
sidered t;ie.m like other men, and as the pro- 
phets and apostles of old liable to errors, and 
nistakes, in tilings which were not inspired 
from heaven; but managed by their owri 
judgement. 

This letter was intended as a private admo- 
nition, it was never intended to be made 
public. Bat lliavebeen long convinced, and 
have freely aekiiowledg<:^d both to these men 
and the public, that it was not calculated to 
ad'7ionish tiiem iu the spirit of meekness, to 
do them good, fa at rather to injure tliem and 
wound their feelLngs, and that I much regret- 
ed h,uving written it, I have a.sked their for- 
giveness, and I hei eby do it again. I no lon- 
ger censure them f« >r any thing that is jiast, 
but I censure myss.lf for rashness, excitement 
imprudence, and ii :any faults w-hich I would 



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to God, that I had avoided. But this mnch 1 
'.•an say that the tima past can only teach lis 
to be more wibp for tl:!e i"iitare. I close this 
cornmanication by saying that fromJtrjO un- 
til now, I iiave had fall eonfldence in the 
book of Mormon, the Revelations of God to 
Joseph Smith Jr., and I still esteem botli him 
and Pre.sident Rigdon, as men of the hig-lje.st 
integrity, tlie most exalted princiijle,=! of vir- 
tue and honor, and men who will yet be in- 
struments in the Lord'.s hand to accomplish a 
work in vvhicii I shall esteem it the higliest 
honor and the greatest blessing to bear tsome 
Ijumble part. 

PARLEY P. PR ATP. 



Surrey Co. N. C. May IS, 1938. 

Dear Brother in the Lord, 

Although I have 
bocn seperatod from you many month?, 
I have not forgotten you; and be as- 
sured that I liave often times desired 
your company, for 1 have labored alone 
most of the time since I left Kirtiand. 

I have traveled from state to state, 
proclaiming the word of God; and for 
the last six months, I have been preach- 
ing the gospel in the counties Stokes, 
Surrey, Patrick and Rockingham, in 
this state. 

The faith of our cly^irch, never had 
been made Jatown to any of the peo- 
ple m this part of the country, until I 
came here. They had heard many 
false reports from the mob in Missouri. 
The people in Jackson County having 
sent to their friends in this country, all 
the exaggerated and false stories, 
which they were disposed to. And b}' 
this mean.s the minds of many have be- 
come prejudiced against our people. — 
And it is almost impossible, to con- 
vince this people that the stories are 
incorrect. 

I have one very important request 
to make, which is, that you would use 
your utmost endeavors to have some of 
the elders come to this country without 
delay. Have this request made knov/n 
to the Church in Far West; tell them, 
that doors are open in every direction 
throughout those counties, and it is al- 
together out of the question for me to 
fill half of the calls, all of which are 
very urgent indeed; and the prospects 
are very good for building up a church. 
But I have to go to so many places, 
that it is not possible for me to build 
up churches, unless 1 can have he'p 
in this great work of the Lord. 

I have no doubt when I say there 
can be a large church built up in this 



country, but that you know that it is a 
very hard thing for one alone, to start 
the v/ork, in a state where the sound 
had never been heard, save by false 
reports. 

But the people nrc all very willing 
to hear: and many are very much be 
lievingin the principles tint i hold 
forth. You well know that the state 
of North Carolina has been j>ast bv, 
by all our elders. I am the onlv el- 
der I think, that has ever visited tins 
state. 

Brother Moses; I wantj that you 
should send me some of the papers 
containing the letters of br. Joseph on 
slavery. Send them to Webb's Post 
Office, Stokes Co. N. C. The cli- 
mate in the country is healthy, and 
the people hospitable and kind. The 
elders can come to the Kanawha salt 
works bj/- water, where they will be 
wiihin lOO miles of Patrick court house, 
and when they get there they may en- 
quire for me; and if I am nr^t there, 
they may enquire foi" Wubbs Post of- 
hce. 

I have baptised 4 since I came to 
this covnitry, and the prospects are flat- 
terring. 

All manner of stories are in circu- 
lation here about br. Josejih, he is in 
Jail for murder! and has runavray front 
Kirtland to Mo!!!! How do these say- 
ings agree? Give my love to all. 

Yours in the covenant of grace. 

J. M. GRANT, 
To Moses Makt!«. 



Er.DEii Grant; 

Your letter of the 18th 
of May, directed to Br. Moses Martin, 
was a kw days since handed to us; 
and v/e hasten to give you some infor- 
■iiation relative to our situation in this 
part of the Imd. I have used my in- 
fluence to send some Elders to your 
assistance, and I think that one or 
more will be sent to that region, before 
long. 

Heaven seems to sm'le upon the 
saints here, in almost every respect, 
& surelv we ought to be the more faith- 
ful to HL'U who pours out his blessings 
upon us. Many, very many, have em- 
igrated to this place, this season, and 
we are Informed tltat many more arc 
on the road. 

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nut Tir ihc Iji'iu'fit of iho saints about, |makc3 n sufficJcnt quantity of tinj'jcr t(» 
25 miles from Far West, called Adam settle almost the whole of the county, 
ondi ahman, it is on the Grand river,;! The immense emigration and rapid 
uwrounded by a beautiful country of j; population of this new county, aston- 



land. 

Crops in tl)is u;)pcr country, arc c.\- 
cecdin^iy flourishing this season: I 
ihink that the prospects for an abund- 
ant crop of corn, were never greater. 
Wi\cat is from fifty lo seventy five 
cents per bushel, coi'n meal is sold in 
this place for 75 cents per bushel and 
will probably remain as high as that 
until the new corn is ripe, when it will 
probaby be much lov/er, as we under- 
stand that contracts are making for 
corn at 20 cents per bushe'; good ba- 
con is from 6 to 8 dollars per hundred, 
and pickled pork about the same. I 
think that provisions of all kinds will 
soon be very |)!enty a.nong us. 
Yours with respect, 

T. B. MARSH. 

J. M. GrANT. 

Far West, Aui^-usl, 1838, 



A'icmi Qmi Ahman is situated im- 
mediately on the north side of Grand 
River in Daviess county !\fo. about 25 
miles north of Far West. It is situa- 
ted on a bcautifi'l elevated spot of 
ground, overlookhig the river and 
coi^ntry round about, which renders 
the place ns healthy as 'Uy part of the 
United States. The river is navigable 
for small boats, three quarters of the 
year. The advantage of large bodies 
of timber, which surrounds the town, 
the advantage of the beautiful rolling] 
prairie, and the advantage of trade 
which it lias, in consequence of navi-| 
gation, render^ it equal to any other 
place in tb.e upp,er,counties in the State 
of Missouri. 

And wlicn we look upon this beauti- 
ful situation, with the transcendant 
landscape which surrounds it, attended 
with all the above named advantages, 
we are ready to say truly this is Tke 
unto the land which the Lord our God 
jrrotnise.' to his saints in the last :'ays. 

The county of Daviess is as well 
calculated for agriculture and com- 
njorce as any other county in the state; 
having; Grand River running quite 



ishes the people of tno surrounding 
country, encourages the saints, and in- 
[ duces us to believe that God is about tr? 
bring to pass his strange acts, of whicli 
he has sj)okea by his ancient Proph- 
ets. 

The immenco growth of corn nnd 
other produce, this seaso'), in this coun- 
ty, as well as all ctlier counties in this 
upper country, has not to our knov/l- 
edge, had u parallel in this generation-; 
and if the Lord should continue to 
biess, as he has now set his hand to 
do, there must soon be a surplus, so 
[that believers abroad must actually be 
I constrained to say, the Saints have 
brougiit their tithes and ofie rings into \ 
\\.hc is lore House o[' the Lord, that a 
blessing of this magnitude, is heaped 
upon the iiihabitatils of tliis uppci 
counlrv. 

A. RIPLEY. 



AX EXTRACT OF REVELATIOX 

Given, FarWkst, Aphii. '26lh, A. D, 18^.^. 
Verily tliu? saitli tlie Lord unto you mj 
servant .foscpli Ssuitii Jr., and also my ser- 
vant Sidney Rigdon, and also my servanl Hy- 
luni Smith and ynur counsellors, v. ho are, and 
who shall be lierfaft ;r appointed; and also 
unto my servant Edward Partridge and In's 
Counsellors, and also unto my faithful ser- 
vants who are of the High Council of my 
churcli in Zion (for thus it shall he called) 
and unto all the Elders and peojjle of my 
church of Jesus Ch.rist of Latter Day ^-'aints 
scattered abroad in all the world; tor thus 
shall my church be called in the last days, viz. 
The church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day 
Saints. Verily I say nnto you all; arise and 
shine forth that thy light niay be a standard 
ibr the nations, and that thy gatiiering' to- 
gether upon the land of Zion and upon her 
stakes may be for a defence and fur a refuge 
from the storm and from wrath, when it shall 
be poured out without mixture upon the 
whole Earth. Let the City Far West be a . 
holy, and a consecrated land nnto me, and it 
shall be called most holy, for the ground up- 
on which thou standcst is holy. Therefore 
I command you to build an house unto me. 
for the gathering together of my saints, that 
they may worship me, and let there be a be- 
ginning of this work, and a foundation, and 
a preparatory work for the foundation, in this 
following season, and let this beginning be 
made on the 4th day of July next, and from 
that time forth, let my people labor diligent- 



hrough It, near the centre, and u very | j^ ^^ ^^^ ^^ 1^^^,^^ \,nlo mv nau.e: and in 
large body ol tia:ber accompanying the L one year from this day, let them recommence 
l'i\er, tb.at, toijether with thf^ timber | laying the foundation of my house. Tims 
accompanying tuc creeks and branches' let ihein, from that time icrfh labor diligc-nt. 



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ly, until it eliall be finished, from the corner 
Ptone thpreof unto the top tliereof; untill 
there sliall not any thinjr rar.iaiu that is uol 
linished. 

Verily I say unto you, let not my servant 
Jossp 1, neither my aervant Sidney, neither 
my servant Hyrum, get in debt any more 
fjr t!ie buildin}^- an house unto my name. — 
Bui let my housL' be built unto my name ac- 
';ordin;r to the pattern whieli I will sliow un- 
to thesn, and if my people build it not accor- 
ding to tile pattern which I shall show unto 
their preside icy; I will not accept it at their 
iiands. Bill if my people do build it accord- 
ing to the pattern whicli I show unto tlieir 
presidency, even my servant Joseph and liis 
coun.iC'llors; then ! will accept it at the hands 
of my people. 

' and again; Verily I say unto 3'ou, it is my 
will tliat tlie City Far West should be bu.ilt 
■■.\p speedily hy the gathering of my saints: 
and also that other places should be appoint- 
ed for stakes in the regions round about as 
they shall be manifested unto my servant Jo- 
^epli from time to lime. For heliold 1 v.'ill be 
with iiim, and I v,*ill sanctif)' him before the 
people: for unto h'lni have 1 given lii? keys 
of this ministry, even so amen. 

TO THE SAINTS ABROAD. 

In order t!mt the object tor wliich 
;iie sn.int3 are gathered together in the 
last days, Jjs .spoken of by all the holy 
prophets since the woild began, may 
be obtained, it is essentially nece:isary, 
that they should all be gatiiered in- 
to the Cilieis appointed for that pur- 
p,ose; as it will be much better for them 
all, in order that they may be in a sit- 
uation to have the necessary instruc- 
tion, to prepare them for the duties of 
their callings respeciiveiy. 

The advantages of so doing are nu- 
merous, while tb.e disadvantages are 
iew, if there are any. As intelligence 
is the great object of our holy religion, 
it. is of all tilings iinportant, that we 
should place ourselves in the best situ- 
ation possible lo obtam it. And we 
wish it to be deepls^ impressed on the 
nrinds of all, that to obtain all the 
knov,-ledgc which the circumstances of 
man will admit of, is one of the princi- 
ple objects the scftnts havo in gather- 
ing together. Intelligence is the re- 
sult of education, and education can 
only be obtained by living in compact 
society; so compact, that schools of all 
Uinds can be supported, and that while 
we are supporting school?, we, without 
any execution, can bo benefited there- 
by-. 

It matters not how advanced many 
who embrace the gopoel, be in life, the 



true object of tiieir calling, is to in- 
crease their intelligence; to give them 
knowledge and understanding in all 
things which pertain to their happiness 
and peacs, both here and hereafter. — 
And it is therefore required, that they 
place themselves in a situation accord- 
ingly. 

Vain are the liopcs of those who cm- 
brace the gospel, and then suppose, 
like the ignorant sectarians of the day, 
they have nothing more to do, but hold 
on to what they have gotten. Oh in- 
deed! they think, or at least some of 
them do, that it is very well to havo 
their priest educated, as vrell as they 
can; but for the people, they can servo 
God as well in ignorance as any other 
way: they can say their prayers, 
u'hetn.er there is sense in them or not; 
and sing Psalms, it matters not wheth- 
er they are .suited to their condition or 
not; and thus in the most profound ig 
norance, with a learned blockhead, at 
their l.cad, blunder on, uiitii tho}^ blun- 
der mto heaven. Bat this stupid ignor- 
ance cannot exist among the saints. — 
It will do v/cll enough, for creatures 
that know not God, and have not obey- 
ed the gospel. But for saints it will 
not do. The great God when he be- 
gan to WT)rk for his name's glorv, nev- 
er thought of doing so, by raising up a, 
society of ignoramuses, but of men and 
woinen of intelligence; of first inteki 
gence. Of intelligence as high as hu 
man nature was susceptable; and by 
this ineans glorify himself. 

One of the principal objects then, of 
our coming toge her, is to obtain the 
advantages of education; and in order 
to do this, compact society is absolute- 
ly necessary: it cannot be obtained 
without it, at most only by the few, to 
the exclusion of the many; which is a 
principle, at warjvith the principles of 
the church of Christ; for the princi- 
ple of the church is, that what one has, 
all have; and equal privileges must be 
granted lo all, or else it is not the 
church of Christ. And if those, on 
whom the important duty of regulating 
this matter devolves, should neglect to 
do their duty in this m.'itter, they will 
be found transgressors. 

Wc wish the saints then to be ap- 
prised of this, that in ordir to obtain 
he ends of their calling, they will find 
:, uaavoidabl}', necessary that they 



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should be gathered into the cities, in 
as compact order as possible. Let pa- 
lents tiien see to it» that they deprive 
not their ciiildron of their just rights, 
by not complying with tliis order. — 
And !ct the 3'oath of our number see 
also, that tliey avail themselves of all 
the means put into their hands, to 
cultivate the mind as well as make pro- 
visions for the body; for they can do 
both, by proper attention, by occupy- 
ing those leisure hours which are too 
often spent in vanity, and in vain and 
feci i.sh con ve rsation. 

It v/iil be found tliat farming, as well 
as all other business, can be carried on 
to belter ])urpose, through, a well ar- 
ranged order of things by hving in cit- 
ies, than it possibly can, by Hving in 
any other situation of life; and the op- 
portunities of education be complete, 
so that not only the rising generation, 
but that v>'liich has risen also, be able 
to obtain all the education that heart 
can wish, and that which will be well 
pleasing to God. 

The principles of seliishness, which 
have obtained to so great an extent in 
the world, is the cause' of the great 
leign of ignorance which now prevails 
all over the earth. Let that principle j 
once be done away; and let the apos- 
tolic lesson, "To esteem each oth&r 
better tlian themselves" be once fairly 
established among any people, and the 
benetits to society will be incalculable, 
both as relates to enriching the mind 
and the body. We exhort all men, 
therefore, who call themselves after 
the name of Christ, or have taken up- 
on them his name according to law, 
to begin to prepare themselves to act 
according to his will, as set fortii by 
all the holy prophets since the world 
began. And we recommend to them, 
M careful and prayerful reading of the 
[irophets, in order that they may see 
what they have got to do, or else they 
cannot be of the church of the last 
days. 

Finally brethren, remember that you 
are saints, and as such, you cannot 
fashion 5^ourselves after this world, for 
the fashion of this v/orld passeth away. 
But be ye fashioned after Christ in ail 
thmgs, by keeping his law, and by 
meditating upon it both day and night. 

And may the God of all grace, pre- 



serve you, till his kingdom and earn- 
ing; is the desire of your brother in 
tribulation, and in the patience of 
Christ. 

SIDNEY RIGDON. 

j€>§E2*M fJMtTlI tie. E<liS,<f>i". 
FAll w'lST, mo. august, 1838. 



In this paper, we give Uie proeedings 
vvhioli were liad on tlie luurth of July, at this ^ 
place, in laying the corner stones of the tenx- 
pifi, about to be built in this city. 

The oration delivered on the occasion, is 
j;ow pubiislied in pamphlet form: those of 
our friends wishing lo have one, can get it, 
by calling on Lbenez?r llobinson, by v^hoin ~ 
they were printed. We would reecomrnend 
to all the saints to get one, to be had in their 
fainilieti, as it contains an outline of the suf 
feri.:gand j;ersecutions of the Cliuroh from 
its rise. As also the lixed delenninations of 
the saints, in relation to the persecutors, wiio 
are, and have been, continually, not only 
th.'cateninp; ua with mobs, but' actually have 
been putting their threats into execution; 
witii v/liioh vve ara absolutely determined no 
longer to bear, come life or come death, for to 
be mobed any more without taking vens'eunce, 
ws will nor. EDITOR. 

TO THE SUBSCRIBERS OF TtlE 
JOURNAL. 

We wish to say to our patrons, thai 
ma,ny of them having left their old; 
places of residence, while many are 
on the Koad to this place, and have not 
given tis notice of the same, we know' 
not where, nov to wiiom we shotild 
send the Jotirnal. 

Whenever a subscriber is about to 
remove, he ought to give us notice that 
we rray know where to send his pa- 
per. W'e laiow not v/ho are here, who 
are on the road, nor who remain at 
their old places of abode. 

^Ve therefore request, that all send 
in their names anew, who have not 
done so, since the renewal of the Jour- 
nal in this place. And we shall ex- 
pect, that those who have not paid in 
advance for the Journal, will also send 
or bring their money, with their names 
now, as all saints must consider, that it 
will be impossible to sustain the paper, 
under our present limited circumstan- 
ces v/ithout means. 

We also say to the Elders abroad, 
you are the main props of the Elders 
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your paper; the vehicle tlirough which 
you have the privilege of sending your 
testimony where you cannot go your- 
selves. Support it then by your influ- 
ence, by exerting yourselves to obtain 
subscribers, and by obtaining and send- 
ing on means to Zion for its support. 
And we on our parr, will endeavor to 
conduct it in righteousness, and it shall 
be a standing trumpet thr(nigh which, 
you may send your warning voice, to 
ui! nations, kindreds, tongues and peo- 
ple. 

None need io expect the paper will 
be sent to them after the present num- 
ber until they send in their names, and 
money, who liave not paid for the 
Journal either here or in Kirliand. 



Our brethren, Kimball and Hyde, 
have arrived in this place with their 
families, and v/ill locate in this city. — 
They have been absent from their 
homes eleven months and eight days. 
Tliey were upon the Island of Great 
Britain nine months and two days; and 
have been exceedingly blessed of the 
Lord, and brought many souls into the 
Kingdom. They think of publishing 
an account of their labors in a pamph- 
let, together with (he manners and cus- 
toms of the people of that country; 
and, also, such other intbrmation as 
will be of genenil service to the Elders 
and Ministers who may be sent there 
to preach the gospel. Should they 
conclude not to do this, they will favor 
the public with nn abridged account 
thereof in the next number of this pa- 
per. 

Persons wishing to convey money to 
the publisher of the Journal, by mail, 
will understand that it niust be in bilL 
not less than five dollars current mo- 
ney, a.s no [japcr money of less amount 
IS allowed lO circulate m the stale of 



'■ilissouri; anc^ any person who has no 
moie than one, two, liiree or four dol- 
lars tc send, will please hand the mo- 
ney to some one of the travellinf? El- 
'aers, take a receipt of him, and direct 
a letter to the pubh'sher, stating the a- 

■mount paid, with the subscriber and 
1 Elder's names, signed to it. 

^'■Argummt io arguncnt where 1 find iJ:^ 
Ridicule Io ridicule, curl scorn Io scorn.'" 
We arc not in the habit, of noticing 
the many libellous pu!;lications whicli 
are abroad in the world, designed, to 
injure our character. V/e generally 
j let the authors and publishers of lies", 
j take their own course, relying at all 
[times, on the righteousness of our 
cause, and the integrity of oui- course^ 
in the sight of God, our heavenly fath- 
er; and feci disposed at the present 
time to } ursue this as our general course. 
Indeed, we havj felt to pity the poor 
priests and their satellites, seemg they 
had no better vvcapons to work with, 
than lies; a great, majority of which, 
they made themselves, but some were 
catered for ihem, by men of like pas- 
sions Vtith themselves. 

We have akyvays been assured of 
this, that if they had any better weap- 
ons to have used against us, they would 
have used them, but as they have not, 
it would surely be wrong to deprive Ihem 
of the best resort they have. And we 
fejl the more willing to do this, inas- 
much as we have no fear of their 
efforts doing any injury. They have 
been employed at it, for eight years; 
making and publishing all kinds of lies, 
till one would be ready to think, that 
the very prince of devils himself, had 
by this time, got wearied, and would 
certainly be ready, to sneak back to 
his smutty kennel, and there seek re- 
pose. But instead of this, at tlie ap- 
pearance of every new liar, not only tho 
|)rince himself, but all the flunkies, 
that lly at his knell, whether in the 
flesh or out of the flesh, lake new cour- 
age, and put forth n^jw efforts; and it 
would seem that they really believe, 
that by the assistance of a {o\v more liars, 
they will be able to detlirone Jehovah, 
and upset his kingdom; and with satan 
at their head, establish an empire, that 



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phtill, forever defy the Son ofGod, nnd 
so cornplctcly destroy t!ie Zion of t!ie 
last days, that he never v/i'I come down 
rind reign, in mount Zion, and in Jern- 
saleMii, and before his ancient^ glori- 
ously. 

Poor simpletons! they do not knovv% 
that he who sits in the heaven:^ is 
i'Uighing at them, that lie has them in 
derision, and that after he has let them 
foam out their own shame, and com- 
jjietel}'^ work out their own damnatinn,! 
that he will speak to tnem in his wratii. 
and vex them in his displeasure; and 
that when his wrath is but a Utile kind- 
led, they will perish. 

If we did not know, that the pcoplo 
of this generation, love lies more tiian 
tlic truth, or at least a great many of 
them, it would be a matter of some as- 
tonishment to us, to see with wliat ea- 
gerness, they give audience to every 
hypocrite and iniquitous wretch, we 
detect in his wicicedness, and bring to 
an account: it matters not how scanda- 
lous is his conduct, the priests and all 
their coajutors, rally around them, the 
very instant they are excluded fr<jm 
the church, and listen with most intense 
interest, to their lies; and soon, the 
papers are filled with their lies and 
abomination. But such is the piteous 
situation of the priests, of all denomi- 
nations, for there are no exceptions to 
be made; tor to say the best of them, 
they have pleasure in lies, but in the 
truth they have no pleasure, neither 
have they any part. 

Within the last six months, they 
iiave been making one of their greatest 
cfTurts. The ckurth in accordance 
with her laws, excluded from her fel- 
lowship, a set of creatures, whose be- 
havior would have disgraced a heathen 
temple, and as might have been expect- 
ed, they had recourse to the foulest 
lying, and basest slander, m order to 
hide their iniquity. This sewed as a 
favorable opportunity, to the persecut- 
ing priests and their adherents. They 
gathered round them in swarms, like 
the flies round Esop's i\^x, and opened j 
both their eyes and ears, to enjoy aj 
good feast of lies, which pleased themi 
more abundantly, than any other soundj 
could, except the voice of i]eelzebubthe| 
prince of the whole brood; his voice, j 
would doubtless have been more de-|i 
])frhtt\il to th.-m, than an angel of light, 



to the car of a prophet ofthelivlu" 
God. 

All thesn pious soul's papers wer(.> 
put into requisition, and this gang of 
liars, thieves, and drunkards, were 
called upon, immediately, to wr te 
their lies on paper, and let them print 
them; so, that all the world might have- 
as grent a feast of lies, as they had. — 
Accordingly to work they all went wiih 
one accord. And after this mightv 
mountain of bustle and human lollvj, 
h.Td tiilsd its full time of gestation, — 
Behold! and lo! it brou<.{ht forth :\ 



n'l 



From the bov.cls .,f M; 



V\ arren Parrish; and the prinst's pn- 
pers, have flown abroad to tell the- 
world of it. 

No anima! W'!' presume, has been 
produced in the last century, which 
caused more agony, pain, and groan- 
ing, than this wonder of modern timrs; 
i'or during the time of gestation, and n 
longtime before the birth thereof, he 
kept up such an unnsua! groaning and 
grunting, tliat all tiie devils whelps ip 
Geauga and in C lyahoga counties in 
Ohio, were running together, to hear 
what was about to come forth, from 
the womb of granny Parrish. He had 
made such an awt''ul fuss, about what 
was conceived in him, that night after 
night, and day after day, he poured out 
his agony before all living, as they 
saw proper to assemble. For a ration- 
al being, to have looked at him, and 
heard him groan and grunt, and see 
him sweat and struggle, would have 
supposed, that his womb was as much 
sv/olien, as was Rebecca's when the 
angel told her, that there were two na- 
tions there. 

In all this grunting business, ho was 
aided by Leonard Rich v,]io, however 
was generallv so drunk, that he had 
to support himself, by something, lo 
kec-ip him from fulling down; but then 
it was all for conscience sake. Also a 
pair of young blacklegs, one of them a 
Massachusetts shoemaker by the name 
of John F. Boynton, a man notorious 
for nothing, but ignorance; ill breeding 
and impLidence. And the other by the 
name of Luke .lohnson, whose notorie- 
ty consisted, if information be correct, 
ill stealing a barrel of flour from his 
father, and other acts of a similar 
kind. 

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C: monstrous efl'jrt to bring forth. And 
•vvhen the full time of gestation v/as 
come, the wonder conne forth, and the 
priests who were in waiting, seized 
rhe animal at its birth, rolled it up in 
rheir papers, atid sent it abroad to the 
world; but Rich, Boynton, ao.d John- 
son, in the character oi' mid-wiveb, 
waited around the bed of mamma Par- 
rish to get away the after birth; but 
awful to relate! they no sooner got it 
away tiian mamma expired; and thc^ 
poor bantling was left on the hands of 
the priests, to protect and nurse it, with- 
out any other iVier'd. A short time 
after the delivery of jranny Parrish, a 
little ignorant blockhead, by the name 
of Stephen Burnet, wlio.e heart was so 
set on mones', that he would at an}'- 
time, sell his soul for fifty dollars; and 
then think lie l^ad made an excellent 
bargain; and who liad got v'enried of 
)h(; restraint:; of religion, and could 
i:iot bear to have his pur^e t;\xed. hear- 
ing oi" the delivery of granny Parrish, 
rin to Kirtland, got into the temple, 
<ind tried withal Iris powcs io bring 
ibrtli something, no body Ivnows what, 
nor did he know himself; but he thought 
as granny Parrish had been fruiifull, 
60 must he: but after some terrible 
gruntings, and Ending nothing coming 
but an abortion, rose up in his anger, 
proclaimed all revelation lies, and ran 
home to his daddy with all his might, 
not leaving even an egg behind, and 
there sat down, and rejoiced m the 
great victory he had obtained, over the 



great God and all the holy angels, how 
he had discovered them liars and im- 
postures. 

There was also a kind of secondary at- 
tendant, that waited upon this grany of 
modern libels, whose name is Sylvester 
Smith. In his character there is some- 
thing notorious, and that is, that at a 
certain time in Kirtland, he signed a 
libel, in order to avoid the punishment 
due to his crimes. That libel can be 
forth coming at any time, when called' 
for. And in so doing, has disqualified! 
himself, for taking an oath, before any 
court of justice in the United States. 

Thus armed and attended, this mod- 
ern libeller, has gone ll)rth, to t!ic as- 
sistance of the priests, to help them 
iiglit against the groat God and against 
his work. How successful they will 



be, future events will determine. 

A few words on the history -of this 
priests helpmate may not be amiss. 

fie went into Kirtland Ohio, some 
Cew years since to live, and hired his 
boarding in the house of one Zerah 
Cole; he had not hov/ever been there 
but a short time, until Mr. Colo beiran 
to make a grievous complaint, about 
his taking unlawful freedom with his 
(Cole's) wife. Parrish was, according- 
ly, brought to an account, before the 
auth.orities of the church, for his crime. 
The fact was e;-tab'ished, that such un- 
lawful conduct had actually taken place 
between (Parrish and Cole's wife.) — 
Parrish finding he could not escape, 
confessed, plead fo^' forgiveness like a 
criminal at the bar, promising in the 
most solemn manner, that if the church 
would forgive him, he never would do 
so agaii!, and he was accordingly for- 
given. 

For some considerable time, there 
were no outbreaking^ with him, at 
least, that was known; but a train of 
circumstances, began at last to fix g jilt 
on his head, in another point of light. 
He had the handling of large sums of 
money, and it was soon discovered, 
that after the money was counted and 
laid away, and comiC to be used and 
counted again, that there was always 
a part of it missing; this being t!ie case, 
repeatedl3S and those who owned it, 
knowing that there was no other per- 
son but Parrish, who had access to it, 
suspicion of necessity fixed itself on 
him. At last, the matter went to such 
lengths, that a search warrant was call- 
ed i'or, to search his trunk. The war- 
rant was demanded at the office of F. 
G. Williams Esq. but he refused t;: 
grant it, some difiiculty arose on ac- 
count of it. 

The warrant, however, was at las', 
obtained, but too late, for the trunk in 
question was taken out of the way, ana 
could not be found; but as to his guilt, 
little doubt can be entertained by air,- 
person, acquainted vrith the circuu'; 
stances. 

x\fter this aflliir, Parrish began t 
discover that there was great iniquit ' 
in the church, particularly, in the edi 
tor of this paper, aod began to make n 
public excitement about it, but in i; 
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proving to the wotld the truth of his 
assertion. A poor persecuting booby, 
by the name of Grandison Newel, and 
who in fact was scarcely a grade above 
the beast that perish, went and swore 
out a stat'j's warrant, against ;he editor 
of this paper, saying that ho was afraid 
of his life. In so doing, ho swore a 
palpable lie, and every body knew it, 
and so did the couif, and decided ac- 
cordingly. 

Oce of the witnesses called in be- 
half of Mr. Newel, was Warren Par- 
rish. Newel had no doubt but great 
things would be proven by Parrish. — 
When the day of trial however came, 
Parrish was not forth coming. New- 
el's council demanded an attachment 
to bring him forthwith, and according- 
ly Parrish was brought. But, behold, 
the disappointment when Parrish was 
called! Instead of fulfilling Newel's 
expectation, when asked by the law- 
yers, "Do you know of any thing in 
the character or conduct of Mr. Smith, 
which is unworthy of iiis profession as 
a man of God," the answer was ^"I do 
not". The countenance of Newel fell, 
and if he had possessed one grain of 
human feelings, would went oil" with 
shame, but of this, there is abou-t as 
much in him as in other beast. 

In giving the ansv/er Parrish did, he 
lias given the lie, to all he has said, 
both before and since, and his letter, 
that is now going the rounds in the 
priest's papers, is an outrageous pack 
of lies, or else he took a false oath at 
Painesville; and take it which v/ay you 
will, and the priests have but a feeble 
helpmate jn granny Parrish. 

The truth is, at the time Parrish was 
called on to give testimony in Paines- 
ville, lie had not got his nerves so 
strengthened as to take a false oalh, 
and though he could lie most unsuffer- 
ably, still, -he had some fear about 
swearing lies. But no doubt, if he 
were called upon now, he would swear 
lies as fast as tell them; since he de- 
nies all revelation, all angels, all spirit, 
&c. and has taken the liar Sylvester 
Smith by the hand, and become liis 
companion. 

Some time after Parrish had given 
in his testimony at Painesville, ho be- 
gan again to rail, the church would 
bear it no longer, and cut him olf: a 
short time after he was cut oil, he plead 



wiUi them to receive him back again: 
and in order to get back, he confessed 
all lie had said to be false, asked for- 
giveness for it, and by much pleading, 
and confession, and promising reform- 
ation, was received back again. 

Thus once under oath, and another 
time voluntarily, for sake of getting 
back into the church, he confessed 
himself, that all that he had said, and 
all that he had written, were false- 
hoods; for his letter that is going the 
rounds in the papers, is no more than 
a reiteration, of what he had before 
declared, and denied himself. This is 
thj poor pitiful resort then, of the 
priestc;, in order to stop the progress of 
the truth. 

Cuttliis is not all concerning mamina Par- 
rish. The next business we find hini in, is 
robbing tlia Kirtland Bank of twenty live 
thousand dollars at one time, and large sums 
at otjiers, the managers liad in the mean 
time, api)ointf>d him as C'ashier, and F. G. 
Williains as President, and tliey managed the 
institution with a witness. Parrish siole the 
paper out oi'ti)e institution, and went to buy- 
ing bogus or counterfeit coin with it, becom- 
ing a partner with the Tinker's creek black- 
legs, and in company with .lulias Granger, 
in buying dilFerent lands of property with it, 
and devoting it to his ov.'n use, and soon cn- 
tiiely destroyed the institution. 

He was aided by his former associates to 
take his paper, and go and buy bogus v\'illi 
it, from theTinker-s creek black legs, and on 
the way coming liome, they would waylay 
Parrisli and his gang, and rob IJiem, so ihey 
would loose the bogus money; ai last Parrisli 
sold his horse and carriage for bogus money, 
and behold when he came home and opened 
ills box of bogus, it was sand and stones. — 
Parrish was somewhat cliagrined at this, so 
he gets out a state's \\ arrant, takes his coad- 
jutor, Luke Jolinson, and off to Tniki^r's 
creek they go. .Tolinsoa as constable. Tlie 
pretended object was, to take the man who 
had them, the horse and carriage, one 
for stealing them, and the others as stolen 
property. Coming to the place where they 
were, Johnson takes after the man and drives 
him into a barn. Parrish in the mean time 
takes the horss and carriage, and clears to 
Kirtland with it, and when Johnson had pre- 
tendedly tried to take the n;an, unlii he sup- 
posed Parrish had got off with the horse and 
carriage, he ceased the pursuit and went 
home. 

For this, parrish was taken by the sheriff 
of Cuyahoga county, his hands bound behind 
his back, and held in custody untill he paid 
two hundred dollars, and if he had not paid 
it, he would have stood a chance for the work 
house. 

ThusO ye Pnesls, what a blessed compa- 
ny of associates you have got, to help you 
oil in the work of persecution. You anght 
to rejoice greatly, at liie venerable addition 
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doubt Ihcy are iiisn as nindi ^fler yonr own 
hearts, as ever David was after the heart of 
God. And you Mr. Sunderland in particu- 
lar: you have no doabt, in Warren Parrish an 
help mete, after your own image and your 
own likeness. Congratulate youraelf great- 
ly, in having obtained a man after your 
heart, to help you to lie and pcrsscuto. 

O ye priests, but you are a heaven born 
race; and that all the world may well iiuow 
by the company you keep. You liave got 
Warren Parrish for yonr associate; a man no- 
torious, for lying, lor adultery, for stealing, 
for swindling, and for villainy of all kinds, 
but for nothmg else. Are you not happily 
yorked together with believers, precisely ot 
your own character? surely you are, since it 
IS company of your own choosing. 

For our parts, we shall consider it an hon- 
or, to be belied and persecuted by sucli de- 
bauchees, in it we will rejoice as long as we 
have breath, knov/ing if these men speak well 
of us, that we are not doing the wiil of God. 
For the friendship of such, is enmity against 
God. And the friendship of God, is ejimity 
to such. 

And thi I , O je priests, we leave youjwith 
your iioly company, until it shall be said to 
you all, "Dppart ye u'orkers of iniquity, into 
everlasting fire, prepared for the dsvd and 
-his angels.'" 

There is another character, who has figur- 
ed somewhat in the aflairs of granny Parrish. 
Doctor W. A. CoM'dery. Tliis poor pitiful 
beggar, came to Kirtlaud a few years since, 
with a large family, nearly naked and desti- 
tute, it was really painfnl to see this pious 
Doctor's (for such he prui'essed to be) rags 
flying when he walked the streets. He was 
taken in by us in this piliiul condition, and 
we put him into the printing oliiee, and gave 
him enormous wages, not because he could 
earn it, or because we needed his service, but 
;rperely out of pit}'. We knew the man's in- 
competency all the time, and his ignorance, 
and inability. to lill any place in the literary 
world, with credit to himself, or to his em- 
ployers. But notwithstanding all tins, out 
of pure compassion, we gave hini a place, 
and afterwards hired him to edit the paper in 
that place, and gave him double as much, as 
he could have gotten any v/here else. The 
.subscribers, many at least, complained ts 
us of his inability to edit tiie paper, and there 
was much dissatisfaction a.bout it, but still 
we retained him in our employ, merely, that 
he might not have to be supported as a pau- 
per. 

By our means, Jie got himself and family 
decently clothed, and got supplied with all 
the conr'brts of life, and it was nothing more 
nor less, than supporting himself and family 
as paupers; for his services were actually, not 
worth one cent to us, but on tlie contrary 
was an injury. The owners of the establish- 
ment, could have done all the work which, 
lie did themselves, just as well without him 
as with him. In reality, it vvas a piece of 
pai;perism. 

Bat now reader mark the soqiol. It i.s a 
fact of public notoriety, that as soon as he 
found himself and family in pos.session of de- 
cent apparel he began to use all his influence 
jLo cur injury, bjth m hi.s sayings, and doings. 



We have often heard it remarked tiy slave 
holders, that you should not make a negro 
equal with you, or he would try to walk over 
you. We iiave found the saying verltied in 
this pious Doctor, for truly this niggardly- 
spirit manifested itself in all its meanness; 
even in his writings, (and they were very 
mean at best) he Ihiew out foul insinuations, 
which no man v.'ho had one particle of noble 
feeling would have condescended to. But 
such was the conduct of this master of mean- 
ness. Nor was th.s^niggardly corse confined 
to himself, but lus sons also, were found en- 
gaged in the same mean business. 
..(His sons, in violation of every sacred obli- 
gation, were found among the number of 
granny Parrish's men, using all there influ- 
ence (which however was nothing; but tkey 
were none the less guilty for that, toi if it h,ad 
been ever so great it would have been used) 
to destroy the benefactors of tlieir family, 
who raised their family troin rugs, poverty, 
and wreteheduess. One thing we have learn- 
ed, that there are negroes wlio were white 
skins, as well as those who wear black ones. 

Granny Parrish had a few others who acted 
as lackies, such as ftiartin PJarris, Josepii 
Co?, Cyrus P Sffialling, etr.'mt they are so far 
beneath contempt that a nouce of them would 
be too great a sacrihce for a gentleman to 
make. - >' 

Having said so much, we leave this hope- 
fall company, in the iicw bond ofuniojxwiiicli 
they have formed with the priests. , While 
ihey were held under restraints by the church, 
and had to behave with a degree of proj'riely, 
at least, the priests manifested the greatest 
opposition to tiiem. But no sooner were tney 
excluded from the fellowship of the cliurcn 
and gave loose, to all kind of abominations, 
swearing, lying, cheating, sv/indling, drink- 
ing, witii every species of debauchery, then 
the priests began to extol them to tire heuv- 
ens for their piety and virtue, and made 
friends with them, and called them the finest 
fellows in the world. 

Is it any wonder then, that we say of the 
priests of modern days, that they are of Sa- 
tan's own making, and are of their father the 
devil. Nay verily nay; tor no being but a 
scandalous sycophant, and bane hypocrite, 
would say other ways. As- it was v/itli Doc- 
tor Philastes Hurl! u , so it is wiih these crea- 
tures. While Huriburt was held in bounds 
by the church, and made to behave himself, 
he was denounced by the priests as one of the 
worst of men, but no sooner was he excluded 
from the church for aduHery, than instantly 
he became one oft'ie finest men in the world, 
old deacon Clapp ol'lNIenlor lan and took him 
and hi.s family into the ^Ijouse with himself, 
and so exceedingly was he pleased with him, 
that purely out of respect to him, he went to 
bed to his wife. Tliis great kindness and re- 
spect, Huriburt did notf'eeljust so wellabuut 
but the pious old deacon gave him a hundred 
dollars and a yoke cfoACn^ and all was well 
again, 

Thi.i is the Huriburt, that vvas author of a 
book which bears the name of 111. D. Howe, 
but it was this said Huriburt that was the 
author of it; but afierthe affair of Jdurlbuit's 
wile anr! the j)ioufl old deacon, the persecu- 
tors thought it better to put seme otlier name 



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fis aullior to th.cir book iLaii Hiirlburt, so E. 
D. HowG sabstiluted his name. Tlie c))atigt> 
however was not much better. Asahel Howe 
one of E. D's. brothers wlio was said to bs 
tlie Hkeliest of the family, served a prenlice- 
ship in tjio Vi'ork house in Ohio, for robbirio- 
the post office. And j-et notwithstanding 
all this, all the pious [friests of all denomina- 
tions, were found foUo-.ving in the wake of 
these mortals. 

Hr.rJburt and the Howe's, are ninong the 
basest of m-nkind, and known to be siieii; 
and yet tlie priests and their coadjutors liail 
them as their best frieui's, and j)iib!ifh their 
lies, speaking of them in the hi^^hest terms. 
And atler all this, they want ns to say, that 
they are pious souls and good saints. Can 
we believe it? surely men of connnon sense 
will not ask us to do it. 

Good men loves to associate witii good 
men; and bad men with bad ones; and when 
wo see men making frienris with drunkards, 
thieves, liars, and swindlers, sliaH we call 
them saints? If we were to do it, we might 
he justly charged v.'ith "partaking of their 
evil deeds.-' 

Therefore until we have more evidence 
than we have now, we shill always think 
when we see men alsac;at\ng with scoun- 
drels, that they themselves are scoundrels. 
And there we siiall leave them for the pres- 
ent, firmly believing, that when tlie day ol 
decision has come, that we s'lall see all the 
priests who adhere to the sectarian religions 
of the da}', with all their followers, without 
one exception, receive their j)ortion with the 
devil and his angels. 



CELEBRATION OF THE 4th OF JULY. 

The order of the dav for the 4th of July, as 
directed by the conimitteo of arrangements. 

The committee of arrangements, which 
]iad been previously chosen, to make arrange- 
ments for the celebration of the 4th of July, 
and la3'ing the corner stones of the temple, 
reported the following v/hich was strictly ad- 
ijered to. 

First that Presidents Joseph Smith Jr. be 
president of the day, Hyruin Smith vice pres- 
ident, and Sidney lligdon orator. 

Second that Reynalds Cahoon, he marshal 
of the day. and Col. George I\l. Hinkle and 
Major Jefferson Hunt, be assistant marshals. 

Third tiiat George W. Robinson act as 
Colonel for the day; Philo Dibble, as Lieut. 
Colonel; Seymour Brunson as Major, and 
Reed Peck as Adjutant. 

Fourth that Jared Carter, Sampson Avard, 
and Cornelius P. Lott, act as Generals, be- 
fore whom, the military band shall pass in 
review. 

Fifth that the procession commence form- 
ing in the morning, ut 10 o'clock A, M. in 
;.')e following order. 

First the Lifant)' in front. 

Second the civil procession as follow.^: 

1st the patriarchs of the Church. 

2nd the President vice president a.nJ ora^ 
lor, of the da}'. 

3rd the Twelve. 

4tli the Presidents of the stake nith the 
iigh Council. 

rnh the Bishop and Council. 

Hill the arcliilrcts. 



7th the ladies, and then tlie gentleman o' 
tile civil procession. 

T'ten the Cavalry brought up the rear. 

After the jirocessjon was formei!, svLicIi 
was exceedingly large. The whole marcheti 
io the notes of a small band of music uncle; 
the direction of Dimick Huntington, aroiimi ^^ 
the cellar which had been dug for the iiouse. 
Tlie ladies forming a circle immediately a- 
round the cellar, Uie gentleman, of the civil 
procession in a circle next to the ladies. Tht 
inl'antry in a circle next, and the cavalry out- 
side. 

After tlie v/holc procession was thus com- 
pletely formed, prayer was made by the pres- 
ident of the day, and a tune played by the 
band, and then, proceeded to lay the coruei- 
stones, aslbllows. 

1 The EGUtli e;:et corner was laid, by the ,^^ 
presidents ot' the fetake, assisted by i weht- 
men. 

2 The .south Vv-est corner, by the presidents ^»^ 
oftlie Elders, assisted by twelve men, 

3 The north west corner, by the bishop as- -.. 
sisted by twelve men. 

4 The north east corner, by the president oi -,. 
the teachers, as.-isted by twelve inen.. 

After each stone was laid, the music piny- • 
ed a tune. 

When the ceremony of laying the stones 
was completed, the ladies v/ere formed in a 
eirob, iiiimedialely, around the stand, where 
the oration w;is to be delivered, and the whole 
procession formed around them, as previou.^.- 
ly at the eellar of the house. The gentleman 
visitors were invited to come to the stand. — 
Alter Avhieh the oration was delivered, at the 
close of whicii, there was a shout of hosan-, 
na. A song v.'as then sung by Soloman Han 
cook, composed by Levi Hancock for the oc- 
casion- 

The miiitarv band then inarclied from tii 
stand, and tlie President, Vice President, ar. 
Orator of the dav, attended with the visitor; 
marched to the south side of the puhii 
square, and the trooi)s under the commaii 
of their officers chosen for tlie occasion, par- 
ed in review before ihem. After v.hjch t! 
whole prooessiou was dismissed. 

I'he whole cereimny of the day, was pc, 
formed without the least disorder or conft 
ftion, and tiie people, in the most perfect o; 
der, retired to their lu)nies. 

The Committee of arrangements, take tl; 
opportunity o!" tendering thoir thanks, to tl 
whole multitude who was in attendance, fi 
their good behavior on the occasion, and ft 
the due respect which they paid to the sc 
lemnities of the scene. 



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For the Elders Journal- 

CONFERENCE MINUTES. 
A conference meeting ofElders, and 
members, of the church of Christ o 
Lcitter Day Saints, was held in tlii' 
place, this day, for the purpose of or 
ganziing this stake of Zion, callet 
Adam-ondi-ahman. The meeting coi. 
vened at 10 o'clock A. M. in the grov( 
near the house of elder Lyman Wight 
President Joseph Smith Jr. was calle 
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gf the raoetiug, wliich was to organize 
a Presidency, and High Council, to 
preside over this stake ol'Zion, and at- 
tend to the atFairsof the church in Da- 
viess county. It was then motioned, 
seconded and carried, by the unani- 
mous voice of the assembly, that Pr's 
John Smith, should act as Presidt.'nt of 
the stake of Adam-ondi-ahman. Rey- 
nolds Gaboon was unanimously choseni 
Island Lyman VViglit 2nd counsellors.! 
After prayer, the Presidents procededl 
to the ordination of elder Wight as 2ndj 
assistant counsellor. Vinson Knightil 
was then chosen acting Bishop pro 
tenipore by the unanimous voice of the 
assenibly. Picsideni John Smith, then 
proceded to organize the high council. 
The counsellors were chosen aceord- 
ing to the following order, by a unani- 
mous vote. John Lemon 1st, Daniel 
Stanton 2nd, ALayhew Hillman 8rd, 
Daniel Carter 4th, Isaac Perry 5th, 
Harrison Sagers 6th, Alanson Brown 
7th, Thomas Gordon 8th, Lorenzo 
Barnes 9th, George A. Smith 10th, 
Harvey Olmstead 11th, Ezra Tiiayer 
12th. 

After the ord'nation of the counsel- 
lors, who had not ])re\'iously been or- 
dained to the high priesthood. Presi- 
dent J. Smith Jr. made remarks by 
v/ay of charge to the Presidents and 
counsellors, instructing them in the du- 
ty of their callings, and the responsibil- 
ity of their stations; e^horting ihcm 
to be cautious and deliberate, in all 
tiioir councils, and to be careful to act 
in ris^hteousness in all thins-s. Presi- 
ueutJ(jhn Smith, R. Calioon and Ly- 
man Wight, then mace some remarks. 
Lorenzo Barnes was unanimously cho- 
.■^cn clerk of this council and stake; 
and after singing the well known hymn 
Adam-ondi-ahman, the meeting closed 
by prayer by Pres. Gaboon, and a 
benediction by Pros. J. Smith Jr. 

Adum-ondi-alunun, Mo. I 
Daviess Co. June 28 1838. \ 

J. SMITH Jr. Chairman. 

LoF.F.N'/o Barnks, } f-,, , 
IsvacPkrrv. ji'-ieiKs, 

Far West July 9ih 1838. 

A Council of tiie twelve ap(ystles of 
Ihe last days, assembled at Far W' >t, 
agreeable to a revelation given July 8 
1638. 

Council called fo or.lcr, T. B.. Marsh 
presiding. 



Persons present belonging to said 
quorums. 

T. B. Marsh, D. W. Patten, 

B. Youngs. P. P. Pratt, 

W^m. Smith. 

Council opened by prayer by pros'r. 
Resolved, l&t that the persons who are 
to fill the place of those fallen, be im- 
mediately notified, to come to Far 
West. Also tlioso of tlie twelve who 
are not present. 

Resolved, 2nd that T. B. Marsh no 
tifiy VV WoodrufT, & P. P. Pratt, noti- 
fy O.Pratt, &Prcs^ Rigdon notify Wij- 
lard Ricliards who is now in England- 

And voted, that T. B. Marsh, pub- 
lish the same in the next Journal. 

President Rigdon then gave some in- 
structions, concerning the provisions 
necessary to be made for the families 
of tho twelve, while laboring in the 
cause of their Redeemer; advising 
them to instruct their converts to move 
without delay to the places of gather- 
ing, and their to strictly attend to the 
law of God. 

T. B. MARSH, 2:ires'L 

G. W. RoEixsox. Clerk. 



OxN" THE DUTY OF HUSBAND 
AND WIFE. 

It is the duty of a husband to love, 
cherish, and nourish his wife, and 
cleave unto her and none else; ho 
ousiht to honor her as himself, and lie 
ought to regard her feelings with ten- 
derness, for she is his flesh, and his 
bone, dc-igned to be an help unto him, 
both in temporal, and spiritual thirfgs; 
one into whose bosom he can pour all 
his complaints without reserve, who is 
willing (being designed) to take part of 
his burden, to soothe and encourage 
his feelings by her gentle voice. It is 
the place of the man, to stand at the 
head of his fimiily, and be lord ol' hi? 
own house, not to rule over his wife as 
a tyrant, neither as one who is fearful 
or jealous that his wife will get out of 
her place, and prevent him from exor- 
cising his authority. It is his duty to 
be a man oi God (for a man of God is 
a man of wisdom.) ready at all times 
to ol)tain from the scriptures, the reve- 
lations, and from on high, such instruc- 
tions as are necessary for the edifica- 
tion, and salvation of his household. — 
And on the other hand, it is the duty 
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husband at all tiinss, not tts a servant, 
neither as one who Tears a tyrant, or a 
master, but as one, who, in meekness, 
and the love of God, regards the laws 
and institutions -of Heaven, looks up to 
lier husband for instruction, edification 
and comfort. "Even as Sarah obeyed 
Abraham, calling him Lord, v/hose 
daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, 
and are not afraid with any amaze- 
ment."— 1st Peter, 3rd 6th." 



NOTICE. 

Ajrreeablp to the proceedings of a general 
Conference o) tlie authoritien of tlie clmrch 
of Jeeus Christ ofLalterda}'- saints, assem- 
bled in tlie city Far \Vest, April 6t!i 1838, at 
the first quarterly conference held in this 
jilace. It becomes my duty to giA'e some in- 
ibrination to the ordained members of this 
church, v.'ith respect to licenses, etc. All 
licenses v/liether that oi' an elder, priest, 
teaclier; cr deacon, must be given by the gen- 
eral Recorder, and signed by the first presi- 
dency, and gi-neral clerk otherwise they will 
be considered null and void, or without au- 
thority. 

Certificate?, however can be given to those 
who are ordained, where it is inconvenient 
to obtain licences at the time, which certifi- 
cates, when presented to the general record- 
er, will entitle him to a license. It is also 
necessary to have all licenses recorded on 
the general church record. It is further ne- 
cessary ior all persons receiving or taking 
licenses from any individual in consequence 
of ill behavior; to send such license to the 
general recorder, in order to have it erased 
Irom the docket, or record. If the licenses 
ofany persons are called for,officially; in con- 
sequence of their misbehavior, and such per- 
sons refuse to give them up, then it is the 
duty of such Court or oflicer, authorized to 
take such license or licenses to give informa- 
tion accordingly, to the general recorder, 
tiiat };is license may be killed, and he publish- 
ed to the world. 

It is the duty of the Clerk of each branch 
of tlie church, not yet organized into a stake 
by the first presidency to send a record of 
the names of said branch. And also the 
most interesting part of said history such as 
mira.cles] etc. to the Clerk of the neajest 
stake, or to such as tiiey maybe attached. 

It IS the duty of the Clerk and recorder of 
each stake of Zion, to preserve in order the 
records under his hands, that, he has tlie 
nqjnes of the individuals belonging to, or with 
in his,' jurisdiction in alphabetical order, so 
that the general recorder can obtain them 
with ease. They will also please to observe 
and keep their record with an index or in such 
order, that the matter wanted, at any time, 
can be had with as little trouble as possible. — 
And further that every Clerk and recorder, 
notice in his record every interesting inci- 
dent or such as his president, or the presi- 
dents of such stake may think proper, so that 
the same may be noticed in its proper se- 
quence in the general church history, wiiich 
will undoubtedly be published from time to 



lime, as the CHiuich progresses. Also let 
them furnisli tlie general Clerk and recorder 
every quarterlj- Conference with a fmn-^cript 
of a 11 their records, or else sucli stake will not 
be noticed in the gcne;al history. 

GEORGE. VV. ROBINSON, 

General Clerk and Recorder. 



To THE Saints GATHKRiNG intoZion: — 

It is of importance that they 
should return their nam^s to llie recorders of 
t)i3 difi'erent stak^^s, in order that their names 
may be had in the g'^neral Church record. — 
Many have come and have settled at a dis- 
tance witliout returning their names to the 
recorders of the stakes, in which they have 
settled. Thus rendering it very difHcult for 
the general church record to be kept. 

It IS expected that all the saints coming up 
to this land, or gathering into Zion; will 
have their names "recorded on the records of 
the respective stakes, where they may settle. 

We further say to the saints gathering, tiiat 
the rumors which have gone abroad of the 
scarcity of provisions in this part of the coun- 
try, is absolutely falsi: — there is a great abun- 
dance, and the present appearance for corn, 
was never surnassed in any part of the Unit- 
ed States. 

Therefore you need not fear, but gather 
yourselves together unto this land, for there 
is, and will be an abundance. 
Done by order of the first presidency, 

"GEO. VV. ROBINSON, ScaisE. 



NOTICE. 

Elders O.. Pratt, Wilford Woodruff, 
.Tohn Taylor of Canada, and John E. 
Page are requested '.o come immediate- 
ly to Far West, to pre[)are for a great 
mission. 

Far West, August 3rd, 183S. 



The following lines were written by 
an Elder of the church of Latter Day 
Saints, while he was journeying and 
preaching the gospel in the eastern 
States, which he sent to his wife, who 
was then residing in Clay Co. Mo., in 
the fall of 1835. 

Receive these lines, beloved bosom- 
friend, 

And let them with your virtuous feel- 
ings blend; 

Thou wast my partner in our sprightly 
youth, 
And now jny partner in the ways of 
truth. 
In sickness thou hast sooth'd this faint- 
ing breast. 
Like some kind angel hovering o'er 
the bles't. 



^ ELDERS JOURNAL C3 

Willi diliigence and skill, with cheer- -, I^Iany a toil spent day has gone and 



fulness, 
Thy tender hand administered relief. 
When chill November's surley blasts 
were heard, 
And autumn's paleness o'er the earth 
appear'd, 
And flowers were gone, which deck'd 
the landscape round, 
And chilling rains deseeding, soak'd 
the ground, 
When men, in hellish malice, fiU'd 
with rage, 
To overthrow the saints, their pow- 
er engaged, 
Like Cain of old, who with the Devil 
filled 
Rose up and slew his brother in the 
field; 
These drove the saints from home, and 
shed their blood. 
Their wives and children wandered 
without bread, 
W^hile on the broad prairies, inftmts 
wept. 
And all around them howling tem- 
pests swept; 
Their little bleeding feet, and tender 
hands, 
All testified against those wicked 
clans: 
Eehold! for vengence, justice cries 
aloud, 
And such must feel the avenging 
power of Cod. 
Through all those trying scenes, you 
firmly stood, 
In faith relying on the word of God, 
Partaking with rne, all the pain and 
woe, 
Which in those days we had to un- 
dergo. 



fled, 
Many a tedious night rolled o'er our 
heads, 
Many a time this bosom, querying, 
said. 
Ah! has she got a single loaf of 
bread? 
When, straight, from her, a letter 
comes with speed, 
Saying, praise the Lord, for he doth 
still provide. 
Many a time this heart has been em- 
ployed 
In praising God for what we've both 
enjoy'd, 
Since on that day, we took the parting 
hand, 
To meet again when God should give 
command. 
Through all our toil and pain, our joys 
and grief, 
God has protected us, and brought 
relief! 
Then let us praise his name for all 
that's past, 
And do his holy will wliile life shall 
last; 
And when men, by his power, shall 
carry forth. 
His word to every nation on the 
earth, 
And every ear has heard, from pole to 
pole. 
And caught the glorious tidings as 

ihe've roll'd, 
And men from every tongue and tribe 
have come, 
Bv tens of thousands to their holy 
home: 
rhon^may we both in Christ, by faith, 
arise, 
And both be crown'd amidst the up- 



(54 ELDERS JOURNAL 

}.cr skies, 
Descend with Christ, nccordinr; lo our 



pvnyers, 

And live and reiga with liini a thou- 
eand years. 



O Lord! arc tiicse forever dv.oiu o, 
II [n watcldLd silence rest — 
Their bleaching bones without the 

tomb, 
And wuitinfe- souls not blest. 



THE WESTERN FIELDS. 

BY D. ai. CRANDAI.L. 

Come all ye men of Eastern climes 
A moment gaze with me — ■ 
Vv'hile I salute your candid minds 
Willi Western scenery. 

Prepare your hearts, expand your 

souls 
On scenes both strange and new — 
Explore the lands from pole lo pole, 
That heave themselves ia view. 

Let India's treasnr-'-s be arrayed, 
With all her pearls com.bined — 
Yet Western beauties not displayed 
In grandeur so sublime. 

While traversing these spacious wilds, 

And musing o'er the scenes. 

That sprecd themselves a tl;ousand 

miles 
While prairies roll between. 

While ranging o'er these splendid 

fields 
My heart v/as beating high — 
The sacred truth which they reveal 
Of v/onders long pass'd by. 



But lo! methiiiks I truly hear, 
An Angel's swelling theme; 
For their desponding hearts to cheer, 
And cajitive souls redeem. 

While waving through unsullied air^ 
And sounding loud his voice; 
liids 'Jacob's sons to now prepare 
And ever more rejoice. 

To dwell with Christ eternallv, 
And cloth'd with robes of white 
Their Savior face to face do see, 
The saint's sincert- delight. 

©BITUAEY. 

DIED, on the 15tli instant in tliis town, 
Ethan jr. only son ot Ethan Barrows, ageJ & 
monilis and 9 days, 



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The land appears like swelling waves 
That flow upon the main — 
There view the natives' lonely graves, 
And thousand warriors slain. 

With glittering swords and armors 

bright. 
Their enemies to quell — 
With valor march'd out to fight, 
Alas! in Death they've fell. 

While mournful voices, thrilling round 
All nature seem'd to weep — 
And lifeless bodies strew'd the ground. 
In Death's cold arms they sleep. i 



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