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Vol. 3. No. 1. ] CITY OF NAUVOO, ILL. NOV. 15, 1841. [Whole No. 37
the third Volume
TIMES AND SEASONS.
The vast spread of truth-the multitude of inquiries made by thousands of people, to know the principles of the faith and doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints,-the great demand for our books and papers, in every part of the land,-also, the great exertions being made by the adversary of all righteousness, to destroy the work of God, which He has commenced in these last days, and bring His people into bondage-all, all conspire to make it doubly binding on the saints to publish to the world, a Periodical, through the medium of which, they can communicate unto all men, the principles of life and salvation-declare glad tidings of great joy to the honest in heart, so that the meek shall increase their joy in the Lord, and the poor among men, rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
Feeling an ardent desire for the welfare of Zion, and the prosperity of the cause of God, the undersigned cheerfully proposes to continue the publication of the Times and Seasons, upon the same principle of the past volume. It will be mostly made up of original matter, containing essays and discourses upon the subjects of the gospel, priesthood, baptism for the dead, resurrection, millenium [millennium], and eternal judgment-reports and letters from the travelling [traveling] Elders abroad, showing the progress of the work in different countries, lands and nations-also, give information concerning the church in this place, from time to time, as occasion may require, so that the saints at a distance can be early apprised of all important moves, or instruction, that may be had in the church here.
The interest of the third volume will be greatly enhanced, from the fact of our being in almost constant receipt of communications from our foreign missionaries; especially from Elder O. Hyde, missionary to Palestine. His letters will be perused with pleasure, as they will contain much information concerning the movement of the Jews, their belief, &c., which is a matter of deep interest to all classes of community.
We shall endeavor to lay aside all sectarian or party feelings, and seek to avoid all contentions or strifes; not wishing to wound the feelings of any, but rather bind up the broken hearted, strengthen the hands that hang down, confirm the feeble knees, and lift up the bowed down-at the same time, not be afraid to speak of the terrors of a broken law, to the transgressor; for the way of the transgressor is hard, and the wages of sin is death.
Terms:-The Times and Seasons, will be published on the 1st and 15th of every month at $2.00 per annum, in advance; any person procuring five new subscribers, and forwarding us ten dollars current money, shall receive one vol. gratis. All letters must be Post Paid. E. Robinson.
Nauvoo, Ill., Nov. 1, 1841.
AN ADDRESS TO THE CITIZENS OF SALEM (MASS) AND VICINITY,
BY E. SNOW AND B. WINCHESTER.
Elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
We believe in God the Father, who is the great Jehovah and head of all things, and that Christ is the Son of God, co-eternal with the Father; yet he is our Savior, Redeemer, King, and Great Prototype;-was offered as a sacrifice to make an atonement for sin-rose from the dead with the same flesh and bones, not blood, and ascended to heaven, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father.
Also, that without faith in him no person is a fit subject to obey any ordinance of the gospel whatever.
We believe that the doctrine of repentance should in all cases be taught, where the other principles of the gospel are set forth to sinners; and that repentance in the full sense of the word, is a sorrow for sin-breaking off from sin by righteousness, or in other words, to change our course of life, and wherein we have done wrong in the sight of God, we should reform and do it no more; and thus become humble like a little child, and walk in the ways of the Lord, that we may grow up in Christ our living head. Repentance is an antecedent to baptism, and should always be adhered to by sinners. Christ was without sin, consequently he did not repent.
We believe that the ordinance of baptism is a commandment of God, and should be administered to every son and daughter of Adam, who have repented, for the remission of sins and adoption into the kingdom of God, or in other words, we resolve to forsake the ways of sin and death, and to become the members of the family of Christ; in order to do this as the apostle says, (see Rom. vi. chap.) we must crucify the old man of sin, and be "buried with Christ by baptism unto death, that like as Christ was raised up by the glory of the Father, even so we should walk in newness of life," that is, we become dead as to sin; but through the ordinance we are "translated into the kingdom of God's dear Son," and so walk in newness of life, being the children of the kingdom, we claim protection at the hand of God, and a right to enjoy the blessings of the gospel.
The human family in their sins, are foreigners and strangers to God; consequently they must be adopted in order to become citizens of his kingdom. Baptism of course then is the ordinance of adoption. Christ said, "Except a man be born of the water and of the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." This birth is a transition from our sinful state into the kingdom of God. To be baptized, is to follow Christ in the work of the regeneration, hence Cornelius, notwithstanding all his good works and piety, was commanded to be baptized, as being necessary that he might obtain salvation. (see Acts, x. chap.) Now that baptism is for the remission of sins, is evedint [evident] from what Peter said to those who were convicted on the day of Pentecost. "Repent every one of you, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost," &c. Ananias, said to Paul, "Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins." (Acts xxii, 16) The above is the doctrine the apostles taught to sinners, and is the gospel, or one of the principles of it, that Christ commanded the apostles to preach in all the world. "Go teach all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. (see Matt. xxviii, 24) Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature, and he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; he that believeth not shall be damned," &c. (See Mark, xvi, 16) Not that there is virtue in water to remit sins; but by obeying the command, we have a right to claim the promise. The apostles introduced the ordinance of baptism on every occasion where they preached the gospel: for instance, Peter on the day of Pentecost, as before mentioned, (See Acts, ii, 38) Philip to the Samaritans, and also to the Eunuch, (See Acts, viii. chap.) Ananias to Saul. (See Acts, xxii, 16) Peter to Cornelius and his household, (See Acts, x. chap.) Paul to the Jailor [Jailer] and Lydia, and their households, (See Acts, xvi, chap.) Paul to the Corinthians (See Acts, xviii. 8) Paul to the disciples of John at Ephesus, (See Acts, xix, chap.) Some one of the diciciples [disciples] to the Romans, (See Rom. vi, 4) The several passages of scripture above
refered [referred] to show the importance of this ordinance, and certainly the ancients esteemed it as a commandment of God not to be justly rejected.
We also believe that it should in all cases be administered by immersion: for proof we cite to the following passages of scripture. Matt. iii. l6, John, iii.5 Acts. viii, 38. Rom. vi. 4. Col. ii. 12.
We believe that all who obey the before mentioned principles of the gospel in honesty, are entitled to the gift of the Holy Ghost, which is the Holy Spirit of promise, and seal of adoption, or their sonship: for says the apostle, "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God," "heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ." And also that this Holy Spirit is received by, or through the laying on of the hands of the proper officers of the kingdom of God, which is one of the principles of the gospel. (See Acts, viii, 17. Do. xix, 6. Heb. vi, 2) It evidently was, and is, an institution of heaven; for when the ancient saints practised [practiced] it, God sanctioned it by confering [conferring] his Holy Spirit on the occasions; and certainly professors have incured [incurred] the displeasure of God by rejecting it. "As we said before so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel, than that ye have received, let him be accursed." (See Gal. i, 8, 9) The ancients received the doctrine of the laying on of hands, and it will be remembered that it is an ordinance distinct from the ordination to the ministry; for it was practiced upon both men and women.
We believe that the church of Christ should be organized according to the New Testament pattern: for there is nothing in the bible that authorizes us to say that a church organized upon any different plan, is the church of God; and that all saints should earnestly contend for the faith that was once delivered to the saints; and inasmuch as they have faith, to enjoy the promised blessings of the gospel of peace like christains [Christians] of primitive times. The apostle says, "And God hath set some in the church, first, apostles; secondarily, prophets; thirdly, teachers; after that miracles; then gifts of healings, helps in governments, diversities of tongues." (See 1 Cor. xii, 28) "And he gave some apostles; and some prophets; and some evangelists; and some pastors and teachers: for the perfecting of the saints; for the work of the ministry; for the edifying of the body of Christ." If any one should ask, how long they were to continue, let him examine the following verse: "Till we all come in the unity of the faith," &c. (See Eph. iv, chap) The constitution of these United States, directs that there should be an organization with proper officers, that necessary business may be transacted; so does the gospel or law of God, direct that the church of Christ should be organized with apostles, prophets &c. and guarantees to every faithful saint, the right of enjoying the spiritual blessings. Paul compares the church with all the before mentioned officers and gifts, to a perfect building; and as well might we remove from a building some of its most essential parts, such as sills, beams, doors, braces, &c., and call it perfect, as to take from the church the above officers and call it perfect without them. It is no where said in the New Testament that such officers and gifts of the church should be done away, or cease to be in the church, only through unbelief, and apostacy [apostasy]. It is folly to say that any sect worship God according to the true pattern when their organization does not resemble that plan laid down in the sacred volume. The Lord said to Moses, "See that thou make all things according to the pattern shown thee in the mount," (not according to your own notion:) so Christ commanded his apostles to teach the people to observe all things whatsoever he had commanded them; and certainly they were commanded not to depart from the faith, or to apostatize; but the fact that men have departed from the ancient order of the gospel, and disorganized the church, proves that there has been an apostacy [apostasy]. This apostacy [apostasy] was foretold by the prophets, and apostles, (See Isa. xxiv, 5; 2d Thes. ii,3; 1st Tim. iv, 1; 2d Tim. iii, 5, and iv. 3, 4. 2d Pet. ii, 1)
We also believe that inasmuch as the Lord is the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever, that the gospel is the same now that it ever was; consequently that it is our privilege to enjoy the same Spiritual gifts that the ancients did; such as the gifts of prophecy, revelation, seeing visions, healing the sick, speaking in other languages, casting out devils, and ministration of angels, &c. Now all these gifts were enjoyed by the ancients, and
the Lord has never said that they should be taken from the faithful until the perfect day-eternity; therefore, there is no umpropriety [impropriety] in our contending for these gifts. Some scorn at the idea of these gifts being enjoyed now-a-days, but they only scorn at the doctrine taught throughout the bible, and not at one of our invention. The following we refer to as proof of this doctrine: Mark, xvi, 17; 1st Cor. xii chap.; Rom. xii, chap,; 2d Cor. xii ch.; Heb. xiii, 2; Eph. iv chap.; 1st Cor. xiv chap.
But there are some that say, show us a sign and we will believe. We answer; that Christ, and the apostles, never worked miracles to gratify the curiosity of any man. When Satan tempted Jesus, saying, make bread out of stones, he said get behind me Satan, &c. A set of wicked priests afterwards sought a sign of him; but he said, "a wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign and none shall be given unto it," &c.-This is the only rule that is laid down in the scriptures, by which we can judge of the character of sign-seekers. We do not go about on purpose to work miracles to gratify curiosity; but to preach the gospel; neither do we make any pretensions to raise the dead; for it is not mentioned among the signs that were for the believer.
It is written that faith comes by hearing, and that by faith in the Lord the spiritual gifts are received. These gifts are for the saints, and not for the unbeliever. Paul says, "Gifts are for the perfecting of the saints." James says, "If there are any sick among you (saints, not unbelievers,) let them send for the Elders," &c.
We believe that in consequence of the apostacy [apostasy], men have lost the necessary authority to administer ordinances; hence the spiritual gifts have not been enjoyed; for the Lord will not sanction the administrations of men who assume their authority; therefore, such works are illegal. The commission given to the apostles does not authorizes us to preach the gospel any more than the commission given to Gen. Washington and others, makes us authorized officers of state.
When an ambassador from Great Britian [Britain] comes to our government to do business, he must be commissioned by his government or all his transactions will be null and void, and Great Britain will never fulfil [fulfill] any promise which he might make in her name, however sincere our nation might be in believing him sent. So it is with the ambassador of Christ. He must be specially sent or commissioned to minister in his name, or all his baptizing and other ordinances will be null and void, so as never to entitle the candidate to remission of sins and the gift of the Holy Ghost according to promise. We do not call in question the morality, the sincerity, or the spiritual enjoyment of individuals belonging to any religious society. On the contrary, we feel assured that there are many sincere and zealous persons in every denomination.
We believe and teach that it is necessary to abstain from all immorality, and practice all the virtues-such as love to God and good will to man, brotherly kindness, industry, to visit the widow and fatherless in their afflictions, and keep ourselves unspotted from the world.
We also believe and testify, that the Lord has renewed the gospel dispensation, and in fulfilment [fulfillment] of numerous predictions of the prophets and apostles, sent his holy angel to commission men to preach the fulness [fullness] of the everlasting gospel to all nations; and is raising up a people that worship him according to the written word. We might quote many passages to prove the above; but for the want of room for a written investigation, we omit them, (see Rev. xiv,6.)
We also testify that our faith in these things viz. immediate revelation from God, and the administration of angels, &c., has brought a persecution upon us, like that of primitive times.
We believe the fulness [fullness] of the gospel will be preached in all the world as a witness of the second coming of Christ, who will come with great power and glory, being accompanied with his saints and angels. But during the time the gospel is being proclaimed, there will be great commotions, distress, and destruction among the inhabitants of the earth, war and rumors of war, earthquakes, pestilences, famines, father against the son, and son against the father, awful destructions by fire, tempests,
seas heaving themselves beyond their bounds, deceiving and being deceived, kingdoms becoming disorganized, signs appearing in the heavens causing the tribes of the earth to mourn, &c. &c.
The honest in heart will in these times flock to the standard of King Emanuel [Immanuel], as places of refuge; and for deliverance for the righteous from these troubles, the Lord will cause to be built, the magnificent cities of Zion, and Jerusalem,-which work forms so conspicuous a part of the prophetic writings of the Old Testament. Yes, during the tottering of empires, overthrowing of kingdoms, and fall of Mystery Babylon, the great seat of wickedness; the pure in heart will bend their way to Zion, and thither go with songs of everlasting joy. But before the Lord comes, the tribes of Israel will return back to their lands, and when the gospel is preached to all the world, and the great work of God sufficiently accomplished, the heavens will be unveiled, and Christ with his saints and holy angels, will make their appearance in the clouds with power and great glory-the saints on earth, and those that are in their graves arise, and all flit away through the ethereal sky to meet the hallowed throng;-sects and parties will then be no more, wickedness will hide its face, the earth be purified by fire. After this, the heavenly company will set their feet upon mount Zion-Jesus will gird himself and administer bread and wine anew in his Father's kingdom. This will be the happy time, when saints and angels shall greet-the great marriage supper of the Lamb, when the voice of saints shall be heard from one end of the congregation to the other, saying, crown Jesus, he is worthy; for he hath redeemed us by his own blood out of all nations, and made us kings and priests unto our God, and we shall reign on the earth, (See Rev. v, 9, and 10.) How different this from the imagination of the poet!
"Beyond the bounds of time and space,
Look forward to that heavenly place."
Then will be fulfilled the saying in Daniel: "The stone cut out of the mountain shall fill the whole earth:" then the Millennium will commence, and Christ and his saints reign on earth, and the knowledge of God cover the earth as the waters cover the sea. But woe be to those who reject the gospel, and refuse to comply with all the requisitions of heaven; dismay, horror of a guilty conseience [conscience], and finally, banishment from the presence of God will be their fate.
We do not believe that the Old and New Testaments contain all the revelations that the Lord intends the human family shall have: for the earth must be filled with the knowledge of God, which will be brought about by revelation, as it were upon the house tops, of things that have been buried in oblivion for ages past. The apostle says , "that all scripture given by inspiration is profitable for doctrine, &c.-"Whatsoever was written aforetime was for our profit," &c.,-The bible mentions several books that were written by inspiration; but they are now lost to the world: for instance, the "Book of Nathan the Prophet," "Book of Gad the Seer," "Book of the Prophecy of Ahijah," "Book of the Visions of Iddo the Seer," "Book of Shemeiah the Prophet," and many others that we might mention. The Prophets declare, that when the Lord gathers the house of Israel, he will give an abundance of revelation, and cause many mighty miracles to be wrought, and they even declare that a book shall come forth, to be one of the instruments in the hand of God to gather Israel, (see Isa. xxix, 11.) They also declare that truth shall spring up out of the earth.
This book, referred to by the prophets, is the "Book of Mormon," which we have implicit confidence in, not however as a new bible to exclude the old, as some have falsely represented. It was discovered to Joseph Smith by no less than the ministry of angels, in the township of Manchester, Ontario co., N. Y., A. D. 1827; written on metallic tablets or plates, in hieroglyphics, peculiar to the people whose history it gives. Was translated and published A. D. 1830.-It is a historical, and religious record written in ancient times, by a branch of the house of Israel who peopled this continent, and from whom the Indians are descended.
Says one, did not John the Divine forbid any additions to the bible? We answer he forbid any addition to his book of revelation or prophecy; but said nothing about the whole bible; and we do not suppose that John had any power to
debar God of the privilege of sending as many angels to visit men, or to give as many revelations as he pleases, or at any time he may think proper.-John certianly [certainly] alluded to no book other than his Revelations, which is obvious to every one who reads it. (See Rev. xxii, 18.) The "Book of Mormon," is no more an addition to the bible than our testimony to the truth of the gospel is an addition to the principles of the gospel.
The bible was written by a people upon the Eastern continent, but the Book of Mormon by a people upon this continent. The latter as respects doctrine agrees with the former precisely: but the historical part of it unfolds the history of the ancients of this land. Elder P. P. Pratt writes upon this subject thus:
"The 'Book of Mormon' coroborates [corroborates] and confirms the truth of the Scriptures, by showing that the same principles were revealed and enjoyed in a country and among a people far remote from the scenes where the Jewish bible was written.
Suppose a traveller [traveler] should find in China, in the East Indies, or in America, or New Holland, a historical record, handed down for thousands of years, or deposited in their sacred archives, or amongst their sepulchral ruins, or their monuments of antiquity-and in its record should be found the principles of eternal truth, revealed so that nation, and agreeing with the revelations and principles contained in the Jewish records. Or suppose, for instance, when the ten tribes of Israel are discovered, preparatory to their return to Palestine, a record should be found among them, giving their history from the time they were carried captive by Shalmanaser, King of Assyria, and this record should be interspersed with prophecies and doctrine, as revealed among them since their captivity. Would it be anything increditable or injurious in its nature, or anything against the truths revealed in the Jewish records? Certainly not. So far from this, it would be hailed by every lover of truth as a most interesting and important discovery, its light would be hailed as a new era in the history of the great events of modern times.
And similar in its nature is the Book of Mormon. It opens the events of ancient America. It pours a flood of light upon the world on subjects before concealed-upon the history of a nation whose remeants [remnants] have long since dwindled to insignificance in midnight darkness, and whose former greatness was lost in oblivion, or only known by the remains of cities, palaces, temples, aqueducts, monuments, towers, fortifications, unintelligible inscriptions, sepulchres [sepulchers], and bones. The slumber of ages has now been broken. The dark curtain of the past has been rolled up. The veil of obscurity has been removed as it regards the world called new. The ancient events of America now stand revealed in the broad light of history, as far back at least as the first peopling of the continent after the flood. This discovery will yet be hailed among all nations as among the most glorious events of the latter times, and as one of the principal means of overwhelming the earth with knowledge. But, why then, is it so much opposed and neglected at the present time? Why do prisoners groan in chains, and martyrs bleed in its promulgation to the world? Answer,-Upon the same principle that a Messiah was crucified, a Stephen stoned, a James slain, a Paul beheaded, a Peter crucified, a John banished, a Rogers burned, a Columbus neglected, ridiculed, and envied, a Newton counted mad, and a Fulton laughed to scorn. In short it is because they know not what it is."
But says the objector, it is because that this book is said to have been brought to light by the administration of angels, and revelation; that makes it so odious in the minds of the people.
We reply, that it was the new revelations that the ancient prophets received that caused them to be so odious in the minds of the people. Any thing new in religion or science has generally been treated with contempt by those who knew nothing about it.
The foregoing pages are an outline of the fundamental principles of our holy religion, and for the want of room, with a few exceptions, we have omitted scriptural investigation, and merely stated some principles without attempting to prove them. Those who wish to hear all the before mentioned points of doctrine investigated at length, and an abundance of scripture evidence adduced to establish them; particularly the second coming
of Christ, gathering of the house of Israel, and Book of Mormon, are respectfully invited to attend our public lectures.
We have no disposition to sit in judgment upon any man's religion. We will let the law of the Lord judge, and we will humbly aquiesce [acquiesce] in the descision [decision].
Truth is our object;-unvarnished truth without mixture of error can alone be serviceable to mankind. We say as did St. Paul, "We seek not yours; but you." No preacher in our society receives a salary, other than the voluntary donations of the charitable, whose hearts the Lord opens to suply [supply] their actual wants; and to such, He will say in the great day of retribution, "Come ye blessed," &c.; "for when I was an hungered ye fed me; naked and ye clothed me; a stranger and ye took me in;" "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of my disciples ye have done it unto me;" (See Mat. xxv, chap.)
If our testimony is true, all are interested in it. Say not it is beneath your notice because it is unpopular; for Christ said, "Whatsoever is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God." He further said to his diciples [disciples] that they would be hated of all nations, and become so odious, that men would think they were doing God service in killing them.
While we still linger upon this subject, we cannot but reflect upon the various persecutions that saints have endured at different times, for propagating such principles as we have before mentioned. Besides the twelve hundred of our brethren that were driven from Jackson co. Mo., and rendered houseless and pennyless [penniless] in 1832; the still more dreadful scenes of 1838, (in which we were personal sufferers,) have made an impression upon our memories that time can never erase.
We well remember the time when twelve or fifteen thousand souls were banished from the state of Missouri.-Most of our persecutors were excited to these outrages by means of malicious falsehoods and slander. Indeed, it was falsehoods and slander that brought the malice of the Jews on the head of Jesus, excited by his exposure of their hypocrisy and priestcraft.
When we call to mind that from twenty-five to thirty noble hearted brethren have fallen victims to a ruthless mob, in the State of Missouri, we cannot help exclaiming, Oh! murdered, butchered brethren, dear to our hearts, once we enjoyed each other's company in the house of the Lord; and sat under the smiles of our Redeemer's countenance and expressed our determination to each other to serve the Lord unto the end, if death should stare us in the face.
The time of trial found them true to their promise, and they died as valinat [valiant] hearted soldiers of the cross. And widows and orphans are left to mourn their loss. Yes, if the sturdy oaks of Missouri's forests could speak, they would tell a tale of wo [woe], how widows and orphans bemoaned while under their branches, because of the loss of husbands and fathers.
If the wild gophers of Missouri's plains could speak, they would tell of the sufferings of women and children, which would soften the heart of an adamantine, and cause a flood of tears to flow from the hard hearted.
Oh liberty! whither art thou fled? Oh patriotism whither art thou gone? Once the United States of America, was a land of freedom, liberty of speech, and of press; liberty of conscience was enjoyed really, and not merely in name. Now so no longer. The blessings purchased by the blood of our forefathers, have flown for ever! That blood which was shed so freely, for the purchase of an inheritance, which they esteemed sufficiently worthy of the sacrifice, now no longer avails. The constitution formed and ratified by the father of our country, who esteemed it dearer than life, is now a dead letter. The blessings of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are no longer guaranteed to the citizen. Nor can he any longer worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience, unmolested.
The history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, has wofully [woefully] verified this fact. To heighten the wrong, it has all come upon them, in consequence of their adhesion to the truth.-Say not it is deception, delusion, fanaticism, or if you do, take care you apply it where it belongs, that is to those who ascribe these qualities to the Church of Latter Day Saints. If they are deceived, the bible has deceived them; but they know and dare boldly testify, the religion of the bible is no deception, it is an eternal reality. Therefore, examine the
matter for yourselves, and "try the spirits whether they are of God, or whether they be of man."
"DESPISE NOT PROPHESYINGS-PROVE ALL THINGS: HOLD FAST THAT WHICH IS GOOD" Paul.
Vinal Haven, South Fox Island.
Waldo County, Maine, Oct. 5th, 1841.
Mr. Editor: --
Through the changing scenes of life, and the various vicissitudes through which we have to pass, having an opportunity of writing a few lines, on the present occasion. I cheerfully embrace the same; it will therefore be at your disposal. Having a realising [realizing] sense that the Elders abroad, whether to the east or west, north or south, are anxious to hear of the progress of the work of the Lord and his dealings with children of men; I shall offer a few remarks of what He is doing in these eastern lands and on the Islands of the sea, and a synopsis of my travels through the country, since I left Nauvoo, in the spring of 1840. I proceeded on as fast as I possibly could, in different conveyances, until I arrived in the State of New Hampshire, where I found the people willing to hear for themselves, although I made but a short stay put proceeded on my journey through the State of Maine, and preached in several towns, from Rutland to Calis where I tarried a short time and preached. The people wanted to know what this new doctrine was. In almost every direction were calls for preaching, but my determination was to go into the province of New Brunswick, which I accordingly did and found a few who formerly joined the church. During my stay in that part of the country, a few more joind [joined]; after staying with them through the winter I returned to Calis; where I preached several times, and in the country adjacent. When I came to this Island, where I arrived the evening of the 12th July, where I found a branch of the church, raised up through the instrumentality of Elders J. Hewit, (who now lies under the silent clods of the valley, and his dust commingling with its mother earth,) and William Hyde, the preceding year. After preaching on the Island a short time, I found out to my satfaction [satisfaction] that there were many more willing to investigate for themselves: the news spread like wild fire, that another Mormon had made his appearance on the Island; so the spirit of enquiry [inquiry] was not confined to this Island alone, but spread on other Islands as well as the main land. I soon left the Island and went to St. George, on the main, where I stayed one week and baptised [baptized] two, who formerly belonged to the Baptist association. That raised the antipathy of the society, especially the Priests whose craft is in danger; or in other words, who teach for hire and divine for money; so they would cry wolf in sheep's clothing; while they themselves would keep behind the screne [screen] of carnal security, viz: misrepresentations in abundance, and lies without number, which are the only weapons they can get to intercept the rays of truth,-suffice it to say the cause of God is onward, with mighty strides.
Brother Pendleton and myself went on the Isle of Hant, and staid [stayed] one week, where we were received by few of the people, and few of them joined; many more have joined on South Fox Island, and some on the main; where I have been preaching in several villages, viz: East Thomaston, Camden, Hope, &c. The greatest difficulty we have to contend against, is the prejudice of the people, our means being limited in consequence of not having books and papers for the people to read for themselves, which gives our opponents great advantage to calumniate us and prejudice their hearers; but I trust that as soon as you receive tbis, [this] you will send the papers without delay, as we have a great deal to contend against; and considerable to be done in this section of the country. In consequence of calls on every hand, we have held meetings from three to six times a week, as long as my health would permit; but in consequence of exposure and fatigue, I have been obliged to keep still a few days; but I trust that God will strengthen me according to my day, for I can truly say that we wrestle, not against flesh and blood, but principalities and powers, and spiritual wickedness in high places, and I trust that God will send forth more laborers into his vineyard, that the day may soon be ushered in, when universal peace and righteousness shall cover the earth as the waters cover the sea, and the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our Lord
and he shall reign forever, and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
Yours in the kingdom and covenant of God.
TIMES AND SEASONS.
CITY OF NAUVOO,
MONDAY, NOV. 1,1841.
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NAUVOO ENSIGN AND ZARAHEMLA STANDARD
Since the death of our much esteemed brother, D. C. Smith, nothing has been said in the Times and Seasons, about publishing the above paper. As the proposals for publishing that paper, were made by the former Editors, who have since departed this life, we, having a multitude of business upon our hands, at the time of entering upon the duties of publisher and editor of this paper, deemed it proper to remain silent on the subject of the Standard, until we were prepared to put it into succesful [successful] operation, or abandon the project for the present.
We now inform our friends that we have abandoned the idea of publishing the weekly paper, as the type, and materials ordered for it, have never been forwarded to us, and we do not feel disposed to advance $400, or $500, in these hard times, the amount required to be invested to do it justice.
Those who have subscribed, and paid their subscription to us, can have their money credited on the Times and Seasons' book, or refunded to them, as they may direct.
The brethren are hereby notified, that our well beloved brother, Hyrum Smith, Patriarch of the church, has erected a comfortable office, opposite his dwelling house, where himself together with his scribe and recorder (James Sloan,) will attend regulary [regularly] every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, during the entire day, or upon any other day, if urgent circumstances require it, to perform the duties of his high and holy calling.
A copy of the blessings can be received immediately after being pronounced, so that the brethren who live at a distance can have it to take with them.
We will say to those who have received the papers the past year, and have not paid, (of whom there are a great number,) that sister Agnes M. Smith, widow of the late D. C. Smith, is very much in want of the pay, and it will confer a great favor upon her, if they will be so kind as to forward it immediately. Those who live in the vicinity of Nauvoo, can bring any kind of produce, or wood, as all of those articles are very necessary in a family, especially in this country, where people have to live by eating and drinking.
We fondly hope this to be the last time we shall be under the necessity of urging our friends to their duty.
Lisbon, N. H. Sept. 25th, 1841.
I take this opportunity to write to you, and give you some directions concerning your very useful and valuable paper; feeling anxious at all times, to render what little assistence [assistance] I can in supporting the press, for it is a great blessing to us to hear from the inhabitants of Zion, and to learn of the state of the Church of Christ in these last days. It was sad news to us, when we learned that our worthy Brother the Editor, had departed this life; but we hope it will be so that the papers will continue to be printed. I here inclose [enclose] ten dollars, and wish you to send the Times and Seasons to the following persons: * * * * * * *
I will now give you a short sketch of my laber [labor] here. There has been a small branch of the church here for several years, and we have met together from time to time, to worship; and I have frequently been almost discouraged, while I have witnessed the wickedness of the children of men: but being determined to clear myself from the blood of souls, and having been ordained to the office of an elder, I continued to proclaim the gospel in its fullness, as revealed in these last days, until last spring; at which time there appeared to be some excitement among the people. The saints of God began to manifest that the spirit of the Lord was among them; and from
that time to this, I have had more calls for preaching than I could fill-many have been convinced of the truth of the work, and I was soon favored with an opportunity of leading some into the waters of baptism.
I have baptized thirteen and think that there are others who will come forward soon-we desire the prayers of the saints, and also that some elder, who is traveling this way, would call here, and instruct us more particularly in the great work of the Lord.
I am yours in Christ;
[For the Times and Seasons.]
SIGHTS FROM THE LONE TREE.
BY L. O. LITTLEFIELD,
'Twas morning-the sun rose under the brightest auspices, and the thin, vaporous clouds, that flitted in the heavens, continued gradually to flee away before the gentle morning breeze-that seemed wont to greet their golden visages with the soft rustle of its dewy wings-until not a hand's breadth of them were seen remaining to mar the spotless beauty of the ethereal blue. Oh! how beautiful and sublimely grand-as I sat beneath the Lone Tree, on this delightful morning,-did the scenery of nature, which was there spread around me, clad in the luxuriant robes of summer's brightest green, appear to my enamoured [enamored] vision! Sweet, too, as the mellow cadence of the Aeolian harp, when its chords are swept by the artful fingers of a maiden's tiny hand, was the distant music of birds, offering up their morning orisons to the Author of their joy, as they twittered from spray to spray among the green foliage of a neighboring grove.
I was bounded by a vast and fertile prairie on the west, whose superabundance of wild but beautiful flowers waved their proud heads in the passing breeze, as if rejoicing at the sublime appearance of the 'King of Day;' on the east by a wide spread valley that intervened between me and the great 'father of waters,' whose disporting waves wore the gay smile of the rising sun, as they rode gently on towards the mighty Ocean; and on the north and south by seemingly interminable woods, whose foliage danced gracefully in the morning light, and sent its peaceful and unwritten whisperings away upon the balmy wings of the passing zephyrs. Upon this valley was seen numerous herds of cattle eagerly feeding upon its green unbroken surface, while the melody of their tinkling bells stole upon my ear, and made me, for once, envy the cheerful shepherd his humble lot, which calls him from the dull monotony of village life, to muse, undisturbed by any of the litigated topics which always agitate the mind in the more busy walks of life, amid scenes so romantic and delightful as those with which I was surrounded.
On the opposite side of the Mississippi, lay a broad and beautiful plain, which stretched up and down its waters as far as my sight could extend, and was thickly covered with dwellings, which, for their simple neatness and rural beauty, were, to me, far prefferable [preferable] to those gaudy palaces where aristocracy sits gorged in the lap of affluence and surrounded by every paraphernalia of inexaustable [inexhaustible] wealth. Yes; for that spot, so truly picturesque in its scenery, and where, but a few years ago, nought [naught] was seen save the curling smoke from the Indian wigwam, or heard but the fearful twang of the savage bow-string and thrilling yell of the fearless war whoop, my soul felt an attachment which all the illuring [alluring] pageantry of an opulent world would fail to inspire. Oh! what calm and unbroken serenity dwelt in my bosom as I contemplated its matchless beauty of landscape and thought of the many endearing ties that bound me to its inhabitants, which now numbered near eight thousand souls. That was the delightful city of Nauvoo-the home of her whose destiny was united to mine through the many conflicting changes of this transitory life; her, who with timerous [timorous] heart and reciprocal affection, I had led to the sacred altar of Hymen and who I now delighted to call by the ever dear and consecrated name of wife! There, too, dwelt my brethren; who, after being driven from their peaceful homes in the west, by the barbarous hand of religious persecution, had made it their place of reffuge [refuge], and, from an uninhabited waste, converted it into a flourishing and populous city. They had been delivered from their enemies, and they dwelt in peace. The effulgent morn of
prosperity beamed brightly upon their hopes; happiness smiled in every countenance, and friendship, pure and unalloyed, reigned supremely in every bosom-But the sight of the beautifully sloaping [sloping] heath-situated near half a mile from the Mississippi-on whose delightful summit the Temple of God was being erected, filed my mind with emotions still more pleasing and delightfully intense; emotions to which the corrupt and profane world is a stranger, and which the acknowledged pen of sublimest eloquence and profound erudition, would prove infinitely inadequate to describe. That Temple was fast approximating a state of completion; and in the eagerness of my soul, I said, 'the day is not far distant when its magnificent walls of grandest architect and most skillful masonry, will post their ponderous and polished fronts upon that beautiful eminence, and become the beacon of Zion to sentinel the enchanted land.'
My attention was now attracted by a congregation of people who were assembled in a beautiful grove, near the summit of the heath, and seated in the unbroken redundence [redundance] of its shade. It was Sunday, and they had met to worship Him who is the divine Author of their holy religion. Now me thought I could hear the heavenly chant of their song of worship send its mellow notes, rendered more soft and harmonious by distance, through the ambient air, and, being inspired with love for its sweetness, I hastened from the place, where my bosom had been so emulated with feelings of transport, to join my brethren in worship near the Temple of God.
PERSECUTION OF THE JEWS IN TUKEY [TURKEY].
The Jews in Smyrna are exposed to the most wanton outrages on account of their religion. One of them was recently thrown into prison because a cat was missing! and no crime is committed of which they are not supposed to be guilty by the bigoted inhabitants.
WORTHY OF IMITATION.-A clan of the Cherokee Indians still remain in Georgia, numbering about seven hundred, all belonging to the Cherokee Temperance Society, except five or six, and these, it is said, never to drink spirits until they get among the whites.
ANOTHER "SHOWER OF FLESH AND BLOOD" IN OUR OWN NEIGHBORHOOD.
[From the Boston Daily Mail.]
Amesbury Mills, Sept. 8th. 1841.
Messrs. Editors: I hasten to inform you of a most singular phenomena that happened yesterday in Kensington, a small village a few miles distant from this town, about half past 5 o'clock, P. M., which would seem highly incredible were it not substantiated by some of its most respectable inhabitants.
There had been a drizzling rain (my narrator states) during a great part of the day until about 4 o'clock in the afternoon, when the rain stopped and the dark clouds began gradually to assume a brassy hue, until the whole heavens above seemed a sea of fire. The sky continued to grow more bright until about a quarter past 5, when almost instantly, it became of burnished red, and in a few moments it rained moderately, a thick liquid of the appearance of blood clothing fields and roads for two miles in circumference, in a blood-stained garment. The bloody rain continued for about ten minutes, when it suddenly cleared away, and the atmosphere became so intensely cold that over coats were needed. It caused great wonder and astonishment among the inhabitants, I assure you, and well it might, so singular and unaccountable was the phenomena. I have been shown by a citizen of the place some of the matter that fell, and it has the appearance of clotted blood, and I think it must be a similar liquid, from account to that which lately fell in a shower at Tennessee.
Indeed, this is rare food for the scientific, and we hope some one will fathom the mystery, and make a report thereof of ths [the] result of their investigation.
Yours, &c. W. FITTS.
Kirtland Conference Minutes.
Saturday, Oct. 2, 1841.
Conference commenced pursuant to adjournment. Elder Almon Babbitt was unanimously chosen chairman and Elder W. W. Phelps, appointed clerk. The olemnities [solemnities] were opened with singing and prayer.
Resolved unanimously that Elder Jeremiah Knight, Samuel Phelps, and Edwin Cadwell,
be appointed a committee to examine candidates presented for ordination.
The chairman then read the 2nd section of the 2nd part of the book of Doctrine and Covenants, explained the relative situation of Kirtland as connected with the gathering of the last days; and laid before the conference, for consideration, the most important items of business-to wit: to aid the poor-for without charity our professions were vain; our gatherings were vain; our teachings were vain, and our religion was vain; "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father, is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep ourselves unspotted from the world," &c. &c.
To be more careful in the selection of competent Elders to preach the gospel in cities and town of notoriety, that the cause may continue to triumph, though met by Demetriuses, Alaxanders [Alexanders], Simon Maguses, and many seven sons of Sceva.
And to establish a press at Kirtland, the more effectually to promulgate the gospel; as it is already well known that the press can spread the principles of religion farther and faster, through the medium of mail, than the orator in the pulpit. Many other topics were alluded to, for instruction. Adjourned for one hour.
Met according to adjournment, and opened with singing and prayer.
Resolved that John Morton be appointed clerk of the church at Kirtland till next conference.
Resolved that Almon Babbitt as chairman, and Lester Brooks as clerk, be appointed to sign licenses of the official members of the branch or stake of the church; and that W. W. Phelps be appointed recorder to record said licenses.
Resolved that money be raised to purchase a horse and waggon [wagon] for the use of the bishop in gathering for, and distributing to the poor.
Resolved that Elders Samuel Phelps, Hugh Cole, and John Gaylord, be appointed a committee to travel, in the adjacent branches, and collect alms for the poor.
On the subject of the press at Kirtland-to promulgate the principles of pure religion, as well through the medium of the press, as the pulpit, and the more advantageously to aid our brethren of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in the great gathering of these last days; and the better to overcome error with truth, and evil with good; and to assist the saints to add to their faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and charity; and to help spread the everlasting gospel, as well as warn this world of woes and wars to come; to note passing events; to give more light upon the plan of salvation, and to bring the "strong reasons" to show that the second coming of Christ, to reign upon the earth, is near.
Resolved unanimously, that Thomas Burdick, the bishop of Kirtland, and his counsellors [counselors], be, and they are are hereby constituted a company, to establish a press at this place, to be owned in shares of from ten to one hundred dollars, by the subscribers, and that the said subscribers are to receive annually, from said establishment, for the use of said press and type, such sums as shall be equal to the unpaid interest of the money actually paid and vested in said establishment.-And what ever is donated, is to be held in trust and managed by the said company, for the benefit of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. And said company shall publish a religious periodical entitled THE "OLIVE LEAF,"
Resolved unanimously that the saints in this and the adjacent branches be solicited to lend their aid to carry the above resolution into effct [effect] without delay.
The proceedings of the Elder's quorum was received and accepted, and instructions given to the committee on ordinations, after which the conference adjourned till tomorrow morning at 10. There was preaching in the evening.
Sunday Oct. 3rd.
Met pursuant to adjournment. Elder Babbitt deliverd [delivered] a discourse on the subject of the gathering to a very crowded house. Adjourned for one hour. Met and Elder Phelps delivered a discourse on "Dispise [Despise] not prophesyings." The bishop addressed the audience in behalf of the poor, and in aid of the printing establishment. Adjourned.
Evening Session; opened with singing and prayer.
Resolved that Elder Pattengell, be sent to set in order the branch of the church at Brooklin, that Elder J. Knapp be sent to set in order the branch of the church at Nelson, and the J. Knight be sent
to set in order the branch of the Church at Andover.
The committee on ordinations, reported one for the office of the high priesthood; one for the office of an elder, and one for the office of priest, viz. Samuel Phelps, J. Newman, and Daniel Carpenter.
The representation of churches showed an increase of branches and members, but is omitted for the sake of brevity.-The remainder of the evening was occupied by Elder Brooks who gave a discourse on the restoration of the kingdom of Israel. (Acts 1,6)
Resolves that these proceedings be published in the Times and Seasons.
The spirit of God was in our midst; the greatest harmony prevailed, and a sincere love was manifested for the well being of Israel. Three were baptized.
Adjourned till the 6th of April next at 10 o'clock A. M.
ALMON BABBITT, Chairman.
W. W. Phelps, Clerk.
We give the above conference minutes an insertion, yet it will be seen by tho [the] following extract of a letter written by Pres't Hyrum Smith, to a member of the branch of the church, that the church in Kirtland have not acted according to the will of God, nor the council of the Church in this place.
"All the saints that dwell in that land are commanded to come away, for this is, "Thus saith the Lord;' therefore pay out no monies [moneys] nor properties for houses, nor lands, in that country, for if you do, you will lose them; for the time shall come that you shall not possess them in peace; but shall be scourged with a sore scourge; yet your children may possess them; but not until many years shall pass away; and; as to the organization of that branch of the church, it is not according to the spirit and will of God; and as to the designs of the leading members of that branch relative to the printing press, and the ordaining of Elders, and sending out Elders to beg for the poor, are not according to the will of God; and in these things they shall not prosper, for they have neglected the House of the Lord, the Baptismal Font, in this place, wherein their dead may be redeemed, and the key of knowledge that unfolds the dispensation of the fullness of times may be turned, and the mysteries of God be unfolded, upon which their salvation and the salvation of the world, and the redemption of their dead depends, for "Thus saith the Lord," "there shall not be a General Assembly for a general conference assembled together until the House of the Lord shall be finished, and the Baptismal Font, and if we are not diligent the church shall be rejected, and their dead also," "Saith the Lord," therefore, dear Brother, any proceedings otherwise than to put forth their hands with their might to do this work, is not according to the will of God, and shall not prosper; therefore tarry, not in any place whatever, but come forth unto this place from all the world, until it is filled up, and polished, and sanctified according to my word, saith the Lord, come ye forth from the ends of the earth, that I may hide you from mine indignation that shall scourge the wicked, and then I will send forth and build up Kirtland, and it shall be polished and refined according to my work; therefore, your doings and your organizations, and designs in printing, or any of your councils, are not of me, saith the Lord even so, Amen
HYRUM SMITH, Patriarch for the whole church.
Springdale, Hamilton county, Ohio,
September 4th 1841.
Dear and much respected Brother, E. Robinson.
By the direction of the Clerk of this Branch of the Church, I now sit down to draw off the minutes of our last Conference which was held on the 4th inst. at the house of Bro. Daniel Burch, in Springdale Township, Hamilton county.
10 o'clock A. M. The members of the Mill Creek Branch of the Church, met according to a previous arrangement, and Bro. H. Miller delivered a discourse on the promise that God made to Abraham.
Adjourned till 3 o'clock P. M.
Met pursuant to adjournment, when the Conference was organised [organized] as follows:
Brother Andrew L. Lamoreaux was unanimously chosen to preside; Arthur Manfort and James Cublertson [Culbertson ?] were chosen Clerks. There were present, Bro. H. Miller and Bro. Leach, from Nauvoo, Bro. J. Bair and Bro. Julius Granard from Switzerland co., Indiana, Bro. J. Clark from the Cincinnati Branch, Bro. James Culbertson from the Licking Branch, Kentucky, and a number of brethren and sisters. After due consideration the following
resolutions passed the Conference unanimously:
Resolved 1st. That the Mill Creek Branch and the Mason Branch be united into one, called the Millcreek Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Resolved 2nd. That Dr. Henry Johnson be ordained to the office of an Elder. Br. A. L. Lamoreaux then read the account of the rise of the Church, from the Book of Covenants, and spoke to some length on the order and authority of the same. Bro. H. Miller then rose and acquiesced in the remarks made by Bro. A. L. Lamoreaux, and then proceeded to lay the business of his mission before the Conference, which was done in an able manner; after which, Conference adjourned till seven o'clock P. M.
Met persuant [pursuant] to adjournment.
Opened by singing, and prayer by Bro. Leach.
The official members present spoke and gave testimony to the truth of the work; after which the following branches were represented:
Bro. A. L. Lamoreaux represented the Mill Creek Branch, consisting of about 30 members, including 1 Elder, 2 Priests and 3 Teachers, all in good standing.
Bro Josiah Clark represented the Cincinnati Branch, consisting of 41 members, including 4 Elders, 1 Priest, 1 Teacher, and 1 Deacon, all in good standing. Bro. James Culberson [Culbertson ?] represented the Licking Branch, in Kentucky, consisting of 9 members, including 3 Elders, all in good standing. Bro. John Bair represented the Switzerland county Branch, Indiana, consisting of 23 members in good standing; after which, Bro. Johnson was ordained to the office of an Elder. The remainder of the evening was spent in singing and prayer; speaking in tongues, and the interpretation; also the gift of healing was manifested; much of the spirit was enjoyed.
Conference adjourned till 10 o'clock A. M. Sunday.
Met according to adjournment.
Opened by singing, and prayer by Bro. A. L. Lamoreaux, Bro. Leach preached on the principles of the gospel, to a large audience. Bro. Bair followed and spoke on the same subject or continued it.
Adjourned for one hour.
Met at 2 o'clock P. M.
Meeting commenced by singing and prayer; after which, Bro. A. L. Lamoreaux spoke on the second coming of Christ.
Adjourned till 7 o'clock P. M.
Met according to adjournment.
Bro. Miller preached on the gathering of Israel to a large congregation.
Conference then adjoarned [adjourned].
The Brethren from the different Branches expressed a great want of preaching. The doors for preaching are opening daily, as the harvest is truly great; my prayer to God is the He may send forth more laborers into the vineyard.
Since the conference I have baptised [baptized] 4; Bro. John Bair has baptised [baptized] 8 in Switzerland county, Ia; he also gives the account of a great door being opened there for preaching.
A. L. LAMOREAUX.
Vinal Haven, South Fox Island,
Waldo co., Main [Maine], Sep. 25th 1841.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints met according to appointment, on this day at 2 o'clock P. M., on the premises of Elder Oliver Brown, in conference. After singing, and prayer by A. Dixon, proceeded to organise [organize] the conference.
Elder A. Dixon was unanimously chosen to preside, and C. C. Pendleton was chosen clerk.
Accusation was brought against Elder Oliver Brown, for improper conversation at town meeting, but in consequence of absence of some individuals, farther proceedings was defered [deferred] until some future time.
The several Elders then present told their determinations to promulgate the gospel of Christ, according to the sacred scriptures and abilities that God should give unto them, and abide the covenants and commandments, given to this church through our beloved Brother Joseph Smith.
Elder Otis Shaw was appointed clerk of the Branch of the Church on Vinal Haven, (Fox Island.)
After some appropriate remarks by A. Dixon, conference adjourned till to-morrow [tomorrow] morning at 10 o'clock.
Sunday morning, conference met persuant [pursuant] to adjournment.
Meeting commenced by the members present singing a hymn, after which the first chapter of Micah was read, and prayer by Elder Otis Shaw.
The conference was then addressed on the subject of the Priesthood, by Elder A. Dixon, (which was truly instructive,) from 1st Peter 2nd Chap. and 5th verse, after which, conference adjourned one hour.
Two o'clock, P. M., Conference met persuant [pursuant] to adjournment. Meeting commenced by reading the 7th Chapter of Hebrews by A. Dixon, and introductory prayer by C. C. Pendleton, after which a discourse was delivered by Elder A. Dixon on a Literal Judgment.
The Branch of the Church of Christ on Vinal Haven was then represented by Elder Otis Shaw, consisting of 5 Elders, 1 Teacher, 1 Deacon, 96 members, including 4 on the Isle of Hant. The Branch of the Church on the Main Land in the counties of Waldo and Lincoln, represented by Elder Levi Gray, consisting of 3 Elders, 1 Priest, 1 Teacher, and 40 members.
Three members were then presented for ordination and accepted, viz: Thomas Brown, Priest; Thomas Garret, Teacher; Joseph Colymore, Deacon, who were accordingly ordained.
Minutes of the conference were then read and accepted by the conference. A vote was then passed to transmit a copy of said proceedings to the Church at Nauvoo. The sacrament was then administered, and the conference adjourned to meet in Hope, Waldo county, Maine, on the twenty fifth of December next, at 10 o'clock A. M.
ALFRED DIXON, President.
C. C. PENDLETON, Clerk.
MINUTES OF LYMA CONFERENCE.
Saturday, Oct. 23, 1841.
Conference convened pursuant to previous appointment. Elders Brigham Young, John Taylor, and Willard Richards, of the quorum of the Twelve, were in attendance. Elder B. Young was unanimously chosen President, and J. C. Snow clerk of the conference.
President Young then made some preliminary remarks, setting forth and explaining the object of the meeting, followed by Pres't. I. Morley.
Elder J. C. Snow then represented the branch of the church at Lyma, consisting of 424 members, including 9 High Priests, 32 Elders, 4 Priests, 5 Teachers, and 4 Deacons, mostly in good standing.
President Young, Elders Taylor and Richards, then made some very appropriate remarks, showing and proving the absolute necessity of the finishing and completing of the House of the Lord, now building in Nauvoo; in preference to anything else that can be done, either by mental or physical exertion, in spreading light, knowledge, and intelligence, among the nations of the earth.
Conference adjourned till to-morrow [tomorrow], 10 o'clock.
In the evening, President Morley met with his counsel, together with President Young, Taylor and Richards, and brethren of the Lyma branch, for the purpose of entering into certain resolutions, necessary in order to become more active in forwarding the work of the house of the Lord. After much deliberation, it was moved and seconded, that all those who are willing to consecrate one tenth of their time and property, to the building of the Temple at Nauvoo, under the superintendance [superintendent] of Pres. Morley and counsellors [counselors], to signify it by the uplifted hands, when the motion was carried unanimous.
Sunday morning, 10 o'clock, A. M. Conference met pursuant to adjournment. Elder John Taylor delivered an address upon the object of Christ's mission into this world, the resurrection, and redemption of the saints; and pointed out very clearly, the course to be pursued, in order to become the sons of God, through the ordinances of the gospel, that the saints may, at last be exalted at the right hand of God, to dwell with him eternally in the heavens.
After an intermission of one hour, the sacrament was administered by Prest. Young and Richards. The minutes of the conference were then read and accepted. Prest. Young made some very just remarks on the Priesthood, authority and calling.
Conference adjourned sine d'e.
Benediction by Prest. Morley
BRIGHAM YOUNG, Pres't.
J. C. SNOW, Clerk.
Married-At Ambrosia, Iowa, on the 20th day of Oct. 1841 by Elder George W. Gee, Cyrus Peck Esq. of Montrose, to Miss Ruth Juliana Davis of the former place.
DIED, at his fathers residence, in the city of Nauvoo, on the 25th of September, Hyrum, son of Hyrum and Jerusha Smith, of the billious [bilious] fever; aged 7 years lacking a few days.
Relying upon the promises of Jehovah, the parents need not mourn over the early death of their promising child. Omnipotence, in His wisdom, has seen fit to take him from them just ere he arrived at the years of accountability; and the parents have the blessed assurence [assurance] that he has been taken from the evils to come, to bask in endless felicity and heavenly beattitude [beatitude], in the mansions of his heavenly Father.
-In this place, on Friday the 22nd of October inst., Mrs. Adaline, consort of Simeon A. Dunn, aged 29 years.
[For the Times and Seasons.]
LAMENT OF A CAPTIVE JEW IN BABYLON.
by a converted Jew.
Let the thick veil of darkness be roll'd from before thee, As trampl'd the Heathen o'er Zion's sad daughters,
Oh, Lord! and descend on the wing of the storm! She wept tears of shame o'er her guilt and her woe;
Dispersed and enslaved are the sons that adore thee, For the voice of her God had commissioned the slaughter,
And the rude hand of strangers thy Temple deform. The rod of his vengeance had pointed the blow.
And Salem, lov'd Salem, lies low and degraded, Tho' foul are the sins, oh thou lost one, which stain thee,
While, far from her ruins, in exile we pine; The blood of the Lamb yet can wash them away;
Yet still is the hope, of thy remnant, unfaded, Tho' galling and base are the bands that enchain thee,
The word that inspir'd it, Jehovah, is thine. The God that imposed them can lighten their sway.
Alas! we were warned, but reck'd not the warning. For a star yet shall rise o'er the darkness of Judah;
'Till our warriors grew weak, in the day of despair; A branch yet shall flourish on Jesse's proud stem;
And our glory was fled, as the light of the morning, And Zion shall triumph o'er those that subdued her,
That gleams, for a moment, and melts into air. Yea, triumph in giving a Savior to them!
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