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Discourse, 6 March 1840

President Joseph Smith Jun. then addressed  the Council on various subjects, &, in partic ular, the Consecration Law; stating, that the  affair now before Congress was the only  thing that ought to interest the saints at  present. & till it was ascertained how it  would terminate no person ought to be  brought to account before th[e] constituted  authorities of the Church for any offence  whatever, & was determined that no man  should be brought before the Council in  Nauvoo till that time &c. &c:
He said that the Law of consecration  could not be kept here, & that it was the  will of the Lord that we should desist from  trying to keep it, & if persisted in it would  produce a perfect abortion, & that he  assumed the whole responsibility of not  keeping it untill prosposed by himself.  He requested every exertion to be made  to forward affidavits to Washington, &  also letters to members of Congress. [p. 89]
JS, discourse, Montrose, IA, 6 Mar. 1840; handwriting of Elias Smith; in Iowa Stake, Record, 1839–1841, pp. 88–90, CHL.

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