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Discourse, 8 April 1840

Conference met pursuant to adjourn ment, after singing the President arose  and read the 3d chap. of John’s Gospel after which prayer was offered by elder Erastus Snow.
The President commenced making  observations on the different subjects  embraced in the chapter particularly  on the 3d, 4th, 5th verses illustrating it  with a very beautiful and striking fig ure, and throwing a flood of light on  the subjects which were brought up to  review.
He then spoke to the elders respect ing their mission, and advised those  who went into the world, to preach the  gospel, to leave their families provided  for, with the necessaries of life; and to  teach the gathering as set forth in the  Holy scriptures.
That it had been wisdom to, for the  greater body of the church to keep  on this side of the river, in order that a  foundation might be established in this  place, but that now, it was the privi ledge of the saints to occupy the lands  in the Iowa, or wherever the spirit  might lead them.
That he did not wish to have any  political influence, but wished the saints  to use their political franchise to the  best of their knowledge.
He then stated that since Elder [Orson] Hyde  had been appointed to visit the Jewish  people, he had felt an impression that  it would be well for Elder John E. Page  to accompany him on his mission. [p. 94]
JS, discourse, Nauvoo, IL, 8 Apr. 1840; Times and Seasons, Apr. 1840, p. 94.

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