Discourse, 12 November 1835

council opened by singing & prayer, and I made  some remarks as follows;— I am happy in the  enjoyment of this opportunity of meeting with this  council on this occasion, I am satisfyed that the  spirit of the Lord is here, and I am satisfied  with all the breth[r]en present, and I need not say  that you have my utmost confidence, and that  I intend to uphold, you to the uttermost, for I  am well aware that you do and delight in so do ing have to sustain my character my charcter  against the vile calumnies and reproaches of  this ungodly generation and that you delight  in so doing:— darkness prevails, at this time  as it was, at the time Jesus Christ was about to  be crucified, the powers of darkness strove to  obscure the glorious sun of righteousness that  began to dawn upon the world, and was soon  to burst in great blessings upon the heads of  the faithful, and let me tell you brethren  that great blessings awate us at this time  and will soon be poured out upon us  if we are faithful in all things, for we  are even entitled to greater blessings than  they were, because the[y] had the person of  Christ with them, to instruct them in the  great plan of salvation, his personal presence  we have not, therefore we need great faith  on account of our peculiar circumstances  and I am determined to do all that I can  to uphold you, although I may do many  things <invertaintly [inadvertently]> that are not right in the sight of  God; you want to know many things  that are before you, that you may know  how how to prepare your selves for the [p. 31]
JS, discourse, Kirtland, OH, 12 Nov. 1835; handwriting of Warren Parrish; in JS, Journal, Sept. 1835–Apr. 1836, pp. 30–35; JS Collection, CHL.