The question; Was or was it not the
design of Christ to establish his <November 18.>
gospel by miracles? After an interesting debate of three hours or more
during which time much talent was displayed, it was decided by the
president of the debate in the negative; which was a righteous decision. I
discovered, in this debate, much warmth displayed; too much zeal for
mastery; too much of that enthusiasm that char acterizes a Lawyer at the
bar, who is determined to defend his cause right or wrong. I therefore
availed myself of this favorable opportunity to drop a few words upon this
subject by way of advice, that they might improve their minds and
cultivate their powers of intellect in a proper manner, that they might
not incur the displeasure of heaven; that they should handle sacred things
very sacredly, and with due deference to the opinions of others, and with
an eye sin gle to the glory of God.
19 November 1835 •
Went in company with
and my to see how the workmen
prospered in finishing the
The masons on the inside had commenced putting on the finishing coat
of plastering. On my return I met
and conversed with them upon the subject of their being
disaffected, I found that they were not so, as touching the faith of the
church, but with some of the members. I returned home and spent the
day in translating the Egyptian Records. a warm and pleasant day.
20 November 1835 •
Friday 20th. At home in the morning. Weather warm and
rainy. < re turned from
We spent the day in translating, and made rapid progress. At even ing
, bringing with him a quantity
of Hebrew Books, for the Benefit of the school. He pre sented me with a
Hebrew Bible. Lexicon and Grammar: also a Greek Lexicon and Webster’s
English Dictionary Lexicon.
had a prosperous journey, according to the prayers of the
21 November 1835 •
Spent the day at home in examining my books, and studying the Hebrew
Alphabet. At evening met with our Hebrew class to make some arrangements
about a Teacher. It was decided by the voice of the school to send to
for a Jew, to teach us the
language, if we could get released from the engagement we had made with
to teach us, having
ascertained that he was not qualified to give us the knowledge we wished
to acquire of the Hebrew.
22 November 1835 •
Sunday 22 Went to meeting at the usual hour.
pre ached from the 7th. of Matthew.
brother-in-law and other relatives were at meeting.
In the afternoon the meeting was <council>
held in the
the evening a council of High priests and elders was held in the presence
of the members of the Church, <.>
, who had been an ordained elder in the church, and for a
time had preached the gospel successfully, but after a while
had sent his licence to
president Smith in a letter, came before the
council and confessed that he had been in temptation, and fallen into
so much as to