and thereby promote our own happiness,
and the happiness of the <January 1.>
family, and, in short, the happiness and well being of all.
were then called in, and we repeated the covenant to them
that we had entered into, and while gratitude swelled our bosoms, tears
flowed from our eyes. I was then requested to close our interview which I
did with prayer, and it was truly a Jubilee, and time of rejoicing.
2 January 1836 •
according to previous arrangements,
I went to the council at 9 o’clock. This council was called to sit
judgment on a complaint preferred against
on the 29th
December. The council organizd
proceeded to business, but before entering on the trial
arose. and humbly confessed the charges pre
him, and asked the forgiveness of the
council and the whole congregation.
A vote was then
called to know whether his confession was satisfactory,
whether the brethren would extend the hand of fellowship again,
with cheerfulness the whole congregation raised their hands to
also confessed the charges which I preferred
against him, in a previous council; and was received into fellowship.
Council voted that
should be ordained, elders: and some other business was
transacted in union and fellowship, and the best of feelings seemed to
prevail among the brethren, and our hearts were made glad on the occasion,
and there was joy in heaven, and my soul doth magnify the Lord, for his
goodness, and mercy endureth forever.
and John Herrot
were also appointed by counsel to be ordained Elders under my hands.
3 January 1836 •
Sunday morning 3d. went to meeting at the usual hour.
delivered a fine
Lecture upon the subject of revelation. In the afternoon I confirmed ten
or twelve persons, who had been baptized, among whom was
Malcham [Marvel] C.
Davis, who was baptized during intermission to day. Bro
made his confession to the
church to their satisfaction, and was cordially received into fellowship
again. The Lord’s Sup per was administered, and
gave out an appointment to preach in the evening at early
candlelight, and preached a fine discourse and this day has been a
day of rejoicing to me. The cloud that has been hanging over us, has burst
with blessings on our heads, and satan has been foiled in his attempts to
destroy me and the church by causing jealousies to arise in the hearts of
some of the breth ren. And I thank my heavenly Father for the union and
Harmony which now prevails in the church.
4 January 1836 •
Monday Morning 4th. Met and organized our Hebrew school
according to the arrangements that were made on