for the relief which the Lord had lately sent us by opening the <November 29.> hearts of the brethren from the east, to loan us four hundred and thirty dollars. After commencing and rejoicing before the Lord in this occasion, we agreed to enter into the following covenant with the Lord: viz.—
<Covenant of Joseph & .> That if the Lord will prosper us in our business, and open the way before us, that we may obtain means to pay our debts, that we be not troubled nor brought into disrepute before the world, nor his people, after that of all that he shall give us, we will give a tenth, to be bestowed upon the poor in his church, or, as he shall command; and that we will be faithful over that which he has committed entrusted to our care that we may obtain much; And that
children after us shall remember to observe this sacred and holy covenant; and that our children and our children’s chil dren may know of the same, we have subscribed our names with, our own hands. (Signed) Joseph Smith Junr. <A Prayer.> .— And now O, Father, as thou didst prosper our Father Jacob, and bless him with protection and prosperity whereever he went, from the time he made a like Covenant before and with thee; as as thou didst, even the same night, open the heavens unto him and manifest great mercy and power, and give him promises, So wilt thou do by us his sons; and as his blessings prevailed above his progenitors unto the utmost bounds of the everlasting hills, even so may our blessings prevail like his; and may thy servants be preserved from the power and influence of wicked and unrighteous men; may every weapon formed against us fall upon the head of him who shall form it; may we be blessed with a name and a place among thy Saints here, and thy sanctified when they shall rest. Amen.
30 November 1834 • Sunday
<30.> While reflecting upon the goodness and mercy of God, this even ing, (November 30,) a prophecy was put into our hearts, that in a short time, the Lord would arrange his providences in a merciful manner, and send us assistance to deliver us from debt and bondage.
1–5 December 1834 • Monday–Thursday
<December 1. Elders school, and Lectures> December 1. Our school for the elders was now well attended, and, with the lectures on theology, which were regularly delivered, absorbed, for the time being, every thing <else> of a temporal nature,
The classes, being mostly elders, gave the most studious attention to the all important object, of qualifying themselves, as mes sengers of Jesus Christ, to be ready to do his will, on in carrying glad tidings to all that would open their eyes, ears and hearts. According to the direction of the holy Spirit, (on the evening <5.> of the 5th. as while assembled with , , and , conversing upon the welfare of the church,) I laid my hands on brother , and ordained him an [p. 562]