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History, 1838–1856, volume B-1 [1 September 1834–2 November 1838]

History, 1838–1856, volume B-1 [1 September 1834–2 November 1838]

This curse shall be upon them, the hand of the Lord shall be upon  <July 14.> them, until they repent in sackcloth and ashes, and shall touch <affect> <them>  their temporal <and spiritual interest> unless they repent.

17–19 July 1835 • Friday–Sunday

<17.  Minutes of the Twelve.> “July 17the. the twelve met in conference, agreeably to previous  appointment, on at St Johnsbury Vermont. Resolved <that> this state be the  Limits of this conference, and include the branches in Littleton, Dalton  <Vermont Conference> and Landaff, of in New Hampshire to be called the Vermont Conference
The St Johnsbury branch contained 4 numbered 41, members; Danville, 23;  <Names of Churches> Charlton, 21; Jay, 11; Dalton, 15; Landaff, 4; Littleton, 10; Andover, Vt. 15;  Bendon Benson, 7; and Lewis N. York, 17: Six of the council addressed the  conference on principles of faith and action. — Adjourned to the  <18> 18th. when the remaining six, enforced the necessity of sending  up wise men, and purchasing lands according to the comm andments, which they readily agreed to do. Sunday 19th. our  <Sunday. 19> public meeting was attended by more than a thousand people, and  during our conference nine were baptized.

July 1835

<Translating the  Book of  Abraham &c.> The remainder of this month, I was continually engaged in translating  an alphabet to the Book of Abraham, and arrangeing a grammar  of the Egyptian language as practiced by the ancients.

2 August 1835 • Sunday

<August 2.> August 2d being the Sabbath I preached a part of the day.

4 August 1835 • Tuesday

<Minutes of Council 4.> “Kirtland, August, 4th 1835. A high council of the church of Christ  of Latter Day Saints assembled in conference, consisting of Presidents  Joseph Smith, Jun., Oliver Cowdery, Sidney Rigdon, Hyrum Smith,  David Whitmer, John Whitmer and William W. Phelps, and others,  to take into consideration certain items contained in letters from  abroad; one from Warren A. Cowdery, presiding elder of the  Freedom Conference; and one from Elder William E. McLellin.
The first reads as follows,
<Letter from W. A Cowdery> “Freedom July 29th. 1835. Dear Brother,  Elder Jared Carter called on this church last thursday, on his way  east soliciting donations and subscriptions for finishing the house  in your place. Although the subject of such a mission, in conexion  with his name, had been mentioned in the Messenger and Ad vocate, still, as no other method had been taken to impress  the subject on our minds, it had measurably passed out,  or ceased to make any impression. Therefore. we were in some  degree taken on surprise. The Twelve, the Bishop, nor any others  clothed with authority, have ever mentioned this subject to  us, except incidentally, to the recollection of any of the church.  It surely was never made a subject of public instruction; as bro ther Carter had just reason to expect it had been, he felt an  embarrassment peculiar to such a situation. He undertook to preach  to us yesterday, but from the aforesaid embarrassment, or the  deadness, or the covetousness of the church, he could get none  of the spirit of the Lord to assist him. I am free to say that  I attributed more to the latter cause than the former. Yet, not withstanding, we made out in donations, and Subscriptions  that I trust will be realized $341.87½. May the Lord bless  and prosper him, and all his faithful servants, and may [p. 597]
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JS, History, 1838–1856, vol. B-1, created 1 Oct. 1843–24 Feb. 1845; handwriting of Willard Richards and Thomas Bullock; 297 pages, plus 10 pages of addenda; CHL. This is the second volume of a six-volume manuscript history of the church. This second volume covers the period from 1 September 1834 to 2 November 1838; the subsequent four volumes, labeled C-1 through F-1, continue through 8 August 1844.

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