arose next and acquiesced in what I had said <January 16.
council of the Twelve ’s>
and acknowledged to the Twelve that he had not done as he ought, in not
to trial on the
charges that were put into his hands by the Twelve, that he had neglected
his duty, in this thing, for which he asked their forgiveness, and
would now attend to it, if they desired him to do so, and also observed to the Twelve, if he had spoken or reproved too
harshly, at any time, and had injured their feelings by so doing, he asked
arose and acquiesced
in the above sentiments, expressed by myself and
, in full and said many good things.
then called a vote of
that body to know whether they were perfectly satisfied with the
explanation which we had given them, and whether they would enter into the
covenant we had proposed to them, which was most readily manifested in the
affirmative, by raising their hands to heaven in testi mony, of their
willingness and desire to enter into this covenant, and their entire
satisfaction with our explanation upon all the difficulties that were
on their minds; we then took each other by the hand in confirmation
of our covenant, and there was a perfect union of feeling on this
occasion, and our hearts overflowed with blessings, which we pronounced
upon each others heads, as the Spirit gave us utterance. is included in this covenant, and these blessings with us,
for I love him for the truth and integrity that dwelleth in him, and may
God enable us all to per form our vows and covenants, with each other, in
all fidelity and righteousness, before him, that our influence may be
felt among the nations of the earth in mighty power, even to rend the
kingdoms of darkness, assunder, and triumph over priestcraft and
spirit ual wickedness in high places, and brake in pieces all kingdoms
that are opposed to the kingdom of Christ, and spread the light and truth
of the everlasting Gospel, from the rivers to the ends of the earth.
called <came in> for
council, to know whether it was best for him to return before the Solemn
Assembly, or not. After consideration the council advised him to tarry.
Council dismissed by singing and prayer.
17 January 1836 •
Sunday morning 17th. attended meeting at the
at the usual hour. A large Congregation assembled. I proceeded to
organize the several quorums present; first the presidency; then the
Twelve; and the Seventy who were present; also the counsellors of
and Zion. then arose and observed that instead of preaching, the time