We wish you to
understand, that your duty requires you to seek first <August 4>
the kingdom of heaven and its righteousness, that is, attend to the first
things first, and then all things will be added, and
that complaint about your families will be less frequent. Dont preach
yourselves crucified for your wives sake, but remember that Christ
was crucified, and you are sent out to be special witnesses of this
thing. Men do not wish to hear these little things, for there is no
salvation in them, but there is in the other.
Let the hands of the ten be strengthened, and let them go forth in the
name of the Lord, in the power of their mission, giving diligent heed to
the direction of the Holy Spirit. We say be strong in the Lord, and in the
power of his might, for great things await you, and great blessings are in
store for you.
<Power of the two upon the Seventy.>
Let the power of the two be upon the seventy, until the two make full
satisfaction; for the seventy shall be blessed, and are blessed. That man
who presumes to speak evil of the dignities which God has set in his
church, to his family, or to any body else, shall be cursed in his
generation. Remember the 109th. Psalm. His Bishop rick shall be taken from him unless he speedily repents.
Be it known that God is God, and when he speaks, let all the
congregation say, Amen. We have evil insinuations enough in
to grapple with, that are suggested by the father of lies, without having
them from those who are sent out to put down insinuations. May God bless
you to be more wise in future, Amen.”
<7. Conference of the Twelve. Mass.
Conference Elder Chase’s License taken.
Licence taken.> “Bradford, Massachusetts, August 7th. nine of the travelling high council, met and
decided that the limits of the conference embrace the state to be called the
Conference. Elder Chase had
his licence and membership taken from him because of gambling for money, and
then breaking bread to the saints before he confessed his sins.
Elder Holmes licence was taken from him in consequence
of a disagreement between him and his wife which was of
long standing; it was therefore considered that if a man cannot preserve
peace in his own family he is not qualified to rule the church of God. A
Letter of complaint was written to , by elder Gibson Smith, of <Elder >
Norfolk, Connecticut, again[s]t elder , upon which he was
suspended and referred to the conference at Bradford for
trial. No one appeared to substantiate the complaint, he was therefore
acquitted on that point: but upon further enquiry it was proved that he had
erred in spirit and in doctrine, and was considerably inclined to enthusiasm,
and much lifted up; The council therefore took his licence from him, until
he become more instructed, and also get his spirits and <Elder J. Patton
excommunicated.> feelings more amalgamated with his brethren. Elder
of North Providence, R<hode> I.s<land>, was excommunicated for
improper conduct, and, refusing to give up his licence, he was ordered to be
published in the “Messenger and Advocate.” The people in this region were [p. 599]