his mission, which was listened to with intense interest; and the cenference, by vote, expressed their approbation of the style and spirit of said letter. The Presi dent then made remarks on the inclemen cy of the weather and the uncomfortable situation of the saints with regard to a place of worship, and a place of public entertainment.
The conference was then called upon by the President, to elect a general church Clerk in place of deceas ed. Conference made choice of . Br. then called upon the conference to elect a President of the High Priest’s quorum, in place of , deceased. Br. was nominated and duly e[l]ected.
Br. then presented to the no tice of the conference, the business com menced at a late special conference, with regard to the appointment of suita ble and faithful men to the several impor tant stations of labor in this and other countries.
Br. then addressed the con ference on the importance of order and uniformity of instruction, and, of a una nimity of effort to spread the work of the kingdom. Pres. Joseph Smith then made some corrections of doctrine in quoting a passage from 1 Cor. 12, 28, showing it to be a principle of order or gradation in rising from one office to another in the Priesthood.
Br. made remarks dis approbatory of the course pursued by some Elders, in withstanding the efforts of the Presidency to gather the saints, and in enticing them to stop in places not appointed for the gathering; particularly the conduct of Elder of . Brs. and Hen ry Miller having travelled in places where Br. had been in his journey ing eastward from his visit to , testified that he had in many places taught doctrine contrary to the revelations of God and detrimental to the interest of the church.
Moved, seconded and carried that El der be disfellowshiped by the conference as an Elder till such time as he shall make satisfaction.
Closed with singing by the choir, Hymn 124—and prayer by Br. .
Conference adjourned till to-morrow morning, 9 o’clock.
Sunday 3rd, A. M. Conference assem bled and was called to order by , and divine service commenced by the choir singing Hymn 274 and prayer by Br. .
President Joseph Smith, by request of some of the Twelve, gave instructions on the doctrine of Baptism for the Dead; which was listened to with intense interest by the large assembly. The speaker presented “Baptism for the Dead” as the only way that men can appear as saviors on mount Zion. The proclamation of the first principles of the gospel was a means of salvatien to men individually, and it was the truth, not men that saved them; but men, by actively engaging in rites of salvation substitutionally, became instrumental in bringing multitudes of their kin into the kingdom of God. He explained a difference between an angel and a ministering spirit; the one a resur rected or translated body, with its spirit, ministering to embodied spirits—the other a disembodied spirit, visiting and minis tering to disembodied spirits. Jesus Christ became a minestering spirit, while his body laying in the sepulchre, to the spirits in prison; to fulfil an important part of his mission, without which he could not have perfected his work or entered into his rest. After his resurrection, he ap peared as an angel to his disciples &c. Translated bodies cannot enter into rest un til they have undergone a change equival ent to death. Translated bodies are design ed for future missions. The angel that appeared to John on the Isle of Patmos was a translated or resurrected body.— Jesus Christ went in body, after his res urrection, to minister to translated and resurrected bodies. There has been a chain of authority and power from Adam down to the present time. The only way to obtain truth and wisdom, is not to ask it from books, but to go to God in prayer and obtain divine teaching. It is no more incredible that God should save the dead, than that he should raise the dead. There is never a time when the spirit is too old to approach God. All are within the reach of pardoning mercy, who have not committed the unpardonable sin, which hath no forgiveness, neither in this world, nor in the world to come. There is a way to release the spirit of the dead; that is, by the power and authority of the Priest [h]ood—by binding and loosing on earth [p. 577]