going right in &c. Said if he had common sympathies, would
rejoice that the sick could be heal’d, that the time had not been before, that these
things could be in their proper order— that the church is not now organiz’d in its proper
order, and cannot be until the is completed— Prest.
Smith continued the subject by adverting to the commission given to the ancient apostles
“Go ye into all the world” &c.— no matter who believeth; these signs, such as healing
the sick, casting out devils &c. should follow all that believe whether male or
female. He ask’d the Society if they could not see by this sweeping stroke, that
wherein they are , it is the privilege of those set apart to administer in that
authority which is confer’d on them— and if the sisters should have faith to heal the
sick, let all hold their tongues, and let every thing roll on.
He said, if God has appointed him, and chosen him as an instrument to lead
the , why not let him lead it through? Why stand in the way, when he is appointed
to do a thing? Who knows the mind of God? Does he not reveal things differently from
what we expect? He remark’d that he was continually rising— altho’ he had every thing
bearing him down,— standing in his way and opposing— after all he always comes out right
in the end.
Respecting the female laying on hands, he further remark’d, there could be
no devils in it if God gave his sanction by healing— that there could be no more sin in
any female laying hands on the sick than in wetting the face with water— that it is no
sin for any body to do it that has faith, or if the sick has faith to be heal’d by the
He reprov’d those that were dispos’d to find fault with the management of
concerns— saying if he undertook to lead the church he would lead it right— that he
calculates to organize the church in proper order &c. [p. 36]