9 June 1842 • Thursday
Minutes of the Proceedings
Eleventh Meeting of the Society.
, June 9th. <1842>
Prest J. Smith opened the meeting by pray’r and proceeded to address the
congregation on the design of the Institution— said it is no matter how fast the Society
increases if all are virtuous— that we must be as particular with regard to the character
of members as when the Society first started— that sometimes persons wish to put
themselves into a Society of this kind, when they do not intend to pursue the ways of
purity and righ teousness, as if the Society would be a shelter to them in their
Prest. S. said that henceforth no person shall be admitted but by
presenting regular petitions signed by two or three members in good standing in the
Society— whoever comes in must be of good report.
Harriet Luce and Mary Luce were receiv’d into the Society by recommend.
Objections previously made against Mahala Overton were remov’d— after which
Prest Smith continued his address— said he was going to preach mercy Supposing that Jesus
Christ and angels should object to us on frivolous things, what would become of us? We
must be merciful and overlook small things.
Respecting the reception of Sis. Overton, Prest. Smith [said] It grieves me
that there is no fuller fellowship— if one member suffer all feel it— by union of feeling
we obtain pow’r with God. Christ said he came to call sinners to repentance and save
them. Christ was condemn’d by the righteous jews because he took sinners into his
society— he took them upon the principle that they [p. 61]