him.” Never did any passage of
scrip ture come with more power to the heart of man than this did at this time to mine. It seemed to enter with great force into every feeling of my heart. I reflected on it again and again, knowing that if any person needed wisdom from God I did, for how to act I did not know, and unless I could get more wisdom than I then had would never know; for the teachers of religion of the different sects understood the same passage so differently as to de stroy all confidence in settling the ques tion by an appeal to the bible. At length I came to the conclusion that I must ei ther remain in darkness and confusion, or else I must do as James directs, that is, ask of God. I at length came to the determination to ‘ask of God,’ concluding that if he gave wisdom to them that lack ed wisdom and would give liberally, and not upbraid, I might venture. So in ac cordance with this my determination, to ask of God, I retired to the woods to make the attempt. It was on the morning of a beautiful clear day, early in the spring of eighteen hundred and twenty. It was the first time in my life that I had made such an attempt, for amidst all my anxi eties I had never as yet made the attempt to pray vocally.
(To be Continued.)
LETTER FROM THE CHURCH OF .
To the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ, of Latter-Day Saints—to the travel ling High Council, and to all persons to whom this letter may come—
Dearly Beloved,—Having had oppor tunity of becoming acquainted with our beloved brother, of the quorum of the Travelling High Council, commonly called the quorum of the Twelve, and having witnessed the manner of his behavior while with us, and taken notice of the doctrine he has taught, to gether with many other particulars not easy to mention, we feel desirous of com mending him to your fellowship, your es teem, your friendship and your love.
Because we have found him to be at all times a faithful laborer in the word and doctrine of our Lord Jesus Christ.
By his instructions our minds have been enlightened, and our understanding of Heavenly things greatly increased.
When he has presided in our meetings, peace and order have characterized our deliberations. When he has unfolded to our minds the Scriptures of truth, our thirst for pure intelligence has been grat ified. When he has held up to view the glories of the rising kingdom of our Sa viour, our hearts have kindled with anima tion, our hope has been cherished, and our souls have overflowed with the Spirit of Peace. We know he has been effi cient in establishing truth—We know he has been successful in putting down er ror—we highly esteem and love him for his faithfulness, diligence, prudence, meekness, zeal and fortitude; and we de sire that others should love him too.
Good will and favor shewn to him will secure our love and friendship; and we freely, and fully, and warmly commend him to all whom this letter may come.
On behalf of the members of the con ference held in the city of the 29th day of Nov. 1841.
TIMES AND SEASONS.
CITY OF ,
TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 1842.
STATE BANK OF ILLINOIS.
It is a source of regret to us that the notes of this valuable institution should be suffered to go out of circulation. It has been almost exclu sively our circulating medium—we took the notes until no one would receive them from us; and we wish to take them still. The bank I be lieve to be perfectly solvent, and it only re quires a restoration of public confidence to give it free circulation again in this state. The hol ders of the notes should not suffer themselves to be shaved by brokers, stock-jobbers, and money changers. For the present, however, we must make gold, and silver, our circulating medium— in this there is no danger, for there is intrinsic value in the pure metals. We should like to see carry out his plan of making an intermediate coin of platina—and now is the time it is required, if ever: or let Congress put a higher value on the precious metals now in use, one or the other or both. Let the old , that fearless champion of liberty and the right of petition, act in the premises—it would relieve the people, and save a vast amount of human suffering: we call upon our statesmen for relief. Gentlemen, will you increase the value of gold, and silver, and give us an intermediate coin of platina? If so, the [p. 728]