assistant president saying these words; In the name of Jesus <December 5. ordained At. Prest.> Christ who was crucified for the sins of the world, I lay my hands upon thee, and ordain thee an assistant president to the high and holy priesthood in the church of the Latter Day Saints.
11 December 1834 • Thursday
<11. Letter to Thompson.> On the 11th. wrote from , clay county, To J. T. V. Thompson— Jefferson City, (in reply to his letter of the 25th. November,) expressive of thankfulness to his for introducing the suffer in[g] of the Saints in his Message; also asking counsel, “whether it would avail any thing for the Society to petition his honorable body, (the Legislature) for an act to re-instate them in their rights” &c. and requesting him to confer with his friends and his excellency and on the subject, and give an early answer.
About the middle of the month the message of of , <to the legislature,> -[see p. 559.]- arrived at , was read with great inter est, and revived the hopes of the church for the scattered brethren of .
18 December 1834 • Thursday
<18. Letter to Thompson> wrote again to esquire Thompson, on the 18th. as follows,
“Dear Sir, By this mail I have forwarded to of the lower house, a petition and documents, on the subject of our rights in . He will hand them to you for the Senate, when through in the House, I shall be greatly obliged if you lay them before your honorable body; and any information you may require, or even personal attendance, write, and you shall not have it if in my power. As a people, all we ask is our rights, with esteem &c. .—
20 December 1834 • Saturday
<20 Thompson & ’s Letter to .> On the 20th. Messrs Thompson and , wrote from the “Senate “Chamber,” acknowledging the receipt of his letter, stating that the committee on the Message had not reported, and recommending the saints to get up a petition to the Legislature with as m[an]y signers as possible, promising their assistance and influence to obtain redress of grievance.
A petition was accordingly forwarded, but the year closed without bringing any thing to pass for the relief of the saints in .
<January Lectures on Theology.> During the month of January I was engaged in the school of the elders, and in
preparing the Lectures on Theology for publication in the Book of
Doctrine and covenants, which the committee appointed last September, were now com pililing. Certain
brethren from Bolton, New York, came for council, relative to their proceeding to
the west, and <Council 18.> the High council assembled on the 18th.. After a long in vestigation, I
decided that assist with his might to build up the
cause by tarrying in , which decision received the unanimous vote of the
<February.> The school still continued, and arrangements were also
made, according to the Revelation of June
1829, for choosing “the twelve” [p. 563]