Mormon History 1830-1844

Beliefs & Practices

Minutes of November 12, 1835
Joseph to apostles: it is a dark time. Believed church was complete when the Missouri high council was organized, but lived §, apparently to introduce the ordinanace of washing of feet. Solemn assembly to implement it §. An endowment of power. Destroying angel follows §. Saints to gather to meet the bridegroom. Those who are prepared will see the Savior in the solemn assembly §.
Date   November 12, 1835  
&#34;Sketch Book for the use of Joseph Smith, jr.,&#34; September 25, 1835 to April 3, 1836, 112 leaves, manuscript, principally in the hands of Oliver Cowdery, Frederick G. Williams, and Warren Parrish, also Joseph Smith, Sylvester Smith, possibly Jesse Hitchcock, and others, LDS Church Archives. Unless otherwise stated, <i>Selected Collections</i>, DVD 1:20 is cited with diary page number.
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<i>Personal Writings of Joseph Smith</i>, 1st ed., compiled and edited by Dean C. Jessee &#40;Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1984&#41;.
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Location   Joseph Smith home, Kirtland, Ohio.  
Opening   Singing and prayer    
Joseph upholds the Twelve   Joseph is "satisfyed that the spirit of the Lord is here … [and] with all the brethen present." He intends to uphold them "to the uttermost," for he realizes that they sustain his character against  
Time of darkness   the vile calumnies and reproaches of this ungodly generation and that you delight in so doing:—darkness prevails at this time as it was at the time Jesus Christ was about to be crucified    
Need greater faith than early Christians   At that time, they had "the person of Christ with them," but we do not, so we need greater faith. Then we will deserve greater blessings.    
Joseph's inadvertent offenses   … and I am determined to do all that I can to uphold you, although I may do many things <invertarilly> that are not right in the sight of God    
One deficiency remains   [However, there is one] great deficiency or obstruction, in the way that deprives us of the greater blessings, and in order to make the foundation of this church complete and permanent …    
Thought work was done

More required
  I supposed I had established this church on a permanent foundation when I went to the Missouri and indeed I did so, for if I had been taken away it would have been enough, but I yet live, and therefore God requires more at my hands:—   ¶ Minutes of July 7, 1834
Washing of feet   The item to which I wish the more particularly to call your attention to night is the ordinance of washing of feet, this we have not done as yet but is necessary now as much as it was in the days of the Saviour, and we must have a place prepared, that we may attend to this ordinance, aside from the world.   ¶ Minutes of January 22–23, 1833
No leaders have fallen

Solemn assembly
  Joseph notes that God has not allowed one of the witnesses or "first Elders" to fall, and now they must call a solemn assembly as the Lord has commanded.   term: first Elders
Washing of feet   The house of the Lord must be prepared for the assembly, "and in it we must attend to the ordinance of washing of feet."    
To unite hearts, strengthen faith   This ordinance is reserved for members of the church. It is "calculated to unite our hearts … that our faith may be strong, so that satan cannot … have any power over us."    
Twelve cannot understand yet   The Twelve could not understand the endowment now, even if Gabriel himself should explain it. They must be faithful and clean,    
Keep manifestations to yourselves   <and> if God gives you a manifestation, keep it to yourselves, be watchful and prayerful, and you shall have a prelude of those joys that God will pour out on that day,    
Don't find fault   do not watch for iniquity in each other if you do you will not get an endowment for God will not bestow it on such;    
Great blessing   but if we are faithful and living by every word that procedes forth from the mouth of God I will venture to prophesy that we shall get a blessing that will be worth remembering if we should live as along as John the Revelator, our blessings will be such as we have not realized before, nor in this generation.    
Order of the house of God forever the same   The order of the house of God has and ever will be the same, even after Christ comes, and after the termination of the thousand years it will be the same, and we shall finally roll into the celestial kingdom of God and enjoy it forever:—    
Endowment empowers   you need an endowment brethren in order that you may be prepared and able to over come all things,    
Those who reject are damned

Power to heal
  and those that reject your testimony will be damned the sick will be healed the lame made to walk the deaf to hear and the blind to see through your instrumentality;    
Faith of those blessed   But let me tell you that you will not have power after the endowment to heal those who have not faith, nor to beifit them, for you might as well expect to benefit a devil in hell as such an one, who is possessed of his spirit and are willing to keep it for they are habitations for devils and only fit for his society    
Bind up the testimony, seal up the law

Destroying angel follows
  but when you are endowed and prepared to preach the gospel to all nations kindred and toungs in there own languages you must faithfully warn all and bind up the testimony and seal up the [83] law and the destroying angel will follow close at your heels and execute his tremendous mission upon the children of disobediance, and destroy the workers of iniquity,    
Saints to meet the bridegroom   while the saints will be gathered out from among them and stand in holy places ready to meet bride groom when he comes.    
Worthy will see the Savior I feel disposed to speak a few words more to you my brethren concerning the endowment, all who are prepared and are sufficiently pure to abide the presence of the Savior will see him in the solem assembly.   Similar promise made prior to or at the beginning of the June 3-6, 1831 conference. ¶ Lyman's Vision and the Man of Sin
Closing The brethren expressed their gratifycation for the instruction I had given them, we then closed by prayer.—I then returned home and retired to rest
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