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Apr 9, 1837

Journal Entry

April 09, 1837 ~ Sunday

9th Sunday morning I repaired to the house of
the Lord
to worship with the Saints Father John
Smith
opened the meeting by prayer then read the
twelvth chapter of the second Book of Nephi &
preached from it unto the people. In the latter
part of the Day Elder Kimble addressed the Saints
in the power of God. Elder O. Pratt followed with few
remarks after communion. President S Rigdon
addressed the congregation & laid before theirm
their situation as to temporal things, as the gentiles
are striving to besiege the Saints in kirtland &
would be glad to starve the Saints to death. He also
stated that the Presidency had used every means
for the deliverance of the Church but as many of
the Church had refused Kirtlan couurrency which
was their temporal salvation in consequence
of this they put strength in the hands of their
enemies & those that had done this thing must
suffer by it Sidney closed and

Joseph arose & like the lion
of the tribe of JUDAH [Revelation 5:5] he poured out his soul
in the midst of the congregation of the Saints
but who can find lang^u^ague to write his words
& teachings as with an iron pen in a rock that
they may stand for future generation to look
upon. A fountain of knowledge rolled from
his mouth to the people which was the word of
God
. Yea in the name of God he proclaimed
that severe Judgment awaited those characters
that professed to be be his friends & friends
to humanity & the Kirtland Safety Society
But had turned tr[a]itors & opposed the curr-
ency & its friends which has given power into
the hands of the enemy & oppressed the poor
Saints such have become covenant Break-
ers for which they will feel the wrath of God
as true as Joseph is a prophet

Joseph uttered the feelings of his soul in pain while
viewing the poverty & afflictions of Ephraim or
the Saints in Kirtland at least that fals brethren
should be whited walls [Acts 23:3] & bring perrils upon the
Saints. Joseph is as a father to Ephraim & to all
Israel in these last days, he mourns because
of unbelief & the negligence manifest with ma-
ny who have receieved the gospel in obeying
the commands of God he fears lest ^but^ few
be left to receieve an inheritance. There is
not a greater man than Joseph standing in
this generation. The gentiles look upon him
& he is to them like bed of Gold conceled
from human view: they know not his prin-
ciple, his spirit, his wisdom, virtue, phylanthr-
opy, nor his calling. His mind like Enoch's
swells wide as eternity Nothing short of a
God can comprehend his soul

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106 mentions
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Kimball, Heber Chase
14 Jun 1801 - 22 Jun 1868
1391 mentions
Apostle
Smith, John, b. 1781
16 Jul 1781 - 23 May 1854
74 mentions
Smith, Joseph (Jr.)
23 Dec 1805 - 27 Jun 1844
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43 mentions
Scriptural Figure
Pratt, Orson
19 Sep 1811 - 3 Oct 1881
1023 mentions
Apostle
Rigdon, Sidney
19 Feb 1793 - 14 Jul 1876
209 mentions

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Autobiography 1857 Draft 1
shown us by the Holy Spirit. Sunday The patriarch Joseph Smith opened the meeting in the morning by prayer and read the twelvth Chapter of the 2 second Book of Nephi and preached from it during the forenoon in the afternoon Elders Kimball, O Pratt, and S. Rigdon, spoke followed by the Prophet Joseph ^April 9th president Smith spoke in the afternoon^ He & said in the name of the Lord that the judgments of God would rest upon those men who had professed to be his friends and friends to humanity and the ^in^ building up Kirtland the ^a^ stake of Zion, but had turned traitors to him and to interest of the Kingdom of God had given power into hands of our enemies against us, and they had oppressed the poor Saints, and had become covenant breakers for which they will feel the wrath of God, he said they had become whited walls and sought to bring distress upon the Saints
Autobiography 1865 Millennial Star
—President Smith spoke in the afternoon, and said in the name of the Lord, that the judgments of God would rest upon those men who had professed to be his friends, and friends of humanity, and in building up Kirtland, a stake of Zion, but had turned traitors to him, and the inter- ests of the kingdom of God, and had given power into the hands of our enemies against us; they had oppressed the poor Saints, and had brought dis- tress upon them, and had become covenant-breakers, for which they will feel the wrath of God.
Autobiography 1883 Tullidge's Quarterly Magazine Notes 1
Sunday I attended service in the House of the Lord. In the afternoon Elders Heber C. Kimble^all^ and Orson Pratt was followed by Sidney Rigdon. He laid before them their situation as to temporal things said that the Gentiles were besieging the Saints and would gladly starve them to death; that the Presidency had used every means for the deliverance of the Church; but that as many of the Church had refused Kirtland currency which was designed for our temporal salvation they had put strength into the hands of our enemies and thus the community must suffer by it. Joseph then arose and like the Lion of the Tribe of Judah poured out his soul in the midst of the congregation of Saints. While listening I thought "Who can find language to write his words and teachings as with an iron pen in a rock that they might stand for future generations to look upon." He seemed a fountain of knowledge from whose mouth streams of eternal wisdom flowed; and ^as^ he stood before the people he showed that the authority of God was upon him. When speaking of those who had professed to be his friends and the friends of humanity but who had turned traitors opposed the curancy and consequently the prosperity of Kirtland he proclaimed that the Lord would severely deal with. Joseph uttered the feelings of his soul in pain whie viewing the poverty and afflictions of the Saints and in finding false brethren like whitened ^sepulcher^ whose course brings perils upon the Church. [Matthew 23:27] Joseph is a father to Ephraim and to all Israel in these last days and he mourned because of unbelief and the negligence manifested by many who have received the Gospel and be feared lest but few be left of those in Kirtland to recieve an inheritance. I wrote in my journal of this day, "There is not so great a man as Joseph standing in this generation. The Gentiles look upon him and he is like a bed of gold concealed from human view. They know not his principle his spirit, his wisdom his virtue his philanthropy nor his calling. His mind like Enoch's expands as eternity and only God can comprehend his soul. MY MARRIAGE. Marriage being an institution of Heaven and honorable

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Woodruffs live with Jonathan and Olive Hale; Wilford records patriarchal blessings for Joseph Smith Sr.

Apr 9, 1837