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Day in the Life

Dec 19, 1841

Journal Entry

December 19, 1841 ~ Sunday

Dec 19th Sunday I met with the Twelve in the
morning & held a council, & in the evening I met
at Joseph's the Seer & herd a discours deliverd by
Elder Kimball who opened by prayer read a chapter
in the Book mormon & spake as he was led by the
Spirit of God. he spake of the parable of Jeremiah
of the clay in the hands of the potter: That when
it marreded in the hands of the potter it was
laid aside to go into the next batch & was a vessel of
dishonour but all clay that formed well in the
hands of the potter & was pliable was a vessel of
honour & thus it was with the human family &
ever will be. All that are pliable in the hands of
God
& are obedient to the commands of God are
vessels of honousr & God will receive them [Jeremiah 18:1-6]

Joseph the Seer said the above was a true explai-
nation of the parable

(After Sidney Roberts had occupied
the meeting a season) Joseph the Seer arose & read a
chapter in the New Testiment containing the parable
of the vine & its branches & explained it much to our edif-
ication & said "if we kept the commandments of
God we should bring forth fruit & be the friends of
God & know what our Lord did [John 15]. "Some say Joseph is
a fallen Prophet because he does not bring forth more
of the word of the Lord" "why does he not do it
"are we able to receive it No (says he) not one in this
room. tHe then chastized us for orur wickedness
& unbelief knowing that whom the Lord loveth he
chasteneth & scourgeth evry son d& daughter whom
He receiveth & if we do not receive chastizements then
are we Bastards & not sons. [Hebrews 12:5-8] On Revelation He
said "A man would command his son to dig
potatoes, saddle his horse but before he had done
either tell him to do sumthing els. this is all considerd
right "But as soon as the Lord gives a command
ment & revokes that decree & commands sumthing
els then the prophet is considerd fallen &c"
Because we will not receive chastizment at the
hand of the Prophet & Apostles the Lord chast-
izeth us with sickness & death. Let not any man
publish his own righteousness for others can do that
for him." sooner let him confess his sins & then he
will be forgiven & he will bring forth more fruit

when A man is chastized he gets angry & will
not endure it. The reason we do not have the
secrets of the Lord revealed unto us is because
we do not keep them but reveal them. we do not
keep our own secrets but reveal our difficulties
to the world even to our enemies then how would
we keep the secrets of the Lord Joseph says I can
keep a secret till dooms day

He spoke of
love what greater love hath any man than that he
lay down his life for his friend [John 15:13] then why not
fight for our friend untill we die & many other
things of interest was spoken

Elder B Young arose & said one thing lay with
wait on his mind ie that we should be prepared
to keep each commandment as it came from
the Lord by the mouth of the prophet & as the Lord
had commanded us to build a Temple we
should do it spedily

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Young, Brigham
1 Jun 1801 - 29 Aug 1877
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Apostle, Family
Kimball, Heber Chase
14 Jun 1801 - 22 Jun 1868
1408 mentions
Apostle
42 mentions
Scriptural Figure
Smith, Joseph (Jr.)
23 Dec 1805 - 27 Jun 1844
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December 19, 1841 ~ Sunday Dec 19th Sunday I met with the Twelve in the morning & held a Council, & in the evening I met at Joseph's the seer & herd a discours deliverd by Elder Kimball who opened by prayer read a chapter in the Book [of] mormon & spake as he was led by the Spirit of God, he spake of the parable of Jeremiah of the clay in the hands of the potter: That when it marrdd in the hand of the potter it was laid aside to go into the next batch & was a vessel of dishonour but all clay that formed well in the hands of the potter & was pliable was a vessel of honour & thus it was with the human family & ever will be. All that are pliable in the hands of God & are obedient to the commands of God are vessels of honour & God will receive them Joseph the Seer said the above was a true explai- nation of the parable
~ Elder Kimball
Joseph the Seer arose & read a chapter in the New Testiment containing the parable of the vine & its branches & explained it much to our edif- ication & said "if we kept the commandments of God we should bring forth fruit & be the friends of God & know what our Lord did, "Some say Joseph is a fallen Prophet because he does not bring forth more of the word of the Lord" "why does he not do it "are we able to receive it No (says he) not one in this room, He then chastized us for our wickedness & unbelief knowing that whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth & scourgeth evry son & daughter whom He receiveth & if we do not receive chastizement then are we bastards & not sons.
~ Joseph Smith
On Revelation He said "A man would command his son to dig potatoes, saddle his horse but before he had done either tell him to do sumthing els, this is all considerd right "But as soon as the Lord gives a command ment & revokes that decree & commands sumthing els then the prophet is considerd fallen &c" Because we will not receive chastizment at the hand of the Prophet & Apostles the Lord chast- izeth us with sickness & death. Let not any man Publish his own righteousness for others can do that for him." sooner let him confess his sins & then he will be forgiven & he will bring forth more fruit
~ Joseph Smith

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I willford met at the house of Joseph Smith the seer this evening to hear Preaching by Elder Kimball he opened by prayer read a chapter in the Book of Mormon & then spoke as he was led by the spirit of God, among other things he spoke a parable of the clay in the hands of the potter that when it mared in the hands of the potter it was lade aside to join the next batch & was a vessel of hishonour but all clay that formed well in the hands of the potter & was pliable was a vessel of honour & thus it was with the human family & still is, all that are pliable in the hands of God & are obediant to the commands of God are vessels of honour & God will receive them &c.[Jeremiah 18] (After Sidney Roberts had occupied the meeting a season) Joseph arose & read a chapter in the New Testiment containing the parable of the vine & its Branches & explained it much to our edifycation, [John 15] & said "if we kept the commandments of God we should bring forth fruit & be the friends of God & know what our lord did & he would reveal his secrets unto us but his servent knew, not what his Lord

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Dec 19, 1841