17 January 1836
From "Sketch Book for the use of Joseph Smith, Jr."
Sunday morning the 17th [January 1836]
Attended meeting at the schoolhouse at the usual hour.
A large congregation assembled. I proceeded to arrange the several quorums
present. First the Presidency, then the Twelve, and the Seventy, all
who were present. Also the Councilors of Kirtland and Zion.
President Rigdon then arose and observed that instead
of preaching the time would be occupied by the Presidency and Twelve,
in speaking each in their turn untill they had all spoken. The Lord
poured out his spirit upon us and the brethren began to confess their
faults one to the other. The congregation was soon overwhelmed in tears
and some of our hearts were too big for utterance. The gift of toungs
[tongues] come upon us also like the rushing of a mighty wind and my
soul was filled with the glory of God.
Source: "Sketch Book for the use of Joseph Smith, Jr."
(22 September to 3 April 1836), 126; Scott H. Faulring, ed., An American
Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith (Salt Lake
City, Utah: Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates,
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