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Joseph Smith's Sketch Book


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, 1989), 111-112.


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