May 19, 1842 • Thursday
Minutes of the Proceedings
Eighth Meeting of the Society.
Lodge Room, May 19th.
Meeting open’d with prayer by Councillor [Elizabeth Ann] Whitney
Singing by the choir—
The following names were then receiv’d, to wit.
Pamela [Permelia] Dayton
Irena E. Lincoln
Catharine C. Brush
Martha A. Hovey
Sally Ann Chamberl[a]in
Councillor Whitney then rose and said, she was burthened in mind in thinking of existing evils in the church— was desirous that this Society become more obedient to the gospel in keeping all the commandments— exhorted them to humility and watchfulness— said the more she had heard and seen of corrupt members, the more she was stimulated to faithfulness— that the gifts and blessings of the gospel were ours, if found faithful and pure before God &c.
Mrs. Prest. said this day was an evil day— that [p. ] there is as much evil in this as in any other place—1 said she would that this Society were pure before God— that she was afraid that under existing circumstances, the sisters were not careful enough to expose iniquity— the time had been when charity had covered a multitude of sins—2 but now it is necessary that sin should be expos’d— that heinous sins were among us— that much of this iniquity was practiced by some in authority, pretending to be sanction’d by Prest. Smith.3
Mrs. Prest. continued by exhorting all who had err’d to repent and forsake their sins— said that satan’s forces were against this church— that every saint should be at the post
Councillor [Sarah] Cleveland said the same stratagems were now employ’d, as anciently in Balaam’s time, when he was required to curse Israel and could not—4 yet they were drawn into sin thro’ the propensities of their natures— so with this people the gentiles cannot curse them— but can draw them into iniquity.
Motion’d, seconded and carried that Lucy Ann Munjar be suspended for a time—
The following donations were then receiv’d— to wit
Sally [Polly] Angell
Mrs. [Melissa] Bird
Kuhamah [Ruhamah] Derby
Sis. [Cynthia] Baggs was represented as in want of shoes
A Scotch family destitute of food.
Nehemiah Harmon’s family represented destitute of clothing, sheets, pillow cases &c
Sister Anderson gives to br. Whitlock an order on Prest. Joseph Smith’s Store.
The meeting adjourn’d at 6 o’clock—