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Instruction delivered at a meeting of the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo, Ill. on Wednesday March 30, 1842 in the upper room of Joseph Smith's Red Brick Store
Source: Nauvoo Relief Society Minutes (Eliza R. Snow)

Pres. Joseph Smith arose--spoke of the organization of the society. Said he was deeply interested that it might be built up to the Most High in an acceptable manner--that its rules must be observed--that none should be received into the society but those who were worthy. Proposed that the society go into a close examination of every candidate--that they were going too fast--that the society should grow up by degrees; should commence with a few individuals--thus have a select society of the virtuous, and those who will walk circumspectly. Commended them for their zeal but said some times their zeal was not according to knowledge. One principal object of the institution was to purge out iniquity--said they must be extremely careful in all their examinations or the conssequences would be serious.

Said all difficulties which might and would cross our way must be surmounted, though the soul be tried, the heart faint, and hands hand down--must not retrace our steps. That there must be decision of character aside from sympathy. That when instructed we must obey that voice, observe the constitution, that the blessings of heaven may rest down upon us. All must act in concert or nothing can be done, that the society should move according to the ancient Priesthood, hence there should be a select society, separate from all the evils of the world, choice, virtuous and holy. Said he was going to make of this society a kingdom of priests as in Enoch's day--as in Paul's day--that it is the privilege of each member to live long and enjoy health. Pres. Smith proposed that the brethren withdraw that the society might proceed to business--that those wishing to join might have their names presented at the next meeting.

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