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Letter from First Presidency to Saints Scattered Abroad, 15 September 1840

Letter from First Presidency to Saints Scattered Abroad, 15 September 1840

the worship of our God; where the ordinances

A religious rite. JS taught that ordinances were covenants between man and God, in which believers could affirm faith, gain spiritual knowledge, and seek blessings. Some ordinances were considered requisite for salvation. The manner in which ordinances were...

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can be attended to agreably to his divine will, in this region of country; to accomplish which, considerable exertion must be made, means will be required; and as the work must be hastened in righteousness, it behooves the Saints, to weigh the importance of these things, in their minds, in all their bearings, and then take such steps as are necessary to carry them into operation; and arm themselves with courage, resolve to do all they can, and feel themselves as much interested, as though the whole labor depended on themselves alone; by so doing they will emulate the glorious deeds of the Fathers, and secure the blessing of heaven upon themselves and their posterity to the latest generation.
To those who feel thus interested, and can assist in this great work, we say let them come to this place, by so doing they will not only assist in the rolling of the kingdom, but be in a situation where they can have the advantages of instruction from the presidency

The highest presiding body of the church. An 11 November 1831 revelation stated that the president of the high priesthood was to preside over the church. JS was ordained as president of the high priesthood on 25 January 1832. In March 1832, JS appointed two...

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and other authorities of the church

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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, and rise higher and higher in the scale of intelligence, until they “can comprehend with all Saints the length and breadth and debth and height, and know the love of God which passeth knowledge.”
Connected with the building up of the kingdom, is the printing and circulation of the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Hymn book and the new translation of Scriptures, It is unnecessary to say any thing respecting these works; those who have read them, and who have drank of the stream of knowledge, which they convey, know how to appreciate them, and although fools may have them in derision, yet they are calculated to make men wise unto salvation, and sweep away the cobwebs of superstition of ages, throw a light on the proceedings of Jehovah which have already been accomplished and mark out the future in all its dreadful and glorious realities; those who have tasted the benefit derived from a study of those works, will undoubtedly vie with each other in their zeal for sending them abroad throughout the world, that every son of Adam may enjoy the same privileges and rejoice in the same truths.
Here then, beloved brethren is a work to engage in worthy of arch-angels; a work which will cast into the shade the things which have heretofore been accomplished; a work which kings and prophets and righteous men, in former ages have sought, expected, and earnestly desired to see, but died without the sight: and well, will it be for those who shall aid in carrying into effect the mighty operations of Jehovah.
By order of the first Presidency

The highest presiding body of the church. An 11 November 1831 revelation stated that the president of the high priesthood was to preside over the church. JS was ordained as president of the high priesthood on 25 January 1832. In March 1832, JS appointed two...

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,
Robert B. THOMPSON

1 Oct. 1811–27 Aug. 1841. Clerk, editor. Born in Great Driffield, Yorkshire, England. Member of Methodist church. Immigrated to Upper Canada, 1834. Baptized into LDS church by Parley P. Pratt, May 1836, in Upper Canada. Ordained an elder by John Taylor, 22...

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,
Scribe.
Nauvoo

Principal gathering place for Saints following expulsion from Missouri. Beginning in 1839, LDS church purchased lands in earlier settlement of Commerce and planned settlement of Commerce City, as well as surrounding areas. Served as church headquarters, 1839...

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, Sept. 1840. [p. 179]
the worship of our God; where the or dinances

A religious rite. JS taught that ordinances were covenants between man and God, in which believers could affirm faith, gain spiritual knowledge, and seek blessings. Some ordinances were considered requisite for salvation. The manner in which ordinances were...

View Glossary
can be attended to agreably  to his divine will, in this region of coun try; to accomplish which, considerable  exertion must be made, means will be  required; and as the work must be  hastened in righteousness, it behooves  the Saints, to weigh the importance of  these things, in their minds, in all their  bearings, and then take such steps as  are necessary to carry them into op eration; and arm themselves with cour age, resolve to do all they can, and feel  themselves as much interested, as  though the whole labor depended on  themselves alone; by so doing they will  emulate the glorious deeds of the Fath ers, and secure the blessing of heaven  upon themselves and their posteri[t]y to  the latest generation.
To those who feel thus interested,  and can assist in this great work, we  say let them come to this place, by so  doing they will not only assist in the  rolling of the kingdom, but be in a sit uation where they can have the advan tages of instruction from the presidency

The highest presiding body of the church. An 11 November 1831 revelation stated that the president of the high priesthood was to preside over the church. JS was ordained as president of the high priesthood on 25 January 1832. In March 1832, JS appointed two...

View Glossary
 and other authorities of the church

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

View Glossary
, and  rise higher and higher in the scale of in tel[li]gence, until they “can comprehend  with all Saints the length and breadth  and debth and height, and know the love  of God which passeth knowledge.”
Connected with the building up of  the kingdom, is the printing and circu lation of the Book of Mormon, Doctrine  and Covenants, Hymn book and the  new translation of Scriptures, It is  unnecessary to say any thing respect ing these works; those who have read  them, and who have drank of the stream  of knowledge, which they convey, know  how to appreciate them, and although  fools may have them in derision, yet  they are calculated to make men wise  unto salvation, and sweep away the  cobwebs of superstition of ages, throw  a light on the proceedings of Jehovah  which have already been accomplished  and mark out the future in all its dread ful and glorious realities; those who  have tasted the benefit derived from a  study of those works, will undoubtedly  vie with each other in their zeal for  sending them abroad throughout the  world, that every son of Adam may  enjoy the same privileges and rejoice  in the same truths.
Here then, beloved brethren is a  work to engage in worthy of arch-an gels; a work which will cast into the  shade the things which have heretofore  been accomplished; a work which  kings and prophets and righteous men,  in former ages have sought, expected,  and earnestly desired to see, but died  without the sight: and well, will it be  for those who shall aid in carrying into  effect the mighty operations of Jehovah.
By order of the first Presidency

The highest presiding body of the church. An 11 November 1831 revelation stated that the president of the high priesthood was to preside over the church. JS was ordained as president of the high priesthood on 25 January 1832. In March 1832, JS appointed two...

View Glossary
,
R[obert] B. THOMPSON

1 Oct. 1811–27 Aug. 1841. Clerk, editor. Born in Great Driffield, Yorkshire, England. Member of Methodist church. Immigrated to Upper Canada, 1834. Baptized into LDS church by Parley P. Pratt, May 1836, in Upper Canada. Ordained an elder by John Taylor, 22...

View Full Bio
,
Scribe.
Nauvoo

Principal gathering place for Saints following expulsion from Missouri. Beginning in 1839, LDS church purchased lands in earlier settlement of Commerce and planned settlement of Commerce City, as well as surrounding areas. Served as church headquarters, 1839...

More Info
, Sept. 1840. [p. 179]
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First Presidency

The highest presiding body of the church. An 11 November 1831 revelation stated that the president of the high priesthood was to preside over the church. JS was ordained as president of the high priesthood on 25 January 1832. In March 1832, JS appointed two...

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, Letter, Nauvoo

Principal gathering place for Saints following expulsion from Missouri. Beginning in 1839, LDS church purchased lands in earlier settlement of Commerce and planned settlement of Commerce City, as well as surrounding areas. Served as church headquarters, 1839...

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, IL, to “The Saints Scattered Abroad,” 15 Sept. 1840; Times and Seasons, Oct. 1840, pp. 177–179.

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