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Letter from William W. Phelps, with appended letter from Orson Hyde and John E. Page, 29 June 1840

Letter from William W. Phelps, with appended letter from Orson Hyde and John E. Page, 29 June 1840

whenever the Lord brings us together again, I will make  all the Satisfaction, on every point that saints or God  can require. Amen.
Prst. Joseph Smith. Hyrum Smith)
Dear Brother,
We have been in this place a few days  and have preached faithfully; a very great prospect of some  able and influential men embracing the faith in this  place. We have moved along slowly, but have left a sealing  testimony: Baptized a considerable number. We shall  write again soon. as we learn the result of our labors here  more particularly. We are well and in good spirits through  the favor of the Lord.
Bro. Phelps requests us to write a few lines in his  letter and we cheerfully embrace the opportunity. Bro. Phelps  says he wants to live: But we do not feel ourselves authorized  to act upon his case but have reccommended him to you: But  he says his poverty will not allow him to visit you in  person at this time; and we think he tells the truth. We  therefore advise him to write, which he has done. He tells us,  verbally, that he is willing to make any sacrifice to procure  your fellowship, life not excepted; Yet reposing that con fidence in your magnanimity that you will take no ad vantage of this open and frank confession. If he can obtain  your fellowship, he wants to come to commerce as soon as he  can. But if he cannot be received into the fellowship of  the Church, he must do the best he can in banishment  and exile.
Brethren, with you are the keys of the kingdom; to you  is power given to “exert your clemency or display your vengeance”  By the former, you will save a soul from death, and hide  a multitude of sins: By the latter, you will forever descour age a returning prodigal, cause sorrow without benefit,  pain without pleasure, ending in wretchedness and dispair.
But former experience teaches that you are workmen in  the art of saving souls, therefore, with the greatest confidence [p. 156]
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William W. Phelps, letter, with appended letter from Orson Hyde and John E. Page, Dayton, OH, to JS, Sidney Rigdon, and Hyrum Smith, Nauvoo, IL, 29 June 1840; handwriting of Robert B. Thompson; in JS Letterbook 2, pp. 155–157; JS Collection, CHL.

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