Letter to Harvey Whitlock, 16 November 1835

him up as out of deep mire, and he shall  be exalted upon the high places, and shall  be counted worthy to stand ammong princ es, and shall yet be made a polished shaft  in my quiver, of bringing down the strong  holds of wickedness, among those who set  themselves up on high, that they may take  council against me, and against annoint ed ones in the last days.
Therefore let him prepare himself speed ily and come unto you; even to Kirtland  and inasmuch as he shall harken unto  all your council from henceforth he shall be  restored unto his former state, and shall  be saved unto the uttermost, even as the Lord  your God liveth Amen.
Thus you see my dear Brother the willing ness of our heavenly Father to forgive sins  and restore to favour all those who are willing  to humble themselves before him, and confess  their sins and forsake them, and return to  him with full purpose of heart (acting  no hypocrisy) to serve him to the end.
Marvle not that the Lord has condescen ded to speak from the heavens and give  you instructions whereby you may learn  your duty, he has heard your prayers, and  witnessed your humility; and holds forth  the hand of paternal affection, for your  return; the angels rejoice over you, while  the saints are willing to recieve you again  into fellowship.
I hope on the recipt of this, you will  not loose any no time in coming to [p. 43]
JS, letter, Kirtland, OH, to Harvey Whitlock, 16 Nov. 1835; handwriting of Warren Parrish; in JS, Journal, Sept. 1835–Apr. 1836, pp. 42–44; JS Collection, CHL.