Letter to Isaac Galland, 11 September 1839

as the truth except by a few, among whom were “not many wise men after  the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble”— whilst the majority have  contented themselves with their own private opinions, or have adopted those  of others according as their address their philosophy, their formula, their  policy or their finesse may have attracted their attention or pleased their  taste. But Sir of all the other criterions whereby we may judge  of the vanity of these things, one will be always found true, viz: that we will  always find such characters glorying in their own wisdom, and their  own works, whilst the humble saint, gives all the glory to God the Father  and to his son Jesus Christ, whose yoke is easy and whose burthen is  light— and who told his disciples that unless they became like little chil dren— they could not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
As to the situation of the Church here, matters go with  us as well as can <reasonably> be expected, we have had considerable sickness amongst  us, but very few deaths, and as the greater part are now recovering, we yet  hope to have shelters provided before the winter shall set in.
Since you left here we have purchased out all Mr Hotchskiss [Horace Hotchkiss] interest  hereabouts— his farm we have laid out additional to our Town Nauvoo and the Town of Commerce we also hope to build up.
Some of the “Twelve” And others have already started for  Europe, and the remainder of that mission we expect will go now in a few  days.— According to intelligence recieved since you left, the  work of the Lord rolls on in a very pleasing manner, both in this and in  the old country.— In England many hundreds have of late been added  to our numbers; but so— even so it must be, for, “Ephraim he hath  mixed himself with the among the people”. And the Saviour hath said “my  sheep hear my voice” and also “he that heareth you heareth me”. And, “Behold  I will bring them <again> from the north country and gather them from the coasts of the  earth &c &c And as John heard the voice saying “come out of her my people”, even  so must all be fulfilled, that the people of the Lord may live when “Babylon  the great is fallen, is fallen”.
There has quite a number of families  gathered up here a gathered up here already and we anticipate a continuance, especially as  upon enquiry we have found that we have not had more than a ratio of sick ness here, notwithstanding the trials we have had, and the hardships  to which we have been exposed.
Calculating as we do upon the mercy and power of God in our behalf  we hope to persevere on in every good and useful work even unto the end  that when we come to be tried in the balance, we may not be found [p. 72]
JS, letter, Commerce, IL, to Isaac Galland, Kirtland, OH, 11 Sept. 1839; handwriting of James Mulholland; in JS Letterbook 2, pp. 71–73; JS Collection, CHL.