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Letter to Oliver Granger, 23 July 1840

but when my brethren stand aloof— when they begin to faint and  endeavour to retard my progress and enterprise then I feel to mourn  but am no less determined to prosecute my task, being confident  that altho my earthly friends may fail and even turn against me,  yet my heavenly father will bear me off triumphant. However I hope  that even in Kirtland, their are some who do not make a man an  [“]offender for a word” but are disposed to stand forth in defence of  righteousness and truth and attend to every duty enjoined upon them  and who will have wisdom to direct them against any movement or  influence calculated to bring confusion and disorder into the camp of  Israel, and to discern between the spirit of truth and the spirit of  error.
It would be gratifying to my mind to see the saints in Kirtland  flourish, but think the time has not yet come and I assure you  it never will until a different order of things be established and  a different spirit be manifested. When confidence is restored, when  pride shall fall and every aspiring mind be clothed with humility  as with a garment and selfishness give place to benevolence and  charity, and a united determination to live by every word which  proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord is observable, then and not  till then can peace and order, and love prevail
It is in consequence of aspiring men that Kirtland has been forsa ken. How frequently has your humble servant been envied in his office  by such characters who endeavoured to raise themselves to power at  my expense, and seeing it impossible to do so, resorted to foul  slander and abuse and other means to effect my overthrow; such  characters have ever been the first to cry out against the presidency,  and publish their faults and foibles to four winds of heaven.
I cannot forget the treatment I received in the house of my  friends, these things continually roll across my mind and cause  me much sorrow of heart, and when I think that others who have  lately come into the church should be led to Kirtland instead of to  this place by Elder Babbit, and having their confidence in the  Authorities lessened by such observations as he (Elder Babbit) has  thought propper to make, as well as hearing all the false reports  and exaggerated accounts of our enemies, I must say that I  feel grieved in spirit, and cannot tolerate such proceedings  neither will I, but will endeavour to disabuse the minds of  the saints and break down all such unhallowed proceedings. [p. 160]
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JS, letter, Nauvoo, IL, to Oliver Granger, Kirtland, OH, [23] July 1840; handwriting of Robert B. Thompson; in JS Letterbook 2, pp. 159–161; JS Collection, CHL.

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