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Letter to Saints Scattered Abroad, 25 June 1835

TO THE SAINTS SCATTERED ABROAD.
Dear Brethren:—It is a duty which every saint ought to render to his brethren freely—to always love them, and ever succor them. To be justified before God we must love one another: we must overcome evil; we must visit the fatherless and the widow in their affliction, and we must keep ourselves unspotted from the world: for such virtues flow from the great fountain of pure religion. Strengthening our faith by adding every good quality that adorns the children of the blessed Jesus, we can pray in the season of prayer; we can love our neighbor as ourselves, & be faithful in tribulation, knowing that the reward of such is greater in the kingdom of heaven. What a consolation! What a joy! Let me live the life of the righteous, and let my reward be like his!
According to the order of the kingdom begun in the last days, to prepare men for the rest of the Lord, the elders

A male leader in the church generally; an ecclesiastical and priesthood office or one holding that office; a proselytizing missionary. The Book of Mormon explained that elders ordained priests and teachers and administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto...

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in Zion, or in her immediate region, have no authority or right, to meddle with her spiritual affairs, to regulate her concerns, or hold councils

A gathering of church leaders assembled “for consultation, deliberation and advice”; also a body responsible for governance or administration. As early as 9 February 1831, a revelation instructed that “the Elders & Bishop shall Council together & they shall...

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for the expulsion of members, in her unorganized condition. The high council

A governing body of twelve high priests. The first high council was organized in Kirtland, Ohio, on 17 February 1834 “for the purpose of settling important difficulties which might arise in the church, which could not be settled by the Church, or the bishop...

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has been expressly organized to administer in all her spiritual affairs; and the bishop

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. JS appointed Edward Partridge as the first bishop in February 1831. Following this appointment, he functioned as the local leader of the church in Missouri. Later revelations described a bishop’s duties as receiving...

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and his council

A governing body comprised of a bishop and his counselors. The bishop’s council was charged with overseeing the temporal affairs of the church, administering goods under the law of consecration, and assisting the poor. Bishop’s councils had authority to hold...

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, are set over her [p. 137]
TO THE SAINTS SCATTERED  ABROAD.
Dear Brethren:—It is a duty which  every saint ought to render to his bre thren freely—to always love them, and  ever succor them. To be justified be fore God we must love one another:  we must overcome evil; we must visit  the fatherless and the widow in their  affliction, and we must keep ourselves  unspotted from the world: for such vir tues flow from the great fountain of  pure religion. Strengthening our faith  by adding every good quality that adorns  the children of the blessed Jesus, we  can pray in the season of prayer; we  can love our neighbor as ourselves, &  be faithful in tribulation, knowing that  the reward of such is greater in the  kingdom of heaven. What a consola tion! What a joy! Let me live the  life of the righteous, and let my reward  be like his!
According to the order of the king dom begun in the last days, to prepare  men for the rest of the Lord, the elders

A male leader in the church generally; an ecclesiastical and priesthood office or one holding that office; a proselytizing missionary. The Book of Mormon explained that elders ordained priests and teachers and administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto...

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 in Zion, or in her immediate region,  have no authority or right, to meddle  with her spiritual affairs, to regulate  her concerns, or hold councils

A gathering of church leaders assembled “for consultation, deliberation and advice”; also a body responsible for governance or administration. As early as 9 February 1831, a revelation instructed that “the Elders & Bishop shall Council together & they shall...

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for the  expulsion of members, in her unorgan ized condition. The high council

A governing body of twelve high priests. The first high council was organized in Kirtland, Ohio, on 17 February 1834 “for the purpose of settling important difficulties which might arise in the church, which could not be settled by the Church, or the bishop...

View Glossary
has  been expressly organized to administer  in all her spiritual affairs; and the bish op

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. JS appointed Edward Partridge as the first bishop in February 1831. Following this appointment, he functioned as the local leader of the church in Missouri. Later revelations described a bishop’s duties as receiving...

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and his council

A governing body comprised of a bishop and his counselors. The bishop’s council was charged with overseeing the temporal affairs of the church, administering goods under the law of consecration, and assisting the poor. Bishop’s councils had authority to hold...

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, are set over her [p. 137]
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JS, letter, Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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, OH, to Saints scattered abroad, June 1835; Latter Day Saints’ Messenger and Advocate, June 1835, pp. 137–138.

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