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After so long a time, and after so many things having been said, I feel it my duty to drop a few hints, that, per haps, the elders, traveling through the world to warn the inhabitants of the earth to flee the wrath to come, and save themselves from this untoward generation, may be aided in a measure, in doctrine, and in the way of their du ty. I have been laboring in this cause for eight years, during which time I have traveled much, and have had much experience. I removed from , N.Y. to , Ohio, in February, 1831.
Having received, by an heavenly vision, a commandment, in June fol lowing, to take my journey to the wes tern boundaries of the State of , and there designate the very spot, which was to be the central spot, for the commencement of the together of those who embrace the ful ness of the everlasting gospel—I accor dingly undertook the journey with cer tain ones of my brethren, and, after a long and tedious journey, suffering many privations and hardships, I ar rived in Missouri; and, after viewing the country, seeking dil igently at the hand of God, he mani fested himself unto me, and designa ted to me and others, the very spot up on which he designed to commence the work of the gathering, and the upbuild ing of an holy city, which should be called and all believe in one doctrine even the doctrine of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. [p. 179]