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Report of the First Presidency to the Church, 4 October 1840

Report of the First Presidency to the Church, 4 October 1840

REPORT FROM THE PRESIDENCY.
The Presidency

The presiding body of the church. From the day of the church’s organization on 6 April 1830, JS and Oliver Cowdery led the church in their capacity as elders. An 11 November 1831 revelation directed that “the duty of the president of the office of the high...

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of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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, would respectfully report: that they feel rejoicing to meet the saints at another general conference

A meeting where ecclesiastical officers and other church members could conduct church business. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church directed the elders to hold conferences to perform “Church business.” The first of these conferences was held on 9 June...

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and under circumstances as favorable as the present. Since our settlement in Illinois

Became part of Northwest Territory of U.S., 1787. Admitted as state, 1818. Population in 1840 about 480,000. Population in 1845 about 660,000. Plentiful, inexpensive land attracted settlers from northern and southern states. Following expulsion from Missouri...

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, we have for the most part been treated with courtesy and respect, and a feeling of kindness and of sympathy, has generally been manifested by all cfasses [classes] of the community, who with us, deprecate the conduct of those men, whose dark and blackning deeds, are stamped with everlasting infamy and disgrace.
The contrast between our past and present situation is great. Two years ago, mobs were threatening, plundering, driving and murdering the saints. Our burning houses enlightened the canopy of heaven. Our women and children houseless and destitute, had to wander from place to place, to seek a shelter from the rage of persecuting foes.—Now we enjoy peace, and can worship the God of heaven and earth without molestation. And expect to be able to go forward and accomplish the great and glorious work to which we have been called. Under these circumstances we feel to congratulate the saints of the Most High, on the happy and pleasing change in our circumstances, condition and prospects, and which those who shared in the perils and distresses, undoubtedly appreciate. While prayers and thanksgivings daily ascend to that God, who looked upon our distresses and delivered us from danger and death, and whose hand is over us for good. From the unpropitious nature of the weather, we hardly expected to behold so many of our friends on this occasion, in this however, we are agreeably disappointed, which gives us strong assurance that the saints are as zealous, untireing and energetic as ever in the great work of the last days; and give us joy and consolation, and greatly encourages us, while contending with the difficulties which necessarily lie in our way.
Let the brethren ever manifest such a spirit, and hold up our hands, and we must, we will go forward, the work of the Lord shall roll forth, the Temple of the Lord

JS revelation, dated Jan. 1841, commanded Saints to build temple and hotel (Nauvoo House). Cornerstone laid, 6 Apr. 1841. Saints volunteered labor, money, and other resources for temple construction. Construction directed by committee, which included Reynolds...

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be reared, 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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of Israel be encouraged; Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Christ, characterized by adherence to ideals of harmony, equality, and purity. In JS’s earliest revelations “the cause of Zion” was used to broadly describe the focus ...

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be built up. And become the praise, the joy, and the glory of the whole earth; and the song of praise, glory, honor and majesty to him that setteth upon the throne, and to the Lamb forever and ever, shall reverberate from hill to hill, from mountain to mountain, from Island to Island and from continent to continent, and the kingdoms of this world become the kingdom of our God and his Christ.
We are glad indeed to know that there is such a spirit of union existing throughout the churches, and at home and abroad; on this continent, as well as on the Islands of the sea, for by this principle and by a concentration of action shall we be able to carry into effect the purposes of our God.
From the Elders abroad we receive the most cheering accounts; wherever the faithful laborer has gone forth reaping, sowing the seed of truth, he has returned with joy, bringing his sheaves with him; and the information we receive from all quarters is, that the laborers are few and that the harvest is great. Many wealthy and influential characters have embraced the gospel, so that not only will the poor rejoice in that they are [p. 187]
REPORT FROM THE PRESIDENCY.
The Presidency

The presiding body of the church. From the day of the church’s organization on 6 April 1830, JS and Oliver Cowdery led the church in their capacity as elders. An 11 November 1831 revelation directed that “the duty of the president of the office of the high...

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of the church of Jesus  Christ of Latter Day Saints

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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, would respect fully report: that they feel rejoicing to meet  the saints at another general conference

A meeting where ecclesiastical officers and other church members could conduct church business. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church directed the elders to hold conferences to perform “Church business.” The first of these conferences was held on 9 June...

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and  under circumstances as favorable as the pres ent. Since our settlement in Illinois

Became part of Northwest Territory of U.S., 1787. Admitted as state, 1818. Population in 1840 about 480,000. Population in 1845 about 660,000. Plentiful, inexpensive land attracted settlers from northern and southern states. Following expulsion from Missouri...

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, we  have for the most part been treated with  courtesy and respect, and a feeling of kind ness and of sympathy, has generally been  manifested by all cfasses [classes] of the community,  who with us, deprecate the conduct of those  men, whose dark and blackning deeds, are  stamped with everlasting infamy and dis grace.
The contrast between our past and present  situation is great. Two years ago, mobs  were threatening, plundering, driving and  murdering the saints. Our burning houses  enlightened the canopy of heaven. Our wo men and children houseless and destitute,  had to wander from place to place, to seek a  shelter from the rage of persecuting foes.— Now we enjoy peace, and can worship the  God of heaven and earth without molestation.  And expect to be able to go forward and ac complish the great and glorious work to  which we have been called. Under these  circumstances we feel to congratulate the  saints of the Most High, on the happy and  pleasing change in our circumstances, condi tion and prospects, and which those who  shared in the perils and distresses, undoubt edly appreciate. While prayers and thanks givings daily ascend to that God, who looked  upon our distresses and delivered us from  danger and death, and whose hand is over us  for good. From the unpropitious nature of  the weather, we hardly expected to behold  so many of our friends on this occasion, in  this however, we are agreeably disappoin ted, which gives us strong assurance that the  saints are as zealous, untireing and energet ic as ever in the great work of the last days;  and give us joy and consolation, and greatly  encourages us, while contending with the dif ficulties which necessarily lie in our way.
Let the brethren ever manifest such a spir it, and hold up our hands, and we must, we  will go forward, the work of the Lord shall  roll forth, the Temple of the Lord

JS revelation, dated Jan. 1841, commanded Saints to build temple and hotel (Nauvoo House). Cornerstone laid, 6 Apr. 1841. Saints volunteered labor, money, and other resources for temple construction. Construction directed by committee, which included Reynolds...

More Info
be reared,  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...

View Glossary
of Israel be encouraged; Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Christ, characterized by adherence to ideals of harmony, equality, and purity. In JS’s earliest revelations “the cause of Zion” was used to broadly describe the focus ...

View Glossary
be  built up. And become the praise, the joy,  and the glory of the whole earth; and the  song of praise, glory, honor and majesty to  him that setteth upon the throne, and to the  Lamb forever and ever, shall reverberate  from hill to hill, from mountain to mountain,  from Island to Island and from continent to  continent, and the kingdoms of this world  become the kingdom of our God and his  Christ.
We are glad indeed to know that there is  such a spirit of union existing throughout the  churches, and at home and abroad; on this  continent, as well as on the Islands of the  sea, for by this principle and by a concentra tion of action shall we be able to carry into  effect the purposes of our God.
From the Elders abroad we receive the  most cheering accounts; wherever the faith ful laborer has gone forth reaping, sowing  the seed of truth, he has returned with joy,  bringing his sheaves with him; and the in formation we receive from all quarters is,  that the laborers are few and that the harvest  is great. Many wealthy and influential char acters have embraced the gospel, so that not  only will the poor rejoice in that they are [p. 187]
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First Presidency, report, Nauvoo

Principal gathering place for Saints following expulsion from Missouri. Beginning in 1839, LDS church purchased lands in earlier settlement of Commerce and planned settlement of Commerce City, as well as surrounding areas. Served as church headquarters, 1839...

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, IL, to the Church, 4 Oct. 1840; Times and Seasons, Oct. 1840, pp. 187–188.

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