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

exalted, but the rich in that they are made low.
The calls to the southern states are indeed great, many places which a short time ago would think it a disgrace to give shelter to a Mormon, on account of the many false misrepresentations which were abroad, now desire to hear an Elder

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 the church 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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.
On the islands of the sea, viz. great Britain, there continues to be a steady flow of souls into the church—branches

An ecclesiastical organization of church members in a particular locale. A branch was generally smaller than a stake or a conference. Branches were also referred to as churches, as in “the Church of Shalersville.” In general, a branch was led by a presiding...

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have been organized in many large and populous cities and the whole land appears to be thirsting for the pure streams of knowledge and salvation. The Twelve

Members of a governing body in the church, with special administrative and proselytizing responsibilities. A June 1829 revelation commanded Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer to call twelve disciples, similar to the twelve apostles in the New Testament and ...

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have already printed a new edition of the Hymn book, and issue a monthly periodical in that land. Several families have already arrived here from England and a number more are on their way to this place, and are expected this fall.
If the work roll forth with the same rapidity it has heretofore done, we may soon expect to see flocking to this place, people from every land and from every nation, the polished European, the degraded Hottentot, and the shivering Laplander. Persons of all languages, and of every tongue, and of every color; who shall with us worship the Lord of Hosts in his holy temple, and offer up their orisons in his sanctuary. It was in consideration of these things, and that a home might be provided for the saints, that induced us to purchase the present city for a place of gathering for the saints. and the extensive tract of land on the opposite side of the Mississippi. Although, the purchase at that time and under the peculiar conditions and circumstances of the church, appeared to many to be large and uncalled for; yet from what we now see, it is apparent to all, that we shall soon have to say. “The place is too strait give us room that we may dwell.”
We therefore hope that the brethren, who feel interested in the cause of truth, and desire to see the work of the gathering of Israel roll forth with power will aid us in liquidating the debts which are now owing, so that the inheritances

Generally referred to land promised by or received from God for the church and its members. A January 1831 revelation promised church members a land of inheritance. In March and May 1831, JS dictated revelations commanding members “to purchase lands for an...

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may be secured to the church, and which eventually will be of great value. From the good spirit which is manifested on this occasion, the desire to do good, and the zeal for the honor of the church, inspires us with confidence that we shall not appeal in vain, but that funds will be forthcoming on this occasion, sufficient to meet the necessities of the case.
It is with great pleasure that we have to inform the church that, another edition of the book of Mormon has been printed, and which is expected on from Cincinnatti

Area settled largely by emigrants from New England and New Jersey, by 1788. Village founded and surveyed adjacent to site of Fort Washington, 1789. First seat of legislature of Northwest Territory, 1790. Incorporated as city, 1819. Developed rapidly as shipping...

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, in a short time. And that arrangements are making for printing the book of Doctrine and Covenants Hymn book, etc. etc. So that the demand which may exist, for those works will soon be supplied.
In conclusion we would say. Brethern and Sisters be faithful, be diligent, contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints—let every man, woman and child realize the importance of the work, and act as if its success depended on their individual exertion alone, let them feel an interest in it, and then consider they live in a day, the contemplation of which animated the bosom of Kings, Prophets and Righteous men, thousands of years ago—the prospect of which inspired their sweetest notes and most exalted lays and caused them to break out in such rapturous strains as are recorded in the scriptures; and by and by, we shall have to exclaim in the language of Inspiration,
“The Lord has brought again Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Jesus 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 ...

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The Lord hath redeemed his people, Israel.” [p. 188]
exalted, but the rich in that they are made  low.
The calls to the southern states are indeed  great, many places which a short time ago  would think it a disgrace to give shelter to a  Mormon, on account of the many false mis representations which were abroad, now de sire to hear an Elder

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 the church 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...

View Glossary
.
On the islands of the sea, viz. great Brit ain, there continues to be a steady flow of  souls into the church—branches

An ecclesiastical organization of church members in a particular locale. A branch was generally smaller than a stake or a conference. Branches were also referred to as churches, as in “the Church of Shalersville.” In general, a branch was led by a presiding...

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have been  organized in many large and populous cities  and the whole land appears to be thirsting  for the pure streams of knowledge and salva tion. The Twelve

Members of a governing body in the church, with special administrative and proselytizing responsibilities. A June 1829 revelation commanded Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer to call twelve disciples, similar to the twelve apostles in the New Testament and ...

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have already printed a  new edition of the Hymn book, and issue a  monthly periodical in that land. Several  families have already arrived here from Eng land and a number more are on their way to  this place, and are expected this fall.
If the work roll forth with the same rapidi ty it has heretofore done, we may soon ex pect to see flocking to this place, people from  every land and from every nation, the pol ished European, the degraded Hottentot, and  the shivering Laplander. Persons of all lan guages, and of every tongue, and of every  color; who shall with us worship the Lord  of Hosts in his holy temple, and offer up  their orisons in his sanctuary. It was in con sideration of these things, and that a home  might be provided for the saints, that induced  us to purchase the present city for a place of  gathering for the saints. and the extensive  tract of land on the opposite side of the Mis sissippi. Although, the purchase at that time  and under the peculiar conditions and cir cumstances of the church, appeared to many  to be large and uncalled for; yet from what  we now see, it is apparent to all, that we  shall soon have to say. “The place is too  strait give us room that we may dwell.”
We therefore hope that the brethren, who  feel interested in the cause of truth, and de sire to see the work of the gathering of Isra el roll forth with power will aid us in liquida ting the debts which are now owing, so that  the inheritances

Generally referred to land promised by or received from God for the church and its members. A January 1831 revelation promised church members a land of inheritance. In March and May 1831, JS dictated revelations commanding members “to purchase lands for an...

View Glossary
may be secured to the church,  and which eventually will be of great value.  From the good spirit which is manifested on  this occasion, the desire to do good, and the  zeal for the honor of the church, inspires us  with confidence that we shall not appeal in  vain, but that funds will be forthcoming on  this occasion, sufficient to meet the necessi ties of the case.
It is with great pleasure that we have to in form the church that, another edition of the  book of Mormon has been printed, and which  is expected on from Cincinnatti

Area settled largely by emigrants from New England and New Jersey, by 1788. Village founded and surveyed adjacent to site of Fort Washington, 1789. First seat of legislature of Northwest Territory, 1790. Incorporated as city, 1819. Developed rapidly as shipping...

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, in a short  time. And that arrangements are making for  printing the book of Doctrine and Covenants  Hymn book, etc. etc. So that the demand  which may exist, for those works will soon  be supplied.
In conclusion we would say. Brethern and  Sisters be faithful, be diligent, contend ear nestly for the faith once delivered to the  saints—let every man, woman and child re alize the importance of the work, and act as  if its success depended on their individual ex ertion alone, let them feel an interest in it,  and then consider they live in a day, the con templation of which animated the bosom of  Kings, Prophets and Righteous men, thou sands of years ago—the prospect of which in spired their sweetest notes and most exalted  lays and caused them to break out in such  rapturous strains as are recorded in the script ures; and by and by, we shall have to ex claim in the language of Inspiration,
“The Lord has brought again Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Jesus 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 ...

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The Lord hath redeemed his people, Israel.” [p. 188]
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, IL, to the Church, 4 Oct. 1840; Times and Seasons, Oct. 1840, pp. 187–188.

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