Certificate for Oliver Granger, 13 May 1839

of the Church, and he is now authorized by a general Conference to go forth  and engage in vast business and important concerns as an agent for the  church, that he may fill a station of usefulness in obedience to the commandm ents of God, which was given unto him July 8th 1838— which says, “Let him  (meaning Br Granger) contend earnestly for the redemption of the First  Presidency of my Church saith the Lord.”
We earnestly solicit the Saints scattered abroad to stren gthen his hands with all their might, and to put such means into his hands  as shall enable him to accomplish his lawful designs and purposes, accord ing to the commandments, and according to the instructions which he shall  give unto them. And that they intrust him with moneys, lands, chattles  and goods, to assist him in this work, and it shall redound greatly to  the interest and welfare, peace and satisfaction of my Saints saith the  Lord God. For this is an honorable agency which I have appointed  unto him Saith the Lord; and again Verily thus saith the Lord, I will  lift up my servant Oliver, and beget for him a great name on the earth  and among my people, because of the integrity of his soul; therefore let all my  Saints abound unto him with all liberality and long suffering, and it shall be  a blessing on their heads.
We would say unto the Saints abroad, Let our hearts abound with  grateful acknowledgements unto God our Heavenly Father, who hath called us  unto his holy calling, by the revelation of Jesus Christ in these last days, and  has so mercifully stood by us, and delivered us out of the seventh trouble  which happened unto us in the State of Missouri.
May God reward our enemies according to their works.  We request the prayers of all the Saints. Subscribing ourselves, their  humble brethren in tribulation in the bonds of the everlasting Gospel.
Joseph Smith Jr
Certificate, JS, Sidney Rigdon, and Hyrum Smith to Oliver Granger, Commerce, IL, 13 May 1839; handwriting of James Mulholland; in JS Letterbook 2, pp. 45-46; JS Collection, CHL.