to God, that I had avoided. But this much I can say that the time past can only teach us to be more wise for the future. I close this communication by saying that from 1830 un til now, I have had full confidence in the book of Mormon, the Revelations of God to Joseph Smith Jr., and I still esteem both him and . as men of the highest integrity, the most exalted principles of vir tue and honor, and men who will yet be in struments in the Lord’s hand to accomplish a work in which I shall esteem it the highest honor and the greatest blessing to bear some humble part.
Surrey Co. N. C. May 18, 1838.
Dear Brother in the Lord,
Although I have been seperated from you many months, I have not forgotten you; and be as sured that I have often times desired your company, for I have labored alone most of the time since I left .
I have traveled from state to state, proclaiming the word of God; and for the last six months, I have been preach ing the gospel in the counties Stokes, Surrey, Patrick and Rockingham, in this state.
The faith of our church, never had been made known to any of the peo ple in this part of the country, until I came here. They had heard many false reports from the mob in . The people in having sent to their friends in this country, all the exaggerated and false stories, which they were disposed to. And by this means the minds of many have be come prejudiced against our people.— And it is almost impossible, to con vince this people that the stories are incorrect.
I have one very important request to make, which is, that you would use your utmost endeavors to have some of the elders come to this country without delay. Have this request made known to the Church in ; tell them, that doors are open in every direction throughout those counties, and it is al together out of the question for me to fill half of the calls, all of which are very urgent indeed; and the prospects are very good for building up a church. But I have to go to so many places, that it is not possible for me to build up churches, unless I can have help in this great work of the Lord.
I have no doubt when I say there can be a large church built up in this country, but that you know that it is a very hard thing for one alone, to start the work, in a state where the sound had never been heard, save by false reports.
But the people are all very willing to hear; and many are very much be lieving in the principles that I hold forth. You well know that the state of North Carolina has been past by, by all our elders. I am the only el der I think, that has ever visited this state.
Brother Moses [Martin]; I want that you should send me some of the papers containing the letters of br. Joseph on slavery. Send them to Webb’s Post Office, Stokes Co., N. C. The cli mate in the country is healthy, and the people hospitable and kind. The elders can come to the Kanawha salt works by water, where they will be within 100 miles of Patrick court house, and when they get there they may en quire for me; and if I am not there, they may enquire for Webbs Post of fice.
I have baptised 4 since I came to this country, and the prospects are flat terring.
All manner of stories are in circu lation here about br. Joseph, he is in Jail for murder! and has runaway from to !!!! How do these say ings agree? Give my love to all.
Yours in the covenant of grace.
To Moses Martin.
Your letter of the 18th of May, directed to Br. Moses Martin, was a few days since handed to us; and we hasten to give you some infor mation relative to our situation in this part of the land. I have used my in fluence to send some Elders to your assistance, and I think that one or more will be sent to that region, before long.
Heaven seems to smile upon the saints here, in almost every respect, & surely we ought to be the more faith ful to Him who pours out his blessings upon us. Many, very many, have em igrated to this place, this season, and we are informed that many more are on the road.
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