their subscription, and these two men, claiming this two thousand
dol lars as their subscription, choose to withdraw it, and put it into
their own pockets. A small part of which, has been already paid to
Council, not feeling willing that the church should be defrauded out of
two thousand dollars of her public funds, and also knowing that the
church in general, as well as themselves, had become dissatisfied
with their conduct, as christians, in many things, appoint ed a
committee to labor with them; af ter which, they called the whole church
in Zion together, who almost unanim ously voted them out of their
presiden tial office.
long after this, the council saw cause to appoint a second committee,
to wait on these men, who still persisted in their opposition to the
interests of the church. After which, charges were preferred against
them before the Council, which were substantiated, and they were
the church has had much sor row during the
past winter, on account
of the unfaithfulness of
, and in consequence of
this, and their opposition to our beloved brother
Smith jr. and the best interest of the church of Jesus Christ,
and for persisting in the same, a num ber of charges have been
substantiated against them, before the Council and
of the church, and they have also been excluded from fellowship. “How
has the gold become dim, the most fine gold changed!!!”
I must drop this subtect for want of room. Suffice it to say, brethren
Joseph Smith Jr. and
are now with us, the church now flour ishes, and the
Saints rejoice, and the internal enemies of the church. are down. You will see by the above pros pectus, that your
anxious desires for the Journal are about to be granted.
the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, bless you, and keep you un to
his coming and Kingdom. Amen.
love to all the Saints in those re gions.
in the love of God.
Joseph came to this place, we have been favored with a lengthy
revelation, in which many im portant items are shown forth. First,
that the church shall hereafter be call ed “the Church of Jesus
Christ, of Latter Day Saints” Second, it says. “Let the City
be a holy and consecrated land unto me, and it shall be
called most holy, for the ground up on which thou standests is holy:—
Therefore, I command you to build an
unto me, for the gathering to gether of my Saints, that they may
worship me.” It also teaches, that the foundation or corner stone
must be laid on tho [the]
4th day of July next, and that a
commencement must be made in this following season, and in one year
from the 26th of April last, the
foundation must be again commenced, and from that time, to continue
the work until it is finished. Thus we see that the Lord is more wise
than men, for
thought to commence it long before this, but it was not the Lord’s
time, therefore, he overthrew it, and has appointed his own time. The
plan is yet to be shown to the first presiden cy; and all the Saints,
in all the world, are commanded to assist in building the .
, May, 1838.
duty which I owe to my Heavenly Father, to the church of Latter Day
Saints, and to the Elders who are a broad in the earth, induces me, to
drop a few encouraging hints, unto you my beloved fellow laborers in
the kingdom which God has set up in these last days.
2nd. Brethren I
am aware of your thirst, for the gathering of that long dispersed
people, who are of the house of Israel. I am aware of your toils, and
fatigues, in traveling from city to city; from state to state; from
kingdom to king[d]om;
and from Island to Island, to declare the gospel in its purity, unto
the inhabitants of this generation.— Declaring unto them in plain
terms, that God has again spoken from the heavens by the voice of
revelation, that the hour of his Judgment is nigh at hand, and that
God hath decreed that wars, famine, and pestilence, will soon cover
the land; that Babylon must fall, and great must be the fall thereof.
Declaring plainly unto the honest in