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Elders’ Journal, October 1837

he closed his meeting we arose and rectified some of his wide mistakes in his presence before the congregation, and informed the people if they would meet next Sabbath at the meeting house we would answer every objection that had been presented against the book of Mormon and our principles during the meeting. And last Sabbath we met a congregation of several hundred at the meeting house, assembled together from the different Islands, and we arose in their midst, and redeemed our pledge by answering every objection that had been brought against the book of Mormon, or our principles.— After meeting we repaired to the water and again administered the ordinance of baptism. The Baptist priest is no less busy than his Methodist brother, for while one is in the pulpit declaring to the people, that the principles of the book of Mormon are saping the very foundation of our churches and holy religion; the other is gone over to the main land calling upon his Baptist brethren, saying come over and help us lest we fall. But cursed is man that trusteth in man or maketh flesh his arm saith the Lord God. O ye priests of Baal your cry is in vain, the God of Israel has set his hand the second time to recover his people. The stone has began to roll, and will soon become a mountain and fill the whole earth. The Lord is calling his church out of the wilderness, with her gifts and graces and restoring her judges as at the first. God hath chosen the weak things of this world to confound the wise, and with them he will rend your kingdoms, that the wisdom of your wise men may perish, and the understanding of your prudent men may be hid. The cry of the Saints is ascending into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth for Ephraim.— The horns of Joseph are begining to push the people together. The apostles of the Lamb of God are bearing the keys of his kingdom on the shores of Europe. Yea and the mighty Captain of the ships at sea, are receiving the gospel of Jesus Christ; and enjoying its power, and the call of many from distant Islands, has already entered our ears; O come and preach to us, we have sent a book of Mormon over the billows of the great deep, to teach those that are at sea. And the word and work are propelled by the arm of JEHOVAH. And the weapon that is formed against 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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shall soon be broken. And he that raises his puny arm against it, is fighting against God and shall soon mourn because of his loss. We say these things are true as God liveth, and the Spirit beareth record and the record is true, and vengeance will be speedily executed upon an evil work in these last days, therefore, O Babylon thy fall is sure.
Although we have not baptized but few on these Islands, yet there is hundreds believing and many are almost ready to enter into the kingdom, the calls are numerous from the neighboring Islands, and also from the main land, for us to come and preach unto them, and tell them words whereby they may be saved from the pending judgments that await the world. There are fifteen or twenty neighboring Islands that are inhabited, some of them contain a population of several thousand. And while the fields are white, we view the harvest great in this country: and the laborers few. And while we are faithfully laboring day and night for the salvation of his people; we ask an interest in your prayers, O ye Saints of the most high God. O ye elders of Israel will ye not go forth into the vineyard and help wind up the scene of this generation which sits in darkness and in the shadow of death. O ye ministers of our God, if we altogether hold our peace at this time, shall we not suffer loss when the Lord raises up deliverance unto Israel. But for Zion’s sake let us not hold our peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake let us not rest until the light thereof go forth as brightness and salvation as a lamp that burneth.
That we all may keep the patience and faith of the Saints and see that no man take our crown, is the prayer of your brethren in the Lord Jesus.
WILLFORD WOODRUFF

1 Mar. 1807–2 Sept. 1898. Farmer, miller. Born at Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of Aphek Woodruff and Beulah Thompson. Moved to Richland, Oswego Co., New York, 1832. Baptized into LDS church by Zera Pulsipher, 31 Dec. 1833, near Richland. Ordained...

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JOHNATHAN H. HALE.
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Our readers will notice that the following from elder Heber C. Kimball

14 June 1801–22 June 1868. Blacksmith, potter. Born at Sheldon, Franklin Co., Vermont. Son of Solomon Farnham Kimball and Anna Spaulding. Married Vilate Murray, 22 Nov. 1822, at Mendon, Monroe Co., New York. Member of Baptist church at Mendon, 1831. Baptized...

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was intended for a private letter to his wife, consequently it was not expected by him to be placed before the public; but as Elder Kimball

14 June 1801–22 June 1868. Blacksmith, potter. Born at Sheldon, Franklin Co., Vermont. Son of Solomon Farnham Kimball and Anna Spaulding. Married Vilate Murray, 22 Nov. 1822, at Mendon, Monroe Co., New York. Member of Baptist church at Mendon, 1831. Baptized...

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is like ourselves, a man that delights in plainness, and is not skilled in the art of daubing with untempered mortar, we have taken the liberty to give it publicity almost en [p. 3]
he closed his meeting we arose and  rectified some of his wide mistakes in  his presence before the congregation,  and informed the people if they would  meet next Sabbath at the meeting  house we would answer every objection  that had been presented against the  book of Mormon and our principles du ring the meeting. And last Sabbath  we met a congregation of several hun dred at the meeting house, assembled  together from the different Islands, and  we arose in their midst, and redeemed  our pledge by answering every objec tion that had been brought against the  book of Mormon, or our principles.—  After meeting we repaired to the water  and again administered the ordinance  of baptism. The Baptist priest is no  less busy than his Methodist brother, for  while one is in the pulpit declaring to  the people, that the principles of the  book of Mormon are saping the very  foundation of our churches and holy  religion; the other is gone over to the  main land calling upon his Baptist  brethren, saying come over and help  us lest we fall. But cursed is man  that trusteth in man or maketh flesh his  arm saith the Lord God. O ye priests  of Baal your cry is in vain, the God of  Israel has set his hand the second time  to recover his people. The stone has  began to roll, and will soon become a  mountain and fill the whole earth. The  Lord is calling his church out of the  wilderness, with her gifts and graces  and restoring her judges as at the first.  God hath chosen the weak things of  this world to confound the wise, and  with them he will rend your kingdoms,  that the wisdom of your wise men may  perish, and the understanding of your  prudent men may be hid. The cry of  the Saints is ascending into the ears of  the Lord of Sabaoth for Ephraim.—  The horns of Joseph are begining to  push the people together. The apos tles of the Lamb of God are bearing the  keys of his kingdom on the shores of  Europe. Yea and the mighty Captain  of the ships at sea, are receiving the  gospel of Jesus Christ; and enjoying  its power, and the call of many from  distant Islands, has already entered  our ears; O come and preach to us,  we have sent a book of Mormon over  the billows of the great deep, to teach  those that are at sea. And the word  and work are propelled by the arm of  JEHOVAH. And the weapon that is  formed against 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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shall soon be  broken. And he that raises his puny  arm against it, is fighting against God  and shall soon mourn because of his  loss. We say these things are true as  God liveth, and the Spirit beareth rec ord and the record is true, and ven geance will be speedily executed upon  an evil work in these last days, there fore, O Babylon thy fall is sure.
Although we have not baptized but  few on these Islands, yet there is hun dreds believing and many are almost  ready to enter into the kingdom, the  calls are numerous from the neighbor ing Islands, and also from the main  land, for us to come and preach unto  them, and tell them words whereby  they may be saved from the pending  judgments that await the world. There  are fifteen or twenty neighboring Islands  that are inhabited, some of them con tain a population of several thousand.  And while the fields are white, we  view the harvest great in this country:  and the laborers few. And while we  are faithfully laboring day and night  for the salvation of his people; we ask  an interest in your prayers, O ye  Saints of the most high God. O ye  elders of Israel will ye not go forth in to the vineyard and help wind up the  scene of this generation which sits in  darkness and in the shadow of death.  O ye ministers of our God, if we alto gether hold our peace at this time, shall  we not suffer loss when the Lord raises  up deliverance unto Israel. But for  Zion’s sake let us not hold our peace,  and for Jerusalem’s sake let us not rest  until the light thereof go forth as bright ness and salvation as a lamp that burn eth.
That we all may keep the patience  and faith of the Saints and see that no  man take our crown, is the prayer of  your brethren in the Lord Jesus.
WILLFORD WOODRUFF

1 Mar. 1807–2 Sept. 1898. Farmer, miller. Born at Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of Aphek Woodruff and Beulah Thompson. Moved to Richland, Oswego Co., New York, 1832. Baptized into LDS church by Zera Pulsipher, 31 Dec. 1833, near Richland. Ordained...

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,
JOHNATHAN H. HALE.
————
Our readers will notice that the fol lowing from elder [Heber C.] Kimball

14 June 1801–22 June 1868. Blacksmith, potter. Born at Sheldon, Franklin Co., Vermont. Son of Solomon Farnham Kimball and Anna Spaulding. Married Vilate Murray, 22 Nov. 1822, at Mendon, Monroe Co., New York. Member of Baptist church at Mendon, 1831. Baptized...

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was intended  for a private letter to his wife, conse quently it was not expected by him to  be placed before the public; but as El der Kimball

14 June 1801–22 June 1868. Blacksmith, potter. Born at Sheldon, Franklin Co., Vermont. Son of Solomon Farnham Kimball and Anna Spaulding. Married Vilate Murray, 22 Nov. 1822, at Mendon, Monroe Co., New York. Member of Baptist church at Mendon, 1831. Baptized...

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is like ourselves, a man  that delights in plainness, and is not  skilled in the art of daubing with un tempered mortar, we have taken the  liberty to give it publicity almost en [p. 3]
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