my word with loud voices without wrath or doubting, lifting up holy hands upon them: for I am able to make you holy, and your sins are forgiven you.
3 And let the residue take their journey from , two by two, and preach the word, not in hasste, among the congregations of the wicked, until they return to the churches from whence came. And all this for the good of the churches, for this intent have I sent them. And let my servant impart of the money which I have given him, a portion unto mine , who are to return; and he that is able let him return it by
<the> way of the agent, and he that is not, of him it is not required. And now I speak of the residue who are to come to this land. Behold they have been sent to preach my gospel among the congregations of the wicked: wherefore I give unto them a commandment thus: Thou shalt not idle away thy time:— neither shalt thou bury thy talent that it may not be known.
4 And after thou hast come up unto the land of , and hast proclaimed my word, thou shalt speedily return pro claiming my word among the congregations of the wicked. Not in haste, neither in wrath, nor with strife; and shake off the the dust of thy feet against those who receive thee not, not in their presence, lest thou provoke them, them but in secret, and wash thy feet as a testimony against them in the day of judgment.— Behold this is sufficient for you, and the will of
him who hath sent you. And by the mouth of my servant Joseph Smith, Jr. it shall be made known concerning and ; the residue hereafter; even so: Amen.
9–12 August 1831 • Tuesday–Friday
On the 9th, in company with ten elders, I left Landing for , we started down the river in canoes, and went the first day as far as Fort Osage where we had an excellent wild turky for supper. Nothing very important occurred till the third day, when many of the dangers, so com mon upon the western waters, manifested themselves; and after we had encamped upon the bank of the river, at McIlwaine’s bend, , in an open vision, by
daylight, saw the Destroyer, in his most horrible power, ride upon the face of the waters. Others heard the noise, but saw not the vision. The next morning, after prayer, I received the following [p. 142]