I am disposed to say a word relative to the bills of the “
Safety Society Bank.” I hereby warn them to beware of speculators,
renegadoes and gamblers, who are duping the unwary and unsuspecting, by
palming upon them, those bills, which are of no worth here. I
discountenance and disapprove of any and all such practices, I know
them to be detrimental to the best interests of society, as well as to the
principles of religion.
In this month
Elder Russel succeeded in establishing a small church in
Alston, England. While I was engaged in visiting
the Churches in . preaching and and baptizing and blessing the saints, strengthening
the things that were. I returned to
about the last of August, and
a wrote the following letter which I sent by
the hand of
<September 4 Joseph’s
Letter, to &c, Zion.>
Geauga County, Ohio, September 4th. 1837.
President of the church of Christ of Latter Day Saints in all the world;
to and the whole Church in Zion; sendeth Greeting. Blessed be
the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed you with many
blessings in Christ, and who has delivered you many times from the hands
of your enemies, and planted you many times in an heavenly or holy place;
My respects and love to you all, and my blessings upon all the faithful,
and true hearted in the new and everlasting covenant: And forasmuch
as I have desired for a long time to see your faces, and converse
with you, and instruct you in those things which have been revealed
to me pertaining to the kingdom of God in the last days, I now write unto
you offering <as> an apology, my being bound
with cords of affliction by the workers of iniquity, and by the labors of
the Church, endeavoring in all things to do the will of God for the
sal vation of the church, both in temporal, as well as spiritual things.
Brethren we have waded through a scene of affliction and sorrow thus
far for the will of God, that language is inadequate to describe, pray ye,
therefore, with more earnestness for our redemption. You have undoubtedly
been informed by letter and otherwise, of our dif ficulties in
which are now about being settled, and that you may have a knowledge of
the same, I subscribe to you the following minutes of the committee of the
whole church of
the authorities &c, referring you to my brother
, and brother
for further particulars; also
that you may know how to proceed to set in order and regulate the affairs
of the church in Zion, whenever they become disorganized.
Conference Minutes Sunday 3rd.
Reorganization of the church at
Minutes of a Conference assembled in committee of the whole church on
Sunday the 3d of September, 1837, 9 o’clock, A.M.—
was called upon to take
the minutes of the conference.
Smith Jun to the Church to know if they still looked upon, and would
still receive and uphold <President and
him as the president of the whole Church, and the votes was unanimous in the affirmative.
President Smith then presented
for <as> his
counsel lors, <and
vote not carried>
and to constitute with himself the three first Presidents of the Church,