13–15 April 1838 • Friday–Sunday
Elders were in they wrote as follows:
<April 13 Prophecy on Thomas Webster> “. Good Friday.
“April 13th, 1838. Dear Brothers and
Sisters in Preston: It seemeth good unto us,
and also unto the Holy Spirit to write you a few words, which
cause pain in our hearts, and will also pain you when
they are ful filled before you; yet you shall have joy in the end.
-[Thomas Webster]- will not abide in the Spirit
of the Lord, but will reject the truth, and become the enemy of the
people of God, and expose the mysteries which have been committed
to him, that a righteous judgment may be executed upon him, unless
he speedily repent.
sorrowful prediction shall be fulfilled, this Letter shall be read
to the Church, and it shall prove a solemn warning to all to
beware. Farewell in the Lord. . .
foregoing letter was written and sealed in presence of Presidents and who had gone to
to witness the brethren
sail, and by the writers committed to their special charge that no
one should know the contents until the fulfilment thereof. Previous
to this period very little of the foolish and wicked stories which
filled the weekly Journals, and pamphlets in
, concerning the Mormons, -[as the
saints were termed]- had found its way into the English prints, but
<15 Liveseys Pamphlets> immediately after, Elders and left Preston, or about the 15th of
April, One Livesy, (a
Methodist Priest, who had previously spent some years
in , and said he
heard nothing about the saints in
,) came out with a pamphlet made up
of forged letters, Apostate lies. and “walk on the water” stories
he found in old American papers which he had picked up while in
, but he stopped the circulation of
his own pamphlets by stating to a public congregation that he had
“accidentally found the contents of the pamphlet in old papers in
his trunk which was quite providential to stop such abominable work
as the Saints were engaged in,”— and in the same Lecture said he
“wished the people to purchase his pamphlets as he had been at
great expence to procure the materials for writing it.” His hearers
17 April 1838 • Tuesday
17. Revelation to > I received the following Revelation. Given at
. April 17,th 1844 <1838>
Verily thus saith the Lord, it is wisdom in My
Servant , that he settle
up all his business, as soon as he possibly can, and make a
disposition of his merchandize, that he may perform a mission unto
me next spring in company with others, even Twelve, including
himself, to testify of my name, and bear glad ti dings unto all the
world, for verily thus saith the Lord, that in asmuch as there are
those among you who deny my name, others shall be planted in their
stead and receive their Bishoprick. Amen.
<Revelation to .> Also I received the following Revelation. Given to
. April 17th.
Verily thus saith the Lord, let my Servant , go unto the place which he has bought, on
, an[d] there provide for his family until an
affectual door is opened for the support of his family until I
Shall command <him> to go home, and not to leave his family
until they are amply provided for: Amen.
20 April 1838 • Friday
< & sailed. 20> Elders and sailed from on the ship Garrick. April 20th.
26 April 1838 • Thursday
< Thursday, 26. Revelation.> I received the following Revelation. Given at
. April 26th.
Making known the will of God concerning the
building up of this place, and of [p. 790]