<May 4> “Now the thing is as follows— The Lord had directed me, with a few others, whose hearts the Lord has touched to go into the wilderness where we shall be fed, and directed by the hand of the Lord until we are purified & prepared to Minister to the Lamanites, & with us the Lord will send those three, who are spoken of in the book of Mormon, who were with Jesus after his resurrection and have tarried on the Earth to minister to their Brethren in the last days— Thus God is sending us before to prepare a place for you, & for the remnant who will survive the judgments which are now coming on the Church of Latter Day Saints to purify them for we are sent to prepare a Zion (as Joseph was before sent into Egypt) a City of Peace, a Place of Refuge, that you may bide yourselves with us, and all the Saints in the due time of the Lord. before his indignation shall sweep away the nations. These things are marvellous in our eyes, for great is the work of the Lord that he is going to accomplish— all this Land will be redeemed by the hands of the Lamanites, & room made for you, when you hear again from me.
Abide where you are, & be subject to the powers that be amongst you in the Church— Keep diligently the things I taught you— & when you read this be comforted concerning me, for though you may not see me for some few years, yet, as many of you <as> continue faithful, will see me again, & it will be in the day of your deliverance. Pray for me alway & be assured that I will not forget you. to the grace of God I commend you in Christ. Amen. Isaac Russel. P.S. we have not yet gone in the wilderness, but we shall go when the Lord appoints the time— If you should hear that I am apostatized believe it not, for I am doing the work of the Lord” I. R.”
being led by the Spirit of God soon unfolded the sophistry and falsehood of this Letter to the convincing of the Saints at Alston and Brampton, so as to entirely destroy their confidence in the apostate Russel although they had loved him as a Father.
<Conference> Minutes of a general conference held by the Church of Latter Day Saints, at the Presbyterian Camp ground, near Adams County, Illinois, on Saturday the 4th. of May 1839. At a quarter past eleven o clock meeting was called to order, and Prest. Joseph Smith Jr. appointed Chairman, a hymn was then sung, when Prest. Smith, made a few observations on the state of his peculiar feelings, after having been separated from the Brethren so long &c &c and then proceeded to open the meeting by prayer After some preliminary observations by Elder and concerning a certain purchase of Land in the made for the Church by the Presidency, when the following resolutions were unanimously adopted.
Resolved 1st. That , & , be appointed a travelling Committee to gather up and obtain all the libelous reports, and publications, which have been circulated against our Church. as well as other historical matter, connected with said church, that they can possibly obtain [p. 933]