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Letter from Church Leaders in Kirtland, 16 November 1841

Letter from Church Leaders in Kirtland, 16 November 1841

Kirtland, Ohio. Nov 16, 1841.
Dear Brethren in the Lord,
We address you in the name of <the> Lord  and in humility, for we truly feel humble  in our present condition, and think it ne cessary to inform you how we are situated,  and as brethren of the same chosen family,  ask what we shall do in future, so that a  more perfect understanding may exist  between this Stake and Nauvoo. We hold this  truth the dearest of all, that if we are not one  we are not the Lord’s and if we do not uphold  each other’s hands the Lord will not uphold  ours.
Our president, Elder Almon Babbitt, as appears by  the minutes of your October Conference, has been  disfellowshipped, till he makes satisfaction &c—  Having the spirit of the Lord and his prophet to  guide you in all your doings we know  you go for righteousness; and as we live  to grow wiser and better, we do sincerely  hope and pray, that, not only satisfaction on  Brother Babbitts case, but on every thing relative to  Kirtland, may be made. It is true, Brother  Babbitt had just disengaged himself from the  Mercantile business he was connected with: and  from what we had seen and heard of his proceedings  here, we had great hopes that Kirtland would rise  from its former desolation to honor the cause of  the Lord in common with Nauvoo,— and we  still believe, when you ascertain our good feelings  for your welfare; for yours is ours, and all  is the Lord’s, that you will be as ready to forgive  wherein we have erred, as we are ready to ask  forgiveness wherein we have gone astray from the  commandments of our heavenly Father. Kirtland  contains some good hearted well meaning saints,— as [p. [1]]
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Lester Brooks, Zebedee Coltrin, Thomas Burdick, and Hiram Winters, Letter, Kirtland Township, OH, to JS, Hyrum Smith, Brigham Young, and the First Presidency and Twelve Apostles, Nauvoo, IL, 16 Nov. 1841; unidentified handwriting; three pages; JS Collection, CHL.

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