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Letter from Church Leaders in Kirtland, 16 November 1841

well as wicked men. Saints are saints everywhere.
We had made arrangements, as you have learned ere this from our Conference Minutes, to establish a printing office here to act in common with you; Our object was good, considering it was to be church property, and, if, after we made the trial, it was not found expedient for this place to retain it, it could easily be removed to Nauvoo

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, and be used for the great cause, there, and be a valuable acquisition, as it was our intention to have it contain besides the founts of English, founts of Hebrew and Greek letter. We have gone so far, that it would rather seem a loss to abandon the undertaking now: nevertheless, brethren, we shall be guided by your counsel, knowing that the Spirit of the Lord will not direct you to reject any thing that would opperate for the good of all.
Perhaps the Lord has directed to quit Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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as a stake to Zion: in which case we only want you to let us know the fact, and inform the trustees what shall be done with the “House of the Lord

JS revelation, dated Jan. 1831, directed Latter-day Saints to migrate to Ohio, where they would “be endowed with power from on high.” In Dec. 1832, JS revelation directed Saints to “establish . . . an house of God.” JS revelation, dated 1 June 1833, chastened...

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, and Church property, and so forth, for we are ready and willing to do the will of the Lord. We mean to be saved, and, if we can, help save others as help mates with you, “the Lords anointed.”
Now, beloved brethren, that there may be a more perfect understanding relative to “men and measures” for Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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, in future, give us your counsel on Brother Babbitt

Oct. 1812–Sept. 1856. Postmaster, editor, attorney. Born at Cheshire, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of Ira Babbitt and Nancy Crosier. Baptized into LDS church, ca. 1830. Located in Amherst, Lorain Co., Ohio, July 1831. Served mission to New York, fall...

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s case; upon the printing office, and upon whatever may be for the good of all— that unity, peace and love, may grow with our growth, and strengthen with our strength, till that which is perfect shall come. Pray the Lord to have mercy upon us, and we will do the same for you; for the prayers of the saints are among the sweetest [p. [2]]
well as wicked men. Saints are saints everywhere.
We had made arrangements, as you have learned  ere this from our Conference Minutes, to establish  a printing office here to act in common with you;  Our object was good, considering it was to be  church property, and, if, after we made the trial,  it was not found expedient for this place to  retain it, it could easily be removed to Nauvoo

Principal gathering place for Saints following expulsion from Missouri. Beginning in 1839, LDS church purchased lands in earlier settlement of Commerce and planned settlement of Commerce City, as well as surrounding areas. Served as church headquarters, 1839...

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,  and be used for the great cause, there, and be  a valuable acquisition, as it was our intention  to have it contain besides the founts of English,  founts of Hebrew and Greek letter. We have  gone so far, that it would rather seem a loss to  abandon the undertaking now: nevertheless, brethren,  we shall be guided by your counsel, knowing that the  Spirit of the Lord will not direct you to reject any  thing that would opperate for the good of all.
Perhaps the Lord has directed to quit Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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as  a stake to Zion: in which case we only want  you to let us know the fact, and inform the  trustees what shall be done with the “House of  the Lord

JS revelation, dated Jan. 1831, directed Latter-day Saints to migrate to Ohio, where they would “be endowed with power from on high.” In Dec. 1832, JS revelation directed Saints to “establish . . . an house of God.” JS revelation, dated 1 June 1833, chastened...

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, and Church property, and so forth, for  we are ready and willing to do the will of the  Lord. We mean to be saved, and, if we can, help  save others as help mates with you, “the Lords  anointed.”
Now, beloved brethren, that there may be a  more perfect understanding relative to “men  and measures” for Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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, in future, give us  your counsel on Brother Babbitt

Oct. 1812–Sept. 1856. Postmaster, editor, attorney. Born at Cheshire, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of Ira Babbitt and Nancy Crosier. Baptized into LDS church, ca. 1830. Located in Amherst, Lorain Co., Ohio, July 1831. Served mission to New York, fall...

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s case; upon  the printing office, and upon whatever may be  for the good of all— that unity, peace and love,  may grow with our growth, and strengthen with  our strength, till that which is perfect shall  come. Pray the Lord to have mercy upon us,  and we will do the same for you; for the  prayers of the saints are among the sweetest [p. [2]]
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, IL, 16 Nov. 1841; unidentified handwriting; three pages; JS Collection, CHL.

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