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Letter from First Presidency to Saints Scattered Abroad, 15 September 1840

Letter from First Presidency to Saints Scattered Abroad, 15 September 1840

the worship of our God; where the or dinances can be attended to agreably  to his divine will, in this region of coun try; to accomplish which, considerable  exertion must be made, means will be  required; and as the work must be  hastened in righteousness, it behooves  the Saints, to weigh the importance of  these things, in their minds, in all their  bearings, and then take such steps as  are necessary to carry them into op eration; and arm themselves with cour age, resolve to do all they can, and feel  themselves as much interested, as  though the whole labor depended on  themselves alone; by so doing they will  emulate the glorious deeds of the Fath ers, and secure the blessing of heaven  upon themselves and their posteri[t]y to  the latest generation.
To those who feel thus interested,  and can assist in this great work, we  say let them come to this place, by so  doing they will not only assist in the  rolling of the kingdom, but be in a sit uation where they can have the advan tages of instruction from the presidency  and other authorities of the church, and  rise higher and higher in the scale of in tel[li]gence, until they “can comprehend  with all Saints the length and breadth  and debth and height, and know the love  of God which passeth knowledge.”
Connected with the building up of  the kingdom, is the printing and circu lation of the Book of Mormon, Doctrine  and Covenants, Hymn book and the  new translation of Scriptures, It is  unnecessary to say any thing respect ing these works; those who have read  them, and who have drank of the stream  of knowledge, which they convey, know  how to appreciate them, and although  fools may have them in derision, yet  they are calculated to make men wise  unto salvation, and sweep away the  cobwebs of superstition of ages, throw  a light on the proceedings of Jehovah  which have already been accomplished  and mark out the future in all its dread ful and glorious realities; those who  have tasted the benefit derived from a  study of those works, will undoubtedly  vie with each other in their zeal for  sending them abroad throughout the  world, that every son of Adam may  enjoy the same privileges and rejoice  in the same truths.
Here then, beloved brethren is a  work to engage in worthy of arch-an gels; a work which will cast into the  shade the things which have heretofore  been accomplished; a work which  kings and prophets and righteous men,  in former ages have sought, expected,  and earnestly desired to see, but died  without the sight: and well, will it be  for those who shall aid in carrying into  effect the mighty operations of Jehovah.
Scribe.
Nauvoo, Sept. 1840. [p. 179]
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First Presidency, letter, Nauvoo, IL, to “The Saints Scattered Abroad,” 15 Sept. 1840; Times and Seasons, Oct. 1840, pp. 177–179.

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