53992150

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

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

and by obedience to the heavenly command, escape the things which are coming on the earth and secure to themselves an inheritance

Generally referred to land promised by or received from God for the church and its members. A January 1831 revelation promised church members a land of inheritance. In March and May 1831, JS dictated revelations commanding members “to purchase lands for an...

View Glossary
among the sanctified in the world to come.
Having been placed in a very responsible situation in the church, we at all times feel interested in the welfare of the Saints and make mention of them continually in our prayers to our heavenly Father, that they may be kept from the evils which are in the world and ever be found walking in the path of truth.
The work of the Lord in these last days, is one of vast magnitude and almost beyond the comprehension of mortals: its glories are past description and its grandeur insurpassable. It has been the theme which has animated the bosom of prophets and righteous men from the creation of this world down through every succeeding generation to the present time; and it is truly the dispensation of the fulness of times

A period of God’s work on earth, such as the “dispensation of the gospel of Abraham.” The biblical phrase “dispensation of the fulness of times” appears often in the writing of early Latter-day Saints; they typically used it to describe the final dispensation...

View Glossary
, when all things which are in Christ Jesus, whether in heaven or on the earth, shall be gathered

As directed by early revelations, church members “gathered” in communities. A revelation dated September 1830, for instance, instructed elders “to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect” who would “be gathered in unto one place, upon the face of this land...

View Glossary
together in him, and when all things shall be restored, as spoken of by all the holy prophets since the world began: for in it will take place the glorious fulfillment of the promises made to the fathers, while the displays of the power of the Most High will be great, glorious, and sublime.
The purposes of our God are great. his love unfathomable, his wisdom infinite, and his power unlimited; therefore, the Saints have cause to rejoice and be glad, knowing that “this God is our God forever and ever and he will be our guide unto death.”
Having confidence in the power, wisdom and love of God, the Saints have been enabled to go forward through the most adverse circumstances, and frequently when to all human appearances nothing but death presented itself, and destruction, inevitable, has the power of God been manifest, his glory revealed, and deliverance effected; and the Saints, like the children of Israel who came out of the land of Egypt, and through the Red Sea, have sung an anthem of praise to his holy name: this has not only been the case in former ages, but in our own day, and within a few months, have we seen this fully verified.
Having, through the kindness of our God, been delivered from destruction, and secured a location upon which we have again commenced opperations for the good of his people, we feel disposed to go forward and unite our energies for the upbuilding of the kingdom, and establishing the Priesthood

Power or authority of God. The priesthood was conferred through the laying on of hands upon adult male members of the church in good standing; no specialized training was required. Priesthood officers held responsibility for administering the sacrament of...

View Glossary
in their fulness and glory.
The work which has to be accomplished in the last days is one of vast importance, and will call into action the energy, skill, talent, and ability of the Saints, so that it may roll forth with that glory and majesty described by the prophets: and will consequently require the concentration of the Saints, to accomplish works of such magnitude and grandeur.
The work of the gathering

As directed by early revelations, church members “gathered” in communities. A revelation dated September 1830, for instance, instructed elders “to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect” who would “be gathered in unto one place, upon the face of this land...

View Glossary
spoken of in the scriptures, will be necessary to bring about the glories of the last dispensation: It is probably unnecessary to press this subject on the Saints, as we believe the spirit of it is manifest, and its necessity obvious to every considerate mind; and every one zealous for the promotion of truth and righteousness, is equally so for the gathering of the Saints.
Dear brethren feeling desirous to carry out the purposes of God, to which we have been called; and to be co-workers with him in this last dispensation

A period of God’s work on earth, such as the “dispensation of the gospel of Abraham.” The biblical phrase “dispensation of the fulness of times” appears often in the writing of early Latter-day Saints; they typically used it to describe the final dispensation...

View Glossary
: we feel the necessity of having the hearty co-operation of the Saints throughout this land, and upon the Islands of the sea; and it will be necessary for them to hearken to council, and turn their attention to the church

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

View Glossary
, the establishment of the kingdom, and lay aside every selfish principle, every thing low, and groveling; and stand forward in the cause of truth, and assist to the utmost of their power, those to whom has been given the pattern and design; and like those who held up the hands of Moses, hold up the hands of those who are appointed to direct the affairs of the kingdom, so that they may be strengthened, and be enabled to prosecute their great designs and be instrumental in effecting the great work of the last days.
Believing the time has now come when it is necessary to erect a house

The official name for the sacred edifice in Kirtland, Ohio, later known as the Kirtland temple; also the official name for other planned religious structures in Missouri. JS and the Latter-day Saints also referred to the House of the Lord in Kirtland as “...

View Glossary
of prayer, a house of order, a house for [p. 178]
and by obedience to the heavenly com mand, escape the things which are com ing on the earth and secure to them selves an inheritance

Generally referred to land promised by or received from God for the church and its members. A January 1831 revelation promised church members a land of inheritance. In March and May 1831, JS dictated revelations commanding members “to purchase lands for an...

View Glossary
among the sancti fied in the world to come.
Having been placed in a very re sponsible situation in the church, we at  all times feel interested in the welfare  of the Saints and make mention of them  continually in our prayers to our heav enly Father, that they may be kept  from the evils which are in the world  and ever be found walking in the path  of truth.
The work of the Lord in these last  days, is one of vast magnitude and al most beyond the comprehension of  mortals: its glories are past description  and its grandeur insurpassable. It has  been the theme which has animated  the bosom of prophets and righteous  men from the creation of this world  down through every succeeding gen eration to the present time; and it is  truly the dispensation of the fulness of  times

A period of God’s work on earth, such as the “dispensation of the gospel of Abraham.” The biblical phrase “dispensation of the fulness of times” appears often in the writing of early Latter-day Saints; they typically used it to describe the final dispensation...

View Glossary
, when all things which are in  Christ Jesus, whether in heaven or on  the earth, shall be gathered

As directed by early revelations, church members “gathered” in communities. A revelation dated September 1830, for instance, instructed elders “to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect” who would “be gathered in unto one place, upon the face of this land...

View Glossary
together in  him, and when all things shall be resto red, as spoken of by all the holy proph ets since the world began: for in it  will take place the glorious fulfillment  of the promises made to the fathers,  while the displays of the power of the  Most High will be great, glorious, and  sublime.
The purposes of our God are great.  his love unfathomable, his wisdom infi nite, and his power unlimited; there fore, the Saints have cause to rejoice  and be glad, knowing that “this God is  our God forever and ever and he will  be our guide unto death.”
Having confidence in the power, wis dom and love of God, the Saints have  been enabled to go forward through the  most adverse circumstances, and fre quently when to all human appearances  nothing but death presented itself, and  destruction, inevitable, has the power  of God been manifest, his glory reveal ed, and deliverance effected; and the  Saints, like the children of Israel who  came out of the land of Egypt, and  through the Red Sea, have sung an  anthem of praise to his holy name: this  has not only been the case in former  ages, but in our own day, and within  a few months, have we seen this fully  verified.
Having, through the kindness of our  God, been delivered from destruction,  and secured a location upon which we  have again commenced opperations for  the good of his people, we feel disposed  to go forward and unite our energies  for the upbuilding of the kingdom, and  establishing the Priesthood

Power or authority of God. The priesthood was conferred through the laying on of hands upon adult male members of the church in good standing; no specialized training was required. Priesthood officers held responsibility for administering the sacrament of...

View Glossary
in their ful ness and glory.
The work which has to be accom plished in the last days is one of vast  importance, and will call into action  the energy, skill, talent, and ability of  the Saints, so that it may roll forth  with that glory and majesty described  by the prophets: and will consequent ly require the concentration of the  Saints, to accomplish works of such  magnitude and grandeur.
The work of the gathering

As directed by early revelations, church members “gathered” in communities. A revelation dated September 1830, for instance, instructed elders “to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect” who would “be gathered in unto one place, upon the face of this land...

View Glossary
spoken  of in the scriptures, will be necessary  to bring about the glories of the last  dispensation: It is probably unneces sary to press this subject on the Saints,  as we believe the spirit of it is mani fest, and its necessity obvious to every  considerate mind; and every one zeal ous for the promotion of truth and  righteousness, is equally so for the  gathering of the Saints.
Dear brethren feeling desirous to  carry out the purposes of God, to which  we have been called; and to be co- workers with him in this last dispensa tion

A period of God’s work on earth, such as the “dispensation of the gospel of Abraham.” The biblical phrase “dispensation of the fulness of times” appears often in the writing of early Latter-day Saints; they typically used it to describe the final dispensation...

View Glossary
: we feel the necessity of having  the hearty co-operation of the Saints  throughout this land, and upon the Is lands of the sea; and it will be neces sary for them to hearken to council,  and turn their attention to the church

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

View Glossary
,  the establishment of the kingdom, and  lay aside every selfish principle, every  thing low, and groveling; and stand  forward in the cause of truth, and as sist to the utmost of their power, those  to whom has been given the pattern  and design; and like those who held up  the hands of Moses, hold up the hands  of those who are appointed to direct  the affairs of the kingdom, so that they  may be strengthened, and be enabled  to prosecute their great designs and be  instrumental in effecting the great work  of the last days.
Believing the time has now come  when it is necessary to erect a house

The official name for the sacred edifice in Kirtland, Ohio, later known as the Kirtland temple; also the official name for other planned religious structures in Missouri. JS and the Latter-day Saints also referred to the House of the Lord in Kirtland as “...

View Glossary
 of prayer, a house of order, a house for [p. 178]
PreviousNext
First Presidency

The highest presiding body of the church. An 11 November 1831 revelation stated that the president of the high priesthood was to preside over the church. JS was ordained as president of the high priesthood on 25 January 1832. In March 1832, JS appointed two...

View Glossary
, Letter, 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...

More Info
, IL, to “The Saints Scattered Abroad,” 15 Sept. 1840; Times and Seasons, Oct. 1840, pp. 177–179.

Facts