and by obedience to the heavenly com mand, escape the things which are com ing on the earth and secure to them selves an 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 , when all things which are in Christ Jesus, whether in heaven or on the earth, shall be 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 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 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 : 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 , 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.
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