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Letter from Orson Hyde and Hyrum Smith, 14 January 1833

there remaineth a scourge & a judgment to be poured out upon the children of Zion, for  shall the children of the Kingdom pollute my holy land I say unto you nay— The  answers received from those letters which have been sent to you upon this subject  have failed to bring to us that satisfactory confession and acknowledgment  which the spirit of our Master requires— we therefore feeling a deep intrest  for Zion & knowing the judgments of God that will come upon her except  she repent; resort to these last, and most efficient means in our power to bring  her to a sense of her standing before the most High, At the time Joseph  Sidney [Rigdon] & Newel [K. Whitney] left Zion, all matters of hardness and misunderstanding  were settled and buried (as they supposed) and you gave them the hand of fellowship  but afterwards you brought up all these things again in a sensorious spirit accus ing Bro Joseph in rather an indirect way in of seeking after Monarchal power  and authority, this came to us in Bro Carrolls [John Corrill’s] letter of June 2d., We are sensable  that this is not the thing Bro J is seeking after, but to magnify the high  office and calling whereunto he has been called and appointed by the command of  God and the united voice of this Church, It might not be a miss for you to  call to mind the circumstances of the Nephites and the Children of Israel  rising up against their prophets and accusing them of seeking after Kingly  power &c— and see what befel them and take warning before it is to[o] late  Bro [Sidney] Gilberts letter of Dec 10th. has been received and read attentively, and  the low, dark, & blind insinuations which were in it were not received  by us as from the fountain of light, though his claims and pretentions  to holiness were great, we are not unwilling to be chastened or  rebuked for our faults but we want to receive it in Language that  we can understand, as Nathan said to David, Thou art the man  We are aware that Bro Gs is doing much, and a multitude of business  on hand but let him purge out all the old leaven and do his  business in the spirit of the Lord. and then the Lord will bless  him <otherwise the frown of the Lord will remain upon him—> There is ma[n]ifestly an uneassness in Bro G, and a fearful ness that God will not provide for his saints in their last days  and these fears lead him on to covitousness, This ought not so  to be, but let him do just as the Lord has commanded him  and then the Lord will open his coffers, and his wants will be  liberally supplied, But if this uneasy covetous disposition  be cherished by him the Lord will bring him to poverty  shame, and disgrace, Bro [William W.] Phelps letter is also received of Dec [p. 21]
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Sidney Rigdon called for a January 1833 conference of Ohio high priests as part of an effort to resolve the disruptive quarrels and petty wrangling that had marred the relationship between church leaders in Missouri and Ohio for eighteen months. A revelation dictated in late September 1832 containing a brief, pointed chastisement of the Missouri members, and recent contentious letters from William W. Phelps and Sidney Gilbert in Missouri had brought the matter to a head.
The conference sanctioned JS’s letter of 11 January 1833 to William W. Phelps while commissioning Orson Hyde and Hyrum Smith to draft an epistle—this letter—in answer to the letters received from Phelps and Gilbert. This collective response helped put to rest the Missouri leaders’ charge that JS sought for monarchal power.
Hyde and Hyrum Smith wrote this letter from Kirtland, Ohio, to the Missouri bishop, his council, and the inhabitants of Zion, Jackson County, Missouri. Frederick G. Williams transcribed this letter into Letter Book 1.

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