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Letter, Thomas B. Marsh (at request of JS) to Wilford Woodruff, circa April 1838

Letter, Thomas B. Marsh (at request of JS) to Wilford Woodruff, circa April 1838

and his company, returned, on, or about  the 10th of December; soon after which  this dissenting band, openly, and pub licly, renounced the church of Christ,  of Latter Day Saints, and claimed  themselves to be the old standard; call ed themselves the church of Christ, ex cluded that of Saints, and set at naught  Br. Joseph, and the whole church, de nounced them as heretics. How blind  and infatuated are the minds of men,  when once turned from righteousness  to wickedness. They did not under stand, that by taking upon them the  name of Latter Day Saints, did not do  away that of the church of Christ.— Neither did they consider, that the an cient church was the church of Christ,  and that they were Saints. And again,  it appears that they did not consider  the prophecy of Daniel, which says,  “The Saints shall take the kingdom,”  &c. Again, “the Kingdom, and the  greatness of the Kingdom, under the  whole heaven, was given to the peo ple, (the Saints,) of the Most High.”  And the Saints here alluded to, were  certainly Latter Day Saints; inas mach, as the above prophecy is to be  fulfilled in the last days; and is yet fu ture, as all professed readers of the bi ble will confess.
We have of late learned, that Par rish, and the most of this combination  have openly renounced the book of  Mormon, and become deists.
I will now leave Kirtland, and give  you some account of the movement of  things here, as they are and have been.
You undoubtedly remember the vis it, which I, in company with Elder  [Elisha] Groves, made to the churches in Ken tucky and Tennessee, in the summer  of 1836. You may also recollect, the  nature and result of our visit. We  came to solicit assistance, for poor  bleeding Zion: And we obtained,  through the goodness of the children of  God, in those regions, the sum of four teen hundred and fifty dollars, which  we delivered unto Wm. W. Phelps  and John Whitmer, on our arrival at  this place. But these men, instead of  laying out the money for the benefit of  poor bleeding Zion, purchased land for  their own emolument. They general ly did their business, independently  of the aid, or counsel of either the  Bishop, or High Council. This gave  some uneasiness to the two authorities  of Zion: not only because they pur chased land with church funds, in their  own name, for their own aggrandize ment, but because they selected the  place for the city Far West, and ap pointed the spot for the house of the  Lord to be built on, drew the plan of  said house, and appointed and ordained  a committee to build the same, without  asking or seeking counsel, at the hand  of either Bishop, High Council, or first  Presidency; when it was well under stood that these authorities were ap pointed for the purpose of counseling  on all important matters pertaining to  the Saints of God.
These two presidents also managed  to get the town plot into their own hands,  that they might reap the avails arising  from the sales of the lots. In conse quence of these, with other things, the  High Council met by themselves on the  3rd day of April, 1837, and resolved to  invite the two presidents, the Bishop  and his council, and the two apostles,  namely, T[homas] B. Marsh and D. W. Pat ten, to meet with them on the 5th inst.  to which time they adjourned. Ac cordingly the above named authorities  met, on the 5th, and after laboring dili gently three days in succsssion, it was  unanimously agreed upon, that the  town plot, with four eighties adjacent  to the plot, should be at the disposal of  the Bishop and his counsel the High  Council, the two presidents, and the  two apostles. During this labor the  two presidents acknowledged they were  wrong, and they, to all appearance,  willingly suffered themselves to be cor rected by the Council.
In the beginning of May following,  the Council again met, and resolved to  have the above named property trans fered into the hands of the bishop, as  an equivalent to the poor bleeding Zion  money, and that the av[a]ils, of said land,  should be thereafter applied to the ben efit of the poor, and other public pur poses. The business of the transfer of  said property, was transacted by the  two presidents, the bishop and his coun sel; by some means they managed to  bind the bishop in a mortgage, of three  thousand four hundred and fifty dollars,  to apply two thousand dollars of the  avails of the town plot, which they had  subscribed to the building of the house  of worshp, which they intended to have  erected. Since that time, the affair of  building the house, has fallen through.  Consequently, many people have with [p. 37]
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Thomas B. Marsh (at request of JS), letter, [Independence, MO], to Wilford Woodruff, [Scarborough, ME], ca. Apr. 1838; Elders’ Journal, July 1838, pp. 36–38.

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