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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

drawn their subscription, and these two  men, claiming this two thousand dol lars as their subscription, choose to  withdraw it, and put it into their own  pockets. A small part of which, has  been already paid to Wm. W. Phelps.
The Council, not feeling willing that  the church should be defrauded out of  two thousand dollars of her public funds,  and also knowing that the church  in general, as well as themselves, had  become dissatisfied with their conduct,  as christians, in many things, appoint ed a committee to labor with them; af ter which, they called the whole church  in Zion together, who almost unanim ously voted them out of their presiden tial office.
Not long after this, the council saw  cause to appoint a second committee,  to wait on these men, who still persisted  in their opposition to the interests of  the church. After which, charges  were preferred against them before the  Council, which were substantiated, and  they were excommunicated.
Also, the church has had much sor row during the past winter, on account  of the unfaithfulness of Oliver Cow dery, David Whitmer, and Lyman E.  Johnson, and in consequence of this,  and their opposition to our beloved  brother Joseph Smith jr. and the best  interest of the church of Jesus Christ,  and for persisting in the same, a num ber of charges have been substantiated  against them, before the Council and  Bishop of the church, and they have  also been excluded from fellowship.  “How has the gold become dim, the  most fine gold changed!!!”
But I must drop this subtect for want  of room. Suffice it to say, brethren  Joseph Smith Jr. and Sidney Rigdon  are now with us, the church now flour ishes, and the Saints rejoice, and the  internal enemies of the church. are  down. You will see by the above pros pectus, that your anxious desires for  the Journal are about to be granted.
May the God of Abraham, Isaac,  and Jacob, bless you, and keep you un to his coming and Kingdom. Amen.
My love to all the Saints in those re gions.
Yours in the love of God.
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P. S. Since Br. Joseph came to this  place, we have been favored with a  lengthy revelation, in which many im portant items are shown forth. First,  that the church shall hereafter be call ed “the Church of Jesus Christ, of  Latter Day Saints” Second, it says.  “Let the City Far West be a holy and  consecrated land unto me, and it shall  be called most holy, for the ground up on which thou standests is holy:— Therefore, I command you to build an  house unto me, for the gathering to gether of my Saints, that they may  worship me.” It also teaches, that the  foundation or corner stone must be laid  on tho [the] 4th day of July next, and that a  commencement must be made in this  following season, and in one year from  the 26th of April last, the foundation  must be again commenced, and from  that time, to continue the work until it  is finished. Thus we see that the Lord  is more wise than men, for Phelps and  Whitmer thought to commence it long  before this, but it was not the Lord’s  time, therefore, he overthrew it, and  has appointed his own time. The plan  is yet to be shown to the first presiden cy; and all the Saints, in all the world,  are commanded to assist in building the  house.
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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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