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Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson County, Missouri, 10 August 1833

will be saved, & Zion will be the joy of all saints & they will possess her forever & ever; & though the atmosphere looks dark yet the Son of righteousness will soon appear with healing in his wings, & he will spare his people as a man spareth his own Son who serveth him. Our brethren here have sent you three revelations concerning Zion two of them dated the second of Aug. & the other the sixth. Read them carefully & keep them from false brethren & tatlers, & all things concerning Zion will come to pass in the due time of the Lord.— They also sent you a draft for the house of the Lord

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 “...

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, & a plan of the city. I mention this that you may know that such things have been sent should any accident happen that you do not obtain them,
I want br. Wm

17 Feb. 1792–7 Mar. 1872. Writer, teacher, printer, newspaper editor, publisher, postmaster, lawyer. Born at Hanover, Morris Co., New Jersey. Son of Enon Phelps and Mehitabel Goldsmith. Moved to Homer, Cortland Co., New York, 1800. Married Sally Waterman,...

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to write a circular for an “Extra Star” & send the manuscript immediately to me that I may go to some one of the printing offices here & publish it. Set forth the circumstances why the star is stopped &c. & I will assist all I can when your manuscript arrives, write close on a large sheet, you will have to write me the names of our former subscribers, their places of residence &c. so that I can mail them each an “extra” This you can do in a fine plain hand. Although it will be troublesome yet it looks to be necessary. I expect you have written me as many as two letters ere this. & when I receive the first I shall write again, Don’t fail to write once a week for you know my anxiety, tell me who apostatizes when you write, The brethren here are lifting up their voices in your behalf continually. Don’t be discouraged but be patient.— you may be under the necessity to sell some of our lands, but be wise, hold on to the sacred places.
I am in great haste to get this into the mail to day therefore must be short: I shall write again as I said, I am truly your br. in the New covenant

Generally referred to the “fulness of the gospel”—the sum total of the church’s message, geared toward establishing God’s covenant people on the earth; also used to describe individual elements of the gospel, including marriage. According to JS, the everlasting...

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O– C– Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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PS Brethren if I were with you I should take an active part in your sufferings & although nature shrinks yet my spirit would not let me forsake you unto death God helping me Oh be of good cheer for our redemption draweth near Oh God save my Brethren in Zion Oh brethren give up all to God forsake all for Christ sake
J– S– [p. [2]]
will be saved, & Zion will be the joy of all saints & they will  possess her forever & ever; & though the atmosphere looks dark  yet the Son of righteousness will soon appear with healing in  his wings, & he will spare his people as a man spareth his  own Son who serveth him. Our brethren here have sent you  three revelations concerning Zion two of them dated the second of  Aug. & the other the sixth. Read them carefully & keep them  from false brethren & tatlers, & all things concerning Zion will  come to pass in the due time of the Lord.— They also sent you a  draft for the house of the Lord

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 “...

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, & a plan of the city. I mention this  that you may know that such things have been sent should any  accident happen that you do not obtain them,
I want br. Wm

17 Feb. 1792–7 Mar. 1872. Writer, teacher, printer, newspaper editor, publisher, postmaster, lawyer. Born at Hanover, Morris Co., New Jersey. Son of Enon Phelps and Mehitabel Goldsmith. Moved to Homer, Cortland Co., New York, 1800. Married Sally Waterman,...

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 to write a circular for an “Extra Star” & send the manuscript  immediately to me that I may go to some one of the printing offices  here & publish it. Set forth the circumstances why the star is  stopped &c. & I will assist all I can when your manuscript  arrives, write close on a large sheet, you will have to write  me the names of our former subscribers, their places of residence  &c. so that I can mail them each an “extra” This you can  do in a fine plain hand. Although it will be troublesome yet  it looks to be necessary. I expect you have written me  as many as two letters ere this. & when I receive the first I  shall write again, Don’t fail to write once a week for  you know my anxiety, tell me who apostatizes when you  write, The br[ethre]n here are lifting up their voices in your  behalf continually. Don’t be discouraged but be patient.—  you may be under the necessity to sell some of our lands,  but be wise, hold on to the sacred places.
I am in great haste  to get this into the mail to day therefore must be short: I shall  write again as I said, I am truly your br. in the New covenant

Generally referred to the “fulness of the gospel”—the sum total of the church’s message, geared toward establishing God’s covenant people on the earth; also used to describe individual elements of the gospel, including marriage. According to JS, the everlasting...

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O– C– [Oliver Cowdery]

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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PS Brethren if I were with you I should take an active part in your suff erings & although nature shrinks yet my spirit would not let me forsake  you unto death God helping me Oh be of good cheer for our redemption  draweth near Oh God save my Brethren in Zion Oh brethren give up  all to God forsake all for Christ sake
J– S– [p. [2]]
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, Missouri, peaked on 20 July 1833 when vigilantes destroyed the church’s printing office. Under threat of further conflict, church members in Jackson County

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, Missouri, signed an agreement on 23 July 1833 to move from the county “as soon as possible.” Dispatched to personally inform JS of the shocking developments, Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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arrived on 9 August in Kirtland

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, Ohio, and one day later penned this letter to his brethren in Zion.
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members in their sufferings. Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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sent this letter from Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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, Ohio, to William W. Phelps

17 Feb. 1792–7 Mar. 1872. Writer, teacher, printer, newspaper editor, publisher, postmaster, lawyer. Born at Hanover, Morris Co., New Jersey. Son of Enon Phelps and Mehitabel Goldsmith. Moved to Homer, Cortland Co., New York, 1800. Married Sally Waterman,...

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and other leaders in Independence

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. Edward Partridge

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made a copy after its arrival.

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