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Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson County, Missouri, 18 August 1833

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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, August 18, 1833.
Brother 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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, John [Whitmer]

27 Aug. 1802–11 July 1878. Farmer, stock raiser, newspaper editor. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Member of German Reformed Church, Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, most likely in Seneca...

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, Edward [Partridge]

27 Aug. 1793–27 May 1840. Hatter. Born at Pittsfield, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of William Partridge and Jemima Bidwell. Moved to Painesville, Geauga Co., Ohio. Married Lydia Clisbee, 22 Aug. 1819, at Painesville. Initially a Universal Restorationist...

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, Isaac [Morley]

11 Mar. 1786–24 June 1865. Farmer, cooper, merchant, postmaster. Born at Montague, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of Thomas Morley and Editha (Edith) Marsh. Family affiliated with Presbyterian church. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, before 1812. Married...

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, John [Corrill]

17 Sept. 1794–26 Sept. 1842. Surveyor, politician, author. Born at Worcester Co., Massachusetts. Married Margaret Lyndiff, ca. 1830. Lived at Harpersfield, Ashtabula Co., Ohio, 1830. Baptized into LDS church, 10 Jan. 1831, at Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio. Ordained...

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and Sidney [Gilbert]

28 Dec. 1789–29 June 1834. Merchant. Born at New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Eli Gilbert and Lydia Hemingway. Moved to Huntington, Fairfield Co., Connecticut; to Monroe, Monroe Co., Michigan Territory, by Sept. 1818; to Painesville, Geauga Co...

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O thou disposer of all Events, thou dispencer of all good! in the name of Jesus Christ I ask thee to inspire my heart indiht [indite] my thaughts guide my peen [pen] to note some kind word to these my Brotheren in Zion that like the rays of the sun upon the Earth wormeth [warmeth] the face thereof so let this word I write worm [warm] the hearts of my Brotheren or as the gentle rain deceneth [descendeth] upon the earth or the dews upon the mountanes refresheth the face of nature and Causeth her to smile so give unto thy servent Joseph a word that shall refresh the hearts and revive the spirits yea souls of those afflicted ones who have been called to leave their homes and go to a strange land not knowing what should befall them behold this is like Abraham a strikeing evidence of their acceptance before the Lord in this thing but this is not all they are called to contend with the beast of the wilderness for a long time whose Jaws are open to devour them thus did Abraham and also Paul at Ephesus behold thou art like them and again the affliction of my Brotheren reminds me of Abraham offering up Isaac his only son but my Brotheen [brethren] have have been called to give up even more than this their wives and their children yea and their own life also O Lord what more dost thou require at their hands before thou wilt come and save them may I not say thou wilt yea I will say Lord thou wilt save them out of the hands of their enemies thou hast tried them in the furnace of affliction a furnace of thine own choseing [choosing]and couldst thou have tried them more then thou hast O Lord then let this suffice and from henceforth let this be recorded be in heaven for thine angels to look upon and for a testimony against all those ungodly men who have commited those ungodly deeds forever and ever and yea thine anger is enkindled against them and they shall be consumed before thy face and be far removed from Zion O they will go down to the pit and give place for thy saints for thy spirit will not always strive with man therefore I fear for all these things yet O Lord glorify thyself thy will be done and not mine but I must conclude my prayer my heart being full of real desire for all such are not reprobate that they cannot be saved——
Dear Brotheren in fellowship and love towards you and with a broken heart and a contrite Spirit I take the pen to address you but I know not what to— say to you and the thaught that this letter will be so long coming to you my heart faints within me I feel to exclaim O Lord let the desire of my heart be felt and realizied this moment upon you hearts and teach you all things thy servent would communicate to you my Brotheren since the inteligence of the Calamity of Zion has reached the ears of the wicked there is no saifty for us here but evevery man has to watch their houses every night to keep off the Mobbers Satan has Come down in Great wrath upon all the Chirch

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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of God and there is no saifty only in the arm of Jehovah none else can deliver and he will not deliver unless we prove ourselves faithful to him in the severeest trouble for he that will have his robes washed in the blood of the Lamb must come up throught great tribulation even the greatest of all affliction but know this when men thus deal with you and speak all maner of evil of you falsly for the sake of Christ that he is your friend and I verily know that he will spedily deliver Zion for I have his immutible covenant that this shall be the case but god is pleased to keep it hid from mine eyes the means how exactly the thing will be done the chirch in 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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concluded with one accord to die with you or redeem you and never at any time have I felt as I now feel that pure love and for you my Brotheren the wormth [warmth] and Zeal for you safety that we can scarcely hold our spirits but wisdom I trust will keep us from madness and desperation and the power of the Gospel will enable us to stand and [p. [1]]
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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, August 18, 1833.
Brother 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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, John [Whitmer]

27 Aug. 1802–11 July 1878. Farmer, stock raiser, newspaper editor. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Member of German Reformed Church, Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, most likely in Seneca...

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, Edward [Partridge]

27 Aug. 1793–27 May 1840. Hatter. Born at Pittsfield, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of William Partridge and Jemima Bidwell. Moved to Painesville, Geauga Co., Ohio. Married Lydia Clisbee, 22 Aug. 1819, at Painesville. Initially a Universal Restorationist...

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, Isaac [Morley]

11 Mar. 1786–24 June 1865. Farmer, cooper, merchant, postmaster. Born at Montague, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of Thomas Morley and Editha (Edith) Marsh. Family affiliated with Presbyterian church. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, before 1812. Married...

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, John [Corrill]

17 Sept. 1794–26 Sept. 1842. Surveyor, politician, author. Born at Worcester Co., Massachusetts. Married Margaret Lyndiff, ca. 1830. Lived at Harpersfield, Ashtabula Co., Ohio, 1830. Baptized into LDS church, 10 Jan. 1831, at Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio. Ordained...

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and Sidney [Gilbert]

28 Dec. 1789–29 June 1834. Merchant. Born at New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Eli Gilbert and Lydia Hemingway. Moved to Huntington, Fairfield Co., Connecticut; to Monroe, Monroe Co., Michigan Territory, by Sept. 1818; to Painesville, Geauga Co...

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O thou disposer of all Events, thou dispencer of all good! in the name  of Jesus Christ I ask thee to inspire my heart indiht [indite] my thaughts guide my  peen [pen] to note some kind word to these my Brotheren in Zion that like the  rays of the sun upon the Earth wormeth [warmeth] the face thereof so let this word I write  worm [warm] the hearts of my Brotheren or as the gentle rain deceneth [descendeth] upon the earth or the  dews upon the mountanes refresheth the face of nature and Causeth her to smile so  give unto thy servent Joseph have a word that shall refresh the hearts and revi[v]e  the spir[i]ts yea souls <of> those afflicted ones who have been called to leave their homes  and go to a strange land not knowing what should befall them behold this is like  Abraham a strikeing <evidence> of their acceptance before the <Lord> in this thing but this is not  all <they are> but called to contend with the beast of the wilderness for a long time whos[e]  Jaws <are> were open to devour them thus did Abraham and also Paul at Ephesus b[e]hold thou  art like him <them> and again the affliction of my Brotheren reminds me of Abraham  offering up Isaac his only son but my Brotheen [brethren] have have been called to give up  even more than this their wives and their children yea and their own life also  O Lord what more dost thou require at their hands before thou wilt come and save  them may I not say thou wilt yea I will <say> Lord thou wilt save them out of the  hands of their enemies thou hast tried them in the fu[r]nace of affliction a furnace  of thine own choseing [choosing]and couldst thou have tried them more then thou hast O  Lord then let this suffice and from henceforth <let> this <be> reco[r]ded <be> in heaven for thine  angels to look upon and for a testimony against all those ungodly men who  have commited those ungodly deeds forever and ever and <yea> let thine anger <is> be enki ndled against them and <let> them <and they shall> be consumed before thy face and be far  removed from Zion O <they will go> let them go down to <the> pit and give pl[a]ce for thy  saints for thy spirit will not always strive with man therefore I fear for all  these things yet O Lord glorify thyself thy will be done and not mine  but I must conclude my pray[er] my heart being full of real desire for all such  are not reprobate that they cannot be saved——
Dear Brotheren in fellowship and <love> towards you and with a broken heart and  a contrite Spirit I take the pen to address you but I know not what to—  say to you and the thaught <that> this <of> letter will be so long coming to you my  heart faints within me I feel to exclaim O Lord let the desire of my  heart be felt and realizied this moment <upon you hearts> and teach you all things thy  servent would communicate to would you my Brotheren since the intel igence of the Calamity of Zion has reached the ears of the wicked there is  no saifty for us here but evevery man has to wa[t]ch their houses every  night to keep off the Mob[b]ers Satan has Come down in Great wrath  upon all the Chirch

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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of God and the[re] is no saifty only in the arm of  Jehovah none else can deliver and he will not deliver unless we do  prove ourselves faithful to him in the severeest trouble for he that  will have his robes washed in the blood of the Lamb must come  up throught great tribulation even the greatest of all affliction but  know this when men thus deal with you and speak all maner of evil of  you falsly for the sake of Christ that he is your friend and I verily  know that he will spedily deliver Zion for I have his immutible  covenant that this shall be the case but god is pleased to keep it  hid from mine eyes the means how exactly the thing will be done  the chirch in 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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concluded with one accord to die with you or  redeem you and never at any time have I felt as I now feel that  pure love and for you my Brotheren the wormth [warmth] and Zeal for you  saf[e]ty that we can scarcely hold our spirits but wisdom I trust will  keep us from madness and desperation and the power of the Go[s]pel will enable  us to stand and [p. [1]]
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’s personal report of the difficulties endured by church members in Jackson County

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, Missouri. Nine days later, JS composed this lengthy letter offering comfort and counsel to those members in Zion. Noting that Kirtland

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, Ohio, members were also exposed to abuse, he encouraged members in Missouri

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not to abandon their objective to build up Zion but to rely on the Lord to sustain them.
JS wrote 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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, John Whitmer

27 Aug. 1802–11 July 1878. Farmer, stock raiser, newspaper editor. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Member of German Reformed Church, Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, most likely in Seneca...

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, Edward Partridge

27 Aug. 1793–27 May 1840. Hatter. Born at Pittsfield, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of William Partridge and Jemima Bidwell. Moved to Painesville, Geauga Co., Ohio. Married Lydia Clisbee, 22 Aug. 1819, at Painesville. Initially a Universal Restorationist...

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, Isaac Morley

11 Mar. 1786–24 June 1865. Farmer, cooper, merchant, postmaster. Born at Montague, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of Thomas Morley and Editha (Edith) Marsh. Family affiliated with Presbyterian church. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, before 1812. Married...

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, John Corrill

17 Sept. 1794–26 Sept. 1842. Surveyor, politician, author. Born at Worcester Co., Massachusetts. Married Margaret Lyndiff, ca. 1830. Lived at Harpersfield, Ashtabula Co., Ohio, 1830. Baptized into LDS church, 10 Jan. 1831, at Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio. Ordained...

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, and Sidney Gilbert

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at Independence

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, Missouri. Partridge retained the letter.

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