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

and thus the testimony of the Kingdom must go unto all and there are many ways that God designs to bring about his ritious purposees and in the day of Judgement he designs to make us the Judges of the generation in which we live O how unsearchable are the depths of his mysteries and his ways past finding out Brotheren the testamony which you have given of your honesty and the truth of this work will be felt Eteaaly [eternally] by this generation for it will be proclaimed to Ends of the Earth that there are men now liveing who have offered up their lives as a testimony of their religion our Brotheren in the East will handle this testimony to good advantage it seems to inspire every heart to a lively sence of faith and to arm them with double fortitude and power and the harder the persicution the greater the gifts of God upon his 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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yea all things shall work together for good to them who are willing to lay down their lives for Christ sake we are suffering great persicution on account of one man by the name of Docter Hurlburt [Doctor Philastus Hurlbut]

3 Feb. 1809–16 June 1883. Clergyman, farmer. Born at Chittenden Co., Vermont. “Doctor” was his given name. Preacher for Methodist Episcopal Church in Jamestown, Chautauque Co., New York. Baptized into LDS church, 1832/1833, at Jamestown. Ordained an elder...

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who has been expeled from the chirch for lude and adulterous conduct and to spite us he is lieing in a wonderful manner and the peapl [people] are running after him and giveing him mony to brake down mormanism which much endangers our lives at preasnt [present] but god will put a stop to his carear soon and all will be well my heart this moment is made glad for Zion we have just receivd your letter containing the bond with which our enemies bound themselves to distroy Zion and also the blessing of god in poreing out his spirit upon you and we have had the word of the Lord that you shall be deliverd from your dainger and shall again flurish in spite of hell that is god has communicated to me by the gift of the holy ghost that this should be the case after much prayer and suplication and also that an other printing office must be built the Lord knows how and also it is the will of the Lord that the Store

Both a literal and a figurative repository for goods and land donated to the church. The Book of Malachi directed the House of Israel to bring “all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house.” In JS’s revision of the Old Testament...

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JS revelation, dated 20 July 1831, directed A. Sidney Gilbert, Newel K. Whitney’s Ohio business partner, to establish store in Independence. Gilbert first purchased vacated log courthouse, located on lot 59 at intersection of Lynn and Lexington Streets, to...

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shud [should] be kept and that not one foot of land perchased should be given to the enimies of God or sold to them but if any is sold let it be sold to the chirch we cannot git the consent of the Lord that we shall give the ground to the enemies yet let those who are bound to leave the land make a show as if to do untill the Lord delivr. a word to the wise is sufficient therefore Judge what I say for know assuredly that every foot of ground that falls into the hands of the enimies with consent is not easy to be obtained again O be wise and not let the knowledge I give unto you be known abroad for your sakes hold fast that which you have received trust in god considder Elijah when he prayed for rain go often to your holy plases and look for a cloud of light to apper to your help O God I ask thee in the name of Jesus of nazereth to Save all things concerning Zion and build up her wait [waste] places and restore all things O god send forth Judgement unto victory O come down and cause the moutans [mountains] to flow down at thy presance and now I conclude by telling you that we wait the Comand of God to do whatever he please and if he shall say go up to Zion and defend thy Brotheren by the sword we fly and we count not our live dear to us I am your Brother in Christ
Joseph Smith Jr [p. [3]]
and thus the testimony of the Kingdom must go unto all and there are  many ways that God designs to bring about his ritious purposees and in the  day of Judgement he designs to make us the Judges of the whole world generation  in which we live O how unsearchable are the depths of his mysteries and his ways  past finding out Brotheren the testamony which you have given of your honesty  and the truth of this work will be felt Eteaaly [eternally] by this generation for it will  be proclaimed to Ends of the Earth that there are men now liveing who  have offered up their lives for this as a testimony of their religion our  Brotheren in the East will handle this testimony to good advantage it  seems to inspire every heart to a lively sence of faith and to arm  them <with> double fortitude and power and the harder the persicution  the greater the gifts of God upon his 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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yea all things shall work  together for good to them who are willing to lay down their lives  for Christ sake we are suffering great persicution on account of one  man by the name of Docter Hurlburt [Doctor Philastus Hurlbut]

3 Feb. 1809–16 June 1883. Clergyman, farmer. Born at Chittenden Co., Vermont. “Doctor” was his given name. Preacher for Methodist Episcopal Church in Jamestown, Chautauque Co., New York. Baptized into LDS church, 1832/1833, at Jamestown. Ordained an elder...

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who has been expeled from the  chirch for lude and adulterous conduct and to spite us he is lieing in a  wonderful manner and the peapl [people] are running after him and giveing him  mony to b[r]ake down mormanism which much endangers <our lives> at pre asnt [present] but god will put a stop to his carear soon and all will  be well my heart this moment <is made> glad for Zion we have just receivd  you[r] letter containing the bond with which our enemies bound themselves  and to distroy Zion and also the blessing <of> god in poreing out upon his spirit  upon you and we have had the word of the Lord that you shall  [be] deliverd from you[r] dainger and <shall> again flurish in spite of hell  [that i]s god has communicated to m[e] by the gift of the holy ghost  that this should be <the case> after much p[rayer] and suplication and also  that an other printing office must be built the Lord knows  how and also it is the will of the Lord that the Store

Both a literal and a figurative repository for goods and land donated to the church. The Book of Malachi directed the House of Israel to bring “all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house.” In JS’s revision of the Old Testament...

View Glossary

JS revelation, dated 20 July 1831, directed A. Sidney Gilbert, Newel K. Whitney’s Ohio business partner, to establish store in Independence. Gilbert first purchased vacated log courthouse, located on lot 59 at intersection of Lynn and Lexington Streets, to...

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shud [should]  be kept and that <not> one foot of <land> the perchased should <be> given to  the enimies of God or sold to them but if any is sold let it  be sold to the chirch we cannot git the consent of the  Lord that we shall give the ground to the enemies yet let  those who are bound to leave the land to make a show as  if to do untill the Lord delivr[.] a word to the wise is sufficient  therefore Jud[g]e what I say for know assuredly that every foot  of ground that falls into the hands of the enimies with consent  is not easy to be obtained again O be wise and not let the  knowledge I give unto <you> be known abroad for your sak[e]s  hold fast that which you have received trust in god  considder Elijah when he prayed for rain go often to your  holy plases and <look> for a cloud of light to apper to your help  O God I ask thee in the name of Jesus of nazereth to  Save all things concerning Zion and build up her wai t [waste] places and restore all things O god send forth Judge ment unto victory O come down and cause the mou tans [mountains] to flow down at thy presance and now I conclude  by telling you that we w[a]it the Comand of God to  do whatever we he ple[a]se and if <he> shall say go up to Zion  and defend thy Brotheren by <the sword> we fly and we count not  dear our live dear to us I am your Brother in Christ
Joseph Smith Jr [p. [3]]
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