Letter to Edward Partridge and Others, 10 December 1833

with their blood. I cannot learn from any com munication by the spirit to me that Zion has  forfeited her claim to a celestial crown not withstanding the Lord has caused her to be  thus afflicted; except it may it may be some  individuals who have walked in disobedience  and forsaken the new covenants

Generally referred to the “fullness 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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; all such will  be made manifest by their works in due time.  I have always expected that Zion would suffer sore  affliction from what I could learn from the com mandments which have been given. but I would  remind you of a certain clause in one which says  that after much tribulation cometh the blessing.  by this and also others, and also one received of  late, I know that Zion, in the own due time of the  Lord will be redeemed, but how many will be  the days of her purification, tribulation and  affliction, the Lord has kept hid from my eyes;  and when I enquire concerning this subject the  voice of the Lord is, Be still, and know that I am  God! all those who suffer for my name shall  reign with me, and he that layeth down his  life for my sake shall find it again. Now  there are two things of which I am ignorant and  the Lord will not show me— perhaps for a wise  purpose in himself. I mean in some respects,  and they are these, Why God hath suffered so  great calamity to come upon Zion; or what  the great moving cause of this great affliction  is. These two things and again by what means  he will return her back to her inheritance

Generally referred to land promised by or received from God for the church and its members. A January 1831 revelation promised church members a land of inheritance. In March and May 1831, JS dictated revelations commanding members “to purchase lands for an...

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 with songs of everlasting Joy upon her head.  These two things brethren, are in part kept back  that they are not plainly <shewn unto me. but there are some things that are plainly> manifest, that has  incured <th[e]> displeasure of displeasure the Almighty.  when I contemplate upon all things that have been [p. 71]
JS, letter, Kirtland Mills

Located in Newel K. Whitney store in northwest Kirtland on northeast corner of Chardon and Chillicothe roads. Whitney appointed postmaster, 29 Dec. 1826. JS and others listed “Kirtland Mills, Geauga County, Ohio” as return address for letters mailed, 1833...

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, OH, to 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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, 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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, 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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, 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 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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, Liberty

Located in western Missouri, thirteen miles north of Independence. Settled 1820. Clay Co. seat, 1822. Incorporated as town, May 1829. Following expulsion from Jackson Co., 1833, many Latter-day Saints found refuge in Clay Co., with church leaders and other...

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, MO, 10 Dec. 1833; handwriting of Frederick G. Williams

28 Oct. 1787–10 Oct. 1842. Ship’s pilot, teacher, physician, justice of the peace. Born at Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of William Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. Moved to Newburg, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1799. Practiced Thomsonian botanical system...

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; in JS Letterbook 1, pp. 70–75; JS Collection, CHL.