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Letter to Edward Partridge and Others, 30 March 1834

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as we did of the subject matter; as the word of God means what it says; & it is the word of God, as much as Christ was God, although he was born in a stable, & was rejected by the manner of his birth, notwithstanding he was God. What a mistake! the manner of his birth, & the source from which he sprang caused him to be rejected & cast out, & to be taken & put to death.
Whereas had he pleased the great men, the high priests, the lawyers, & the learned, he might have escaped. But supposing we should happen to make as great a mistake as the Lord did, & come under the censure of big men & fall in the same way, what would be the consequence? The fact was, there was no room in the Inn; & when man cannot do as they would, they must do as they can; for God set the example before them. For there was no room in the Inn! but there was room found “in the stable; & here was utterly a fault in the eyes of the laughing philosophers;” but it is not given to us to understand that he altered his course to please any man. And who was it that triumphed? was it the “laughing philosophers,” or him who never deviated from the will of him who sent him? Now the fact is, if we have made any mistakes in punctuation, or spelling, it has been done in consequence of brother Oliver

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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, having come from Zion in great afflictions, through much fatigue and anxiety, and being sent contrary to his expectations to New York

Located in northeast region of U.S. Area settled by Dutch traders, 1620s; later governed by Britain, 1664–1776. Admitted to U.S. as state, 1788. Population in 1810 about 1,000,000; in 1820 about 1,400,000; in 1830 about 1,900,000; and in 1840 about 2,400,...

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, and obtaining press and Types, and hauling them up in the midst of mobs, when he and I, and all the church

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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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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had to lie every night for a long time upon our arms to keep off mobs, of forties, of eighties, & of hundreds to save our lives and the press, and that we might not be scattered & driven to the four winds! And all this in the midst of every kind of confusion & calamity & in the sorrowful tale of Zion, for the sake of Zion, that the word of God might be printed & sent forth by confidential brethren to the different churches; for the churches are just like you— they will not receive anything but by [p. 32]
as we did of the subject matter; as the word of God  means what it says; & it is the word of God, as much as  Christ was God, although he was born in a stable, &  was rejected by the manner of his birth, notwithstanding  he was God. What a mistake! the manner of his birth, &  the source from which he sprang caused him to be  rejected & cast out, & to be taken & put to death.
Whereas <had> he pleased the great men, the high priests, the  lawyers, & the learned, he might have escaped. But  supposing we should happen to make as great a  mistake as the Lord did, & come under the censure of big  men & fall in the same way, what would be the cons equence? The fact was, there was no room in the Inn;  & when man cannot do as they would, they must do as  they can; for God set the example before them.  For there was no room in the Inn! but there was room found “ in the stable; & here was utterly a fault in the eyes of the  laughing philosophers;” but it is not given to us to understand  that he altered his course to please any man. And who was  it that triumphed? was it the “laughing philosophers,” or him  who never deviated from the will of him who sent him?  Now the fact is, if we have made any mistakes in punctuation, or  spelling, it has been done in consequence of brother Oliver

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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,  having come from Zion in great afflictions, through much  fatigue and anxiety, and being sent contrary to his expectations to  New York

Located in northeast region of U.S. Area settled by Dutch traders, 1620s; later governed by Britain, 1664–1776. Admitted to U.S. as state, 1788. Population in 1810 about 1,000,000; in 1820 about 1,400,000; in 1830 about 1,900,000; and in 1840 about 2,400,...

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, and obtain[in]g press and Types, and hauling them up in  the midst of mobs, when he and I, and all the church

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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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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 had to lie every night for a long time upon our arms to keep  off mobs, of forties, of eighties, & of hundreds to save our lives and  the press, and that we might not be scattered & driven to the  four winds! And all this in the midst of every kind of confu sion & calamity & in the sorrowful tale of Zion, for the sake of  Zion, that the word of God might be printed & sent forth by  confidential brethren to the different churches; for the churches  are just like you— they will not receive anything but by [p. 32]
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JS, Letter, Kirtland

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, OH, to Edward Partridge

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, William W. Phelps

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, and others of the United Firm, MO

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, 30 Mar. 1834; in Oliver Cowdery Letterbook, pp. 30–38; handwriting of Thomas Burdick

17 Nov. 1795/1797–6 Nov. 1877. Farmer, teacher, judge, postmaster, clerk, civil servant. Born at Canajoharie, Montgomery Co., New York. Son of Gideon Burdick and Catherine Robertson. Married Anna Higley, 1828, at Jamestown, Chautauque Co., New York. Baptized...

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