Letter to N. C. Saxton, 4 January 1833

been left from Assyria, and from Egypt and from Pathros &.c. and from the  Islands of the sea and with them to bring in the fulness of the Gentiles and  establish that covenant with them which was promised when their sins should  be taken away. see Romans 11, 25, 26, & 27 and also Jeremiah 31. 31, 32, & 33, This  covenant has never been established with the house of Isreal nor with th[e]  house of Judah for it requires two parties to make a covenant and those  two parties must be agreed or no covenant can be made. Christ in the  days of his flesh proposed to make a covenant with them but they rejected  him and his proposals and in consequence thereof they were broken off  and no covenant was made with them at that time but their unbelief  has not rendered the promise of God of none effect; no, for there  was another day limited in David which was the day of his power  and then his people Isreal, should be a willing people and  he would write his laws in their hearts and print them in their  thoughts their sins and their eniquities he would remember  no more, Thus after this chosen family had rejected Christ  and his proposals the heralds of salvation said to them. “lo  I we turn <un>to the gentiles,” and the gentiles received the covenant and  were grafted in from whence the chosen family were broken off but  the Gentiles have not continued in the goodness of God but have  departed from the faith that was once delivered to the saints and have  broken the everlasting covenant in which their fathers were established  see Isaiah 24th 5th. and have become high minded and have not  feared therefore but few of them will be gathered with the chosen family  Has not the pride highmindedness and unbelief of the Gentiles  provoked the holy one of Israel to withdraw his holy spirit from  them and send forth his Judgments to scourge them for their wick edness; this is certianly the case, Christ said to his deciples Mark  16, 17 & 18 that these signs should follow them that believe; In my  name shall they cast out Devils they shall speap [speak] with new  tongues they shall take up serpants and if they drink any  deadly thing it shall not hurt them they shall lay hands on  the sick and they shall recover, and also in connection with  this read 1 Corinthians 12 Chapt, By the foregoing testamonies or  through the glass of the foregoing testamonies we may look at the  Christian world and see the apostacy there has been from [p. 15]
While delivering a “voice of warning” had been part of Mormonism from the beginning, this letter written by JS for publication was an early instance of a proclamation prepared for the public. The letter stands as JS’s earliest detailed declaration of the Church of Christ, a letter notable for its expression of millenarianism and biblicism. JS was quite disappointed, however, when the evangelical newspaper American Revivalist, and Rochester Observer printed only the concluding fourth of the letter. See Letter to N. C. Saxton, 12 February 1833.
JS wrote this letter from Kirtland, Ohio, to N. C. Saxton, editor and proprietor of the Revivalist at Rochester, New York. Frederick G. Williams transcribed the complete communication into JS’s Letterbook 1 perhaps as early as January 1833.