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Letter to Newel Knight and the Church in Colesville, 28 August 1830

Letter to Newel Knight and the Church in Colesville, 28 August 1830

and supplicate at the Throne  of grace, that the spirit of the  Lord may always rest upon  you. Remember that with out asking we can receive  nothing, therefore ask in  faith, and ye shall receive  such blessings as God sees  fit to bestow upon you.  Pray not with covetous  hearts that ye may consume  it upon your lusts, but pray  earnestly for the best gifts—  fight the good fight of faith,  that ye may gain the Crown  which is laid up in for those [p. 129]
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Throughout most of summer 1830, recently baptized church members in Colesville, New York, faced intense opposition from local residents. By mid-August, JS was still unable to confirm the new converts into the church. Plans were made for yet another attempt to meet with them on Saturday, 21 August. However, the men who were to transport JS to Colesville arrived too late for him to attend the meeting. JS and John Whitmer wrote this letter from Harmony, Pennsylvania, to Newel Knight and other church members at Colesville to explain what had happened and to buoy up the converts.
The letter is recorded in a copy of Newel Knight’s autobiography dated ca. 1870-1871. The scribe is unknown. Evidence associated with the document suggests there may have been one additional page that is now missing.

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