[23 July 1840]
It was with great pleasure I received your’s and Letter dated June 23rd 1840 and was very happy to be informed of your safe arrival in that place and your probability of success and I do hope that your anticipa tions will be realized and that you will be able to free the from all incumbrances, and be prospered in all your undertakings for the benefit of the , and pray that while you are exerting your influence to bring about an object so desireable, that the choicest blessings of heaven may rest down upon you. While you are endeavoring to do so and attending to the duties laid upon you by the authorities of the Church in this place, I am sorry to be informed not only in your letter but from other respectable sources of the strange conduct pursued in by ; I am indeed Surprised that a man having the experience which has had should take any steps whatever calculated to destroy the con fidence of the brethren in the or any of the Authorities of the church. In order to conduct the affairs of the kingdom in righteousness it is all important, that the most perfect harmony kind feeling, good understanding and confidence should exist in the hearts of all the brethren and that true charity— love one towards another, should characterize all their proceedings. If there are any uncharitable feelings, any lack of confidence, then pride and arrogancy and envy will soon be manifested and con fusion must inevitably prevail and the Authorities of the church set at nought; and under such circumstances cannot rise and free herself from <the> captivity in which she is held and become a place of safety for the Saints nor can the blessings of Jehovah rest upon her. If the saints in deem me unworthy of their prayers when they assemble together, and neglect to bear me up at a throne of heavenly grace, it is a strong and convincing proof to me that they have not the spirit of God.
If the revelations we have received are true, who is to lead the people? If the of the kingdom have been committed to my hands, who shall open out the mysteries thereof. As long as my brethren stand by me and encourage me I can combat the predjudices of the world and can bear the contumely and abuse of the world with joy [p. 159]