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Letter to Orson Hyde, 7 April 1834

Kirtland April 7th 1834
We received yours of the 31st ult in  due course of Mail and were much grieved on  learning that you were not like to succeed accor ding to our expectations, Myself bro Newel [K. Whitney]  Frederick [G. Williams] and Oliver [Cowdery] retired to the Translating  room when prayer was wont to be made  and unbosomed our feelings before God and  cannot but exercise faith yet that you in  the meraculus providence of God will succeed  in obtaining help the fact is that unless we  can obtain help I myself cannot go to Zion  and if I do not go it will be impossable to  get my brethren in Kirtland any of them  to go and if we do not go it is in vain for  our eastern brethren to think of going up to  better themselves by obtaining so goodly a land  which now can be obtained for one dollar  and a quarter pr acre and stand against that  wicked Mob for unless they do the will of  God, God will not help them and if God  does not help them all is vain. Now the  fact is this is the head is of the church and  the life of the body and threu able men  as members of the body God has appointd  to be hands to administer to the necessities  of the body, Now if a mans hands refuse  to administer to the necessity of his body  it must perish of hunger and if the  body perish all the members perish with it  and if the head fails the whole body is  sickened, the heart faints and the body  dies the spirit takes its exit and the carcass  remains to be devoured of worms
Now bro Orson if this Church which is [p. 82]
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JS, Frederick G. Williams, and Oliver Cowdery, letter, Kirtland, OH, to Orson Hyde, NY, 7 Apr. 1834; handwriting of Frederick G. Williams; in JS Letterbook 1, pp. 82–84; JS Collection, CHL.

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