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Letter to Orson Hyde and John E. Page, 14 May 1840

Nauvoo

Principal gathering place for Saints following expulsion from Missouri. Beginning in 1839, LDS church purchased lands in earlier settlement of Commerce and planned settlement of Commerce City, as well as surrounding areas. Served as church headquarters, 1839...

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Hancock Co. Ills May 14th 1840
Dear Bretheren
I am happy in being informed by your letter that your mission swells “larger and larger”; it is a great and important mission, and one that is worthy of those inteligences who surround the throne of Jehovah to be ingaged in; Altho it appears great at present, yet you have but just begun to realize the greatness, the extent and glory of the same. If there is any thing calculated to interest the mind of the saints, to awaken in them the finest sensibilities; and arouse them to enterprise, and exertion, surely it is the great and precious promises, made by our heavenly Father to the children of Abraham; and those engaged in seeking the outcasts of Israel, and the dispersed of Judah, cannot fail to enjoy the Spirit of the Lord, and have the choisests blessings of Heaven rest upon them in copious effusions, Bretheren you are in the path way to Eternal Fame! and immortal Glory; and inasmuch as you feel interested for the covenant people of the Lord, the God of their Father shall bless you. Do not be discouraged on account of the greatness of the work; only be humble, and faithful, and then you can say, “what art thou, O, great mountain, “before Zerubbable shalt thou be brought down” He who scattered Israel has promised to gather

As directed by early revelations, church members “gathered” in communities. A revelation dated September 1830, for instance, instructed elders “to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect” who would “be gathered in unto one place, upon the face of this land...

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them; therefore, inasmuch as you are to be instrumental in this great work, he will endow

The terms endow, endowed, and endowment—as well as endued and enduement—were used to describe the bestowal of spiritual blessings upon the Latter-day Saints. In common usage, these terms meant essentially the same thing: to clothe, to put on, to furnish, ...

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you with power, wisdom, might, and inteligence; and every qualification necessary; while your minds will expand wider and wider, untill you can circumscribe the Earth, & the Heavens, and reach forth into eternity; contemplate the mighty acts of Jehovah, in all their variety & glory
In answer to your inquiries, respecting the translation and publication, of the Book of Mormon, Hymn Book, History of 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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, &c, &c; I would say, that I entirely approve of the same; and give my consent, with the exception of the Hymn Book, as a new edition, containing a greater variety of Hymns, will be shortly published or printed in this place; which, I think will be a standard work
As soon as it is printed, you shall have some [p. 146]
Nauvoo

Principal gathering place for Saints following expulsion from Missouri. Beginning in 1839, LDS church purchased lands in earlier settlement of Commerce and planned settlement of Commerce City, as well as surrounding areas. Served as church headquarters, 1839...

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Hancock Co. Ills May 14th 1840
Dear Bretheren
I am happy in being informed by your  letter that your mission swells “larger and larger”; it  is a great and important mission, and one that is  worthy of those inteligences who surround the throne of  Jehovah to be ingaged in; Altho it appears great  at present, yet you have but just begun to realize the  greatness, the extent and glory of the same. If there is any  thing calculated to interest the mind of the saints, to awaken  in them the finest sensibilities; and arouse them to enterprise,  and exertion, surely it is the great and precious promises,  made by our heavenly Father to the children of Abraham;  and those engaged in seeking the outcasts of Israel, and  the dispersed of Judah, cannot fail to enjoy the Spirit of  the Lord, and have the choisests blessings of Heaven rest  upon them in copious effusions, Bretheren you are in the  path way to Eternal Fame! and immortal Glory; and  inasmuch as you feel interested for the covenant people  of the Lord, the God of their Father shall bless you. Do  not be discouraged on accou[n]t of the greatness of the work;  only be humble, and faithful, and then you can say, “ what art thou, O, great mountain, “before Zerubbable shalt  thou be brought down” He who scattered Israel has prom ised to gather

As directed by early revelations, church members “gathered” in communities. A revelation dated September 1830, for instance, instructed elders “to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect” who would “be gathered in unto one place, upon the face of this land...

View Glossary
them; therefore, inasmuch as you are to be  instrumental in this great work, he will endow

The terms endow, endowed, and endowment—as well as endued and enduement—were used to describe the bestowal of spiritual blessings upon the Latter-day Saints. In common usage, these terms meant essentially the same thing: to clothe, to put on, to furnish, ...

View Glossary
you with  power, wisdom, might, and inteligence; and every qual ification necessary; while your minds will expand wid er and wider, untill you can circumscribe the Earth, &  the Heavens, and reach forth into eternity; contemplate  the mighty acts of Jehovah, in all their variety & glory
In answer to your inquiries, respecting the translation  and publication, of the Book of Mormon, Hymn Book, History  of 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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, &c, &c; I would say, that I entirely approve  of the same; and give my consent, with the exception of  the Hymn Book, as a new edition, containing a greater  variety of Hymns, will be shortly published or printed  in this place; which, I think will be a standard work
As soon as it is printed, you shall have some [p. 146]
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Principal gathering place for Saints following expulsion from Missouri. Beginning in 1839, LDS church purchased lands in earlier settlement of Commerce and planned settlement of Commerce City, as well as surrounding areas. Served as church headquarters, 1839...

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, IL, to Orson Hyde

8 Jan. 1805–28 Nov. 1878. Laborer, clerk, storekeeper, teacher, editor, businessman, lawyer, judge. Born at Oxford, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Nathan Hyde and Sally Thorpe. Moved to Derby, New Haven Co., 1812. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, ...

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and John E. Page

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, Cincinnati

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, OH; in JS Letterbook 2, pp. 146–147; handwriting of Howard Coray

6 May 1817–16 Jan. 1908. Bookkeeper, clerk, teacher, farmer. Born in Dansville, Steuben Co., New York. Son of Silas Coray and Mary Stephens. Moved to Providence, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania, ca. 1827; to Williams, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania, by 1830; and...

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