will if presisted in, bring down the wrath and indig nation upon your heads. The are directed to procceed on and finish the , and the two may act their own Judgment, whether to proceed or return.
J. Smith Jr. read to th[e] a letter from , which was approved, and filled our hearts with Joy.
A letter from Elder was presented— The council refer him to the commandment which requires men to have or bring their families without revelation, or de cision of the — Were they to come, they would not be with him as much as they will to tarry. ’ family is not coming.
We discover an error in ’s letter— He says, “To the able preaching of Elders & .” We conclude that if it had been the preaching of the Lord, as it should have been, he
would have had the honor, and not these men.
To close, we add, that unless this epistle is heeded, in all its parts, in its full forcce, those who rebell against it shall be dealt with by the Lord accordingly, for we ask, being agreed as touching this thing.
We wish you to understand, that your duty requires you to seek first the kingdom of Heaven and its righteousness, that is— attend to the first things first, and then all things will be added, and that complaint about your families will be less frequent— Dont preach yourselves crucified for your wives sake, but remembr that Christ was crucified, and you are sent out to be spe cial witnesses of this thing. Men do not wish to hear these little things, for there is no salvation in them, but there is in the other.
Let the hands of the ten be strengthened, and let them go forth in the name of the Lord, in the power of their mission, giving diligent heed to the direction [p. 92]