TO THE SAINTS SCATTERED ABROAD.
Dear Brethren:—It is a duty which every saint ought to render to his bre thren freely—to always love them, and ever succor them. To be justified be fore God we must love one another: we must overcome evil; we must visit the fatherless and the widow in their affliction. and we must keep ourselves unspotted from the world: for such vir tues flow from the great fountain of pure religion. Strengthening our faith by adding every good quality that adorns the children of the blessed Jesus, we can pray in the season of prayer; we can love our neighbor as ourselves, & be faithful in tribulation, knowing that the reward of such is greater in the kingdom of heaven. What a consola tion! What a joy! Let me live the life of the righteous, and let my reward be like his!
According to the order of the king dom begun in the last days, to prepare men for the rest of the Lord, the in Zion, or in her immediate region, have no authority or right, to meddle with her spiritual affairs, to regulate her concerns, or hold for the expulsion of members, in her unorgan ized condition. The has been expressly organized to administer in all her spiritual affairs; and the and , are set over her [p. 137]