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Letter to the Church and Edward Partridge, 20 March 1839

to condecending, for the dignifide Characters of the Cald and Chosen of God, according to the purposes of his will from before the foundation of the world. to hold the keys

Authority or knowledge of God given to humankind. In the earliest records, the term keys primarily referred to JS’s authority to unlock the “mysteries of the kingdom.” Early revelations declared that both JS and Oliver Cowdery held the keys to bring forth...

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, of the mistres mysteries of those things that have ben kept hid from the foundation untill now, of which som have tasted a little and which many of them are to be pored down from heaven upon the heads of babes, yea the weak, obscure and dispizable ones of this earth. tharefore We beseath of you bretheren, that you bear with those who do not feel themselves more worthey than yourselves, while we Exort one another, to a reffermation reaffirmation, with one an all. both old and young. teachers and taugt both high and low rich and poor— bond and free. Male and female. let honesty and sobriety, and cander and solemnity, and virtue, and pureness, and Meekness, and simplisity, Crown our heads in every place, and in fine becom as little Children without mallice guile or Hypokrisy: and now Bretheren after your tribulations if you do these things, and exercise fervent prayer, and faith in the sight of God Always, he shall give unto you knowledge [p. 13]
to condecending, for the dignifide Characters  of the Cald and Chosen of God, according  to the purposes of his word will from befo[re]  the foundation of the world. to hold the  keys

Authority or knowledge of God given to humankind. In the earliest records, the term keys primarily referred to JS’s authority to unlock the “mysteries of the kingdom.” Early revelations declared that both JS and Oliver Cowdery held the keys to bring forth...

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, of the mistres [mysteries] of those things that  have ben kept hid from the foundation  untill now, for <of> which som have tasted  a little and which many of them are  to be pored down from heaven upon the  heads of babes, yea the weak, obscure  and dispizable ones of this earth. tharefore  We beseath of you bretheren, that <you bear> bare with  those who do not feel themselves more worth ey than yourselves, while we Exort one  another, to a reffermation [reaffirmation], with one an  all. both old and young. teachers and taugt  both high and low rich and poor— bond and  free. Male and female. let honesty  and sobriety, and cander and solemnity,  and virtue, and pureness, and Meekness,  and simplisity, Crown our heads in every  place, and in fine becom as little Children  without mallice guile or high packrichy  Hypokrisy: and now Bretheren after your  tribulations if you do these things, and exercise  fervent prayer, and faith in the sight of God  Always, he shall give unto you knowledge [p. 13]
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, IL, 20 Mar. 1839; handwriting of Alexander McRae and Caleb Baldwin with corrections by JS and signatures of JS, Hyrum Smith, Lyman Wight, Caleb Baldwin, and Alexander McRae; 26 pages; Revelations Collection, CHL. Includes endorsements.

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