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Letter to the Church in Caldwell County, Missouri, 16 December 1838

which is an abomination in the sight of God. When we consecrate our property to the Lord it is to administer to the wants of the poor and needy for this is the law of God it is not for the purpose of the rich those who have no need and when a man consecrates or dedicates his wife and children he does not give them to his brother or to his neighbor for there is no such law for the law of God is thou shalt not commit adultery thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife. He that looketh upon a woman to lust after her has committed adultery already in his heart. Now for a man to consecrate his property and his wife & children to the Lord, is nothing more nor less than to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the widow and the fatherless, the sick, and the afflicted, and do all he can to administer to their relief in their afflictions, and for him and his house to serve the Lord. In order to do this he and all his house must be virtuous and shun every appearance of evil. Now if any person has represented any thing other wise than what we now write he or she is a liar and have represented us falsely. And this is another manner of evil which is spoken against us falsely. We have learned also since we have been in prison that many false and pernicious things which were calculated to lead the saints far astray and to do great injury have been taught by Dr. [Sampson] Avard

23 Oct. 1800–15 Apr. 1869. Physician. Born at St. Peter, Isle of Guernsey, Channel Islands, Great Britain. Migrated to U.S., by 1830. Married Eliza, a native of Virginia. Located at North Carolina, 1830. Moved to Virginia, by 1831. Moved to Freedom, Beaver...

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as coming from the Presidency

The presiding body of the church. From the day of the church’s organization on 6 April 1830, JS and Oliver Cowdery led the church in their capacity as elders. An 11 November 1831 revelation directed that “the duty of the president of the office of the high...

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and we have reason to fear that many other designing and corrupt characters like unto himself have been teaching many things which the presidency never knew of being taught in 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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by any body untill after they were made prisoners, which if they had known of, they would have spurned them and their authors from them as they would the gates of hell. Thus we find that there has been frauds and secret abominations and evil works of darkness going on leading the minds of the weak and unwary into confusion and distraction, and palming it all the time upon the presidency while mean time the presidency were ignorant as well as innocent of these things, which were practicing in the church in their name and were attending to their own family concerns, weighed down with sorrow, in debt, in poverty, in hunger assaying to be fed yet finding themselves receiving deeds of charity but inadequate to their subsistence, and because they received those deeds they were envied and hated by those who professed to be their friends But notwithstanding we thus speak we honor the church when we speak of the church, as a church, for their liberality, kindness, patience, and long suffering, and their continued kindness towards us. And now brethren we say unto you, what can we enumerate more; is not all manner of evil of every description spoken against us falsely, yea, we say unto unto [p. 5]
which is an abomination in the sight of God. When we consecrate our pro perty to the Lord it is to administer to the wants of the poor and nee dy for this is the law of God it is not for the purpose of the rich those  who have no need and when a man consecrates or dedicates his wife and  children he does not give them to his brother or to his neighbor for  there is no such law for the law of God is thou shalt not commit adultery  thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife. He that looketh upon a woman to  lust after her has committed adultery already in his heart. Now for a  man to consecrate his property and his wife & children to the Lord, is  nothing more nor less than to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the  widow and the fatherless, the sick, and the afflicted, and do all he can  to administer to their relief in their afflictions, and for him and his  house to serve the Lord. In order to do this he and all his house must  be virtuous and shun every appearance of evil. Now if any person has  represented any thing other wise than what we now write he or she is  a liar and have represented us falsely. And this is another manner of  of evil which is spoken against us falsely. We have learned also since  we have been in prison that many false and pernicious things which  were calculated to lead the saints far astray and to do great injury  <have been taught by Dr. [Sampson] Avard

23 Oct. 1800–15 Apr. 1869. Physician. Born at St. Peter, Isle of Guernsey, Channel Islands, Great Britain. Migrated to U.S., by 1830. Married Eliza, a native of Virginia. Located at North Carolina, 1830. Moved to Virginia, by 1831. Moved to Freedom, Beaver...

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> as coming from the Presidency

The presiding body of the church. From the day of the church’s organization on 6 April 1830, JS and Oliver Cowdery led the church in their capacity as elders. An 11 November 1831 revelation directed that “the duty of the president of the office of the high...

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taught by Dr Avard and we have  reason to fear <that> many <other things> designing and corrupt characters like unto him self <have been teaching many things> which the presidency never knew of being taught in 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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 by any body untill after they were made prisoners, which if they had  known of, they would have spurned them and their authors from them as  they would the gates of hell. Thus we find that there has been frauds and  secret abominations and evil works of darkness going on leading the  minds of the weak and unwary into confusion and distraction, and  palming it all the time upon the presidency while mean time the  presidency were ignorant as well as innocent of these things, which  were practicing in the church in their name and were attending to their  own family concerns, weighed down with sorrow, in debt, in poverty, in hunger  assaying to be fed yet finding themselves receiving deeds of charity but  inadequate to their subsistence, and because they received those deeds  they were envied and hated by those who professed to be their friends  But notwithstanding we thus speak we honor the church when we speak of  the church, as a church, for their liberality, kindness, patience, and  long suffering, and their continued kindness towards us. And now breth ren we say unto you, what can we enumerate more; is not all manner  of evil of every description spoken against us falsely, yea, we say unto unto [p. 5]
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