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

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

and from henceforth their works shall be made manifest. And now dear  and well beloved brethren and when we say brethren we mean those who have  continued faithful in christ men, women, and children, we feel to exhort you  in the name of the Lord Jesus, to be strong in the faith of the new and  everlasting covenant, and nothing frightened at your enemies. For what  has happened unto us is an evident token to them of damnation but unto  us of salvation and that of God. Therefore hold on even unto death, for  he that seeks to save his life shall loose lose it but he that loseth his  life for my sake and the gospels shall find it sayeth Jesus Christ.  Brethren from henceforth let truth and righteousness prevail and abound  in you and in all things be temperate, abstain from every appearance of  evil, drunkenness, and profane language, and from every thing which is  unrighteous or unholy; also from enmity, and hatred, and covetousness and  from every unholy desires. Be honest one with another, for it seemeth  that some have come short of these things, and some have been unch aritable & have manifested greediness because of their debts towards  those who have been persecuted & dragged about with chains without  cause and imprisoned. Such persons God hates and they shall have  their turn of sorrow in the rolling of the great wheel for it rol leth and none can hinder. Zion shall yet live though she seemeth  to be dead. Remember that whatsoever measure you meet out to  others it shall be measured to you again. We say unto you brethren be  not afraid of your adversaries contend earnestly against mobs, and the  unlawful works of dissenters and of darkness. And the very God of peace  shall be with you and make a way for your escape from the adver sary of your souls we commend you to God and the word of his grace  which is able to make us wise unto salvation. Amen.
Joseph Smith Jun. [p. 7]
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JS, letter, Liberty, MO, to the church in Caldwell County, MO, 16 Dec. 1838; seven pages; JS Collection, CHL. Includes endorsement.

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