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Letter to the Church in Colesville, 2 December 1830

rejoice. Behold the prophecies of the Book of Mormon are fulfilling as fast as time can bring it about. The Spirit of the Living God is upon me therefore who will say that I shall not prophecy. The time is soon at hand that we shall have to flee whithersoever the Lord will, for safety, Fear not those who are making you an offender for a word but be faithful in witnessing unto a crooked and a perverse generation, that the day of the coming of our Lord and Savior [p. 203]
rejoice. Behold the prophecies  of the Book of Mormon are  fulfilling as fast as time can  bring it about. The Spirit  of the Living God is upon me  therefore who will say that  I shall not prophecy. The  time is soon at hand that  we shall have to flee whither soever the Lord will, for safety,  Fear not those who are making  you an offender for a word  but be faithful in witnessing  unto a crooked and a perverse  generation, that thy the day of the  coming of our Lord and Savior [p. 203]
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addressed this letter to church members at Colesville

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, New York. JS included a note to his brother Hyrum Smith

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, ordained an elder the day before this letter was written, departed for Colesville to assist Newel Knight and Hyrum Smith in their missionary labors, as well as to deliver this letter and another from Oliver Cowdery

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Written at a time when the millenarian spirit enveloped early church members, the letter anticipated the destruction of the wicked followed by a thousand-year millennial peace.
This letter is recorded in a copy of Newel Knight

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’s autobiography dated ca. 1871. The scribe is unknown.

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