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Letter to the Church in Colesville, 2 December 1830

in the Lord, through Jesus Christ our Redeemer, Amen.
To 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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in Colesville

Area settled, beginning 1785. Formed from Windsor Township, Apr. 1821. Population in 1830 about 2,400. Villages within township included Harpursville, Nineveh, and Colesville. Susquehanna River ran through eastern portion of township. JS worked for Joseph...

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Having many things to write to you, but being assured that ye are not ignorant of all that I can write to you, finally I would inform you that Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Jesus Christ, characterized by adherence to ideals of harmony, equality, and purity. In JS’s earliest revelations “the cause of Zion” was used to broadly describe the ...

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JS’s use of the term Zion here suggests that he did not yet see Zion as synonymous with the city of New Jerusalem, which was to be built; JS had just dispatched Oliver Cowdery and others to “rear up a pillar as a witness where the Temple of God shall be built, in the glorious New-Jerusalem.” While the two terms would eventually come to be used almost interchangeably, this letter demonstrates that in early December 1830 JS was using Zion to refer more generally to the work of spreading the gospel and building up the church. (Covenant of Oliver Cowdery and Others, 17 Oct. 1830.)  


is prospering here, there are many serious inquirers in this place, who are seeking the Lord. It gave us much joy to hear from you, to hear that God is softening the hearts of the children of men [p. 197]
in the Lord, through Jesus Christ  our Redeemer, Amen.
To 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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in Colesville

Area settled, beginning 1785. Formed from Windsor Township, Apr. 1821. Population in 1830 about 2,400. Villages within township included Harpursville, Nineveh, and Colesville. Susquehanna River ran through eastern portion of township. JS worked for Joseph...

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Having many things to write  to you, but being assured  that ye are not ignorant of  all that I can write to you,  finally I would inform  you that Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Jesus Christ, characterized by adherence to ideals of harmony, equality, and purity. In JS’s earliest revelations “the cause of Zion” was used to broadly describe the ...

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3

JS’s use of the term Zion here suggests that he did not yet see Zion as synonymous with the city of New Jerusalem, which was to be built; JS had just dispatched Oliver Cowdery and others to “rear up a pillar as a witness where the Temple of God shall be built, in the glorious New-Jerusalem.” While the two terms would eventually come to be used almost interchangeably, this letter demonstrates that in early December 1830 JS was using Zion to refer more generally to the work of spreading the gospel and building up the church. (Covenant of Oliver Cowdery and Others, 17 Oct. 1830.)  


is prospering  here, there are many  serious inquirers in this  place, who are seeking the  Lord. It gave us much  joy to hear from you, to  hear that God is softening the  hearts of the children of men [p. 197]
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JS and John Whitmer

27 Aug. 1802–11 July 1878. Farmer, stock raiser, newspaper editor. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Member of German Reformed Church, Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, most likely in Seneca...

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, Letter, Fayette Township

Located in northern part of county between Seneca and Cayuga lakes. Area settled, by 1790. Officially organized as Washington Township, 14 Mar. 1800. Name changed to Fayette, 6 Apr. 1808. Population in 1830 about 3,200. Population in 1840 about 3,700. Significant...

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, Seneca Co., NY, to “Dearly beloved in the Lord” [church members], [Colesville Township

Area settled, beginning 1785. Formed from Windsor Township, Apr. 1821. Population in 1830 about 2,400. Villages within township included Harpursville, Nineveh, and Colesville. Susquehanna River ran through eastern portion of township. JS worked for Joseph...

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, NY], 2 Dec. 1830. Featured version copied [ca. 1871] in Newel Knight

13 Sept. 1800–11 Jan. 1847. Miller, merchant. Born at Marlborough, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Knight Sr. and Polly Peck. Moved to Jericho (later Bainbridge), Chenango Co., New York, ca. 1809. Moved to Windsor (later in Colesville), Broome Co., New...

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, History, 196–211; unidentified handwriting; private possession. For more complete source information, see the source note for Letter to Newel Knight and the Church in Colesville, 28 August 1830.

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