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Letter to the Council of the Twelve, 15 December 1840

Let the saints remember that great things depend on their individual exertion, and that they are called to be coworkers with us and the holy spirit in accomplishing the great works of the last days, and in consideration of the extent, the blessings, and the glories of the same let every selfish feeling be not only buried, but anihalated, and let love to God and man, predominate and reign triumphant in every mind, that their hearts may become like unto Enoch’s of old so that they may comprehend all things, present, past, and future, and “come behind in no gift waiting for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ”. The work in which we are unitedly engaged in, is one of no ordinary kind, the enemies we have to contend against are subtle and well skilled in manuvering, it behoves us then to be on the alert, to concentrate our energies, and that the best feelings should exist in our midst, and then by the help of the Almighty we shall go on from victory to victory, and from conquest unto conquest, our evil passions will be subdued, our predjudices depart, we shall find no room in our bosoms for hatred, vice will hide its deformed head, and we shall stand approved in the sight of heaven and be acknowledged “the Sons of God” Let us realize that we are not to live to ourselves but to God by so doing the greatest blessings will rest upon us both in time and in Eternity.
I presume the doctrine of “baptizm

An ordinance in which an individual is immersed in water for the remission of sins. The Book of Mormon explained that those with necessary authority were to baptize individuals who had repented of their sins. Baptized individuals also received the gift of...

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for the dead” has ere this reached your ears, and may have raised some inquiries in your mind respecting the same. I cannot in this letter give you all the information you may desire on the subject, but aside from my knowledge independant of the Bible, I would say that this was certainly practized by the antient Churches And. St Paul endeavors to prove the doctrine of the resurrection from the same, and says “else what shall they do who are baptized for the dead” &c &c. I first mentioned the doctrine in public while preaching the funeral sermon of Bro [Seymour] Brunson

1 Dec. 1798–10 Aug. 1840. Farmer. Born at Plattsburg, Clinton Co., New York. Son of Reuben Brunson and Sally Clark. Served in War of 1812. Married Harriet Gould of Hector, Tompkins Co., New York, ca. 1823. Baptized into LDS church by Solomon Hancock, Jan....

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, and have since then given general instructions 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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on the subject. The Saints have the priviledge of being baptized for those of their relatives who are dead, who they feel to believe would have embraced the gospel if they had been priviledged with hearing it, and who have received the gospel in the spirit through the instrumentality of those who may have been commissioned to preach to them while in the prison. Without enlarging on the subject you will undoubtedly see its consistancy, and reasonableness, and presents the the gospel of Christ in probably a more enlarged scale than some have received it. But as the performance of this right is more particularly confined to this place it will not be necessary to enter into particulars, at the same time I always feel glad to give all the information in my power, but my space will not allow me to do it. [p. [6]]
Let the saints remember that great things depend on their individual exertion, and that  they are called to be coworkers with us and the holy spirit in accomplishing the great works  of the last days, and in consideration of the extent, the blessings, and the glories of the same let every  selfish feeling be not only buried, but anihalated, and let love to God and man, predominate  and reign triumphant in every mind, that their hearts may become like unto Enoch’s of old  so that they may comprehend all things, present, past, and future, and “come behind in no  gift waiting for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ”. The work in which we are unitedly  engaged in, is one of no ordinary kind, the enemies we have to contend against are subtle  and well skilled in manuvering, it behoves us then to be on the alert, to concentrate our  energies, and that the best feelings should exist in our midst, and then by the help  of the Almighty we shall go on from victory to victory, and from conquest unto conquest,  our evil passions will be subdued, our predjudices depart, an we shall find no room  in our bosoms for hatred, vice will hide its deformed head, and we shall stand approved  in the sight of heaven and be acknowledged “the Sons of God” Let us realize that we  are not to live to ourselves but to God by so doing the greatest blessings will rest upon  us both in time and in Eternity.
I presume the doctrine of “baptizm

An ordinance in which an individual is immersed in water for the remission of sins. The Book of Mormon explained that those with necessary authority were to baptize individuals who had repented of their sins. Baptized individuals also received the gift of...

View Glossary
for the dead” has ere this reached your  ears, and may have raised some inquiries in your mind respecting the same. I cannot in  this letter give you all the information you may desire on the subject, but aside from my knowledge  independant of the Bible, I would say that this was certainly practized by the antient Churches  And. St Paul endeavors to prove the doctrine of the resurrection from the same, and says “else  what shall they do who are baptized for the dead[”] &c &c. I first mentioned the doctrine in public  while preaching the funeral sermon of Bro [Seymour] Brunson

1 Dec. 1798–10 Aug. 1840. Farmer. Born at Plattsburg, Clinton Co., New York. Son of Reuben Brunson and Sally Clark. Served in War of 1812. Married Harriet Gould of Hector, Tompkins Co., New York, ca. 1823. Baptized into LDS church by Solomon Hancock, Jan....

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, and have since then given general instruc tions 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...

View Glossary
on the subject. The Saints have the priviledge of being baptized for those of their  relatives who are dead, who they feel to believe would have embraced the gospel if they had been  priviledged with hearing it, and who have received the gospel in the spirit through the instrumentality  of those who may have been commissioned to preach to them while in the prison. Without enlarging  on the subject you will undoubtedly see its consistancy, and reasonableness, and presents the  the gospel of Christ in probably a more enlarged scale than some have received it. But as the  performance of this right is more particularly confined to this place it will not be necessary to enter into particulars, at the same time I  always feel glad to give all the information in my power, but my space will not allow me to do it. [p. [6]]
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