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Letter to the Council of the Twelve, 15 December 1840

it is for brethren to dwell together in Unity &c” Let the saints of the most high, ever cultivate this principle, and the most glorious blessings must result, not only to them individually but to the whole 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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—. The order of the Kingdom will be maintained,— Its officers respected, and its requirements readily and cheerfully obeyed. Love is one of the leading characteristics of Deity, and ought to be manifested by those who aspire to be the Sons of God. A man filled with the love of God, is not content with blessing his family alone, but ranges through the world, anxious to bless the whole of the human family. This has been your feelings and caused you to forego the pleasures of home, that you might be a blessing to others, who are candidates for immortality and who were but strangers to the principals of truth and for so doing I pray that Heavens choicest blessings may rest upon you.
Being requested to give my advice respecting the propriety of your returning in the spring, I will do so willingly. I have reflected on the subject some time and am of the opinion that it would be wisdom in you to make preparations to leave the scene of your labors in the spring. Having carried the testimony to that land, and numbers having received it, consequently the leaven can now spread, without your being obliged to stay. Another thing, there has been some whisperings of the spirit, that there will be some agitation, some excitement, and some trouble in the land in which you are now laboring. I would therefore say in the mean time be diligent, organize the churches, and let every one stand in his proper place so that those who cannot come with you in the spring may not be left as sheep without shepherds.
I would likewise observe that inasmuch as this place has been appointed for the gathering

As directed by early revelations, church members “gathered” in communities. A revelation dated September 1830, for instance, instructed elders “to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect” who would “be gathered in unto one place, upon the face of this land...

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of the Saints, it is necessary that it should be attended to, in the order which the Lord intended it should; to this end I would say that as there are great numbers of the saints in England, who are extremely poor and not accustomed to the farming business, who must have certain preparations made for them before they can support themselves in this country

North American constitutional republic. Constitution ratified, 17 Sept. 1787. Population in 1805 about 6,000,000; in 1830 about 13,000,000; and in 1844 about 20,000,000. Louisiana Purchase, 1803, doubled size of U.S. Consisted of seventeen states at time ...

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, therefore to prevent confusion and disappointment when they arrive here, let those men who are accustomed to making machinery and those [p. [2]]
it is for brethren to dwell together in Unity &c” Let the saints of the  most high, ever cultivate this principle, and the most glorious  blessings must result, not only to them individually but to  the whole 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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—. The order of the Kingdom will be maintained, — Its officers respected, and its requirements readily and cheer fully obeyed. Love is one of the leading characteristics of Deity, and  ou[gh]t to be manifested by those who aspire to be the Sons of God.  A man filled with the love of God, is not content with blessing  his family alone, but ranges through the world, anxious to bless  the whole of the human family. This has been your feelings  and caused you to forego the pleasures of home, that you  might be a blessing to others, who are candidates for immortal ity and who were but strangers to the principals of truth and for so  doing I pray that Heavens choicest blessings may rest upon you.
Being requested to give my advice respecting the  propriety of your returning in the spring, I will do so willingly.  I have reflected on the subject some time and am of the opin ion that it would be wisdom in you to make preparations  to leave the scene of your labors in the spring. Having carried  the testimony to that land, and numbers having received it,  consequently the leaven can now spread, without your being  obliged to stay. Another thing, there has been some whisperings  of the spirit, that there will be some agitation, some excite ment, and some trouble in the land in which you are  now laboring. I would therefore say in the mean time be  diligent, organize the churches, and let every one stand in his  proper place so that those who cannot come with you in  the spring may not be left as sheep without shepherds.
I would likewise observe that inasmuch  as this place has been appointed for the gathering

As directed by early revelations, church members “gathered” in communities. A revelation dated September 1830, for instance, instructed elders “to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect” who would “be gathered in unto one place, upon the face of this land...

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of the  Saints, it is necessary that it should be attended to, in  the order which the Lord intended it should; to this end  I would say that as there are great numbers of the saints  in England, who are extremely poor and not accustomed  to the farming business, who must have certain prepara tions made for them before they can support themselves  in this country

North American constitutional republic. Constitution ratified, 17 Sept. 1787. Population in 1805 about 6,000,000; in 1830 about 13,000,000; and in 1844 about 20,000,000. Louisiana Purchase, 1803, doubled size of U.S. Consisted of seventeen states at time ...

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, therefore to prevent confusion and  disappointment when they arrive here, let those men  who are accustomed to making machinery and those [p. [2]]
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Principal gathering place for Saints following expulsion from Missouri. Beginning in 1839, LDS church purchased lands in earlier settlement of Commerce and planned settlement of Commerce City, as well as surrounding areas. Served as church headquarters, 1839...

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, IL, to the Council of the Twelve, England, 15 Dec. 1840; handwriting of Robert B. Thompson

1 Oct. 1811–27 Aug. 1841. Clerk, editor. Born in Great Driffield, Yorkshire, England. Member of Methodist church. Immigrated to Upper Canada, 1834. Baptized into LDS church by Parley P. Pratt, May 1836, in Upper Canada. Ordained an elder by John Taylor, 22...

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; eight pages; JS Collection, CHL.

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