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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 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 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, 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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JS, letter, Nauvoo, IL, to the Council of the Twelve, England, 15 Dec. 1840; handwriting of Robert B. Thompson; eight pages; JS Collection, CHL.

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