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Letter to the Elders of the Church, December 1835

have plucked up, or cleansed the church of, if their views had been favored by the Savior; but he, knowing all things, says not so; as much as to say, your views are not correct, the church is in its infancy, and if you take this rash step, you will destroy the wheat or the church with the tares: therefore it is better to let them grow together until the harvest, or the end of the world, which means the destruction of the wicked; which is not yet fulfilled; as we shall show hereafter, in the Savior’s explanation of the parable, which is so plain, that there is no room left for dubiety upon the mind, notwithstanding the cry of the priests, parables, parables! figures, figures! mystery, mystery! all is mystery! but we find no room for doubt here, as the parables were all plainly elucidated.
And again, another parable put he forth unto them, having an allusion to the kingdom which should be set up, just previous or at the time of harvest, which reads as follows:—The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, which indeed is the least of all seeds, but when it is grown it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof. Now we can discover plainly, that this figure is given to represent the church as it shall come forth in the last days. Behold the kingdom of heaven is likened unto it. Now what is like unto it?
Let us take the book of Mormon, which a man took and hid in his field; securing it by his faith, to spring up in the last days, or in due time: let us behold it coming forth out of the ground, which is indeed accounted the least of all seeds, but behold it branching forth; yea, even towering, with lofty branches, and God-like majesty, until it becomes the greatest of all herbs: and it is truth, and it has sprouted and come forth out of the earth; and righteousness begins to look down from heaven; and God is sending down his powers, gifts and angels, to lodge in the branches thereof: The kingdom of heaven is like unto a mustard seed. Behold, then, is not this the kingdom of heaven that is raising its head in the last days, in the majesty of its God; even the church of the Latter day saints

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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,—like an impenetrable, immovable rock in the midst of the mighty deep, exposed to storms and tempests of satan, but has, thus far, remained steadfast and is still braving the mountain waves of opposition, which are driven by the tempestuous winds of sinking crafts, have and are still dashing with tremendous foam, across its triumphing brow, urged onward with redoubled fury by the enemy of righteousness, with his pitchfork of lies, as you will see fairly represented in a cut, contained in Mr. [Eber] Howe

9 June 1798–10 Nov. 1885. Newspaper editor and publisher, farmer, wool manufacturer. Born at Clifton Park, Saratoga Co., New York. Son of Samuel William Howe and Mabel Dudley. Moved with family to Ovid, Seneca Co., New York, 1804. Located at Niagara District...

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’s “Mormonism Unveiled?”
And we hope that this adversary of truth will continue to stir up the sink of iniquity, that people may the more readily discern between the righteous and wicked. We also would notice one of the modern sons of Sceva, who would fain have made people believe that he could cast out devils, by a certain pamphlet (viz. the “Millenial Harbinger,”) that went the rounds through our country, who felt so fully authorized to brand Jo Smith, with the appellation of Elymus the sorcerer, and to say with Paul, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord! We would reply to this gentleman—Paul we know, and Christ we know, but who are ye? And with the best of feelings, we would say to him, in the language of Paul to those who said they were John’s disciples, but had not so much as heard there was a Holy Ghost, to repent and be baptised

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 remission of sins by those who have legal authority, and under their hands you shall receive the Holy Ghost, according to the scriptures.
Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.—Acts: ch. 8, v. 17.
And, when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them: and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.—Acts: ch. 19, v. 6.
Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands

A practice in which individuals place their hands upon a person to bestow the gift of the Holy Ghost, ordain to an office or calling, or confer other power, authority, or blessings, often as part of an ordinance. The Book of Mormon explained that ecclesiastical...

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, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.—Heb. ch. 6, v.2.
How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!—Rom. ch. 10, v. 14-15.
But if this man will not take our admonition, but will persist in his wicked course, we hope that he will continue trying to cast out devils, that we may [p. 227]
have plucked up, or cleansed the church  of, if their views had been favored by  the Savior; but he, knowing all things,  says not so; as much as to say, your  views are not correct, the church is in  its infancy, and if you take this rash  step, you will destroy the wheat or the  church with the tares: therefore it is  better to let them grow together until  the harvest, or the end of the world,  which means the destruction of the  wicked; which is not yet fulfilled; as  we shall show hereafter, in the Savior’s  explanation of the parable, which is so  plain, that there is no room left for du biety upon the mind, notwithstanding  the cry of the priests, parables, para bles! figures, figures! mystery, myste ry! all is mystery! but we find no room  for doubt here, as the parables were  all plainly elucidated.
And again, another parable put he  forth unto them, having an allusion to  the kingdom which should be set up,  just previous or at the time of harvest,  which reads as follows:—The kingdom  of heaven is like to a grain of mustard  seed, which a man took and sowed in  his field, which indeed is the least of  all seeds, but when it is grown it is the  greatest among herbs, and becometh a  tree, so that the birds of the air come  and lodge in the branches thereof. Now  we can discover plainly, that this figure  is given to represent the church as it  shall come forth in the last days. Be hold the kingdom of heaven is likened  unto it. Now what is like unto it?
Let us take the book of Mormon,  which a man took and hid in his field;  securing it by his faith, to spring up in  the last days, or in due time: let us be hold it coming forth out of the ground,  which is indeed accounted the least of  all seeds, but behold it branching forth;  yea, even towering, with lofty branch es, and God-like majesty, until it be comes the greatest of all herbs: and it  is truth, and it has sprouted and come  forth out of the earth; and righteous ness begins to look down from heaven;  and God is sending down his powers,  gifts and angels, to lodge in the branch es thereof: The kingdom of heaven is  like unto a mustard seed. Behold, then,  is not this the kingdom of heaven that  is raising its head in the last days, in  the majesty of its God; even the church  of the Latter day saints

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
,—like an im penetrable, immovable rock in the  midst of the mighty deep, exposed to  storms and tempests of satan, but has,  thus far, remained steadfast and is still  braving the mountain waves of opposi tion, which are driven by the tempes tuous winds of sinking crafts, have and  are still dashing with tremendous foam,  across its triumphing brow, urged on ward with redoubled fury by the ene my of righteousness, with his pitchfork  of lies, as you will see fairly repre sented in a cut, contained in Mr. [Eber] Howe

9 June 1798–10 Nov. 1885. Newspaper editor and publisher, farmer, wool manufacturer. Born at Clifton Park, Saratoga Co., New York. Son of Samuel William Howe and Mabel Dudley. Moved with family to Ovid, Seneca Co., New York, 1804. Located at Niagara District...

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’s  “Mormonism Unveiled?”
And we hope that this adversary of  truth will continue to stir up the sink  of iniquity, that people may the more  readily discern between the righteous  and wicked. We also would notice one  of the modern sons of Sceva, who  would fain have made people believe  that he could cast out devils, by a cer tain pamphlet (viz. the “Millenial Har binger,”) that went the rounds through  our country, who felt so fully authori zed to brand Jo Smith, with the appella tion of Elymus the sorcerer, and to say  with Paul, O full of all subtilty and all  mischief, thou child of the devil, thou  enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou  not cease to pervert the right ways of  the Lord! We would reply to this  gentleman—Paul we know, and Christ  we know, but who are ye? And with  the best of feelings, we would say to  him, in the language of Paul to those  who said they were John’s disciples,  but had not so much as heard there  was a Holy Ghost, to repent and be  baptised

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 remission of sins by  those who have legal authority, and  under their hands you shall receive the  Holy Ghost, according to the scrip tures.
Then laid they their hands on them, and  they received the Holy Ghost.—Acts: ch. 8,  v. 17.
And, when Paul had laid his hands upon  them, the Holy Ghost came on them: and  they spake with tongues, and prophesied.— Acts: ch. 19, v. 6.
Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying  on of hands

A practice in which individuals place their hands upon a person to bestow the gift of the Holy Ghost, ordain to an office or calling, or confer other power, authority, or blessings, often as part of an ordinance. The Book of Mormon explained that ecclesiastical...

View Glossary
, and of resurrection of the dead,  and of eternal judgment.—Heb. ch. 6, v.2.
How then shall they call on him in whom  they have not believed? and how shall they  believe in him of whom they have not heard?  and how shall they hear without a preacher?  And how shall they preach except they be  sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the  feet of them that preach the gospel of peace,  and bring glad tidings of good things!—Rom.  ch. 10, v. 14-15.
But if this man will not take our ad monition, but will persist in his wicked  course, we hope that he will continue  trying to cast out devils, that we may [p. 227]
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Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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, OH, to the elders of the church, Dec. 1835; Latter Day Saints’ Messenger and Advocate, Dec. 1835, pp. 225–230.

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