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Letter to William W. Phelps, 11 January 1833

for the salvation of the nations, for the Lord will have a place from whence his word will go forth in these last days in purity, for if Zion

JS revelation, dated 20 July 1831, designated Missouri as “land of promise” for gathering of Saints and place for “city of Zion,” with Independence area as “center place” of Zion. Latter-day Saint settlements elsewhere, such as in Kirtland, Ohio, became known...

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, will not purify herself so as to be approved of in all things in his sight he will seek— another people for his work will go on untill Isreal is gathered

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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& they who will not hear his voice must expect to feel his wrath,4

The revelation of 22–23 September 1832 declared that “those to whom the kingdom has been given” needed to be “upbraded for there evil hearts of unbelief.” (Revelation, 22–23 Sept. 1832 [D&C 84:76].)  


Let me say to you, seek to purefy yourselves, & also all the inhabitants of Zion

JS revelation, dated 20 July 1831, designated Missouri as “land of promise” for gathering of Saints and place for “city of Zion,” with Independence area as “center place” of Zion. Latter-day Saint settlements elsewhere, such as in Kirtland, Ohio, became known...

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lest the Lords anger be kindled to fierceness, repent, repent, is the voice of God, to Zion

JS revelation, dated 20 July 1831, designated Missouri as “land of promise” for gathering of Saints and place for “city of Zion,” with Independence area as “center place” of Zion. Latter-day Saint settlements elsewhere, such as in Kirtland, Ohio, became known...

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, & yet strange as it may appear, yet it is true mankind will presist in self Justification until all their eniquity is exposed & their character past being redeemed, & that which is treasured up in their hearts be exposed to the gaze of mankind,5

A November 1831 revelation stated that the “iniquities” of “the rebelious” would be “spoken upon the house tops & their seceret acts shall be revealed.” (Revelation, 1 Nov. 1831–B [D&C 1:3].)  


I say to you— (& what I say to you, I say to all) hear the warning. voice of God lest Zion

JS revelation, dated 20 July 1831, designated Missouri as “land of promise” for gathering of Saints and place for “city of Zion,” with Independence area as “center place” of Zion. Latter-day Saint settlements elsewhere, such as in Kirtland, Ohio, became known...

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fall, & the Lord swear in his wrath the inhabiteints of Zion

JS revelation, dated 20 July 1831, designated Missouri as “land of promise” for gathering of Saints and place for “city of Zion,” with Independence area as “center place” of Zion. Latter-day Saint settlements elsewhere, such as in Kirtland, Ohio, became known...

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shall not enter into my rest,6

See Psalm 95:8–11; and Revelation, 22–23 Sept. 1832 [D&C 84:23–24].  


The Brethren in Kirtland

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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pray for you unceasingly, for knowing the terrors of the Lord,7

See 2 Corinthians 5:11.  


they greatly fear for you; you will see that the Lord commanded us in Kirtland

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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to build an house of God

JS revelation, dated Jan. 1831, directed Latter-day Saints to migrate to Ohio, where they would “be endowed with power from on high.” In Dec. 1832, JS revelation directed Saints to “establish . . . an house of God.” JS revelation, dated 1 June 1833, chastened...

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, & establish a school for the Prophets

A term occasionally used to refer to a Protestant seminary; specifically used by JS to refer to a school to prepare elders of the church for their ministry. A December 1832 revelation directed JS and the elders of the church in Kirtland, Ohio, to establish...

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,8

The December 1832 revelation accompanying this letter mandated the organization of this school. (Revelation, 27–28 Dec. 1832 [D&C 88:74–80, 119–123]; see also Revelation, 3 Jan. 1833 [D&C 88:127–137].)  


this is the word of the Lord to us, & we must— yea the Lord helping us we will obey, as on conditions of our obedience, he has promised us great things, yea even a visit from the heavens to honor us with his own presence,9

See Revelation, 27–28 Dec. 1832 [D&C 88:68].  


we greatly fear before the Lord lest we should fail of this great honor which our master proposes to confer on us, we are seeking for humility & great faith lest we be ashamed in his presence, our hearts are greatly greaved at the spirit which is breathed both in your letter & that of Bro G—s Sidney Gilbert

28 Dec. 1789–29 June 1834. Merchant. Born at New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Eli Gilbert and Lydia Hemingway. Moved to Huntington, Fairfield Co., Connecticut; to Monroe, Monroe Co., Michigan Territory, by Sept. 1818; to Painesville, Geauga Co...

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the wery spirit which is wasting the strength of Zion

JS revelation, dated 20 July 1831, designated Missouri as “land of promise” for gathering of Saints and place for “city of Zion,” with Independence area as “center place” of Zion. Latter-day Saint settlements elsewhere, such as in Kirtland, Ohio, became known...

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like a pestalence, and if it is not detected & driven from you it will ripen Zion

JS revelation, dated 20 July 1831, designated Missouri as “land of promise” for gathering of Saints and place for “city of Zion,” with Independence area as “center place” of Zion. Latter-day Saint settlements elsewhere, such as in Kirtland, Ohio, became known...

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for the threatened Judgments of God, remember God sees the secret springs of human action, & knows the hearts of all living, Br suffer us to speak plainly for God has respect to the feelings of his saints & he will not let them be tantalized10

“Teased or tormented by the disappointment of the hope of good.” (“Tantalized,” in American Dictionary [1845], 824.)  


with impunity tell Br. G—t Gilbert

28 Dec. 1789–29 June 1834. Merchant. Born at New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Eli Gilbert and Lydia Hemingway. Moved to Huntington, Fairfield Co., Connecticut; to Monroe, Monroe Co., Michigan Territory, by Sept. 1818; to Painesville, Geauga Co...

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that low insinuations God hates, but he rejoices in an honest heart and knows better who is guilty than he does, we send him this worning warning voice & let him fear greatly for himself lest a worse thing overtake him, all we can say by way of conclusion is, if the fountain of our tears are not dried up we will still weep for Zion

JS revelation, dated 20 July 1831, designated Missouri as “land of promise” for gathering of Saints and place for “city of Zion,” with Independence area as “center place” of Zion. Latter-day Saint settlements elsewhere, such as in Kirtland, Ohio, became known...

More Info
,11

See Jeremiah 9:1; and Psalm 137:1. JS used the same expression several days earlier in a letter to Noah C. Saxton, editor of the American Revivalist, and Rochester Observer. (Letter to Noah C. Saxton, 4 Jan. 1833.)  


this from your brother who trembles greatly for Zion

JS revelation, dated 20 July 1831, designated Missouri as “land of promise” for gathering of Saints and place for “city of Zion,” with Independence area as “center place” of Zion. Latter-day Saint settlements elsewhere, such as in Kirtland, Ohio, became known...

More Info
,— and for the wrath of heaven which awaits her if she repent not,—— PS. I am not in the habit of crying peace, when there is no peace, and knowing the threatened Judgments of God, I say Wo,— unto them who are at ease [p. 19]
for the salvation of the nations, for the Lord will have a place for from whence  his word will go forth in these last days in purity, for if Zion

JS revelation, dated 20 July 1831, designated Missouri as “land of promise” for gathering of Saints and place for “city of Zion,” with Independence area as “center place” of Zion. Latter-day Saint settlements elsewhere, such as in Kirtland, Ohio, became known...

More Info
, will not purify  herself so as to be approved of in all things in his sight he will seek—  another people for his work will go on untill Isreal is gathered

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...

View Glossary
& they  who will not hear his voice must expect to feel his wrath,4

The revelation of 22–23 September 1832 declared that “those to whom the kingdom has been given” needed to be “upbraded for there evil hearts of unbelief.” (Revelation, 22–23 Sept. 1832 [D&C 84:76].)  


Let me say  unto you, seek to purefy yourselves, & also all the inhabitants of Zion

JS revelation, dated 20 July 1831, designated Missouri as “land of promise” for gathering of Saints and place for “city of Zion,” with Independence area as “center place” of Zion. Latter-day Saint settlements elsewhere, such as in Kirtland, Ohio, became known...

More Info
 lest the Lords anger be kindled to fierceness, repent, repent, is the  voice of God, to Zion

JS revelation, dated 20 July 1831, designated Missouri as “land of promise” for gathering of Saints and place for “city of Zion,” with Independence area as “center place” of Zion. Latter-day Saint settlements elsewhere, such as in Kirtland, Ohio, became known...

More Info
, & yet strange as it may appear, yet it is true  mankind will presist in self Justification until all their eniquity is  exposed & their character past being redeemed, & that which is treasured  up in their hearts be exposed to the gaze of mankind,5

A November 1831 revelation stated that the “iniquities” of “the rebelious” would be “spoken upon the house tops & their seceret acts shall be revealed.” (Revelation, 1 Nov. 1831–B [D&C 1:3].)  


I say to you—  (& what I say to you, I say to all) hear the <warning.> voice of God lest Zion

JS revelation, dated 20 July 1831, designated Missouri as “land of promise” for gathering of Saints and place for “city of Zion,” with Independence area as “center place” of Zion. Latter-day Saint settlements elsewhere, such as in Kirtland, Ohio, became known...

More Info
fall, & the  Lord swore swear in his wrath the inhabiteints of Zion

JS revelation, dated 20 July 1831, designated Missouri as “land of promise” for gathering of Saints and place for “city of Zion,” with Independence area as “center place” of Zion. Latter-day Saint settlements elsewhere, such as in Kirtland, Ohio, became known...

More Info
shall not enter into  my rest,6

See Psalm 95:8–11; and Revelation, 22–23 Sept. 1832 [D&C 84:23–24].  


The Brethren in Kirtland

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...

More Info
pray for you unceasingly, for know ing the terrors of the Lord,7

See 2 Corinthians 5:11.  


they greatly fear for you; you will see that the  Lord commanded us in Kirtland

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...

More Info
to build an house of God

JS revelation, dated Jan. 1831, directed Latter-day Saints to migrate to Ohio, where they would “be endowed with power from on high.” In Dec. 1832, JS revelation directed Saints to “establish . . . an house of God.” JS revelation, dated 1 June 1833, chastened...

More Info
, & establish a  school for the Prophets

A term occasionally used to refer to a Protestant seminary; specifically used by JS to refer to a school to prepare elders of the church for their ministry. A December 1832 revelation directed JS and the elders of the church in Kirtland, Ohio, to establish...

View Glossary
,8

The December 1832 revelation accompanying this letter mandated the organization of this school. (Revelation, 27–28 Dec. 1832 [D&C 88:74–80, 119–123]; see also Revelation, 3 Jan. 1833 [D&C 88:127–137].)  


this is the word of the Lord to us, & we must—  yea the Lord helping us we will obey, as on conditions of our obedience, he  has promised <us> great things, yea <even> a visit from the heavens to honor us with  his own presence,9

See Revelation, 27–28 Dec. 1832 [D&C 88:68].  


we greatly fear before the Lord lest we should fail of this great honor  which our master proposes to confer on us, we are seeking for humility & great  faith lest we be ashamed in his presence, our hearts are greatly greaved  at the spirit which is breathed both in your letter & that of Bro G—s [Sidney Gilbert]

28 Dec. 1789–29 June 1834. Merchant. Born at New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Eli Gilbert and Lydia Hemingway. Moved to Huntington, Fairfield Co., Connecticut; to Monroe, Monroe Co., Michigan Territory, by Sept. 1818; to Painesville, Geauga Co...

View Full Bio
 the wery spirit which is wasting the strength of Zion

JS revelation, dated 20 July 1831, designated Missouri as “land of promise” for gathering of Saints and place for “city of Zion,” with Independence area as “center place” of Zion. Latter-day Saint settlements elsewhere, such as in Kirtland, Ohio, became known...

More Info
like a pestalence, and if  it is not detected & driven from you it will ripen Zion

JS revelation, dated 20 July 1831, designated Missouri as “land of promise” for gathering of Saints and place for “city of Zion,” with Independence area as “center place” of Zion. Latter-day Saint settlements elsewhere, such as in Kirtland, Ohio, became known...

More Info
for the threatened  Judgments of God, remember God sees the secret springs of human action, & knows  the hearts of all living, Br suffer us to speak plainly for God has respect to the  feelings of his saints & he will not let them be tantalized10

“Teased or tormented by the disappointment of the hope of good.” (“Tantalized,” in American Dictionary [1845], 824.)  


with impunity  tell Br. G—t [Gilbert]

28 Dec. 1789–29 June 1834. Merchant. Born at New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Eli Gilbert and Lydia Hemingway. Moved to Huntington, Fairfield Co., Connecticut; to Monroe, Monroe Co., Michigan Territory, by Sept. 1818; to Painesville, Geauga Co...

View Full Bio
that low insinuations God hates, but he rejoices in an honest heart  and knows better who is guilty than he does, we send him this worning [warning] voice  & let him fear greatly for himself lest a worse thing overtake him, all we can  say by way of conclusion is, if the fountain of our tears are not dried up we  will <still> weep for Zion

JS revelation, dated 20 July 1831, designated Missouri as “land of promise” for gathering of Saints and place for “city of Zion,” with Independence area as “center place” of Zion. Latter-day Saint settlements elsewhere, such as in Kirtland, Ohio, became known...

More Info
,11

See Jeremiah 9:1; and Psalm 137:1. JS used the same expression several days earlier in a letter to Noah C. Saxton, editor of the American Revivalist, and Rochester Observer. (Letter to Noah C. Saxton, 4 Jan. 1833.)  


this from your brother who trembles greatly for Zion

JS revelation, dated 20 July 1831, designated Missouri as “land of promise” for gathering of Saints and place for “city of Zion,” with Independence area as “center place” of Zion. Latter-day Saint settlements elsewhere, such as in Kirtland, Ohio, became known...

More Info
,—  and for the wrath of heaven which awaits her if she repent not,——  PS. I am not in the habit of crying peace, when there is no peace, and  knowing the th[r]eatened Judgments of God, I say Wo,— unto them who are at ease [p. 19]
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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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17 Feb. 1792–7 Mar. 1872. Writer, teacher, printer, newspaper editor, publisher, postmaster, lawyer. Born at Hanover, Morris Co., New Jersey. Son of Enon Phelps and Mehitabel Goldsmith. Moved to Homer, Cortland Co., New York, 1800. Married Sally Waterman,...

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; CHL. For more complete source information, see the source note for JS Letterbook 1.

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