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Letter to William W. Phelps, 11 January 1833

in 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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See Amos 6:1; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 114 [2 Nephi 28:24].  


fearfulnes will speedily lay hold of the hypocrite, I did not expect that you had lost Commandments

Generally, a divine mandate that church members were expected to obey; more specifically, a text dictated by JS in the first-person voice of Deity that served to communicate knowledge and instruction to JS and his followers. Occasionally, other inspired texts...

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, but thought from your letters you had neglected to read them, otherwise you would not have writen as you did,13

John Whitmer and Oliver Cowdery took copies of JS’s revelations to Missouri in January 1832, and JS himself probably brought copies of additional revelations when he visited Missouri in spring 1832. Phelps, Whitmer, and Cowdery had been tasked to “review the Book of Commandments & select for printing such as shall be deemed by them proper, as dictated by the spirit.” (See Whitmer, History, 38; and Minutes, 30 Apr. 1832.)  


it is in vain to try to hide a bad spirit from the eyes of them who are spiritual for it will shewe itself in speaking & in writing as well as all our other conduct, it is also useless to make great pretentions when the heart is not right before God,14

See Acts 8:21.  


for God looks at the heart,15

See 1 Samuel 16:7.  


and where the heart is not right the Lord will expose it to the view of his faithful saints, we wish you to render the Star as interesting as possable by setting forth the rise progress and faith of the church, as well as the doctrine for if you do not render it more interesting than at present it will fall, and the church suffer a great Loss thereby16

JS had not previously expressed displeasure with The Evening and the Morning Star, which Phelps began publishing in June 1832. In a later history, JS remembered regarding the first issues of the Star as “a joyous treat to the Saints.” (JS History, vol. A-1, 216.)  


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Joseph Smith Jr [p. 20]
in 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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12

See Amos 6:1; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 114 [2 Nephi 28:24].  


fearfulnes will speedily lay hold of the hypocrite, I did not  expect that you had lost Commandments

Generally, a divine mandate that church members were expected to obey; more specifically, a text dictated by JS in the first-person voice of Deity that served to communicate knowledge and instruction to JS and his followers. Occasionally, other inspired texts...

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, but thought from your  letters you had neglected to read them, otherwise you would not  have writen as you did,13

John Whitmer and Oliver Cowdery took copies of JS’s revelations to Missouri in January 1832, and JS himself probably brought copies of additional revelations when he visited Missouri in spring 1832. Phelps, Whitmer, and Cowdery had been tasked to “review the Book of Commandments & select for printing such as shall be deemed by them proper, as dictated by the spirit.” (See Whitmer, History, 38; and Minutes, 30 Apr. 1832.)  


it is in vain to try to hide a bad spirit  from the eyes of them who are spiritual for it will shewe itself in  speaking & in writing as well as all our other conduct, it is also useless  to mak[e] great pretentions when the heart is not right before God,14

See Acts 8:21.  


for God  looks at the heart,15

See 1 Samuel 16:7.  


and where the heart is not right the Lord will  expose it to the view of his faithful saints, we wish you to render  the Star as interesting as possable by setting forth the rise progress and  faith of the church, as well as the doctrine for if you do not render  it more interesting than at present it will fall, and the church suffer  a great Loss thereby16

JS had not previously expressed displeasure with The Evening and the Morning Star, which Phelps began publishing in June 1832. In a later history, JS remembered regarding the first issues of the Star as “a joyous treat to the Saints.” (JS History, vol. A-1, 216.)  


——
Joseph Smith Jr [p. 20]
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