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Letter to William W. Phelps, 27 November 1832

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Frederick G. Williams handwriting begins.  

 
Kirtland Nov 27th 1832—
Brother Wm <W> Phelps I say brother because I feel so from  the heart and altho it is not long since I wrote a  letter unto you1

It is unclear to what letter JS refers, but the most recent extant JS letter to Phelps is dated 31 July 1832. (Letter to William W. Phelps, 31 July 1832.)  

 
yet I feel as tho<ugh> you would excuse  me for writing this as I have many things which  I wish to communicate some things which I will  mention in this letter which are laying <great> with weight  upon my mind I inform you I am well and family  God grant that you may enjoy the same and  yours and all the brethren and sisters who remember  to enquire afte[r] the commandments of the Lord  and the welfare of Zion and such a being as me  and while I dictate this letter I fancy to myself  that you are saying or thinking something simmiler  to these words my God great and mighty art thou  therefore shew unto thy servant what shall becom of all  these who are assaying to come up unto Zion in order  to keep this the commandments of God and yet receive  not there inhertance by consecration by order or deed  from the bishop the man that God has appointed  in a legal way agreeable to the law given to organiz[e]  and regulate the church and all the affairs of th[e]  same;2

See Revelation, 9 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:30–38]; Revelation, 20 July 1831 [D&C 57:7]; Revelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:17, 35–36]; and Revelation, 11 Nov. 1831–B [D&C 107:68, 71].  

 
Bro Wm in the love of God having the  most implicit confidence in you as a man of  God having obtained this confidence by a vision  of heavn3

This “vision of heaven” probably occurred sometime after JS wrote his letter of 31 July 1832 to Phelps. (See Letter to William W. Phelps, 31 July 1832.)  

 
therefore I will procede to unfold to you some  of the feelings of my heart and procede to answer  the question[.] firstly, it is the duty of the lord[’s]  clerk whom he has appointed to keep a hystory  and a general church reccord of all things that  transpire in Zion4

This reiterated a charge given to John Whitmer in a March 1831 revelation: “it shall be appointed unto you to Keep the Church Record & History continually.” (Revelation, ca. 8 Mar. 1831–B [D&C 47:3].)  

 
and of all those who consecrate  properties and receive inhertances legally from the  bishop and also there manner of life and the faith  and works and also of all the apostates who apostatize  after receiving ther inhertances 5

At this point, Frederick G. Williams apparently began copying a later portion of the letter. JS then took over the copying, still in the wrong part of the letter, and copied several lines. Williams transcribed the rest of the section before realizing the mistake and crossing out the section. The entire canceled portion appears later in the letter.  

 
in that day shall  not find an inheritanc[e] among the saints of the [p. 1]
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JS, Letter, Kirtland Township, OH, to William W. Phelps, [Independence, Jackson Co., MO], 27 Nov. 1832. Retained copy, [ca. 27 Nov. 1832] in JS Letterbook 1, pp. 1–4; handwriting of JS and Frederick G. Williams; includes JS copy of signature of JS; CHL. Includes redactions.

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