Letter to William W. Phelps, 31 July 1832

with the requirements of them in not obtaining reccommends &c  seccondy [secondly], that the church should procede to receive Wm McLelin [William E. McLellin] into  there fellowship & communion on any other conditions, then the filling his mission to the South countries according to the commandment of  Jesus Christ, I cite your minds to thise saying he that loveth Father  or Mother wife & Children more than me is not worthy of me  thus saith the Lord Thirdly the unorganized & confused state  in leaving here, and the evil surmisings which were among them  & neglect of duty &c more then this I do not wish to mention, now  therefore the buffitings of the advasary be upon all those <among you> who are  eniquitous persons and rebelious, I would inform you them they do not  have my right hand of fellowship, but I will leave this subject  for will not my God and your God do right, I return to your let ter you informed me slightly that you heard of the accident to  broth [Newel K.] Whitney at Greenvill Idn. [Indiana] A question how did you hear, did any  of you receive letters writen by any of us informing you of the crit ical situation we were placed in, if so how did you treat them  if not so have you writen to us to give us that information which  would be calculated to releave the mind of its painful anxciety  concerning you, whether that fellowship and brotherly love con tinued among you towards us which you professed when we  left you, it is true we received a letter from broth[e]r  John Carl [Corrill] by the hand of Broth [Sidney] Gilbert after we arived home  from Indiana who had arived here before us, but what did it  contain, it gave us this inteligence, that the Devel had  been to work with all his inventive immagination to  reward us for our toils in travling from this country to Zion  amidst a crooked & preverse generation leaving our familys  in affliction amidst of death upon the mercy of mobs &  of brethren who you know sometimes are found to be u[n]stable  unbeleiving, unmerciful & unkind, and in this trying  situation to keeping the commandment of God we took our  lives in our hands and traveled through evry combination  of wickedness to your country for your salvation & for our  travail & our toils, suffering & privations as I said before [p. 2]
By the time JS composed this candid letter to colleagues in Missouri, he had been dealing with disharmony among church leaders for a full year. There were disagreements over the method for establishing Zion, proper handling of church resources, local control of church affairs in Missouri, and the extent of JS’s power and authority. In this letter, JS confronted these persistent strains and tensions with expressions of both reconciliation and frustration.
JS wrote this letter from Hiram, Ohio, to William W. Phelps at Independence, Missouri. Frederick G. Williams drafted this retained copy, which was apparently transcribed for Newel K. Whitney.