in zion fearfulnes will speedily lay hold of the hypocrite, I did not expect that you had lost commandments, but thought from your letters you had neglected to read them, otherwise you would not have writen as you did, 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, for God looks at the heart, 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 thereby——
Joseph Smith Jr.
Orson Hyde and Hyrum Smith to “the Bishop his councel and the inhabitents of Zion” • 14 January 1833
Geauga Co Ohio Jany. 14-1833
From a of 12 to the and the inhabitents of Zion, and being appoint[ed] by the said conference to write this Epistle in obedience to the commandment given the 22 & 23 of Sept last which says: [“]But verily I say unto you all those to whom the kingdom has been given from you it must be preached unto them that they shall repent of their former evil works for they are to be upbraided for their evil hearts of unbelief and your brethren in Zion for their rebellion against you at the time I sent you.” Bro Joseph & certain <others> have writen to you upon this all important subject, but you have <never> been apprised of these things by the united voice of a conference of those high priests that were present at the time this commandment was given, we therefore & the committe appointed by said conference to write this Epistle having received the prayers of sd conference that we might be enabled to write the mind & will of God upon this subject, now take up our pen to address you in the name of the conference, relying upon the arm of the Great Head of the , in the commandment above alluded to the Children of Zion were all, yea even evry one under condemnation, and were to remain in that state until they repented and remembred the even the Book of Mormon and the former commandments which the Lord had given them, not only to say but to do them and bring forth fruit meet for the Fathers Kingdom otherwise. [p. 20]