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Letters to John Burk, Sally Phelps, and Almira Scobey, 1–2 June 1835

Letters to John Burk, Sally Phelps, and Almira Scobey, 1–2 June 1835

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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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June 1st 1835
President Burk

4 Feb. 1793–8 June 1853. Innkeeper, farmer. Born in Fairfield, Herkimer Co., New York. Son of Charles Burke and Esther Robinson Bohannon. Married first Abigail Fellows, 13 Mar. 1821, in Fairfield. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, by 1823. Baptized into...

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: You will not value the postage of a letter I presume when you learn that this part of the sheet is for the benefit of the saints of God. According to the order of the kingdom begun in the last days, to prepare men for the rest of the Lord, the elders

A male leader in the church generally; an ecclesiastical and priesthood office or one holding that office; a proselytizing missionary. The Book of Mormon explained that elders ordained priests and teachers and administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto...

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in Zion or in her immediate region have no authority, nor right to medelle [meddle] with her affairs to regulate, or even hold any courts. The high council

A governing body of twelve high priests. The first high council was organized in Kirtland, Ohio, on 17 February 1834 “for the purpose of settling important difficulties which might arise in the church, which could not be settled by the Church, or the bishop...

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has been organized expressly to administer in all her spiritual affairs; And the bishop

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. JS appointed Edward Partridge as the first bishop in February 1831. Following this appointment, he functioned as the local leader of the church in Missouri. Later revelations described a bishop’s duties as receiving...

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and his council

A governing body comprised of a bishop and his counselors. The bishop’s council was charged with overseeing the temporal affairs of the church, administering goods under the law of consecration, and assisting the poor. Bishop’s councils had authority to hold...

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are set over her temporal matters: so thus the elders’ acts are null and void: Now the Lord wants the tares and wheat to grow to gether while in an organized states,; Zion must be redeemed with Judgments and her Converts by righteousness: Every elder that can, after he has provided for his family (if any he has) and paid his debts must go forth and clear his skirts from the blood of this generation: while they are there, instead of holding courts to stop communion

Primarily referred to the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, or Communion, as opposed to other religious sacraments. The articles and covenants of the church directed “that the church meet together often to partake of bread and wine in remembrance of the Lord...

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, or any thing else, let every one laber to bind up the broken hearted; reclaim the wanderer, and persuade back into the Kingdom, such as have been cut off. by encouraging them to lay to and work rightousness, and prepare with one heart and one mind to redeem Zion, that goodly land of promise, where the willing and the obedient shall be blessed. Souls are as precious in the sight of God as they ever were, and the elders were never called to drive any down to hell, but invite and persuade men every where to repent— It is the acceptable year of the Lord. The priests

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. In the Book of Mormon, priests were described as those who baptized, administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto the church,” and taught “the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.” A June 1829 revelation directed...

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too, should not be idle their duties are plain and unless they do them, they can not expect to be approved. Righteousness must govern the saints in all things, and when the new covenants come forth the priests will learn that great things may be expected at their hands.
The Teachers

Generally, one who instructs, but also an ecclesiastical and priesthood office. The Book of Mormon explained that teachers were to be ordained “to preach repentance and remission of sins through Jesus Christ, by the endurance of faith on his name to the end...

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and Deacons

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. The “Articles and Covenants” directed deacons to assist teachers in their duties. Deacons were also to “warn, expound, exhort, and teach and invite all to come unto Christ.” Although deacons did not have the authority...

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are the standing ministers of the church

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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, and in the absence of other officers, they will have great things required at their hands— They must strengthen the members;— persuade such as are out of the way to repent, and meekly urge and persuade every one to forgive each other all their trespasses, offences, and sins; Bear and forbear one with another, brethren, for so God does with us. Cease to find fault and learn to do well: Pray for your enemies in the church, and curse not your foes without: for vengence belongs to God. Know you not, that “there is more Joy in heaven over One sinner that repents, than there is oever ninety nine Just persons, that need no repentance!” Strive not about the mysteries of the kingdom; to one is given the word of wisdom; to another the power of healing difficulties: To every officer we say be merciful and you shall find mercy. Your Brethren, who leave their families and go forth to warn the present generation of the great things to come, expect great things of those who enjoy the society of the saints and their families— They pray that they may be very prayerful and very humble, work diligently spiritually & temporally for the redemption of Zion, when all the pure in heart can return with songs, of everlasting Joy, to enjoy the good of the land of Zion: Brethren, in the name of Jesus we entreat you to live worthy [p. [1]]

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Copy this half and let each grade of officers have one  copy.
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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June 1st 1835
President Burk

4 Feb. 1793–8 June 1853. Innkeeper, farmer. Born in Fairfield, Herkimer Co., New York. Son of Charles Burke and Esther Robinson Bohannon. Married first Abigail Fellows, 13 Mar. 1821, in Fairfield. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, by 1823. Baptized into...

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: You will not value the postage of <a> letter I presume  when you learn that this part of the sheet is for the benefit of the saints  of God. According to the order of the kingdom begun in the last days, to  prepare men for the rest of the Lord, the elders

A male leader in the church generally; an ecclesiastical and priesthood office or one holding that office; a proselytizing missionary. The Book of Mormon explained that elders ordained priests and teachers and administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto...

View Glossary
in Zion or <in> her immediate  region have no authority, nor right to medelle [meddle] with her affairs to reg ulate, or even hold any courts. The high council

A governing body of twelve high priests. The first high council was organized in Kirtland, Ohio, on 17 February 1834 “for the purpose of settling important difficulties which might arise in the church, which could not be settled by the Church, or the bishop...

View Glossary
has been organized  expressly <to> administer over <in> all her spiritual affairs; And the bishop

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. JS appointed Edward Partridge as the first bishop in February 1831. Following this appointment, he functioned as the local leader of the church in Missouri. Later revelations described a bishop’s duties as receiving...

View Glossary
and  his council

A governing body comprised of a bishop and his counselors. The bishop’s council was charged with overseeing the temporal affairs of the church, administering goods under the law of consecration, and assisting the poor. Bishop’s councils had authority to hold...

View Glossary
are set over her temporal matters: so thus the elders’  acts are null and void: Now the Lord wants the tares and  wheat to grow to gether <while and in an organized states,>; Zion must be redeemed with Judgments  and her Converts by righteousness: Every elder that can, after he has  provided for his family (if any he has) and paid his debts must go forth  and clear his skirts from the blood of this generation: while they  are there, instead of holding courts to stop communion

Primarily referred to the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, or Communion, as opposed to other religious sacraments. The articles and covenants of the church directed “that the church meet together often to partake of bread and wine in remembrance of the Lord...

View Glossary
, or any thing  <else,> let every one laber to bind up the broken hearted; reclaim the wanderer,  and persuade back into the Kingdom, such as have been cut off.  by encouraging <them> to lay to and work rightousness, and prepare with  one heart and one mind to redeem Zion, that goodly land of  promise, where the willing and the obedient shall be blessed. Souls  are as precious in the sight of God as they ever were, and the  elders were never called to drive any down to hell, but entice <invite> and  persuade men every where to repent— It is the acceptable year of  the Lord. The priests

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. In the Book of Mormon, priests were described as those who baptized, administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto the church,” and taught “the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.” A June 1829 revelation directed...

View Glossary
too, should not be <idle> their duties are plain and unless  <they> do them, they can not expect to be approved. Righteousness must govern the  saints in all things, and <when> the new covenants come forth the priests will learn  that great <things> may be expected <at> their hands.
The Teachers

Generally, one who instructs, but also an ecclesiastical and priesthood office. The Book of Mormon explained that teachers were to be ordained “to preach repentance and remission of sins through Jesus Christ, by the endurance of faith on his name to the end...

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and Deacons

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. The “Articles and Covenants” directed deacons to assist teachers in their duties. Deacons were also to “warn, expound, exhort, and teach and invite all to come unto Christ.” Although deacons did not have the authority...

View Glossary
are the standing ministers of the church

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

View Glossary
, and  in the absence of other officers, they will have great things required at their  hands— They must strengthen the members;— persuade such as are out  of the way to repent, and meekly urge and persuade every one to forgive  each other all their trespasses, offences, and sins; Bear and forbear one  with another, brethren, for so God does with us. Cease to find fault and  learn to do well: Pray <for> your enemies in the church, and curse not <your> foes  <with>out: for vengence belongs to God. Know you not, that “there is more  Joy in heaven over One sinner that repents, than over there is oever  <ninety> nine Just persons, that need no repentance!” Strive not about the mys teries of the kingdom; to one is given the word of wisdom; to another the  power of healing difficulties: To every officer we say be merciful and  you shall find mercy. Your Brethren, who leave their families and  go forth to warn the present generation of the great things to <come>, expect  great things of those who enjoy the society of the sain[ts] and their families—  They pray that they may be very prayerful and very humble, will working dil igently for spiritually <&> temporally for the redemption of Zion, when all the pure  in heart can return with songs, of everlasting Joy, to enjoy the good of  the land of Zion: Brethren, in the name of Jesus we entreat you to live worthy [p. [1]]
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3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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, Kirtland

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, OH, to John Burk

4 Feb. 1793–8 June 1853. Innkeeper, farmer. Born in Fairfield, Herkimer Co., New York. Son of Charles Burke and Esther Robinson Bohannon. Married first Abigail Fellows, 13 Mar. 1821, in Fairfield. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, by 1823. Baptized into...

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, Clay County

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, MO, 1 June 1835; William W. Phelps

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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, 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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, OH, to Sally Phelps, Clay County

Settled ca. 1800. Organized from Ray Co., 1822. Original size diminished when land was taken to create several surrounding counties. Liberty designated county seat, 1822. Population in 1830 about 5,000; in 1836 about 8,500; and in 1840 about 8,300. Refuge...

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, MO, 2 June 1835; JS, 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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, OH, to Almira Scobey

28 Apr. 1805–10 Mar. 1886. Born at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Daughter of Stephen Mack and Temperance Bond. Moved to Detroit, 1822. Moved to Pontiac, Oakland Co., Michigan Territory, 1823. Baptized into LDS church by David Whitmer and confirmed by JS...

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, Clay County

Settled ca. 1800. Organized from Ray Co., 1822. Original size diminished when land was taken to create several surrounding counties. Liberty designated county seat, 1822. Population in 1830 about 5,000; in 1836 about 8,500; and in 1840 about 8,300. Refuge...

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, MO, ca. 2 June 1835; handwriting of William W. Phelps

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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and JS with signatures of JS, Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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, William W. Phelps

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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and John Whitmer

27 Aug. 1802–11 July 1878. Farmer, stock raiser, newspaper editor. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Member of German Reformed Church, Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, most likely in Seneca...

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; four pages; JS Collection, CHL. Includes endorsement.

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