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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

of the blessing which shall <be> heired [inherited] by the faithful after Zion is redeemed.
To Elder Lyman Wight: The Lord is not pleased with him because he did not  come to Kirtland as is manifest to the Council: The Council fear, that  in consequence of self sufficiency and self knowledge, which hertofore at times  headed our worthy brother aside from the strict principles of <the gospel of> our Lord Jesus Christ,  unless he goes forth into the vineyard, and magnifies his calling according to the  commandment, satan will sift him as chaff. Let him be reminded that it is  necessary for him to repent, and humble himself before God and go about  his master’s business; and let those who have been appointed, whose appoint ments have been sanctioned by the voice of the church regulate the affairs  of Zion, Lest he that puts his hand forth to steady the ark, be made an  ensample, as was Uzzah in the David Days of David.
Decision in Elder George Burket’s case appealed from the Elder’s Court.
Kirtland, Ohio, May 30, 1835: The foregoing case was reviewed by the Presidency,  and decided that the proceedings were illegal on the part of the Elders; they not having  authority to act in that country, the Lord having appionted regular councils for the  trials of transgressors= Oliver Cowdery Clerk—
We say to Elder Burket, go to the parties and witnesses, in meekness and forgive  them whatever hardness you may hold against <them> and they must forgive you, and  when you have done so, and sufficiently humbled yourself, prepare your  self– and go forth and magnify your calling, lest satan sift you as chaff.
We having a regard for Elder Fosdick hope and pray that he may also go forth  and improve his talent, lest he lose his crown.
In the bonds <of> the new covenant, we  are
Joseph Smith, Jr.
To the Elders Priests, teachers, deacons  and members of the church of Christ of  Latte[r] day sain[t]s.
Copy this and hand it to my wife, that give her the original  letter
[following address upside down for folding and mailing]
Or Sally Phelps
Clay Co
Mo [p. [2]]
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