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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

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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(O.) June 2d 1835
Dear wife and children:— Having to send the decision in Elder Burket

18 Oct. 1788–15 Mar. 1871. Store owner/keeper, carpenter. Born in Bedford, Bedford Co., Pennsylvania. Son of George Burket Sr. and Catharine Swovelin. Married first Sarah Smith, 1810. Purchased home in Winchester, Randolph Co., Indiana, 1821; extended house...

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s case, I embrace the opportunity to fulfil the promise I made you in my first and second lettr, (the second sent by Elder Beebe) to give you and the saints some advice. Language has not the power to convey my mind to you; nor can those who are not separated for months and years, feel for those who are:— How sweet will be the meeting of those 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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, and High prests

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. Christ and many ancient prophets, including Abraham, were described as being high priests. The Book of Mormon used the term high priest to denote one appointed to lead the church. However, the Book of Mormon also discussed...

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, who, to fulfil their promises and commissions, and help save souls, after months’ and years’ absence, from their beloved wives and families, return to enjoy their smiles and company!— O how well, we who have left our wives and children will know how to prize their delightful society! How often will our wives reflect on the happy moments they passed by their fire-sides, with their husbands and children! How many times will they long for such happy times again! Now is the time for our affections to feast on the perfections and virtues of each other: to be sure, we may have had some little differences about some things when we were together, but they are all buried now: And if any persons under heaven ought to enjoy the blessings prepared for the saints when Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Jesus Christ, characterized by adherence to ideals of harmony, equality, and purity. In JS’s earliest revelations “the cause of Zion” was used to broadly describe the ...

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is redeemed— it is those husbands and wives that freely, and faithfully bear separation for the sake of the Kingdom; for the sake of religion; and for the sake of souls! What though, my dear Sally, can not hear her children— exclaim, as when I was there, “There comes father!” “father said so,” and “I will ask father.” &c What though my flute is not heared morning and evening— and what though my voice is not heard in reading and praying— I have confidence in you, and know that you will do right and teach the children to do so too. Live humble; pray much, for I pray for you once a day in secret, and I am confident, if you and the children “do likewise”, that our prayers will be answered:= for the Lord says what ever thing ye ask which is expedient, being united, it shall be granted. Seek diligently to preserve the faith which has been delivered unto [us] in these last days: Forgive all that trespass against you: pray for your brethren and friends— and revile not against your enemies= Inasmuch as you have strength and are prospered in your labors or undertaking, clothe your selves decently; for this is comely in the sight of God, and honorable before your brethren and the world. I shall do all I can for you, though the brethren here are considerably in debt, and are poor. The children! the children! Sally, teach them diligently the holy precepts which you have had taught you from the book of Mormon, the bible, the revelations, &c. Let them take turns in praying. I know if you and the children are as anxious to live right, as I am to have you do right; so that we may all return to Zion with songs of everlasting Joy— you will not, one of you, do an evil deed, or go out of the way while I am absent from you. Sally will not, I believe, for since we were married, I have never known her do wrong knowingly, therefore [p. [3]]
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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(O.) June 2d 1835
Dear wife and children:— Having to send the decision in Elder Burket

18 Oct. 1788–15 Mar. 1871. Store owner/keeper, carpenter. Born in Bedford, Bedford Co., Pennsylvania. Son of George Burket Sr. and Catharine Swovelin. Married first Sarah Smith, 1810. Purchased home in Winchester, Randolph Co., Indiana, 1821; extended house...

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s case, I  embrace the opportunity to fulfil the promise I made you in my first and  second lettr, (the second sent by Elder Beebe) to give you and the saints some ad vice. Language has not the power to convey my mind to you; nor can those  who are not separated for months and years, feel for those who are:—  How sweet will be the meeting of those 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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, and High prests

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. Christ and many ancient prophets, including Abraham, were described as being high priests. The Book of Mormon used the term high priest to denote one appointed to lead the church. However, the Book of Mormon also discussed...

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, who, to  fulfil their prom[i]ses and commissions, and help save souls, after months’ and  years’ absence, from their beloved wives and families, return to enjoy  their smiles and company!— O how well, we who have left our wives  and children will know how to prize their delightful society!  How often will our wives reflect on the happy moments they  passed by their fire-sides, with their husbands and children! How ma ny times will they long for such happy times again! Now is the  time for our affections to feast on the perfections and virtues of each  other: to be sure, we may have had some little differences about  some things when we were together, but they are all buried now: And if  any persons under heaven ought to enjoy the blessings prepared for  the saints when Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Jesus Christ, characterized by adherence to ideals of harmony, equality, and purity. In JS’s earliest revelations “the cause of Zion” was used to broadly describe the ...

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is redeemed— it is those husbands and wives  that freely, and faithfully bear separation for the sake of the  Kingdom; for the sake of religion; and for the sake of souls! What  though, my dear Sally, can not hear her children— exclaim, as when  I was there, “There comes father!” “father said so,” and “I will ask fath er.” &c What though my flute is not heared morning and evening—  and what though my voice is not heard in reading and praying—  I have confidence in you, and know that you will do right and  teach the children to do so too. Live humble; pray much, for I  pray for you once a day in secret, and I am confident, <if> you  and the children “do likewise”, that our prayers will be answered:=  for the Lord says what ever thi[n]g ye ask which is expedient, being  united, it shall be granted. Seek diligently to preserve the faith <which> has  been delivered unto [us] in these last days: Forgive all that trespass against  you: pray for your brethren and friends— and revile not against your  enemies= Inasmuch as you have strength and <are> prospered in your  labors or undertaking, clothe your selves decently; for this <is> comely  in the sight of God, and honorable before your brethren and  the world. I shall do all I can for you, though the brethren here are  considerably in debt, and are poor. The children! the children!  Sally, teach them diligently the holy precepts which you have had  taught you from the book of Mormon, the bible, the revelations, &c.  Let them take turns in praying. I know if you and the children  are as anxious to live right, as I am to have to have <you> do right; so  that we may all return to Zion with songs of everlasting Joy— you  will not, one of you, do an evil deed, or go out of the way  while I am absent from you. Sally will not, I believe, for since  we were married, I have never known her do wrong knowingly, therefore [p. [3]]
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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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, 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

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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

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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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