strive to have the children
up in the way they should go, and they come <go> back to Zion they will thank you and honor you for your “motherly admonition”, Waterman is well— one accident befel him. He went in to the millpond to swim, and like to have drowned, but was brought out by Br. Bump’s boy: He will never be caught in that folly again, I trust. Br Joseph told me of it and talked to him like an angel—
I know you will like to hear some news from as well as advice, so I shall give you some. The are constant ly coming in and going. Last week Elders and , started for the east last week. [Edward] Partridge , and will start soon: Elder came in last week; Elders and arrived lat week, and Elder Oziel Stevens this week. says he preached to Jerusha , and she believed and will eventually come into the . I beseech of you to pray God that she may come in, so that you can have one natural heir in the Kingdom with you, for consolation I shall try to send some of the elders to preach to Flavius and Mary, so thus they may come in too, if they will I have sent and to my fathers, and to Lydia— Now is the Harvest and you must pray, and the children must pray thus they may be brought into the kingdom. preached last Sabbath, and I gave him the text: “This is my beloved Son; hear ye him!” He preached one of the greatest sermons I ever heard— it was about 3½ hours long— and unfolded more mysteries than I can write at this time. The Congregations of saints at is larger than any one we used to have at , and when any of the world come in, we have what may well be called <a> Large Congregation.
Elder Bent wanted I should say to Mary, that he is well— He left here for and may be expect[ed] in the west in the course of the summer. President Smith, as I before said, told me he had written to Sister [Elizabeth Van Benthusen] Gilbert, who I sincerly hope lives humble enough to have the spirit of God continally to console her in her widowhood, and cheer <herself> up to look with Joy for the hour of redemption. When I left you, Sally, I said:= “The blessings of God, and my peace with you, till I return”, Live so that you may inherit these things: for the Lord will surely grant them, if you are worthy. Be careful of my Letters for I have not time to copy them. Give respects to the saints
I remain yours forever
Sally Phelps and children
[Note written down the left margin of page 3]
NB If I was able to bear the expense I would write weekly but as it would cost $12,50, both ways, I can not afford it. If the inhabitant[s] of of Zion will raise you six dollars, I will write for their good
[A small map is drawn in the upper-right corner of page 4 with notations]
[Written at the top in four lines]
Be careful and let no one Copy this plan least you bring persecutions on your selves.
[Written up the right side in two lines]
Plan of the city— you will have keep such things to yourself for wisdom
[Return to letter]
Brother has left a little space for me to occupy and I gladly improve it, I would be glad to see the children of Zion and del[i]ver the <word> of Eternal <life> to them from my own mouth but cannot this year nevertheless the day will come that I shall enjoy this privileege I trust. and we all shall receive an in the land of refuge which is so much to be desired seeing it is under the direction of the Allmighty therefore let us live faithful before the Lord and it shall be well with us I feel for all the Chilldren of Zion and pray for them in all my prayrs peace be multiplyed unto their redeemtion and favor from God Amen
Joseph Smith Jr