of the blessing which shall <be> [inherited] by the faithful after Zion is redeemed.
To : The Lord is not pleased with him because he did not come to as is manifest to the Council: The 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 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.
, Ohio, May 30, 1835: The foregoing case was reviewed by the , 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= 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 , we are
Joseph Smith, Jr.
To the Elders , , 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
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