TO WHOM THESE PRESENCE MAY COME:
THIS Ce[r]tifies, that ,
has been received into
, organized on the
sixth of April, in the year of our Lord, one
thousand, eight hundred, and thirty; and has been or dained an
according to the rules and regulations of said church, and is duly
authorized to preach the gospel, and act in all [th]e
of the house of the Lord, agreeably to the authority of that office.
From the satisfactory evidence which we have of his good moral
charac ter, and his zeal for the cause of righteousness, and diligent
desire to per suade men to forsake evil and embrace truth, we confidently
recommend him to all candid and upright people, in every country where he
may be permitted to travel, in the order of Divine providence, as a worthy
member of society; being sent from the bosom of this church to proclaim
the glad tidings of salvation to mankind.
therefore, in the name, and by the authority of this church, grant unto
this, our worthy brother in the Lord, this letter of commendation as a
proof of our fellowship and esteem: praying for his success and prosperity
in our Redeemer’s cause.
Given in, and by the
direction of a of the elders of this church, assembled in
Geauga county, Ohio, this 25th day of February
in the year of our Lord
one thousand, eight hundred, and thirty
Joseph Smith Jr.