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Minutes, 21 February 1835

quires a perfect polish. It is required, not merely to travel a few miles in this country, but in distant countries. You must endure much labor, much toil, and many privations to become perfectly polished. Your calling is not like that of the husbandsman, to cultivate a stinted portion of the planet on which we dwell, and when heaven has given the former and the latter rain, and mellow autumn refined his fruit, gather it in and, congratulates himself for a season in the remission of his toils, while he anticipates his winter evenings of relaxation and fireside enjoyment, But. Dear Brother, it is far otherwise with you. Your labor must be incessant and your toil great. You most go forth and labor till the great work is done. It will require a series of years to accomplish it. But you will have this pleasing consolation that, your Heavenly Father requires it; the field is his, the work is his, and he will not only cheer you, animate you & buoy you up in your pilgrimage, in yours arduous toils. but, when your work is done, and your labor over, he will take you to himself. But before this consummation of your felicity. bring your mind to bear upon what will be imperiously required of you to accomplish the great work that lies before you: Count well the cost. You have read of the trials and persecutions of ancient days. Has not bitter experience taught you that they are the same now? You will be dragged before the Authorities, for the religion you profess, and it were better not to set out than to start, look back, or shrink when dangers thicken upon you, or appalling death stares you in the face. I have spoken these things, Dear Brother, because I have seen them in visions. There are strong dungeons and gloomy prisons for you. These should not appall you. You must be called good or bad man. The ancients passed through the same. They had this testimony, that they had seen the Saviour after he rose from the dead. You must bear some testimony, or your mission, your labor, your toil will be in vain. You must bear the same testimony, that there is [p. 156]
quires a perfect polish. It is required, not merely to travel a few  miles in this country, but in distant countries. You must endure  much labor, much toil, and many privations to become perfectly polish ed. Your calling is not like that of the husbandsman, to cultivate  a stinted portion of the planet on which we dwell, and when  heaven has given the former and the latter rain, and mellow  autumn refined his fruit, gather it in and, congratulates him self for a season in the remission of his toils, while he anti cipates his winter evenings of relaxation and fireside enjoyment,  But. Dear Brother, it is far otherwise with you. Your labor must  be incessant and your toil great. You most go forth and labor  till the great work is done. It will require a series of years  to accomplish it. But you will have this pleasing consolation  that, your Heavenly Father requires it; the field is his, the  work is his, and he will not only cheer you, animate you &  buoy you up in your pilgrimage, in yours arduous toils. but,  when your work is done, and your labor o[v]er, he will take you to him self. But before this consummation of your felicity. bring your  mind to bear upon what will be imperiously required of you  to accomplish the great work that lies before you: Count well  the cost. You have read of the trials and persecutions of ancient  days. Has not bitter experience taught you that they are the  same now? You will be dragged before the Authorities, for the  religion you profess, and it were better not to set out than to start,  look back, or shrink when dangers thicken upon you, or  appalling death stares you in the face. I have  spoken these things, Dear Brother, because I have seen  them in visions. There are strong dungeons and gloomy  prisons for you. These should not appall you. You must be  called good or bad man. The ancients passed through the  same. They had this testimony, that they had seen the  Saviour after he rose from the dead. You must bear  some testimony, or your mission, your labor, your toil will be  in vain. You must bear the same testimony, that there is [p. 156]
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Minutes, 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, 21 Feb. 1835;in Minute Book 1, pp. 154–164; handwriting of Warren Cowdery

17 Oct. 1788–23 Feb. 1851. Physician, druggist, farmer, editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Married Patience Simonds, 22 Sept. 1814, in Pawlet, Rutland Co. Moved to Freedom, Cattaraugus Co., New York, 1816...

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