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Verily, I say unto you, who have assembled yourselves together that you may learn my will concerning the redemption of Zion mine afflicted people: Behold, I say unto you, were it not for the transgressions of my people, speaking concerning the , and not individuals, they might have been redeemed, even now now; but, behold, they have not learned to be obedient to the things which I require at their hands, but are full of all man ner of evil, and do not impart of their substance as becom eth saints, to the poor and afflicted among them, and are not united according to the ; and cannot be built up unless it is by the principles of the law of the , other wise I cannot receive her unto myself. And my people must needs be chastened until they learn obedience, if it must needs be by the things which they suffer. I speak not concerning those who are appointed to lead my people, who are the of my church, for they are not all under this condemnation; but I speak concerning the churches abroad: there are many who will say, Where is their God? Behold, he will deliver in time of trouble, otherwise we will not go up unto the land of Zion, and will keep our moneys.
Therefore, in consequence of the transgression<s> of my people, it is expedient in me that mine should wait for a little season for the , that they themselves [p. 97]