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Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson County, Missouri, 6 August 1833

Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson County, Missouri, 6 August 1833

Kirtland August 7th <6th> 1833
Beloved Breatheren
Having received br. Oliver’s [Oliver Cowdery’s] letter of July 9th  as well as one from the breatheren composing the school we now  answer them both in one letter as relates to the school in Zion  according to your request we inquired of the Lord and send in this letter  the communication which we received from the Lord concerning the  school in Zion It was obtained August 2nd and reads thus
The word of the Lord unto Joseph Sidney [Rigdon] and Fredrick [Frederick G. Williams]  Verily I say unto my friends I speak unto you with my voice, even  the voice of my spirit, that I may shew unto you my will concer ning your breatheren in the land of Zion, many of <whom> are truely humble,  and are seeking dillegently to learn wisdom, and to find truth. Verily  Verily I say unto you blessed are all such for they shall obtain; for  I the Lord sheweth mercy unto all the meek, and upon all whom soever I will, that I may be justified when I shall bring them into jud gement.
Behold I say unto you concerning the school in Zion, I the  Lord am well pleased that there should be a school in Zion, and also  with my servent Parley [P. Pratt], for he abideth in me. and inasmuch as he  continue to abide <in> me, he shall continue to preside over the school  in the land of Zion, and I will bless him with a multiplicity of blessings  in expounding all Schriptures, and myterios and mysteries, to the  edifecation of school and of the church in Zion. And to the  residue of the school I the Lord am willing to shew mercy never theless there are those that must needs repent be chastened, and  their works shall be made known, the axe is laid at the roots  of the trees, and every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit shall  be hewn down and cast into the fire, I the Lord have spoken it ◊◊
I the Lord have spoken it: Verily Verily I say unto you; all  among them who know their hearts are honest, and are broken, and  their spirits contrite, and are willing to observe their covenent by  sacrafice, yea, every sacrafice which I the Lord shall command them,  are all accepted of me; for I the Lord will cause them to bring forth  as a very fruitfull tree, which is planted in a goodly land by a pure  stream that yealdeth much precious fruit.
Verily I say unto you that it is my will that an house  should be built unto me in the land of Zion like unto the pattern  which I have given you. (which pattern we have sent to Zion in a former  former package) yea, let it be built speedily by the tithing of my  people, behold this is the tithing, and the sacrafice which  I the Lord require at their hand, that there may be a house  built unto me for the salvation of Zion, and for a place of thanksgi ving for all saints, and for a place of instruction for all those who are  called to the ministry work of the ministry, in all their several offices  callings and offices, that they may be perfected in the understanding of their mi nistry, in theory, and in principle, and in doctrine, in all things pertaining to  [the] kingdom of God on the earth. (the keys of which kingdom have been given to you)  confered upon you) And inasmuch as my people build an house unto me  in the name of the Lord and do not suffer any unclean thing to come into it [p. [1]]
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Two letters, no longer extant, to church leaders in Kirtland, Ohio, from Missouri members prompted this lengthy epistle from the presidency of the high priesthood. It contained the text of three revelations (2 August 1833–A, 2 August 1833–B, and 6 August 1833). Sidney Rigdon, Frederick G. Williams, and JS sent this letter to church leaders in Missouri. Edward Partridge received it.

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