Elders’ Journal, July 1838

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the salvation of Israel; and for one, I  pray God to take away my life, sooner  than to suffer me to turn my back upon  the faithful part of the church of Latter  Day Saints, and Joseph whom God  hath chosen to lead his people. O my  soul mourns over the corruptions of the  hearts of men! O how man will stum ble in dark places, when he neglects  prayer and departs from his God! O  ye Saints of Zion, watch and pray, and  keep the Celestial law, which is safe!
That you may know the feelings of  the undersigners of this page, we say  to you before God, that we are in full  fellowship with Joseph Smith jr. and  the first Presidency of the church, and  with all who still adhere to, and receive  their teachings and instructions; and  we say, in the name of Jesus Christ,  that we will uphold such by our pray ers, faith, and influence, at the risk of  our fortunes, lives, and worldly honor.  “For life is but a name, when virtue  and truth is gone.”
We further believe that judgment  awaits the world speedily, not  excepted, and we do believe that those  who have dissented from the body of the  church, will have cause to lament for  their folly. We ask in the name of  reason and revelation, who has power  to take from Joseph, the keys delivered  to him by the God of Abraham, Isaac,  and Jacob, and deprive him of the  work that God has said he should per form? We answer, none but God  alone. We believe the book of Mor mon and Doctrine and Covenants,  speaks too loud upon the subject, to  fall unfulfilled and to be made void, by  those who have neglected prayer, and  departed from the living God, and  sought to take honor unto themselves.  O ye Saints of God in Zion! we en treat you to uphold Joseph by prayer,  faith, brotherly love, and charity: for  we testify, in the Spirit of God, that he  will be brought off conquerer, and his  enemies put to shame.
Do you remember his toils and la bors for your salvavion? Nothing but  a God has supported him to the present  day. His perils are great, and the  greatest are among false brethren;  and we do entreat the Saints in Zion  not to add to his wounds, by following  the example of many in .—  Bear with us, ye Saints of God, while  we exhort you to keep the Celestial  law of God, while in the land of Zion.  Be humble, be watchful, be prayerful.  Beware of pride, lest you fall like oth ers. We do not make these remarks  for compliment sake, we feel what we  say. is and will be scourged,  to fulfill revelation and prophecy; it is  all right, the hand of God is in it.  God’s work will not stop. He will  work for, and with his Saints. God  will redeem Jacob. God will build up  Zion. The Lord will establish Jerusa lem. And O ye Judges in Zion! that  God may bestow wisdom and salvation  upon you, is the prayer of
,
JAMES TOWNSEND, &
JOSEPH BALL.
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Brother ,
Sir, your letter,  of the 9th of March, directed to , Presidents Joseph Smith jr.  , , and the  Saints in Zion, came safely to them,  some days since. And on account of  the press of business now on their  hands, and the request of J. Smith Jr.,  I have taken it upon me to answer it.
You say, that you have heard of the  deplorable state of things in ;  and it gave me much joy to learn by  your letter, that you received those  things in their true light. Great has  been the afflictions of the Saints in that  place, particularly our beloved breth ren Joseph Smith Jr. and .
In the past summer, I journeyed  from this place, in company with and , to ,  for the purpose of meeting in Confer ence there, with the twelve. On our  arrival, we soon learned the difficulties  that then existed there: these, however,  were all apparently settled, previous to  my leaving : And ,  who has since become an unbeliever in re vealed religion, affected to repent and be come satisfied with Br. Joseph and the  church. Others also did the same:—  But this settlement was not of long du ration. Soon after this, President and , left  for the upper ; and President  Joseph Smith, President ,  and , soon followed us to  : and during their absence,  it seems that , ,  , , and some  others, united together for the over throw of the church. President Smith, [p. 36]
the salvation of Israel; and for one, I pray God to take away my life, sooner than to suffer me to turn my back upon the faithful part of the church of Latter Day Saints, and Joseph whom God hath chosen to lead his people. O my soul mourns over the corruptions of the hearts of men! O how man will stumble in dark places, when he neglects prayer and departs from his God! O ye Saints of Zion, watch and pray, and keep the Celestial law, which is safe!
That you may know the feelings of the undersigners of this page, we say to you before God, that we are in full fellowship with Joseph Smith jr. and the first Presidency of the church, and with all who still adhere to, and receive their teachings and instructions; and we say, in the name of Jesus Christ, that we will uphold such by our prayers, faith, and influence, at the risk of our fortunes, lives, and worldly honor. “For life is but a name, when virtue and truth is gone.”
We further believe that judgment awaits the world speedily, not excepted, and we do believe that those who have dissented from the body of the church, will have cause to lament for their folly. We ask in the name of reason and revelation, who has power to take from Joseph, the keys delivered to him by the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and deprive him of the work that God has said he should perform? We answer, none but God alone. We believe the book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants, speaks too loud upon the subject, to fall unfulfilled and to be made void, by those who have neglected prayer, and departed from the living God, and sought to take honor unto themselves. O ye Saints of God in Zion! we entreat you to uphold Joseph by prayer, faith, brotherly love, and charity: for we testify, in the Spirit of God, that he will be brought off conquerer, and his enemies put to shame.
Do you remember his toils and labors for your salvavion? Nothing but a God has supported him to the present day. His perils are great, and the greatest are among false brethren; and we do entreat the Saints in Zion not to add to his wounds, by following the example of many in .— Bear with us, ye Saints of God, while we exhort you to keep the Celestial law of God, while in the land of Zion. Be humble, be watchful, be prayerful. Beware of pride, lest you fall like others. We do not make these remarks for compliment sake, we feel what we say. is and will be scourged, to fulfill revelation and prophecy; it is all right, the hand of God is in it. God’s work will not stop. He will work for, and with his Saints. God will redeem Jacob. God will build up Zion. The Lord will establish Jerusalem. And O ye Judges in Zion! that God may bestow wisdom and salvation upon you, is the prayer of
,
JAMES TOWNSEND, &
JOSEPH BALL.
————
Brother ,
Sir, your letter, of the 9th of March, directed to , Presidents Joseph Smith jr. , , and the Saints in Zion, came safely to them, some days since. And on account of the press of business now on their hands, and the request of J. Smith Jr., I have taken it upon me to answer it.
You say, that you have heard of the deplorable state of things in ; and it gave me much joy to learn by your letter, that you received those things in their true light. Great has been the afflictions of the Saints in that place, particularly our beloved brethren Joseph Smith Jr. and .
In the past summer, I journeyed from this place, in company with and , to , for the purpose of meeting in Conference there, with the twelve. On our arrival, we soon learned the difficulties that then existed there: these, however, were all apparently settled, previous to my leaving : And , who has since become an unbeliever in revealed religion, affected to repent and become satisfied with Br. Joseph and the church. Others also did the same:— But this settlement was not of long duration. Soon after this, President and , left for the upper ; and President Joseph Smith, President , and , soon followed us to : and during their absence, it seems that , , , , and some others, united together for the overthrow of the church. President Smith, [p. 36]
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