History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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servant and Joseph Smith, Jr. return, and  also, with them, to accomplish the residue of the  work, which I have appointed unto them in their own lands; and  the residue as shall be ruled by the .— —
14 And let no man return from this land, except he bear record  by the way, of that which he knows and most assuredly believes.  Let that which has been bestowed upon , be taken  from him: and let him stand as a member in the  , and labor with his <own> hands with the brethren, untile  he is sufficiently chastened for all his sins, for he confesseth  them not, and he thinketh to hide them.
15 Let the residue of the of the church, who are coming  to this land, some of whom are exceedingly blessed even above  measure, also, hold a conference upon this land. And let  my servant direct the conference, which  shall be held by them. And let them also return, preaching the  gospel by the way, bearing record of the things which are re vealed unto them; and unto the uttermost parts of the earth,  for verily the sound must go forth from this place into all  the world; and unto the uttermost parts of the earth, the gospel  must be preached unto every creature, with signs following  them that believe. And behold the Son of man cometh: Amen.

2 August 1831 • Tuesday

On the 2d day of August, I assisted the   of the church to lay the first log for a house as a  foundation of , in , twelve miles  west of . The log was carried and placed  by twelve men in honor of the twelve tribes of Israel.  At the same time, through prayer, the land of Zion was   and dedicated for the gathering of the  Saints by ; and it was a season of joy to  those present, and afforded a glimpse of the future,  which time will yet unfold to the satisfaction of the faith ful.
As we had received a for to write a description of the land of Zion, we sought  for all the information necessary to accomplish so desirable an  object. Unlike the timbered states in the east, except upon  the rivers and water courses, which were verdantly dot ted with trees from one to three miles wide,— as far as [p. 137]
servant and Joseph Smith, Jr. return, and also, with them, to accomplish the residue of the work, which I have appointed unto them in their own lands; and the residue as shall be ruled by the .— —
14 And let no man return from this land, except he bear record by the way, of that which he knows and most assuredly believes. Let that which has been bestowed upon , be taken from him: and let him stand as a member in the , and labor with his own hands with the brethren, untile he is sufficiently chastened for all his sins, for he confesseth them not, and he thinketh to hide them.
15 Let the residue of the of the church, who are coming to this land, some of whom are exceedingly blessed even above measure, also, hold a conference upon this land. And let my servant direct the conference, which shall be held by them. And let them also return, preaching the gospel by the way, bearing record of the things which are revealed unto them; for verily the sound must go forth from this place into all the world; and unto the uttermost parts of the earth, the gospel must be preached unto every creature, with signs following them that believe. And behold the Son of man cometh: Amen.

2 August 1831 • Tuesday

On the 2d day of August, I assisted the of the church to lay the first log for a house as a foundation of , in , twelve miles west of . The log was carried and placed by twelve men in honor of the twelve tribes of Israel. At the same time, through prayer, the land of Zion was and dedicated for the gathering of the Saints by ; and it was a season of joy to those present, and afforded a glimpse of the future, which time will yet unfold to the satisfaction of the faithful.
As we had received a for to write a description of the land of Zion, we sought for all the information necessary to accomplish so desirable an object. Unlike the timbered states in the east, except upon the rivers and water courses, which were verdantly dotted with trees from one to three miles wide,— as far as [p. 137]
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