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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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leaf which we have plucked from the tree of Paradise, the  Lord’s message of peace to us; for though our brethren in Zion,  indulge in feelings towards us, which are not according to  the requirements of the ; yet, we have the sat isfaction of knowing that the Lord approves of us, and has ac cepted us, and established his name in , for the sal vation of the nations; for the Lord will have a place from  whence his word will go forth, in these last days, in purity;  for if Zion will not purify herself, so as to be approved of in  all things in his sight, he will seek another people; for  his work will go on until Isreal is and they,  who will not hear his voice, must expect to feel his  wrath. Let me say unto you, seek to purify yourselves,  and also all the inhabitants of Zion, lest the Lord’s  anger be kindled to fierceness. Repent, repent is the  voice of God to Zion; and yet, strange as it may appear,  <yet> it is true, mankind will persist in self justification  until all their iniquity is exposed, and their character  past being redeemed, and that which is treasured up  in their hearts be exposed to the gaze of mankind. I  say to you, (and what I say to you, I say to all,) hear the  warning voice of God, lest Zion fall, & the Lord swear  in his wrath the inhabitants of Zion shall not enter into  my his rest.
The brethren in , pray for you unceasingly,  for, knowing the terrors of the Lord, they greatly fear for you.  You will see that the Lord us, in , to  build an , and establish a : This is the word of the Lord to us, and we must,  yea, the Lord helping us, we will obey: as on conditions  of our obedience he has promised us great things; yea,  even a visit from the heavens to honor us with his own  presence. We greatly fear before the Lord lest we should  fail of this great honor, which our master proposes to  confer on us; we are seeking for humility and great faith  lest we be ashamed in his presence. Our hearts are greatly  grieved at the spirit which is breathed, both in your letter,  and that of Bro G….s, the very spirit which is wasting  the strength of Zion like a pestilence; and if it is not detected [p. 263]
leaf which we have plucked from the tree of Paradise, the Lord’s message of peace to us; for though our brethren in Zion, indulge in feelings towards us, which are not according to the requirements of the ; yet, we have the satisfaction of knowing that the Lord approves of us, and has accepted us, and established his name in , for the salvation of the nations; for the Lord will have a place from whence his word will go forth, in these last days, in purity; for if Zion will not purify herself, so as to be approved of in all things in his sight, he will seek another people; for his work will go on until Isreal is and they, who will not hear his voice, must expect to feel his wrath. Let me say unto you, seek to purify yourselves, and also all the inhabitants of Zion, lest the Lord’s anger be kindled to fierceness. Repent, repent is the voice of God to Zion; and yet, strange as it may appear, it is true, mankind will persist in self justification until all their iniquity is exposed, and their character past being redeemed, and that which is treasured up in their hearts be exposed to the gaze of mankind. I say to you, (and what I say to you, I say to all,) hear the warning voice of God, lest Zion fall, & the Lord swear in his wrath the inhabitants of Zion shall not enter into his rest.
The brethren in , pray for you unceasingly, for, knowing the terrors of the Lord, they greatly fear for you. You will see that the Lord us, in , to build an , and establish a : This is the word of the Lord to us, and we must, yea, the Lord helping us, we will obey: as on conditions of our obedience he has promised us great things; yea, even a visit from the heavens to honor us with his own presence. We greatly fear before the Lord lest we should fail of this great honor, which our master proposes to confer on us; we are seeking for humility and great faith lest we be ashamed in his presence. Our hearts are greatly grieved at the spirit which is breathed, both in your letter, and that of Bro G….s, the very spirit which is wasting the strength of Zion like a pestilence; and if it is not detected [p. 263]
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