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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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The same day we wrote to Brother and  others in , from , as follows;
Brethren, We have received your last, contain ing a number of questions which you desire us to an swer. This we do the more readily, as we desire with  all our hearts, the prosperity of Zion, and the peace of  her inhabitants, for we have as great an interest in  the welfare of Zion, as you can have:— First, as  respects getting the book of Doctrine Commandments  bound; we think it is not necessary. They will  be sold as well without binding, and there is no  book-binder to be had as we know of, nor is are there  materials to be had for binding, without keeping  the books too long from circulation. With regard  to the Books of Mormon, which are in the hands  of , we say to you get them from , give him a receipt for them, in the name  of the . Let pay Bro Chapin  his money.
We have not found the Book of Jasher,— nor  any of the other lost books mentioned in the Bibles  as yet; nor will we obtain them at present. Res pecting the apocrypha, the Lord said to us that there  were many things in it which were true, and  there were many things in it that were not true,  and to those who desire it, should be given by  the Spirit to know the true from the false. We  have received some revelations, within a short time  back, which you will obtain in due time, As  soon as we can get time, we will review the man uscripts of the Book of Mormon, after which they  will be forwarded to you.
We commend the plan highly, of your choosing  a teacher to instruct the , that they may  be able to silence gainsayers. Concerning ,  we recommend the following. Let Bro. be second Bishop in Zion, and let  Bro be ordained third. Let Bro choose as , in their place, Bro [p. 310]
The same day we wrote to Brother and others in , from , as follows;
Brethren, We have received your last, containing a number of questions which you desire us to answer. This we do the more readily, as we desire with all our hearts, the prosperity of Zion, and the peace of her inhabitants, for we have as great an interest in the welfare of Zion, as you can have:— First, as respects getting the book of Commandments bound; we think it is not necessary. They will be sold as well without binding, and there is no book-binder to be had as we know of, nor are there materials to be had for binding, without keeping the books too long from circulation. With regard to the Books of Mormon, which are in the hands of , we say to you get them from , give him a receipt for them, in the name of the . Let pay Bro Chapin his money.
We have not found the Book of Jasher,— nor any of the other lost books mentioned in the Bible as yet; nor will we obtain them at present. Respecting the apocrypha, the Lord said to us that there were many things in it which were true, and there were many things in it that were not true, and to those who desire it, should be given by the Spirit to know the true from the false. We have received some revelations, within a short time back, which you will obtain in due time, As soon as we can get time, we will review the manuscripts of the Book of Mormon, after which they will be forwarded to you.
We commend the plan highly, of your choosing a teacher to instruct the , that they may be able to silence gainsayers. Concerning , we recommend the following. Let Bro. be second Bishop in Zion, and let Bro be ordained third. Let Bro choose as , in their place, Bro [p. 310]
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