History, 1838–1856, volume B-1 [1 September 1834–2 November 1838]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<August> I am disposed to say a word relative to the bills of the “ Safety  Society Bank.” I hereby warn them to beware of speculators, renegadoes  and gamblers, who are duping the unwary and unsuspecting, by  palming upon them, those bills, which are of no worth here. I  discountenance and disapprove of any and all such practices,  I know them to be detrimental to the best interests of society, as  well as to the principles of religion. Joseph Smith Junr..
In this month Elder Russel succeeded in establishing a small church in Alston, England.  While I was engaged in visiting the Churches in . preaching and  and baptizing and blessing the saints, strengthening the things that  were. I returned to about the last of August, and a wrote the  following letter which I sent by the hand of

3–4 September 1837 • Sunday–Monday

<September 4  Joseph’s Letter, to   &c,  Zion.> , Geauga County, Ohio, September 4th. 1837.
Joseph Smith Junr., President of the church of Christ of Latter Day  Saints in all the world; to and the whole Church  in Zion; sendeth Greeting. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord  Jesus Christ, who has blessed you with many blessings in Christ, and  who has delivered you many times from the hands of your enemies, and  planted you many times in an heavenly or holy place; My respects  and love to you all, and my blessings upon all the faithful, and  true hearted in the new and everlasting covenant: And forasmuch  as I have desired for a long time to see your faces, and converse  with you, and instruct you in those things which have been  revealed to me pertaining to the kingdom of God in the last days,  I now write unto you offering <as> an apology, my being bound with  cords of affliction by the workers of iniquity, and by the labors of the  Church, endeavoring in all things to do the will of God for the sal vation of the church, both in temporal, as well as spiritual things.  Brethren we have waded through a scene of affliction and sorrow  thus far for the will of God, that language is inadequate to describe,  pray ye, therefore, with more earnestness for our redemption. You  have undoubtedly been informed by letter and otherwise, of our dif ficulties in , which are now about being settled, and  that you may have a knowledge of the same, I subscribe to you the  following minutes of the committee of the whole church of ,  the authorities &c, referring you to my brother , and  brother for further particulars; also that you  may know how to proceed to set in order and regulate the affairs  of the church in Zion, whenever they become disorganized.
<x  Conference Minutes  Sunday 3rd.  Reorganization  of the church  at .> Minutes of a Conference assembled in committee of the whole church  on Sunday the 3d of September, 1837, 9 o’clock, A.M.— was called upon to take the minutes of the conference. then presented Joseph Smith Jun to the Church to know  if they still looked upon, and would still receive and uphold  <President and  counsellors Elected.> him as the president of the whole Church, and the votes  was unanimous in the affirmative. President Smith then  presented and for <as> his counsel lors, <and vote not carried> and to constitute with himself the three first Presidents of the Church, [p. 770]
August I am disposed to say a word relative to the bills of the “ Safety Society Bank.” I hereby warn them to beware of speculators, renegadoes and gamblers, who are duping the unwary and unsuspecting, by palming upon them, those bills, which are of no worth here. I discountenance and disapprove of any and all such practices, I know them to be detrimental to the best interests of society, as well as to the principles of religion. Joseph Smith Junr..
In this month Elder Russel succeeded in establishing a small church in Alston, England. While I was engaged in visiting the Churches in . preaching baptizing and blessing the saints, strengthening the things that were. I returned to about the last of August, and wrote the following letter which I sent by the hand of

3–4 September 1837 • Sunday–Monday

September 4 Joseph’s Letter, to &c, Zion. , Geauga County, Ohio, September 4th. 1837.
Joseph Smith Junr., President of the church of Christ of Latter Day Saints in all the world; to and the whole Church in Zion; sendeth Greeting. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed you with many blessings in Christ, and who has delivered you many times from the hands of your enemies, and planted you many times in an heavenly or holy place; My respects and love to you all, and my blessings upon all the faithful, and true hearted in the new and everlasting covenant: And forasmuch as I have desired for a long time to see your faces, and converse with you, and instruct you in those things which have been revealed to me pertaining to the kingdom of God in the last days, I now write unto you offering as an apology, my being bound with cords of affliction by the workers of iniquity, and by the labors of the Church, endeavoring in all things to do the will of God for the salvation of the church, both in temporal, as well as spiritual things. Brethren we have waded through a scene of affliction and sorrow thus far for the will of God, that language is inadequate to describe, pray ye, therefore, with more earnestness for our redemption. You have undoubtedly been informed by letter and otherwise, of our difficulties in , which are now about being settled, and that you may have a knowledge of the same, I subscribe to you the following minutes of the committee of the whole church of , the authorities &c, referring you to my brother , and brother for further particulars; also that you may know how to proceed to set in order and regulate the affairs of the church in Zion, whenever they become disorganized.
x Conference Minutes Sunday 3rd. Reorganization of the church at . Minutes of a Conference assembled in committee of the whole church on Sunday the 3d of September, 1837, 9 o’clock, A.M.— was called upon to take the minutes of the conference. then presented Joseph Smith Jun to the Church to know if they still looked upon, and would still receive and uphold President and counsellors Elected. him as the president of the whole Church, and the vote was unanimous in the affirmative. President Smith then presented as his counsellor, and vote not carried and to constitute with himself the three first Presidents of the Church, [p. 770]
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