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

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13–15 April 1838 • Friday–Sunday

While the Elders were in they wrote as follows:
<April 13  Prophecy on  Thomas Webster> “. Good Friday.  “April 13th, 1838. Dear Brothers and Sisters in Preston: It seemeth good  unto us, and also unto the Holy Spirit to write you a few words, which  cause pain in our hearts, and will also pain you when they are ful filled before you; yet you shall have joy in the end. Brother Webster  -[Thomas Webster]- will not abide in the Spirit of the Lord, but will reject  the truth, and become the enemy of the people of God, and expose the  mysteries which have been committed to him, that a righteous  judgment may be executed upon him, unless he speedily repent.
When this sorrowful prediction shall be fulfilled, this Letter shall  be read to the Church, and it shall prove a solemn warning  to all to beware. Farewell in the Lord. . .
The foregoing letter was written and sealed in presence of Presidents  and who had gone to to witness the brethren sail,  and by the writers committed to their special charge that no one  should know the contents until the fulfilment thereof. Previous  to this period very little of the foolish and wicked stories which filled the  weekly Journals, and pamphlets in , concerning the Mormons,  -[as the saints were termed]- had found its way into the English prints, but  <15  Liveseys Pamphlets> immediately after, Elders and left Preston, or about the 15th of  April, One Livesy, (a Methodist Priest, who had previously spent some years  in , and said he heard nothing about the saints in ,)  came out with a pamphlet made up of forged letters, Apostate lies. and  “walk on the water” stories he found in old American papers which he had picked up  while in , but he stopped the circulation of his own pamphlets by stating  to a public congregation that he had “accidentally found the contents of the  pamphlet in old papers in his trunk which was quite providential to stop  such abominable work as the Saints were engaged in,”— and in the same  Lecture said he “wished the people to purchase his pamphlets as he had  been at great expence to procure the materials for writing it.” His hearers retired.

17 April 1838 • Tuesday

<Tuesday 17.  Revelation to > I received the following Revelation. Given at . April 17,th 1844 <1838>
Verily thus saith the Lord, it is wisdom in My Servant , that he settle up all his business, as soon as he possibly can,  and make a disposition of his merchandize, that he may perform  a mission unto me next spring in company with others, even  Twelve, including himself, to testify of my name, and bear glad ti dings unto all the world, for verily thus saith the Lord, that in asmuch as there are those among you who deny my name, others  shall be planted in their stead and receive their Bishoprick. Amen.
<Revelation to  .> Also I received the following Revelation. Given to at . April 17th. 1838.
Verily thus saith the Lord, let my Servant , go unto the place which he has bought, on , an[d]  there provide for his family until an affectual door is opened for the  support of his family until I Shall command <him> to go home, and not to  leave his family until they are amply provided for: Amen.

20 April 1838 • Friday

< & sailed. 20> Elders and sailed from on the ship Garrick. April 20th.

26 April 1838 • Thursday

< Thursday, 26.  Revelation.> I received the following Revelation. Given at . April 26th. 1838  Making known the will of God concerning the building up of this place,  and of [p. 790]

13–15 April 1838 • Friday–Sunday

While the Elders were in they wrote as follows:
April 13 Prophecy on Thomas Webster “. Good Friday. “April 13th, 1838. Dear Brothers and Sisters in Preston: It seemeth good unto us, and also unto the Holy Spirit to write you a few words, which cause pain in our hearts, and will also pain you when they are fulfilled before you; yet you shall have joy in the end. Brother Webster -[Thomas Webster]- will not abide in the Spirit of the Lord, but will reject the truth, and become the enemy of the people of God, and expose the mysteries which have been committed to him, that a righteous judgment may be executed upon him, unless he speedily repent.
When this sorrowful prediction shall be fulfilled, this Letter shall be read to the Church, and it shall prove a solemn warning to all to beware. Farewell in the Lord. . .
The foregoing letter was written and sealed in presence of Presidents and who had gone to to witness the brethren sail, and by the writers committed to their special charge that no one should know the contents until the fulfilment thereof. Previous to this period very little of the foolish and wicked stories which filled the weekly Journals, and pamphlets in , concerning the Mormons, -[as the saints were termed]- had found its way into the English prints, but 15 Liveseys Pamphlets immediately after, Elders and left Preston, or about the 15th of April, One Livesy, (a Methodist Priest, who had previously spent some years in , and said he heard nothing about the saints in ,) came out with a pamphlet made up of forged letters, Apostate lies. and “walk on the water” stories he found in old American papers which he had picked up while in , but he stopped the circulation of his own pamphlets by stating to a public congregation that he had “accidentally found the contents of the pamphlet in old papers in his trunk which was quite providential to stop such abominable work as the Saints were engaged in,”— and in the same Lecture said he “wished the people to purchase his pamphlets as he had been at great expence to procure the materials for writing it.” His hearers retired.

17 April 1838 • Tuesday

Tuesday 17. Revelation to I received the following Revelation. Given at . April 17,th 1838
Verily thus saith the Lord, it is wisdom in My Servant , that he settle up all his business, as soon as he possibly can, and make a disposition of his merchandize, that he may perform a mission unto me next spring in company with others, even Twelve, including himself, to testify of my name, and bear glad tidings unto all the world, for verily thus saith the Lord, that inasmuch as there are those among you who deny my name, others shall be planted in their stead and receive their Bishoprick. Amen.
Revelation to . Also I received the following Revelation. Given to at . April 17th. 1838.
Verily thus saith the Lord, let my Servant , go unto the place which he has bought, on , and there provide for his family until an affectual door is opened for the support of his family until I Shall command him to go home, and not to leave his family until they are amply provided for: Amen.

20 April 1838 • Friday

& sailed. 20 Elders and sailed from on the Garrick. April 20th.

26 April 1838 • Thursday

Thursday, 26. Revelation. I received the following Revelation. Given at . April 26th. 1838 Making known the will of God concerning the building up of this place, [p. 790]
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