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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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together of those who embrace the fulness of the everlasting gospel.  <September 1.  Letter, to the  Elders from  Joseph Smith.> I accordingly undertook the journey with certain ones of my brethren , and, after a long and tedious journey, suffering many privations  and hardships, I arrived in , Missouri; and  after viewing the country, seeking diligently at the hand of God,  he manifested himself unto me, and designated to me and  others, the very spot upon which he designed to commence the  work of the gathering, and the upbuilding of an holy City, which  should be called Zion:— Zion, because it is to be a place of righteous ness, and all who build thereon, are to worship the true and  living God— and all beleive in one doctrine even the doctrine  of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
<Isa. 52:8.> “Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together  shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord  shall bring again Zion.” Isaiah 52:8.
Here we pause for a moment, to make a few remarks upon the  <idea> gathering to this place. It is well known that there were lands  belonging to the government, to be sold to individuals; and  it was understood by all, at least we beleived so, that  we lived in a free country. a land of liberty and of laws,  guaranteeing to every man, or any company of men, the right  of purchasing lands, and settling, and living upon them:  therefore we thought no harm in advising the Latter Day  Saints, on or Mormons, as they are reproachfully called, to  gather to this place, inasmuch as it was their duty, (and it was  well understood so to be,) to purchase, With money, lands,  and live upon them— not infringing upon the rights of  any individual, or community of people: always  keeping in view the saying, “Do unto others as you would  wish to have others do unto you,” Following also the good  injunction: “Deal justly, love mercy, and walk humbly  with thy God.”
These were our motives in teaching the people, or Latter Day  Saints, to gather together, beginning at this place. And in asmuch as there are those who have had different views from  this, we feel, that it is a cause of deep regret; For, be it  known unto all men, that our principles concerning this  thing, have not been such as have been represented, by those  who, we have every reason to beleive, are designing and  wicked men, that have said that this was our doctrine;  to infringe upon the rights of a people who inhabit our civil  and free country: such as to drive the inhabitants of   from their lands, and take possession  thereof unlawfully. Far, Yea, far be such a principle from  our hearts: It never entered into our mind, and we  only say, that God shall reward such in that day when  he shall come to make up his jewels.
But to return to my subject: after having ascertained the [p. 607]
together of those who embrace the fulness of the everlasting gospel. September 1. Letter, to the Elders from Joseph Smith. I accordingly undertook the journey with certain ones of my brethren, and, after a long and tedious journey, suffering many privations and hardships, I arrived in , Missouri; and after viewing the country, seeking diligently at the hand of God, he manifested himself unto me, and designated to me and others, the very spot upon which he designed to commence the work of the gathering, and the upbuilding of an holy City, which should be called Zion:— Zion, because it is to be a place of righteousness, and all who build thereon, are to worship the true and living God— and all beleive in one doctrine even the doctrine of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Isa. 52:8. “Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord shall bring again Zion.” Isaiah 52:8.
Here we pause for a moment, to make a few remarks upon the idea gathering to this place. It is well known that there were lands belonging to the government, to be sold to individuals; and it was understood by all, at least we beleived so, that we lived in a free country. a land of liberty and of laws, guaranteeing to every man, or any company of men, the right of purchasing lands, and settling, and living upon them: therefore we thought no harm in advising the Latter Day Saints, or Mormons, as they are reproachfully called, to gather to this place, inasmuch as it was their duty, (and it was well understood so to be,) to purchase, With money, lands, and live upon them— not infringing upon the rights of any individual, or community of people: always keeping in view the saying, “Do unto others as you would wish to have others do unto you,” Following also the good injunction: “Deal justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with thy God.”
These were our motives in teaching the people, or Latter Day Saints, to gather together, beginning at this place. And inasmuch as there are those who have had different views from this, we feel, that it is a cause of deep regret; For, be it known unto all men, that our principles concerning this thing, have not been such as have been represented, by those who, we have every reason to beleive, are designing and wicked men, that have said that this was our doctrine; to infringe upon the rights of a people who inhabit our civil and free country: such as to drive the inhabitants of from their lands, and take possession thereof unlawfully. Far, Yea, far be such a principle from our hearts: It never entered into our mind, and we only say, that God shall reward such in that day when he shall come to make up his jewels.
But to return to my subject: after having ascertained the [p. 607]
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