History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<September 23> “ September 23. 1840 To the President and Council of the Church of Jesus  Christ of Latter Day Saints, and also to all the Saints assembled in General Conference.  Your humble servant embraces with pleasure this opportunity to pen for your edification  a few lines. I congratulate you with the steady march and advancement of  the cause of Christ, as has fallen under my observation. and  have been treated with respect, and had the greatest attention paid us by the  brethren and Sisters; and by Gentlemen and Ladies of the first class in Society,  we have been made welcome very heartily to their dwellings and comforts of  life. When we separate from them, they grip our hands with tears standing full in  their eyes, bidding us farewell and often leave something noble with us to help us  on our mission; and a firm promise that they will duly reflect on the great things  which we have told them. They ardently request us to send them some competent  Elder to preach to them; yes, dear brethren, the cause of truth is marching onward  with unparalleled rapidity, and victory! victory! will soon be the shout of all the  faithful in Christ, and thank the Lord, thank the Lord, is the language of unworthy  me, that I have lived to see 1840 with all its attendant evidences of the truth of  the Book of Mormon and the book of Doctrine and Covenants. I must save a  place in this communication to make some remarks concerning Brother  I can say in truth and soberness that he merits the esteem and confidence of  the Saints and all the good men for his diligence and economy while getting the  Book of Mormon stereotyped &c here. The honest and frank course he has pursued  towards the Gentlemen with whom he has been concerned in business (viz  Shepherd Stearns and others) has conciliated their everlasting respect and esteem from  their own manifestations to me. Dear brethren and Sisters your humble Servants   and myself sincerely solicit your special prayers sealed with a hearty  Amen. is truly a humble servant of the Lord and very agreeable companion  in the ministry; our hearts are one, our faith is one, and the Strong holds of Satan quake  before us. We desire to have grace to perform our mission, that we may return to  our families and brethren with triumph and joy— I anticipate that is in  . I am waiting to obtain a few copies of the third Edition of the Book of  Mormon— To raise means is hard, yet we trust in the Lord. I shall go to as  soon as possible. I have baptized thirteen in this City, many are believing, and some halting  between two opinions, and have baptized in all since I started Eighty four— I have had a  vision from the Lord, which manifested the present state of the world respecting the Jews,  , the remnant of Israel and also the Gentile world— as hasty summer fruit  so is this nation— as a vineyard of grapes fully ripe ready to be gathered for the Press so are  all the nations of the Earth— I want the conference to send some faithful and competent  Elder to this place to nurse the seed or word that has been sown here, and shall leave this matter  with to lay before the Conference. Elders [Samuel] Bent and are here and are using all  their energies of both mind and body to fill their calling; I deem them amply qualified to  discharge the functions of their office, provided they keep humble. Dear brethren remember me  to my family and pray for them— remember me to and also all of the wives of the Elders  in particular whose husbands are in the field. Tell them to pray for us. I hope the authorities of the  Church will see that they are provided with food and raiment that they may enjoy life with you,  Yours in the bonds of the Covenant— — Elder.” [p. 1101]
September 23 “ September 23. 1840 To the President and Council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and also to all the Saints assembled in General Conference. Your humble servant embraces with pleasure this opportunity to pen for your edification a few lines. I congratulate you with the steady march and advancement of the cause of Christ, as has fallen under my observation. and have been treated with respect, and had the greatest attention paid us by the brethren and Sisters; and by Gentlemen and Ladies of the first class in Society, we have been made welcome very heartily to their dwellings and comforts of life. When we separate from them, they grip our hands with tears standing full in their eyes, bidding us farewell and often leave something noble with us to help us on our mission; and a firm promise that they will duly reflect on the great things which we have told them. They ardently request us to send them some competent Elder to preach to them; yes, dear brethren, the cause of truth is marching onward with unparalleled rapidity, and victory! victory! will soon be the shout of all the faithful in Christ, and thank the Lord, thank the Lord, is the language of unworthy me, that I have lived to see 1840 with all its attendant evidences of the truth of the Book of Mormon and the book of Doctrine and Covenants. I must save a place in this communication to make some remarks concerning Brother I can say in truth and soberness that he merits the esteem and confidence of the Saints and all the good men for his diligence and economy while getting the Book of Mormon stereotyped &c here. The honest and frank course he has pursued towards the Gentlemen with whom he has been concerned in business (viz Shepherd Stearns and others) has conciliated their everlasting respect and esteem from their own manifestations to me. Dear brethren and Sisters your humble Servants and myself sincerely solicit your special prayers sealed with a hearty Amen. is truly a humble servant of the Lord and very agreeable companion in the ministry; our hearts are one, our faith is one, and the Strong holds of Satan quake before us. We desire to have grace to perform our mission, that we may return to our families and brethren with triumph and joy— I anticipate that is in . I am waiting to obtain a few copies of the third Edition of the Book of Mormon— To raise means is hard, yet we trust in the Lord. I shall go to as soon as possible. I have baptized thirteen in this City, many are believing, and some halting between two opinions, and have baptized in all since I started Eighty four— I have had a vision from the Lord, which manifested the present state of the world respecting the Jews, , the remnant of Israel and also the Gentile world— as hasty summer fruit so is this nation— as a vineyard of grapes fully ripe ready to be gathered for the Press so are all the nations of the Earth— I want the conference to send some faithful and competent Elder to this place to nurse the seed or word that has been sown here, and shall leave this matter with to lay before the Conference. Elders Samuel Bent and are here and are using all their energies of both mind and body to fill their calling; I deem them amply qualified to discharge the functions of their office, provided they keep humble. Dear brethren remember me to my family and pray for them— remember me to and also all of the wives of the Elders in particular whose husbands are in the field. Tell them to pray for us. I hope the authorities of the Church will see that they are provided with food and raiment that they may enjoy life with you, Yours in the bonds of the Covenant— — Elder.” [p. 1101]
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