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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<October 19> false friends as well as open enemies— All these circumstances have more or  less engaged our attention from time to time.— We likewise must  complain of the brethren who are in office and authority in the Stake of  , for not writing us, and making known their difficulties and  their affairs from time to time, so that they might be advised in matters of  importance to the well being of said Stake; but above all for not sending one  word of consolation to us while we were in the hands of our enemies— and  thrust into dungeons. Some of our friends from various sections sent  us letters which breathed a kind and sympathetic spirit, and which made  our afflictions and sufferings <en>durable. All was silent as the grave, no  feelings of sorrow, sympathy or affection to cheer the heart under the gloomy  shades of affliction and trouble through which we had to pass— Dear  Brethren could you realize that your brethren were thus circumstanced and  were to bear up under the weight of affliction and woe which was heaped  upon them by their enemies and you stand unmoved and unconcerned!!! Where  were the bowels of compassion, Where was the love which ought to characterize  the Saints of the most High, did those high born and noble feelings lie dormant,  or were you insensible of the treatment we received? However we are  disposed to leave these things to God, and to futurity, and feel disposed to  forget this coldness on the part of <the> Saints in , and to look to the  future with more pleasure than while we contemplated the past; and shall  by <the> assistance of our Heavenly Father, take such steps as we think best  calculated to promote the interests of the Saints, and for the promotion of truth  and righteousness, and the building up of the Kingdom in these last days.
The situation of was brought before the General Conference  held at this place on the 3rd. instant, when it was resolved that Elder   should be appointed to preside over the Stake of  and that he be privileged to choose his own Counsellors; We therefore hope  that the Saints will hold up the hands of our beloved Brother, and unite with  him in endeavoring to promote the interests of the Kingdom. It has  been deemed prudent to advise the Eastern Brethren who desire to locate  in , to do so, consequently you may expect an increase of members  in your stake, who probably will be but young in the faith, and who will require  kind treatment; We therefore hope that the brethren will feel interested in the  welfare of the Saints, and will use all their endeavors to promote the welfare of  the brethren who may think proper to take up their residence in that place—  If you should put away from your midst all evil speaking, backbiting and  ungenerous thoughts and feelings; humble yourselves and cultivate every  principle of virtue and love, then will the blessings of Jehovah rest upon you  and you will yet see good and glorious days, peace will be within your gates,  and prosperity in your borders, which may our Heavenly Father grant—  in the name of Jesus Christ is the prayer of yours in the bonds of the Covenant.  Joseph Smith, —” [p. 1114]
October 19 false friends as well as open enemies— All these circumstances have more or less engaged our attention from time to time.— We likewise must complain of the brethren who are in office and authority in the Stake of , for not writing us, and making known their difficulties and their affairs from time to time, so that they might be advised in matters of importance to the well being of said Stake; but above all for not sending one word of consolation to us while we were in the hands of our enemies— and thrust into dungeons. Some of our friends from various sections sent us letters which breathed a kind and sympathetic spirit, and which made our afflictions and sufferings endurable. All was silent as the grave, no feelings of sorrow, sympathy or affection to cheer the heart under the gloomy shades of affliction and trouble through which we had to pass— Dear Brethren could you realize that your brethren were thus circumstanced and were to bear up under the weight of affliction and woe which was heaped upon them by their enemies and you stand unmoved and unconcerned!!! Where were the bowels of compassion, Where was the love which ought to characterize the Saints of the most High, did those high born and noble feelings lie dormant, or were you insensible of the treatment we received? However we are disposed to leave these things to God, and to futurity, and feel disposed to forget this coldness on the part of the Saints in , and to look to the future with more pleasure than while we contemplated the past; and shall by the assistance of our Heavenly Father, take such steps as we think best calculated to promote the interests of the Saints, and for the promotion of truth and righteousness, and the building up of the Kingdom in these last days.
The situation of was brought before the General Conference held at this place on the 3rd. instant, when it was resolved that Elder should be appointed to preside over the Stake of and that he be privileged to choose his own Counsellors; We therefore hope that the Saints will hold up the hands of our beloved Brother, and unite with him in endeavoring to promote the interests of the Kingdom. It has been deemed prudent to advise the Eastern Brethren who desire to locate in , to do so, consequently you may expect an increase of members in your stake, who probably will be but young in the faith, and who will require kind treatment; We therefore hope that the brethren will feel interested in the welfare of the Saints, and will use all their endeavors to promote the welfare of the brethren who may think proper to take up their residence in that place— If you should put away from your midst all evil speaking, backbiting and ungenerous thoughts and feelings; humble yourselves and cultivate every principle of virtue and love, then will the blessings of Jehovah rest upon you and you will yet see good and glorious days, peace will be within your gates, and prosperity in your borders, which may our Heavenly Father grant— in the name of Jesus Christ is the prayer of yours in the bonds of the Covenant. Joseph Smith, —” [p. 1114]
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