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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
Page 873
image
<December 16  Joseph’s Letter in  Liberty Jail.> the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and  became again entangled and overcome— their latter end is worse than the first— But  it has happened unto them according to the word of the Savior “the dog has returned  to his vomit, and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire”. Again  if we sin wilfully, after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth  no more sacrifice for sin, but a certain fearful looking for, of judgment and fiery  indignation to come which shall devour these adversaries. For he who  despiseth Moses’ law, died without mercy under two or three witnesses, of  how much more severe punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy  who hath sold his brother, and denied the new and everlasting Covenant by  which he was sanctified, calling it an unholy thing and doing despite to the  spirit of grace— And again we say unto you, that inasmuch as there be  virtue in us, and the holy Priesthood hath been conferred upon us, and the keys  of the kingdom hath not been taken from us, for verily thus saith the Lord, be  of good cheer, for the keys that I gave unto you are yet with you” Therefore we  say unto you Dear Brethren in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we deliver  these characters unto the buffetings of Satan, until the day of redemption, that  they may be dealt with according to their works, and from henceforth their  works shall be made manifest. And now Dear and Well beloved Brethren  and when we say brethren, we mean those who have continued Faithful in Christ,  Men, Women, and Children, we feel to exhort you in the name of the Lord  Jesus, to be strong in the faith in the new and everlasting Covenant, and nothing  frightened at your enemies. For what has happened unto us is an evident token  to them of damnation, but unto us, of Salvation and that of God. Therefore  hold on, even unto death for he that seeks to save his life shall lose it, but he  that loseth his life for my sake, and the gospel’s, shall find it, sayeth Jesus Christ.
Brethren from henceforth, let truth and righteousness prevail and abound in  you, and in all things be temperate, abstain from drunkenness and from swearing  and from all profane language, and from every thing which is unrighteous or unholy;  also from enmity, and hatred, and covetousness, and from every unholy desire.  Be honest, one with another, for it seemeth, that some have come short of these things,  and some have been uncharitable and have manifested greediness because of their debts  towards those who have been persecuted and dragged about with chains without cause  and imprisoned. Such characters God hates, and they shall have their turn of sorrow  in the rolling of the great wheel, for it rolleth and none can hinder. Zion shall yet  live, though she seemeth to be dead. Remember that whatsoever measure you mete  out to others, it shall be measured to you again. We say unto you, Brethren, be  not afraid of your adversaries, contend earnestly against mobs, and the unlawful  works of dissenters and of darkness. And the very God of Peace shall be with you, and  make a way for your escape from the adversary of your souls. We commend you  to God and the word of his grace which is able to make us wise unto Salvation. Amen—  Joseph Smith Jr.”—

17 December 1838 • Monday

This day Elder , arrived at Jefferson City and on  <17.> Monday 17. Presented the petition of the brethren to <General> and others, who were [p. 873]
December 16 Joseph’s Letter in Liberty Jail. the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and became again entangled and overcome— their latter end is worse than the first— But it has happened unto them according to the word of the Savior “the dog has returned to his vomit, and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire”. Again if we sin wilfully, after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sin, but a certain fearful looking for, of judgment and fiery indignation to come which shall devour these adversaries. For he who despiseth Moses’ law, died without mercy under two or three witnesses, of how much more severe punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy who hath sold his brother, and denied the new and everlasting Covenant by which he was sanctified, calling it an unholy thing and doing despite to the spirit of grace— And again we say unto you, that inasmuch as there be virtue in us, and the holy Priesthood hath been conferred upon us, and the keys of the kingdom hath not been taken from us, for verily thus saith the Lord, be of good cheer, for the keys that I gave unto you are yet with you” Therefore we say unto you Dear Brethren in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we deliver these characters unto the buffetings of Satan, until the day of redemption, that they may be dealt with according to their works, and from henceforth their works shall be made manifest. And now Dear and Well beloved Brethren and when we say brethren, we mean those who have continued Faithful in Christ, Men, Women, and Children, we feel to exhort you in the name of the Lord Jesus, to be strong in the faith in the new and everlasting Covenant, and nothing frightened at your enemies. For what has happened unto us is an evident token to them of damnation, but unto us, of Salvation and that of God. Therefore hold on, even unto death for he that seeks to save his life shall lose it, but he that loseth his life for my sake, and the gospel’s, shall find it, sayeth Jesus Christ.
Brethren from henceforth, let truth and righteousness prevail and abound in you, and in all things be temperate, abstain from drunkenness and from swearing and from all profane language, and from every thing which is unrighteous or unholy; also from enmity, and hatred, and covetousness, and from every unholy desire. Be honest, one with another, for it seemeth, that some have come short of these things, and some have been uncharitable and have manifested greediness because of their debts towards those who have been persecuted and dragged about with chains without cause and imprisoned. Such characters God hates, and they shall have their turn of sorrow in the rolling of the great wheel, for it rolleth and none can hinder. Zion shall yet live, though she seemeth to be dead. Remember that whatsoever measure you mete out to others, it shall be measured to you again. We say unto you, Brethren, be not afraid of your adversaries, contend earnestly against mobs, and the unlawful works of dissenters and of darkness. And the very God of Peace shall be with you, and make a way for your escape from the adversary of your souls. We commend you to God and the word of his grace which is able to make us wise unto Salvation. Amen— Joseph Smith Jr.”—

17 December 1838 • Monday

This day Elder , arrived at Jefferson City and on 17. Monday 17. Presented the petition of the brethren to General and others, who were [p. 873]
Page 873