Journal, December 1841–December 1842

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4 September 1842 • Sunday
Sunday 4th. This day President & president started for the East  accompanied by brothers & . President Joseph sent the following  letter to by brother . The president wrote it and re quested it to be read before the saints when assembled at the near  the for preaching which was done according to his request.
“September 1st. 1842
“To all the saints in .—
Forasmuch as the Lord has  revealed unto me that my enemies, both of and  were again on the pursuit of me; and inasmuch as they pursue me  without cause, and have not the least shadow, or coloring of justice, or  right on their side, in the getting up of their prosecutions against me; and  inasmuch as their pretensions are all founded in falsehood of the blackest  die; I have thought it expedient and wisdom in me to leave the place for a  short season, for my own safety and the safety of this people. I would say to  all those with whom I have business, that I have left my affairs with agents  and Clerks, who will transact all business in a prompt and proper  manner; and will see that all my debts are cancell’d in due time, by  turning out property or otherwise as the case may require, or as the  circumstances may admit of. When I learn that the storm is  fully blown over, then, I will return to you again: and as for the perils  which I am call’d to pass through; they seem but a small thing to me,  as the fury and wrath of man have been my common lot all the days of  my life; and for what cause, it seems mysterious, unless I was ordained from  before the foundation of the world, for some good end, or bad, as you may  choose to call it: Judge ye for yourselves, God knoweth all these things  whether it be good or bad; but nevertheless, deep water is what I am wont  to swim in; it all has become a second nature to me and I feel like Paul,  to glory in tribulation, for unto this day, has the God of my fathers delivered me  out of them all, and will deliver me from henceforth; for behold and lo!  I shall triumph over all my enemies, for the Lord God hath spoken it.
Let all the saints rejoice therefore and be exceeding glad, for  Israel’s God is their God and he will meet out a just recompence of reward  upon the heads of all your oppressors. And again, verily, thus saith the  Lord, let the work of my , and all the works which I have appointed  unto you, be continued on and not cease; and let your diligence and your  perseverence, and patience and your works be redoubled, and you shall in  no wise lose your reward saith the Lord of Hosts. And if they persecute  you, so persecuted they the prophets and righteous men that were before  you: for all this, there is a reward in heaven.
And again, I give unto [you] a word in relation to the baptism for your  dead. Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you concerning your dead; Let  there be a Recorder, and let him be eye-witness of your baptisms; let him  hear with his ears that he may testify of a truth saith the Lord; that in  all your recordings, it may be recorded in heaven; <that> whatsoever you loose <bind> on  earth may be bound in heaven, and whatsoever you loose on earth may be  loosed in heaven; for I am about to restore many things to the earth pertaining [p. 189]
4 September 1842 • Sunday
Sunday 4th. This day President & president started for the East accompanied by brothers & . President Joseph sent the following letter to by brother . The president wrote it and requested it to be read before the saints when assembled at the near the for preaching which was done according to his request.
“September 1st. 1842
“To all the saints in .—
Forasmuch as the Lord has revealed unto me that my enemies, both of and were again on the pursuit of me; and inasmuch as they pursue me without cause, and have not the least shadow, or coloring of justice, or right on their side, in the getting up of their prosecutions against me; and inasmuch as their pretensions are all founded in falsehood of the blackest die; I have thought it expedient and wisdom in me to leave the place for a short season, for my own safety and the safety of this people. I would say to all those with whom I have business, that I have left my affairs with agents and Clerks, who will transact all business in a prompt and proper manner; and will see that all my debts are cancell’d in due time, by turning out property or otherwise as the case may require, or as the circumstances may admit of. When I learn that the storm is fully blown over, then, I will return to you again: and as for the perils which I am call’d to pass through; they seem but a small thing to me, as the fury and wrath of man have been my common lot all the days of my life; and for what cause, it seems mysterious, unless I was ordained from before the foundation of the world, for some good end, or bad, as you may choose to call it: Judge ye for yourselves, God knoweth all these things whether it be good or bad; but nevertheless, deep water is what I am wont to swim in; it all has become a second nature to me and I feel like Paul, to glory in tribulation, for unto this day, has the God of my fathers delivered me out of them all, and will deliver me from henceforth; for behold and lo! I shall triumph over all my enemies, for the Lord God hath spoken it.
Let all the saints rejoice therefore and be exceeding glad, for Israel’s God is their God and he will meet out a just recompence of reward upon the heads of all your oppressors. And again, verily, thus saith the Lord, let the work of my , and all the works which I have appointed unto you, be continued on and not cease; and let your diligence and your perseverence, and patience and your works be redoubled, and you shall in no wise lose your reward saith the Lord of Hosts. And if they persecute you, so persecuted they the prophets and righteous men that were before you: for all this, there is a reward in heaven.
And again, I give unto [you] a word in relation to the baptism for your dead. Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you concerning your dead; Let there be a Recorder, and let him be eye-witness of your baptisms; let him hear with his ears that he may testify of a truth saith the Lord; that in all your recordings, it may be recorded in heaven; that whatsoever you bind on earth may be bound in heaven, and whatsoever you loose on earth may be loosed in heaven; for I am about to restore many things to the earth pertaining [p. 189]
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