Journal, March–September 1838

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Editorial Note
At this point, copied into the journal a number of documents. Regular journal entries do not resume until 26 July 1838. Robinson first copied a letter JS received on 6 July from returning missionaries and and one from JS’s brother en route from , Ohio, to with family and friends. Then in an entry for 8 July, Robinson recorded three revelations dated six months earlier—the day that JS left Kirtland for Far West—and five additional revelations dated 8 July. The revelations related to the leadership crisis and persecution in Kirtland and to the challenges of reordering church leadership and resources in . Sandwiched between the 12 January revelations and the 8 July revelations is Robinson’s brief summary of further developments he observed in June and early July as Latter-day Saint settlers poured into and counties and residents from surrounding areas tried to assess the complaints of the dissenters who had recently been expelled from Caldwell County.

6 July 1838 • Friday

July 6th This day received a letter from   & Two of  the of the Lamb in these last  Days, who having been on a mission to England  Just returned to Ohio and dated same  place, Directed to Prest J. Smith Jr.
Dear Brother Joseph
In health peace & saf[e]ty  we arrived in this place on monday last, from  the scene of our labor during the past year after  a passage of 31 days. We cannot give a full ac count of our labors now, but suffise it to say the  standard of truth is reared on the other side  of the great waters, and hundreds are now  fi[gh]ting the good fight of faith, beneath the  shade of its glorious banner. We have fought  in the name of the Lord Jesus, and under the shad ow of the cross we have conquered, Not an enim y has risen up against us, but that has fallen  for our sakes, Every thing we have done has  prospered, and the God of the Holy Prophets  has been with us, and to him belongs the praise  Our bretheren in the East are poor yet rich  in faith and the peace of our God abides upon  them, we have not interfeered with the pri ests at all except when we have been assalt ed by them, We have preached repentance &   & baptism & repentance, We have  strictly attended to our own buisness and have  let others alone We have experienced the  truth of solomons words which are as follows  When a mans ways please the Lord he maketh  his enimies that they are at peace with him  our enimies have seen their entire insufficin cy to stand against the power of truth mani fest through us, and have gone away and  left us in peacefull possession of [p. 48]

Editorial Note
At this point, copied into the journal a number of documents. Regular journal entries do not resume until 26 July 1838. Robinson first copied a letter JS received on 6 July from returning missionaries and and one from JS’s brother en route from , Ohio, to with family and friends. Then in an entry for 8 July, Robinson recorded three revelations dated six months earlier—the day that JS left Kirtland for Far West—and five additional revelations dated 8 July. The revelations related to the leadership crisis and persecution in Kirtland and to the challenges of reordering church leadership and resources in . Sandwiched between the 12 January revelations and the 8 July revelations is Robinson’s brief summary of further developments he observed in June and early July as Latter-day Saint settlers poured into and counties and residents from surrounding areas tried to assess the complaints of the dissenters who had recently been expelled from Caldwell County.

6 July 1838 • Friday

July 6th This day received a letter from & Two of the of the Lamb in these last Days, who having been on a mission to England Just returned to Ohio and dated same place, Directed to Prest J. Smith Jr.
Dear Brother Joseph
In health peace & safety we arrived in this place on monday last, from the scene of our labor during the past year after a passage of 31 days. We cannot give a full account of our labors now, but suffise it to say the standard of truth is reared on the other side of the great waters, and hundreds are now fighting the good fight of faith, beneath the shade of its glorious banner. We have fought in the name of the Lord Jesus, and under the shadow of the cross we have conquered, Not an enimy has risen up against us, but that has fallen for our sakes, Every thing we have done has prospered, and the God of the Holy Prophets has been with us, and to him belongs the praise Our bretheren in the East are poor yet rich in faith and the peace of our God abides upon them, we have not interfeered with the priests at all except when we have been assalted by them, We have preached repentance & & baptism & repentance, We have strictly attended to our own buisness and have let others alone We have experienced the truth of solomons words which are as follows When a mans ways please the Lord he maketh his enimies that they are at peace with him our enimies have seen their entire insufficincy to stand against the power of truth manifest through us, and have gone away and left us in peacefull possession of [p. 48]
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