Letter from Wilford Woodruff and Others, 9 March 1838

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the salvation of Israel; and for one, I  pray God to take away my life, sooner  than to suffer me to turn my back upon  the faithful part of the , and Joseph whom God  hath chosen to lead his people. O my  soul mourns over the corruptions of the  hearts of men! O how man will stum ble in dark places, when he neglects  prayer and departs from his God! O  ye Saints of , watch and pray, and  keep the Celestial law, which is safe!
That you may know the feelings of  the undersigners of this page, we say  to you before God, that we are in full  fellowship with Joseph Smith jr. and  the of the church, and  with all who still adhere to, and receive  their teachings and instructions; and  we say, in the name of Jesus Christ,  that we will uphold such by our pray ers, faith, and influence, at the risk of  our fortunes, lives, and worldly honor.  “For life is but a name, when virtue  and truth is gone.”
We further believe, that judgment  awaits the world speedily, not  excepted, and we do believe that those  who have dissented from the body of the  church, will have cause to lament for  their folly. We ask in the name of  reason and revelation, who has power  to take from Joseph, the delivered  to him by the God of Abraham, Isaac,  and Jacob, and deprive him of the  work that God has said he should per form? We answer, none but God  alone. We believe the book of Mor mon and Doctrine and Covenants,  speaks too loud upon the subject, to  fall unfulfilled and to be made void, by  those who have neglected prayer, and  departed from the living God, and  sought to take honor unto themselves.  O ye Saints of God in Zion! we en treat you to uphold Joseph by prayer,  faith, brotherly love, and charity: for  we testify, in the Spirit of God, that he  will be brought off conquerer, and his  enemies put to shame.
Do you remember his toils and la bors for your salvation? Nothing but  a God has supported him to the present  day. His perils are great, and the  greatest are among false brethren;  and we do entreat the Saints in Zion  not to add to his wounds, by following  the example of many in .—  Bear with us, ye Saints of God, while  we exhort you to keep the Celestial  law of God, while in the land of Zion.  Be humble, be watchful, be prayerful.  Beware of pride, lest you fall like oth ers. We do not make these remarks  for compliment sake, we feel what we  say. is and will be scourged,  to fulfill revelation and prophecy; it is  all right, the hand of God is in it.  God’s work will not stop. He will  work for, and with his Saints. God  will redeem Jacob. God will build up  Zion. The Lord will establish Jerusa lem. And O ye Judges in Zion! that  God may bestow wisdom and salvation  upon you, is the prayer of
,
JAMES TOWNSEND, &
JOSEPH BALL. [p. 36]
the salvation of Israel; and for one, I pray God to take away my life, sooner than to suffer me to turn my back upon the faithful part of the , and Joseph whom God hath chosen to lead his people. O my soul mourns over the corruptions of the hearts of men! O how man will stumble in dark places, when he neglects prayer and departs from his God! O ye Saints of , watch and pray, and keep the Celestial law, which is safe!
That you may know the feelings of the undersigners of this page, we say to you before God, that we are in full fellowship with Joseph Smith jr. and the of the church, and with all who still adhere to, and receive their teachings and instructions; and we say, in the name of Jesus Christ, that we will uphold such by our prayers, faith, and influence, at the risk of our fortunes, lives, and worldly honor. “For life is but a name, when virtue and truth is gone.”
We further believe, that judgment awaits the world speedily, not excepted, and we do believe that those who have dissented from the body of the church, will have cause to lament for their folly. We ask in the name of reason and revelation, who has power to take from Joseph, the delivered to him by the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and deprive him of the work that God has said he should perform? We answer, none but God alone. We believe the book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants, speaks too loud upon the subject, to fall unfulfilled and to be made void, by those who have neglected prayer, and departed from the living God, and sought to take honor unto themselves. O ye Saints of God in Zion! we entreat you to uphold Joseph by prayer, faith, brotherly love, and charity: for we testify, in the Spirit of God, that he will be brought off conquerer, and his enemies put to shame.
Do you remember his toils and labors for your salvation? Nothing but a God has supported him to the present day. His perils are great, and the greatest are among false brethren; and we do entreat the Saints in Zion not to add to his wounds, by following the example of many in .— Bear with us, ye Saints of God, while we exhort you to keep the Celestial law of God, while in the land of Zion. Be humble, be watchful, be prayerful. Beware of pride, lest you fall like others. We do not make these remarks for compliment sake, we feel what we say. is and will be scourged, to fulfill revelation and prophecy; it is all right, the hand of God is in it. God’s work will not stop. He will work for, and with his Saints. God will redeem Jacob. God will build up Zion. The Lord will establish Jerusalem. And O ye Judges in Zion! that God may bestow wisdom and salvation upon you, is the prayer of
,
JAMES TOWNSEND, &
JOSEPH BALL. [p. 36]
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