Letter from William W. Phelps, with appended letter from Orson Hyde and John E. Page, 29 June 1840

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whenever the Lord brings us together again, I will make all the Satisfaction, on every point that saints or God can require. Amen.
Prst Joseph Smith. )
&c)
Dear Brother,
We have been in this place a few days and have preached faithfully: a very great prospect of some able and influential men embracing the faith in this place. We have moved along slowly, but have left a sealing testimony: a considerable number. We shall write again soon, as we learn the result of our labors here more particularly, We are well and in good spirits through the favor of the Lord.
requests us to write a few lines in his letter and we cheerfully embrace the opportunity. says he wants to live: But we do not feel ourselves authorized to act upon his case but have reccommended him to you: But he says his poverty will not allow him to visit you in person at this time; and we think he tells the truth. We therefore advise him to write, which he has done. He tells us, verbally, that he is willing to make any sacrifice to procure your fellowship, life not excepted; Yet reposing that confidence in your magnanimity that you will take no advantage of this open and frank confession. If he can obtain your fellowship, he wants to come to as soon as he can. But if he cannot be received into the fellowship of the , he must do the best he can in banishment and exile.
Brethren, with you are the of the kingdom; to you is power given to “exert your clemency or display your vengence” By the former, you will save a soul from death, and hide a multitude of sins: By the latter, you will forever descourage a returning prodigal, cause sorrow without benefit, pain without pleasure, ending in wretchedness and dispair.
But former experience teaches that you are workmen in the art of saving souls, therefore, with the greater confidence [p. 156]
whenever the Lord brings us together again, I will make all the Satisfaction, on every point that saints or God can require. Amen.
Prst Joseph Smith. )
&c)
Dear Brother,
We have been in this place a few days and have preached faithfully: a very great prospect of some able and influential men embracing the faith in this place. We have moved along slowly, but have left a sealing testimony: a considerable number. We shall write again soon, as we learn the result of our labors here more particularly, We are well and in good spirits through the favor of the Lord.
requests us to write a few lines in his letter and we cheerfully embrace the opportunity. says he wants to live: But we do not feel ourselves authorized to act upon his case but have reccommended him to you: But he says his poverty will not allow him to visit you in person at this time; and we think he tells the truth. We therefore advise him to write, which he has done. He tells us, verbally, that he is willing to make any sacrifice to procure your fellowship, life not excepted; Yet reposing that confidence in your magnanimity that you will take no advantage of this open and frank confession. If he can obtain your fellowship, he wants to come to as soon as he can. But if he cannot be received into the fellowship of the , he must do the best he can in banishment and exile.
Brethren, with you are the of the kingdom; to you is power given to “exert your clemency or display your vengence” By the former, you will save a soul from death, and hide a multitude of sins: By the latter, you will forever descourage a returning prodigal, cause sorrow without benefit, pain without pleasure, ending in wretchedness and dispair.
But former experience teaches that you are workmen in the art of saving souls, therefore, with the greater confidence [p. 156]
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