Letter to Church Leaders in Geneseo, New York, 23 November 1833

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to the saints by revelation, that discord, hardness, jealousies,  and numberless evils will inevitably insue. When we reflect  upon the holiness and perfections of our great Master, who  has opened a way whereby we may come unto him, even by  the sacrifice of himself, our hearts melt within us for <his>  condescension. And when we reflect also, that he has called  us to be perfect in all things, that we may be prepared  to meet him in peace when he comes in his glory with all  the holy angels, we feel to exhort our brethren with boldness,  to be humble and prayerful, to walk indeed as children  of the light and of the day, that they may have grace to  withstand every temptation, and to overcome every evil  in the worthy name of our Lord Jesus Christ. For be assured  brethren, that the day is truly near when the Master of  the house will rise up and shut the door, and none but  such as have on a wedding garment will be permitted to  enjoy a se[a]t at the marriage supper!
Therefore, dear brethren, we have sent our brethren afore mentioned to you, hoping you will receive them in our  name, and in the name of the in , and re ceive their teachings and instructions as from us, for they  have been set apart to this work, to act in this author[i]ty, and  have received the prayers of this , and this church.
We conclude this short letter by earnestly desiring  an interest in your prayers, and commending you to  the mercy and favor of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We subscribe ourselves your brethren in the bonds  of the ,
Joseph Smith Jr  Moderator of co[u]ncil
, Clerk [p. [2]]
to the saints by revelation, that discord, hardness, jealousies, and numberless evils will inevitably insue. When we reflect upon the holiness and perfections of our great Master, who has opened a way whereby we may come unto him, even by the sacrifice of himself, our hearts melt within us for his condescension. And when we reflect also, that he has called us to be perfect in all things, that we may be prepared to meet him in peace when he comes in his glory with all the holy angels, we feel to exhort our brethren with boldness, to be humble and prayerful, to walk indeed as children of the light and of the day, that they may have grace to withstand every temptation, and to overcome every evil in the worthy name of our Lord Jesus Christ. For be assured brethren, that the day is truly near when the Master of the house will rise up and shut the door, and none but such as have on a wedding garment will be permitted to enjoy a seat at the marriage supper!
Therefore, dear brethren, we have sent our brethren aforementioned to you, hoping you will receive them in our name, and in the name of the in , and receive their teachings and instructions as from us, for they have been set apart to this work, to act in this authority, and have received the prayers of this , and this church.
We conclude this short letter by earnestly desiring an interest in your prayers, and commending you to the mercy and favor of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We subscribe ourselves your brethren in the bonds of the ,
Joseph Smith Jr Moderator of council
, Clerk [p. [2]]
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