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

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* <We have been informed that when> These two brethren visited you previously, having authority  from us to teach you the doctrine of this , and [to]  expound the revelations to your understandings, <that they>  learned that brother did not believe <all of> the  Vision given to us of revelations which had been delivered to this  chuch by inspiration by the appointment of heaven. Our  brother while reading the Vision to a cer tain brother, while in ’s house, was threat ened of being turned out of at the door except he should  desist. They then called a of the to la bor with who, when on the point of being cut  off from the church said that he believed the Vision  and would teach it to the church. On the return of  said brethren from the east this fall, they learned that   did not teach, neither believe the Vision.  We have also learned from other brethren that he does  not walk worthy of his high calling before the  Lord, and without speedy repentance and deep  humility will have his office and also membership  in this church taken from him.
We want you to understand, dear brethren, that  the conduct of our has greatly grieved  us, and this church. We want you to understand, that  we hold no communion, nor have no fellowship for  those who do not believe the book of Mormon,  and the revelations which God has given to us in  these last days. We are informed that our endeavors to excuse himself for not believing  the Vision, saying, that it is not a revelation, but a  Vision. We want you to understand from us, that  we pronounce such t◊◊◊ings the works of the devil,  and are calculated to ensnare the souls of the saints.  We plainly declare, and as men that expect to,  and must be judged by the searcher of all hearts,  that those who do not believe and <all> the revela tions and vision given to this church, by that they  do not believe the book of Mormon, and con sequently have no fellowship with us. We write  plain, for we are bound so to do, and we write  in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and we hope  that what we write may be heeded, for we write in the  name of our Lord Jesus Christ, by virtue of our calling in  his church. [p. [3]]
* We have been informed that when These two brethren visited you previously, having authority from us to teach you the doctrine of this , and [to] expound the revelations to your understandings, that they learned that brother did not believe all of the revelations which had been delivered to this chuch by inspiration by the appointment of heaven. Our brother while reading the Vision to a certain brother, while in ’s house, was threatened of being turned out of at the door except he should desist. They then called a of to labor with who, when on the point of being cut off from the church said that he believed the Vision and would teach it to the church. On the return of said brethren from the east this fall, they learned that did not teach, neither believe the Vision. We have also learned from other brethren that he does not walk worthy of his high calling before the Lord, and without speedy repentance and deep humility will have his office and also membership in this church taken from him.
We want you to understand, dear brethren, that the conduct of our has greatly grieved us, and this church. We want you to understand, that we hold no communion, nor have no fellowship for those who do not believe the book of Mormon, and the revelations which God has given to us in these last days. We are informed that our endeavors to excuse himself for not believing the Vision, saying, that it is not a revelation, but a Vision. We want you to understand from us, that we pronounce such tings the works of the devil, and are calculated to ensnare the souls of the saints. We plainly declare, and as men that expect to, and must be judged by the searcher of all hearts, that those who do not believe all the revelations and vision given to this church, that they do not believe the book of Mormon, and consequently have no fellowship with us. We write plain, for we are bound so to do, and we hope that what we write may be heeded, for we write in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, by virtue of our calling in his church. [p. [3]]
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