Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson County, Missouri, 18 August 1833

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and bear with patience the Great affliction that is falling upon us on all side[s]  for we <are> no safer here in then you are in the cloud is gethering arou[nd] us  with great fury and all pharohs host or in other words all hell and the com[bined]  pow[e]rs of Earth are Marsheling their forces to overthrow us and we like the chilldr n [children] of Issarel [Israel] with the red Sea before us them and the Egyptions ready to fall  upon them to distroy them and no arm could deliver but the arm of God  and this is the case with us we must wait on God to be gratious and call  on him with out ceaseing to make bare his arm for our defence for naught but  the arm of the almighty can Save us we are all well here as can be expe cted yea altogether so with the exception of some little ailments feavers &c.——
is now Sitting before me and is faithful and true and his heart  bleeds as it were for yea never did the hart pant for the cooling streem  as doth the heart of thy Brothe[r] for thy salvation yea and I  may may say this is the Case with the whole and all the faithful   will or aught rather to stay with me or in this land  until I am permitted to Come with him for I know that if God  shall spare my life that he will permit me to settle on an on the land of <in due time> but when I do not know but this I do know  that I have been keept from going <up> as yet for your sa[k]es and the day  will come that Zion will be keept for our sakes therefore be of  good cheer and the cloud shall pass over and the sun shall shine  as clear and as fair as heaven itself and the Event shall be  Glorious can stay here to good advantage and have his  come to him and he can be instrumental of doing great good in this pla[ce]  and god will <give> more help and Grace to stand as and  ensign to the people for it must be lifted up— and cursed sha[ll]  every man be that lifts his arm to <hinder> this great work and god is my  witness of this truth it shall be done and let all the saints say  amen——
Dear Brotheren we must wait patiently until the Lord come[s] and resto[res]  unto us all things and build the waist places again for he will do it in  his time and now what shall I say to cumfort your hearts well I  will tell you that you have my whole confidence yea there is not  one doubt in <my heart> not one place in me but what is filld with perfect  confidence and love for you and this affliction is sent upon us  not for your sins but for the sins of the chirch and that all the  ends of the Earth may know that you are not speculiting [speculating] with the◊◊  for Lucre but you are willing to die for the cause you have  espoused you know that the chirch have tre[a]ted lightly the of the Lord and for this cause they are not worthy  to receive them yet god has suffered it not for your sins but  that he might preprare you for a grateer [greater] work that you might be  prepared for the from on high we cast no reflections  upon you we are of one heart and one mind on this subject which  I speak in the name of the chirch all seem to wax strong as  th[e]y see the day <of> tribulation approcing [approaching] and if our kingdom were  of this world then we would fight but our weapons are not  carnal yet mighty and <will> bind satan ere long under our feet  we shall get a press immediately in this place and print th[e]  Star until you can obtain deliverence and git up again if god  permit and we believe he will we think it would be wise in yo[u]  to try to git influence by offering to print a paper in favor of  the goverment as you know we are all friends to the Constitution  yea true friends to that Country we hea for which our fathers bled  in the mean time god will send Embasadors to the authorities of  the government and sue for protection and redress that they may  be left with out excuse that a ritious [righteous] Judgement might be upon  them [p. [2]]
and bear with patience the Great affliction that is falling upon us on all sides for we are no safer here in then you are in the cloud is gethering around us with great fury and all pharohs host or in other words all hell and the combined powers of Earth are Marsheling their forces to overthrow us and we like the chilldrn [children] of Issarel [Israel] with the red Sea before them and the Egyptions ready to fall upon them to distroy them and no arm could deliver but the arm of God and this is the case with us we must wait on God to be gratious and call on him with out ceaseing to make bare his arm for our defence for naught but the arm of the almighty can Save us we are all well here as can be expected yea altogether so with the exception of some little ailments feavers &c.——
is now Sitting before me and is faithful and true and his heart bleeds as it were for yea never did the hart pant for the cooling streem as doth the heart of thy Brother for thy salvation yea and I may say this is the Case with the whole and all the faithful will or aught rather to stay with me or in this land until I am permitted to Come with him for I know that if God shall spare my life that he will permit me to settle on an on the land of in due time but when I do not know but this I do know that I have been keept from going up as yet for your sakes and the day will come that Zion will be keept for our sakes therefore be of good cheer and the cloud shall pass over and the sun shall shine as clear and as fair as heaven itself and the Event shall be Glorious can stay here to good advantage and have his come to him and he can be instrumental of doing great good in this place and god will give more help and Grace to stand as an ensign to the people for it must be lifted up— and cursed shall every man be that lifts his arm to hinder this great work and god is my witness of this truth it shall be done and let all the saints say amen——
Dear Brotheren we must wait patiently until the Lord comes and restores unto us all things and build the waist places again for he will do it in his time and now what shall I say to cumfort your hearts well I will tell you that you have my whole confidence yea there is not one doubt in my heart not one place in me but what is filld with perfect confidence and love for you and this affliction is sent upon us not for your sins but for the sins of the chirch and that all the ends of the Earth may know that you are not speculiting speculating with the for Lucre but you are willing to die for the cause you have espoused you know that the chirch have treated lightly the of the Lord and for this cause they are not worthy to receive them yet god has suffered it not for your sins but that he might preprare you for a grateer [greater] work that you might be prepared for the from on high we cast no reflections upon you we are of one heart and one mind on this subject which I speak in the name of the chirch all seem to wax strong as they see the day of tribulation approcing [approaching] and if our kingdom were of this world then we would fight but our weapons are not carnal yet mighty and will bind satan ere long under our feet we shall get a press immediately in this place and print the Star until you can obtain deliverence and git up again if god permit and we believe he will we think it would be wise in you to try to git influence by offering to print a paper in favor of the goverment as you know we are all friends to the Constitution yea true friends to that Country for which our fathers bled in the mean time god will send Embasadors to the authorities of the government and sue for protection and redress that they may be left with out excuse that a ritious [righteous] Judgement might be upon them [p. [2]]
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