Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson County, Missouri, 21 April 1833

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conviction that he wrote it in all cencerity of his heart and were pleased with the stile and composition but upon mature reflection and inquiry at the hand of the Lord we find some things that are unreconcilable especially to some I mean with respect to hints given that are not clearly explained, as evry letter that comes from must go the rounds of the Brethren for inspection it is necessary that there should be no disgise in them but that evry subject writen from brethren should be plain to the understanding of all, that no jealousy may be raised and when we rebuke do it in all meekness, and the letter writen the 24 Feby was not writen in that contrition of heart which it should have been for it appeared to be writen in too much of a spirit of justification, but the letter to of the 20 of March was writen to our entire satisfaction now I would say to that I do not write this by way of chastisement but to show him the absolute necessity of having all his communications writen plain to and understanding by, we are well aware of the great care upon his mind in consequence of much business but he must put his trust in god and he may rest assured that he hear[s] our prayers day and night that he may have strength to overcome evry difficulty we have learned of the Lord that it is his duty to assist all the poor brethren that are pure in heart and that he has done rong in with holding credit from them as they must have [p. 34]
conviction that he wrote it in all cencerity of his heart and were pleased with the stile and composition but upon mature reflection and inquiry at the hand of the Lord we find some things that are unreconcilable especially to some I mean with respect to hints given that are not clearly explained, as evry letter that comes from must go the rounds of the Brethren for inspection it is necessary that there should be no disgise in them but that evry subject writen from brethren should be plain to the understanding of all, that no jealousy may be raised and when we rebuke do it in all meekness, and the letter writen the 24 Feby was not writen in that contrition of heart which it should have been for it appeared to be writen in too much of a spirit of justification, but the letter to of the 20 of March was writen to our entire satisfaction now I would say to that I do not write this by way of chastisement but to show him the absolute necessity of having all his communications writen plain to and understanding by, we are well aware of the great care upon his mind in consequence of much business but he must put his trust in god and he may rest assured that he hears our prayers day and night that he may have strength to overcome evry difficulty we have learned of the Lord that it is his duty to assist all the poor brethren that are pure in heart and that he has done rong in with holding credit from them as they must have [p. 34]
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