Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson County, Missouri, 25 June 1833

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June 25— 1833
Brethren we have received your last containing a number of  questions which you desire us to answer, this we do the more  readily as we desire with all our hearts, the prosperity of  and the peace of her inhabitents for we have as great an intrest in  the welfare of Zion as you can have— First as respects getting the  book of Commandments bound we think it is not necessary[.] they  will be sold as well without binding and there is no book binder  to be had as we know off, nor is there materials to be had for bin ding without keeping the books too long from circulation——
With regard to the books of Mormon which are in the hand  of brothe[r] Burket we say to you get them from brothe[r] Burke et give him receipt for them in the name of the littery  Let pay bro Chapin his mony——
We have not found the book of Jasher nor any of the othe[r]  lost books mentioned in the bible as yet nor wille we obtain  obtain them at present— respecting the Apochraphy [Apocrypha] the Lord  Said to us that there were many things in it which were true  and ther were many things in it which were not true and  to those who desired, it should be given by the spirit to  know true from the false, we have received some revelations within  a short time back which you will obtain in due time. As soon as we  can get time, we will review the manuscripts of the Book of Mormon, after which they  will be forwarded to you— We commend the plan highly of your choossing a  teacher to instruct the that they may be able to silence gainsayers—  Concerning we recommend the following, to let Bro be ord ained second Bishop in . And let Bro be ordained third—  Let choose as in their place, Bro and Bro  , ordaining to the . Let  choose for his counsellors Bro whom ordain to the High  Priesthood and Bro — Let choose bro  and Bro for his counsellors, let also be ordained  to the high Priesthood— Bro of has been received as a memb er of the by and has just come to to live. As soon  as we get a power of Agency signed agreeable to law for , we will  forward it to him, and will immediately expect one from that part of the firm to  Bro signed in the same manner. We would again say to  to be sure to get a form according to law for secureing a gift, we have found by  examineing the Law that a gift cannot be retained without this— The truth  triumphs gloriously in the East, Multitudes are embraceing it. I who write this  letter in behalf of the have had the privilege of seeing my aged Mother   into the faith of the Gospel a few weeks since at the advanced age of  seventy five, she now resides with me. We send by this mail a draft of the City of  Zion with explanations, and a draft of the house to be built immediately in for  the presidency as well as all purposes of Religion and instruction. , the  of , is strengthening continually, when they [the?] enemies look at her, they wag their  heads and march along. We anticipate the day when the enemies will have fled away  and be far from us. You will remember that the power of agency must be signed  by the wives as well as their husbands, and the wives must be examined separate &  apart from the husband the same as signing a deed, and a specification to that effect  inserted at the bottom by the Justice before whom said acknowledgement is made,  otherwise the power will be of non[e] effect. Clarrissa Bachellor of wants  her paper discontinued because she has gone from the place, and she has turned  from the faith. Send a paper to Joshua Baley Andover Vermont [p. [1]]
June 25— 1833
Brethren we have received your last containing a number of questions which you desire us to answer, this we do the more readily as we desire with all our hearts, the prosperity of and the peace of her inhabitents for we have as great an intrest in the welfare of Zion as you can have— First as respects getting the book of Commandments bound we think it is not necessary. they will be sold as well without binding and there is no book binder to be had as we know off, nor is there materials to be had for binding without keeping the books too long from circulation——
With regard to the books of Mormon which are in the hand of brother Burket we say to you get them from brother Burkeet give him receipt for them in the name of the Let pay bro Chapin his mony——
We have not found the book of Jasher nor any of the other lost books mentioned in the bible as yet nor wille we obtain them at present— respecting the Apochraphy [Apocrypha] the Lord Said to us that there were many things in it which were true and ther were many things in it which were not true and to those who desired, it should be given by the spirit to know true from the false, we have received some revelations within a short time back which you will obtain in due time. As soon as we can get time, we will review the manuscripts of the Book of Mormon, after which they will be forwarded to you— We commend the plan highly of your choossing a teacher to instruct the that they may be able to silence gainsayers— Concerning we recommend the following, to let Bro be ordained second Bishop in . And let Bro be ordained third— Let choose as in their place, Bro and Bro , ordaining to the . Let choose for his counsellors Bro whom ordain to the High Priesthood and Bro — Let choose bro and Bro for his counsellors, let also be ordained to the high Priesthood— Bro of has been received as a member of the by and has just come to to live. As soon as we get a power of Agency signed agreeable to law for , we will forward it to him, and will immediately expect one from that part of the firm to Bro signed in the same manner. We would again say to to be sure to get a form according to law for secureing a gift, we have found by examineing the Law that a gift cannot be retained without this— The truth triumphs gloriously in the East, Multitudes are embraceing it. I who write this letter in behalf of the have had the privilege of seeing my aged Mother into the faith of the Gospel a few weeks since at the advanced age of seventy five, she now resides with me. We send by this mail a draft of the City of Zion with explanations, and a draft of the house to be built immediately in for the presidency as well as all purposes of Religion and instruction. , the of , is strengthening continually, when they [the] enemies look at her, they wag their heads and march along. We anticipate the day when the enemies will have fled away and be far from us. You will remember that the power of agency must be signed by the wives as well as their husbands, and the wives must be examined separate & apart from the husband the same as signing a deed, and a specification to that effect inserted at the bottom by the Justice before whom said acknowledgement is made, otherwise the power will be of none effect. Clarrissa Bachellor of wants her paper discontinued because she has gone from the place, and she has turned from the faith. Send a paper to Joshua Baley Andover Vermont [p. [1]]
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