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

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Should you not understand the explanations Sent with the drafts you will inform  us, so as you may have a propper understanding, for it is meet that all things sh ould be done according to the pattern— The following errors we have found in the as printed 40th. Chap 10th. verse third line, instead of corruptable put corrupted  14 verse of the same chapter 5th. line instead of respecter to persons, put respecter  of persons. 21st. verse 2nd. line of the same chapter, instead of respecter to, put respecter  of 44 Chapter 12 verse last line, instead of hands, put heads—  Sir, I proceed to answer your questions concerning the of Property. First,  it is not right to condescend to verry great paticulars in takeing inventories. the fact is  this, that a man is bound by the law of the church to consecrate to the  before he can be considered a legal heir to the Kingdom of , and this too,  without constraint, and unless he does this, he cannot be acknowledged before  the Lord on the Church Book. Therefore, to condescend to particulars, I will tell  you that every man must be his own judge how much he should receive, and  how much he should suffer to remain in the hands of the Bishop. I speak of  those who consecrate more than they need for the support of themselves and family  The matter of consecration must be done by the mutual consent of both parties— For,  to give the Bishop power to say how much every man shall have and he be obliged  to comply with the Bishops judgment, is giveing to the Bishop more power than a King has  and upon the other hand, to let every man say how much he needs and the Bishop  obliged to comply with his judgment, is to throw Zion into confusion and make a  Slave of the Bishop. The fact is, there must be a balance or equalibrium of  power between the bishop and the people, and thus harmony and good will  may be preserved among you. Therefore, those persons consecrating property to the  Bishop in , and then receiveing an back, must show reasonably  to the Bishop that he wants as much as he claims. but in case the two parties  can<not> come to a mutual agreement, the Bishop is to have nothing to do  about receiveing their consecrations and the case must be laid before a of  twelve , the Bishop not being one of the council, but he is to lay the  case before them. Say to that we have no means in our power to  assist him in a pecuniary point, as we know not the hour when we shall  be Sued for debts which we have contracted ourselves in . Say to him  that he must exert himself to the utmost to obtain means himself to replenish  his for it must be replenished and it is his duty to attend to it. We  were not a little surprised to hear that some of our letters of a public nature  which we sent for the good of <have been> kept back from the , this is cond uct which we highly disapprobate, Answers to queries in letter of June  4th. First in relation to the poor, when the Bishops are appointed according to  our reccommendation, it will involve upon them to see to the poor according to  the . In regard to the printing of the New translation it  cannot be done until we can attend to it ourselves, and this we will do as soon  as the Lord permit— As to , all members of the are  considered one, The order of the is a matter of  which is of the greatest importance and the mercantile establishment God for to be devoted to the support thereof, and God will bring every  transgressor into judgment. Say to the Brethren Hulits and to all others  that the Lord never authorized them to say that the Devil nor his angels  nor the Sons of perdition should ever be restored, for their state of destiny  was not revealed to man, is not revealed, nor ever shall be revealed save to  those who are made partakers thereof, consequently, those who teach this doctrine  have not received it of the Spirit of the Lord, Truly, declared it  to be the doctrine of devils. We therefore, command that this doctrine [p. [2]]
Should you not understand the explanations Sent with the drafts you will inform us, so as you may have a propper understanding, for it is meet that all things should be done according to the pattern— The following errors we have found in the as printed 40th. Chap 10th. verse third line, instead of corruptable put corrupted 14 verse of the same chapter 5th. line instead of respecter to persons, put respecter of persons. 21st. verse 2nd. line of the same chapter, instead of respecter to, put respecter of 44 Chapter 12 verse last line, instead of hands, put heads— Sir, I proceed to answer your questions concerning the of Property. First, it is not right to condescend to verry great paticulars in takeing inventories. the fact is this, that a man is bound by the law of the church to consecrate to the before he can be considered a legal heir to the Kingdom of , and this too, without constraint, and unless he does this, he cannot be acknowledged before the Lord on the Church Book. Therefore, to condescend to particulars, I will tell you that every man must be his own judge how much he should receive, and how much he should suffer to remain in the hands of the Bishop. I speak of those who consecrate more than they need for the support of themselves and family The matter of consecration must be done by the mutual consent of both parties— For, to give the Bishop power to say how much every man shall have and he be obliged to comply with the Bishops judgment, is giveing to the Bishop more power than a King has and upon the other hand, to let every man say how much he needs and the Bishop obliged to comply with his judgment, is to throw Zion into confusion and make a Slave of the Bishop. The fact is, there must be a balance or equalibrium of power between the bishop and the people, and thus harmony and good will may be preserved among you. Therefore, those persons consecrating property to the Bishop in , and then receiveing an back, must show reasonably to the Bishop that he wants as much as he claims. but in case the two parties cannot come to a mutual agreement, the Bishop is to have nothing to do about receiveing their consecrations and the case must be laid before a of twelve , the Bishop not being one of the council, but he is to lay the case before them. Say to that we have no means in our power to assist him in a pecuniary point, as we know not the hour when we shall be Sued for debts which we have contracted ourselves in . Say to him that he must exert himself to the utmost to obtain means himself to replenish his for it must be replenished and it is his duty to attend to it. We were not a little surprised to hear that some of our letters of a public nature which we sent for the good of have been kept back from the , this is conduct which we highly disapprobate, Answers to queries in letter of June 4th. First in relation to the poor, when the Bishops are appointed according to our reccommendation, it will involve upon them to see to the poor according to the . In regard to the printing of the New translation it cannot be done until we can attend to it ourselves, and this we will do as soon as the Lord permit— As to , all members of the are considered one, The order of the is a matter of which is of the greatest importance and the mercantile establishment God to be devoted to the support thereof, and God will bring every transgressor into judgment. Say to the Brethren Hulits and to all others that the Lord never authorized them to say that the Devil nor his angels nor the Sons of perdition should ever be restored, for their state of destiny was not revealed to man, is not revealed, nor ever shall be revealed save to those who are made partakers thereof, consequently, those who teach this doctrine have not received it of the Spirit of the Lord, Truly, declared it to be the doctrine of devils. We therefore, command that this doctrine [p. [2]]
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