Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson County, Missouri, 6 August 1833

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pattern in all things as it shall be given unto you, and on the third  lot shall my servent receive his and on the first  and second lots on the north shall my servents and receive their inheritance that they may do the work which  I have appointed unto them to be a committee to build my  according to the which I the Lord God have given unto  you and now I give unto you no more at this time.
You will see by these revelations that we have to print the new  translation of here at for which we will prepare as soon as possible here foll ows another revelation received to day
August 6th 1833
Verily verily I say unto you my friends fear not let your heart be comforted yea rejoice ever more &c in  every thing give thanks waiting patiently on the Lord for your prayer have entered into the ears of the Lord of sabbath  and are recorded with this and testament the Lord hath sworn and decreed that they shall be granted therefor he  giveth this promise unto you with an immutable that they shall be fulfilled and all things wherewith  you have been afflicted shall work togethe[r] for your good and to my names glory saith the Lord God.
And now verily I say unto you concerning the Laws of the Land it is my will that my peopl  should observe to do all things whatsoeve[r] I them and that law of the Land which is consti[tu]tional  supporting the principles of freedom in maintaning rights and privileges belongs to all mankind  and is justifyeble before me therefor I the Lord justifieth your and your brethren of my church in bef riending that law which is the constitutional law of the Land and as pertaining to the law of the land men  whatsoev[er] is more or less then this cometh of evil. I the Lord your God maketh you free therefor you are  free indeed and the law also maketh you free nevertheless when the wicked rule the people mourn wh erefor honest men and wise men should be saught for dilligently and good men and wise men ye  should observe to uphold otherwise whatsoever is less then these cometh of evil and I give unto you a comm andment that ye shall forsake all evil and cleave unto all good that ye shall live by evry word that  procede<th> out of the forth out of the mouth of God for he will give unto the faithful line upon lin[e]  precept upon precept and I will try you and prove you herewith and whoso layeth down  his life in my cause for my names sake shall find it again even life eternal therefore be not  affraid of you[r] enemies for I have decreed in my heart saith the Lord that I will prove you in all  things whether you will abide in my covenant even unto death that you may be found  worthy for if you will not abide in my covena[n]t ye are not worthy of me therefor renounce  war and proclaim peace and seek dilligently to turn the hearts of the children to the  fathers and the hearts of the fathers to the children and again the hearts of Jews to the pro phets and the prophets unto the Jews lest I come and smite the whole earth with a curse and  all flesh be consumed before me let not your hearts be troubled for in my  fathers house are many mansions and I have prepared a place for you and where  my father and I am there you shall be also.
Behold I the Lord am not well pleased with many who are in the at for they do not forsake their sins and their wicked ways the pride of their hearts and  their coveteousness and all their detestable things and observe the words of wisdom and eternal  life which I have given unto them verily I say unto you <that> I the Lord will chasten them and will do  whatsoev[er] I list if they do not repent and observe all thing whatsoev[er] I have said unto them.
And again I say unto you if ye observe to do whatsoev[er] I command you I the lord will  turn away all wrath and indignation from you and the gates of hell shall not prevail against you
Now I speak unto you concerning your families if men will smite you or your families once and  ye bear it patiently and revile not against them ye neithe[r] seek revenge ye shall be rewarded but if ye  bear it not patiently it shall be accounted unto you as being meeted out a just measur unto you. and  again if your enemies shall smite you [a] seccond time and you revile not against your enemies  and bear it patiently your reward shall be an hundred fold and again if he shall smite you a third  time and ye bear it patiently your reward shall be doubled unto you four fold and these three  testamonies shall stand against your enemies enemy if he repent not and shall not be blotted out  and now verily I say unto you if that enemy shall escape my vengence that he be not brougt  into Judgment before me then you shall see to it that ye warn him in my name that he  come no more upon you neither u either upon your families family eithe[r] your children or yo[u]r  children[’s] children unto the third and fourth generation <and then if he shall come upon you or your children or your childrens children unto the third and forth generation.> I have delivered thine enemy into thine  hands and then if thou wilt spare him thou shalt be rewarded for thy righteousness and thy  children and thy childrens children unto the third and fourth generation nevertheless thine  enemy is in thine hands and if thou reward him according to his works thou art Justified  if he hath has saught thy life and thy life is endangered by him thin[e] enemy is in thine hands  and thou art Justified. Behold this is the Law I gave unto my servant Le Nephi and  thy fath[er] Joseph and Jacob and Isaac and Abram and all mine anciett [ancient] prophets and   and again this is the law of my prophets <that I gave unto mine ancients> that they should not go out <un>to battle  against any nation kindred tongue or people save I the Lord Commanded them and if any  Nation tongue or people should proclaim war against them they should first lift a  standard <of peace> unto that people Nation or tongue and if that people did not ecept [accept]  the offering of peace neithe[r] the seccond nor the third time they should bring thei[r]  testamo[ni]es before the Lord then I the Lord would [giv]e unto them a commandment  and Justify them in going out to battle [ag]ainst that nation tongue or people [p. [3]]
pattern in all things as it shall be given unto you, and on the third lot shall my servent receive his and on the first and second lots on the north shall my servents and receive their inheritance that they may do the work which I have appointed unto them to be a committee to build my according to the which I the Lord God have given unto you and now I give unto you no more at this time.
You will see by these revelations that we have to print the new translation here at for which we will prepare as soon as possible here follows another revelation received to day
August 6th 1833
Verily I say unto you my friends fear not let your heart be comforted yea rejoice ever more &c in every thing give thanks waiting patiently on the Lord for your prayer have entered into the ears of the Lord of sabbath and are recorded with this and testament the Lord hath sworn and decreed that they shall be granted therefor he giveth this promise unto you with an immutable that they shall be fulfilled and all things wherewith you have been afflicted shall work together for your good and to my names glory saith the Lord God.
And now verily I say unto you concerning the Laws of the Land it is my will that my peopl should observe to do all things whatsoever I them and that law of the Land which is constitutional supporting the principles of freedom in maintaning rights and privileges to all mankind and is justifyeble before me therefor I the Lord justifieth you and your brethren of my church in befriending that law which is the constitutional law of the Land and as pertaining to law of men whatsoever is more or less then this cometh of evil. I the Lord your God maketh you free therefor you are free indeed and the law also maketh you free nevertheless when the wicked rule the people mourn wherefor honest men and wise men should be saught for dilligently and good men and wise men ye should observe to uphold otherwise whatsoever is less then these cometh of evil and I give unto you a commandment that ye shall forsake all evil and cleave unto all good that ye shall live by evry word that procedeth out forth out of the mouth of God for he will give unto the faithful line upon line precept upon precept and I will try you and prove you herewith and whoso layeth down his life in my cause for my names sake shall find it again even life eternal therefore be not affraid of your enemies for I have decreed in my heart saith the Lord that I will prove you in all things whether you will abide in my covenant even unto death that you may be found worthy for if you will not abide in my covenant ye are not worthy of me therefor renounce war and proclaim peace and seek dilligently to turn the hearts of the children to the fathers and the hearts of the fathers to the children and again the hearts of Jews to the prophets and the prophets unto the Jews lest I come and smite the whole earth with a curse and all flesh be consumed before me let not your hearts be troubled for in my fathers house are many mansions and I have prepared a place for you and where my father and I am there you shall be also.
Behold I the Lord am not well pleased with many who are in the at for they do not forsake their sins and their wicked ways the pride of their hearts and their coveteousness and all their detestable things and observe the words of wisdom and eternal life which I have given unto them verily I say unto you that I the Lord will chasten them and will do whatsoever I list if they do not repent and observe all thing whatsoever I have said unto them.
And again I say unto you if ye observe to do whatsoever I command you I the lord will turn away all wrath and indignation from you and the gates of hell shall not prevail against you
Now I speak unto you concerning your families if men will smite you or your families once and ye bear it patiently and revile not against them neither seek revenge ye shall be rewarded but if ye bear it not patiently it shall be accounted unto you as being meeted out a just measur unto you. and again if your enemies shall smite you [a] seccond time and you revile not against your enemies and bear it patiently your reward shall be an hundred fold and again if he shall smite you a third time and ye bear it patiently your reward shall be doubled unto you four fold and these three testamonies shall stand against your enemy if he repent not and shall not be blotted out and now verily I say unto you if that enemy shall escape my vengence that he be not brougt into Judgment before me then you shall see to it that ye warn him in my name that he come no more upon you either upon your family either your children or your children’s children unto the third and fourth generation and then if he shall come upon you or your children or your childrens children unto the third and forth generation. I have delivered thine enemy into thine hands and then if thou wilt spare him thou shalt be rewarded for thy righteousness and thy children and thy childrens children unto the third and fourth generation nevertheless thine enemy is in thine hands and if thou reward him according to his works thou art Justified if he has saught thy life and thy life is endangered by him thine enemy is in thine hands and thou art Justified. Behold this is the Law I gave unto my servant Nephi and thy father Joseph and Jacob and Isaac and Abram and all mine anciett [ancient] prophets and and again this is the law that I gave unto mine ancients that they should not go out unto battle against any nation kindred tongue or people save I the Lord Commanded them and if any Nation tongue or people should proclaim war against them they should first lift a standard of peace unto that people Nation or tongue and if that people did not ecept [accept] the offering of peace neither the seccond nor third time they should bring their testamonies before the Lord then I the Lord would give unto them a commandment and Justify them in going out to battle against that nation tongue or people [p. [3]]
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