Letter to Edward Partridge and Others, 10 December 1833

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with their blood. I cannot learn from any com munication by the spirit to me that has  forfeited her claim to a celestial crown not withstanding the Lord has caused her to be  thus afflicted; except it may it may be some  individuals who have walked in disobedience  and forsaken the ; all such will  be made manifest by their works in due time.  I have always expected that Zion would suffer sore  affliction from what I could learn from the com mandments which have been given. but I would  remind you of a certain clause in one which says  that after much tribulation cometh the blessing.  by this and also others, and also one received of  late, I know that Zion, in the own due time of the  Lord will be redeemed, but how many will be  the days of her purification, tribulation and  affliction, the Lord has kept hid from my eyes;  and when I enquire concerning this subject the  voice of the Lord is, Be still, and know that I am  God! all those who suffer for my name shall  reign with me, and he that layeth down his  life for my sake shall find it again. Now  there are two things of which I am ignorant and  the Lord will not show me— perhaps for a wise  purpose in himself. I mean in some respects,  and they are these, Why God hath suffered so  great calamity to come upon Zion; or what  the great moving cause of this great affliction  is. These two things and again by what means  he will return her back to her  with songs of everlasting Joy upon her head.  These two things brethren, are in part kept back  that they are not plainly <shewn unto me. but there are some things that are plainly> manifest, that has  incured <th[e]> displeasure of displeasure the Almighty.  when I contemplate upon all things that have been [p. 71]
with their blood. I cannot learn from any communication by the spirit to me that has forfeited her claim to a celestial crown notwithstanding the Lord has caused her to be thus afflicted; except it may be some individuals who have walked in disobedience and forsaken the ; all such will be made manifest by their works in due time. I have always expected that Zion would suffer sore affliction from what I could learn from the commandments which have been given. but I would remind you of a certain clause in one which says that after much tribulation cometh the blessing. by this and also others, and also one received of late, I know that Zion, in the own due time of the Lord will be redeemed, but how many will be the days of her purification, tribulation and affliction, the Lord has kept hid from my eyes; and when I enquire concerning this subject the voice of the Lord is, Be still, and know that I am God! all those who suffer for my name shall reign with me, and he that layeth down his life for my sake shall find it again. Now there are two things of which I am ignorant and the Lord will not show me— perhaps for a wise purpose in himself. I mean in some respects, and they are these, Why God hath suffered so great calamity to come upon Zion; or what the great moving cause of this great affliction is. and again by what means he will return her back to her with songs of everlasting Joy upon her head. These two things brethren, are in part kept back that they are not plainly shewn unto me. but there are some things that are plainly manifest, that has incured the displeasure of the Almighty. when I contemplate upon all things that have been [p. 71]
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