Letter to John S. Carter, 13 April 1833

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attend an unorganised band in Journey[ing] to in the last days and again those in debt should in all cases pay their debts and the rich in are in no wise to cast out the poor or leave them behind for it is said that the poor shall inherit the earth you quoted a pass[a]ge in Jeremiah with regard to Journey to the word of God stands sure so let it be done
There are two paragraphs in your letter which I do not commend as they are writen blind speaking of the being sent like lightning from the bow of Judah the second, no secret in the councils of Zion you mention this as if fear rested upon your mind otherwise we cannot understand it and again we never enquire of at the hand of the Lord God for special revelation only in case of ther being no previous revelation to suit the case and that in a court of for further information on the subject you have writen I will refer you to the Elders who have recently left here for the east by some of whom you will probably see soon you may depend on any information you receive from them that are faithful you may expect to see & for whom we have great fellowship, it <is> a great thing to enquire at the hand of God or to come into his presence and we feel fearful to appro[a]ch him upon subject[s] that are of little or no consequen[ce] to satisfy the enqueries of individuals especially <about> things the knowledge of which men aught to obtain in all cencerity before God for themselves in humility by the prayer of faith, and more especially a or a high Priest in the I speak these things not by way of reproach [p. 31]
attend an unorganised band in Journeying in the last days and again those in debt should in all cases pay their debts and the rich are in no wise to cast out the poor or leave them behind for it is said that the poor shall inherit the earth you quoted a passage in Jeremiah with regard to Journey to the word of God stands sure so let it be done
There are two paragraphs in your letter which I do not commend as they are writen blind speaking of the being sent like lightning from the bow of Judah the second, no secret in the councils of Zion you mention this as if fear rested upon your mind otherwise we cannot understand it and again we never enquire at the hand of God for special revelation only in case of ther being no previous revelation to suit the case and that in a court of for further information on the subject you have writen I will refer you to the Elders who have recently left here for the east by some of whom you will probably see soon you may depend on any information you receive from them that are faithful you may expect to see & for whom we have great fellowship, it is a great thing to enquire at the hand of God or to come into his presence and we feel fearful to approach him upon subjects that are of little or no consequence to satisfy the enqueries of individuals especially about things the knowledge of which men aught to obtain in all cencerity before God for themselves in humility by the prayer of faith, and more especially a or a high Priest in the I speak these things not by way of reproach [p. 31]
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