Letter to Silas Smith, 26 September 1833

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Saints in ancient days, were saved in the Kingdom of God;  neither do I doubt but that they held converse and communion  with Him while they were in the flesh, as Paul said to his  Corinthian brethren that the Lord Jesus showed Himself to above  five hundred Saints at one time after His resurrection.  Job said that he knew that his Redeemer lived and that he should  see Him in the flesh in the latter days. I may believe that  Enoch walked with God and by faith was translated. I may  believe that Noah was a perfect man in his generation and  also walked with God. I may believe that Abraham com muned with God and conversed with angels. I may believe that  Isaac obtained a renewal of the covenant made to Abraham  by the direct voice of the Lord. I may believe that Jacob conver sed with holy angels, and heard the voice of his Maker, that he  wrestled with the angel until he prevailed and obtained the bles sing. I may believe that Elijah was taken to Heaven in a chariot  of fire with fiery horses. I may believe that the saints saw  the Lord and conversed with Him face to face after His resurrec tion. I may believe that the Hebrew Church came to Mount Zion,  and unto the city of the Living God the Heavenly Jerusalem,  and to an innumerable company of angels. I may believe that  they looked into eternity, and saw the Judge of all, and Jesus  the Mediator of the New Covenant. But will all this pur chase an assurance for me, and waft me to the regions  of eternal day and seat me down in the presence of the  King of Kings with my garments spotless pure and white? 
Or must I not rather obtain for myself by my own faith  and diligence in keeping the commandments of the Lord, an  assurance of salvation for myself? And have I not an  equal privilege with the ancient Saints? And will not the Lord  hear my prayers and listen to my cries as soon as he ever  did to theirs, if I come to him in the manner they did?  Or, is he a respecter of persons?
So I must close this subject for want of time, and I  may with propriety say at the beginning
We would be glad to see you in , we would  be glad to see you embrace the New Covenant and be one with us,  we sometimes think you are now one with us in heart.
I remain yours affectionately
Joseph Smith Jun
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Saints in ancient days, were saved in the Kingdom of God; neither do I doubt but that they held converse and communion with Him while they were in the flesh, as Paul said to his Corinthian brethren that the Lord Jesus showed Himself to above five hundred Saints at one time after His resurrection. Job said that he knew that his Redeemer lived and that he should see Him in the flesh in the latter days. I may believe that Enoch walked with God and by faith was translated. I may believe that Noah was a perfect man in his generation and also walked with God. I may believe that Abraham communed with God and conversed with angels. I may believe that Isaac obtained a renewal of the covenant made to Abraham by the direct voice of the Lord. I may believe that Jacob conversed with holy angels, and heard the voice of his Maker, that he wrestled with the angel until he prevailed and obtained the blessing. I may believe that Elijah was taken to Heaven in a chariot of fire with fiery horses. I may believe that the saints saw the Lord and conversed with Him face to face after His resurrection. I may believe that the Hebrew Church came to Mount Zion, and unto the city of the Living God the Heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels. I may believe that they looked into eternity, and saw the Judge of all, and Jesus the Mediator of the New Covenant. But will all this purchase an assurance for me, and waft me to the regions of eternal day and seat me down in the presence of the King of Kings with my garments spotless pure and white?
Or must I not rather obtain for myself by my own faith and diligence in keeping the commandments of the Lord, an assurance of salvation for myself? And have I not an equal privilege with the ancient Saints? And will not the Lord hear my prayers and listen to my cries as soon as he ever did to theirs, if I come to him in the manner they did? Or, is he a respecter of persons?
So I must close this subject for want of time, and I may with propriety say at the beginning
We would be glad to see you in , we would be glad to see you embrace the New Covenant and be one with us, we sometimes think you are now one with us in heart.
I remain yours affectionately
Joseph Smith Jun
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