Letter to the Council of the Twelve, 15 December 1840

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become obedient to the faith, and I am happy to inform you that the work is spreading very  fast on this continent, some of the Brethren are now in , and we expect to  have a gathering from the South.
I have had the pleasure of wel[c]oming about One hundred of the  Brethren from England, who came with , the remainder I am informed stop[p]ed in  , not having means to get any further. I think they can those that came here did not take  the best possible rout, or the least expensive. Most of the brethren have obtained employment  of one kind or another and appear tolerably well contented and seem disposed to hearken  to council. Brothers Robinson & Smith lately had a letter from Elders , & in London  which gave us information of the commencement of the work of the Lord in that City, which I  was glad to hear. I am likewise informed the Elders have gone to Austrailia & to the East Indies  I feel deserieous that every providential opening of that kind should be filled, and that you  should prior to your leaving England, send the gospel into as many parts as you possibly  can.
Beloved brethren, you must be aware in some measure of my feelings when I contem plate the great work which is now rolling on, and the relationship which I sustain to it; while  it is extending to distant lands, and islands, and thousands are embracing it, I realize  in some measure my responsibility and the need I have of support from above, and wisdom  from on high; that I may be able to teach this people, which have now become a great  people, the principles of righteousness, and lead them agreeably to the will of heaven so  that they may be perfected and prepared to meet the Lord Jesus Christ, when he shall appear.  in great glory. Can I rely on your prayers to your heavenly Father in my behalf? and on the  prayers of all my brethren & sisters in England? (whom having not seen yet I love) that I  may be enabled to escape every stra[ta]gem of satan, surmount every difficulty, and bring  this people, to the enjoyment of those blessings, which are reserved for the righteous  I ask this at your and their hands in the name of Jesus Christ. [p. [5]]
become obedient to the faith, and I am happy to inform you that the work is spreading very fast on this continent, some of the Brethren are now in , and we expect to have a gathering from the South.
I have had the pleasure of welcoming about One hundred of the Brethren from England, who came with , the remainder I am informed stopped in , not having means to get any further. I think those that came here did not take the best possible rout, or the least expensive. Most of the brethren have obtained employment of one kind or another and appear tolerably well contented and seem disposed to hearken to council. Brothers Robinson & Smith lately had a letter from Elders , & in London which gave us information of the commencement of the work of the Lord in that City, which I was glad to hear. I am likewise informed the Elders have gone to Austrailia & to the East Indies I feel deserieous that every providential opening of that kind should be filled, and that you should prior to your leaving England, send the gospel into as many parts as you possibly can.
Beloved brethren, you must be aware in some measure of my feelings when I contemplate the great work which is now rolling on, and the relationship which I sustain to it; while it is extending to distant lands, and islands, and thousands are embracing it, I realize in some measure my responsibility and the need I have of support from above, and wisdom from on high; that I may be able to teach this people, which have now become a great people, the principles of righteousness, and lead them agreeably to the will of heaven so that they may be perfected and prepared to meet the Lord Jesus Christ, when he shall appear. in great glory. Can I rely on your prayers to your heavenly Father in my behalf? and on the prayers of all my brethren & sisters in England? (whom having not seen yet I love) that I may be enabled to escape every stratagem of satan, surmount every difficulty, and bring this people, to the enjoyment of those blessings, which are reserved for the righteous I ask this at your and their hands in the name of Jesus Christ. [p. [5]]
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