Letter to William W. Phelps, 11 January 1833

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  • Historical Introduction
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for the salvation of the nations, for the Lord will have a place for from whence his word will go forth in these last days in purity, for if , will not purify herself so as to be approved of in all things in his sight he will seek— another people for his work will go on untill Isreal is & they who will not hear his voice must expect to feel his wrath, Let me say unto you, seek to purefy yourselves, & also all the inhabitants of lest the Lords anger be kindled to fierceness, repent, repent, is the voice of God, to , & yet strange as it may appear, yet it is true mankind will presist in self Justification until all their eniquity is exposed & their character past being redeemed, & that which is treasured up in their hearts be exposed to the gaze of mankind, I say to you— (& what I say to you, I say to all) hear the <warning.> voice of God lest fall, & the Lord swore swear in his wrath the inhabiteints of shall not enter into my rest, The Brethren in pray for you unceasingly, for knowing the terrors of the Lord, they greatly fear for you; you will see that the Lord commanded us in to build an , & establish a , this is the word of the Lord to us, & we must— yea the Lord helping us we will obey, as on conditions of our obedience, he has promised <us> great things, yea <even> a visit from the heavens to honor us with his own presence, we greatly fear before the Lord lest we should fail of this great honor which our master proposes to confer on us, we are seeking for humility & great faith lest we be ashamed in his presence, our hearts are greatly greaved at the spirit which is breathed both in your letter & that of the wery spirit which is wasting the strength of like a pestalence, and if it is not detected & driven from you it will ripen for the threatened Judgments of God, remember God sees the secret springs of human action, & knows the hearts of all living, Br suffer us to speak plainly for God has respect to the feelings of his saints & he will not let them be tantalized with impunity tell that low insinuations God hates, but he rejoices in an honest heart and knows better who is guilty than he does, we send him this worning [warning] voice & let him fear greatly for himself lest a worse thing overtake him, all we can say by way of conclusion is, if the fountain of our tears are not dried up we will <still> weep for , this from your brother who trembles greatly for ,— and for the wrath of heaven which awaits her if she repent not,—— PS. I am not in the habit of crying peace, when there is no peace, and knowing the th[r]eatened Judgments of God, I say Wo,— unto them who are at ease [p. 19]
for the salvation of the nations, for the Lord will have a place from whence his word will go forth in these last days in purity, for if , will not purify herself so as to be approved of in all things in his sight he will seek— another people for his work will go on untill Isreal is & they who will not hear his voice must expect to feel his wrath, Let me say to you, seek to purefy yourselves, & also all the inhabitants of lest the Lords anger be kindled to fierceness, repent, repent, is the voice of God, to , & yet strange as it may appear, yet it is true mankind will presist in self Justification until all their eniquity is exposed & their character past being redeemed, & that which is treasured up in their hearts be exposed to the gaze of mankind, I say to you— (& what I say to you, I say to all) hear the warning. voice of God lest fall, & the Lord swear in his wrath the inhabiteints of shall not enter into my rest, The Brethren in pray for you unceasingly, for knowing the terrors of the Lord, they greatly fear for you; you will see that the Lord commanded us in to build an , & establish a , this is the word of the Lord to us, & we must— yea the Lord helping us we will obey, as on conditions of our obedience, he has promised us great things, yea even a visit from the heavens to honor us with his own presence, we greatly fear before the Lord lest we should fail of this great honor which our master proposes to confer on us, we are seeking for humility & great faith lest we be ashamed in his presence, our hearts are greatly greaved at the spirit which is breathed both in your letter & that of the wery spirit which is wasting the strength of like a pestalence, and if it is not detected & driven from you it will ripen for the threatened Judgments of God, remember God sees the secret springs of human action, & knows the hearts of all living, Br suffer us to speak plainly for God has respect to the feelings of his saints & he will not let them be tantalized with impunity tell that low insinuations God hates, but he rejoices in an honest heart and knows better who is guilty than he does, we send him this worning [warning] voice & let him fear greatly for himself lest a worse thing overtake him, all we can say by way of conclusion is, if the fountain of our tears are not dried up we will still weep for , this from your brother who trembles greatly for ,— and for the wrath of heaven which awaits her if she repent not,—— PS. I am not in the habit of crying peace, when there is no peace, and knowing the threatened Judgments of God, I say Wo,— unto them who are at ease [p. 19]
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