Letter to William W. Phelps, 11 January 1833

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in fearfulnes will speedily lay hold of the hypocrite, I did not  expect that you had lost , but thought from your  letters you had neglected to read them, otherwise you would not  have writen as you did, it is in vain to try to hide a bad spirit  from the eyes of them who are spiritual for it will shewe itself in  speaking & in writing as well as all our other conduct, it is also useless  to mak[e] great pretentions when the heart is not right before God, for God  looks at the heart, and where the heart is not right the Lord will  expose it to the view of his faithful saints, we wish you to render  the Star as interesting as possable by setting forth the rise progress and  faith of the church, as well as the doctrine for if you do not render  it more interesting than at present it will fall, and the church suffer  a great Loss thereby——
Joseph Smith Jr [p. 20]
in fearfulnes will speedily lay hold of the hypocrite, I did not expect that you had lost , but thought from your letters you had neglected to read them, otherwise you would not have writen as you did, it is in vain to try to hide a bad spirit from the eyes of them who are spiritual for it will shewe itself in speaking & in writing as well as all our other conduct, it is also useless to make great pretentions when the heart is not right before God, for God looks at the heart, and where the heart is not right the Lord will expose it to the view of his faithful saints, we wish you to render the Star as interesting as possable by setting forth the rise progress and faith of the church, as well as the doctrine for if you do not render it more interesting than at present it will fall, and the church suffer a great Loss thereby——
Joseph Smith Jr [p. 20]
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