Letter to William W. Phelps, 31 July 1832

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with the requirements of them in not obtaining reccommends &c  seccondy [secondly], that the should procede to receive into  there fellowship & communion on any other conditions, then the filling his mission to the South countries according to the commandment of  Jesus Christ, I cite your minds to thise saying he that loveth Father  or Mother wife & Children more than me is not worthy of me  thus saith the Lord Thirdly the unorganized & confused state  in leaving here, and the evil surmisings which were among them  & neglect of duty &c more then this I do not wish to mention, now  therefore the buffitings of the advasary be upon all those <among you> who are  eniquitous persons and rebelious, I would inform you them they do not  have my right hand of fellowship, but I will leave this subject  for will not my God and your God do right, I return to your let ter you informed me slightly that you heard of the accident to   at Idn. [Indiana] A question how did you hear, did any  of you receive letters writen by any of us informing you of the crit ical situation we were placed in, if so how did you treat them  if not so have you writen to us to give us that information which  would be calculated to releave the mind of its painful anxciety  concerning you, whether that fellowship and brotherly love con tinued among you towards us which you professed when we  left you, it is true we received a letter from broth[e]r   by the hand of after we arived home  from Indiana who had arived here before us, but what did it  contain, it gave us this inteligence, that the Devel had  been to work with all his inventive immagination to  reward us for our toils in travling from this country to  amidst a crooked & preverse generation leaving our familys  in affliction amidst of death upon the mercy of mobs &  of brethren who you know sometimes are found to be u[n]stable  unbeleiving, unmerciful & unkind, and in this trying  situation to keeping the commandment of God we took our  lives in our hands and traveled through evry combination  of wickedness to your country for your salvation & for our  travail & our toils, suffering & privations as I said before [p. 2]
with the requirements of them in not obtaining reccommends &c seccondy [secondly], that the should procede to receive into there fellowship & communion on any other conditions, then the filling his mission to the South countries according to the commandment of Jesus Christ, I cite your minds to thise saying he that loveth Father or Mother wife & Children more than me is not worthy of me thus saith the Lord Thirdly the unorganized & confused state in leaving here, and the evil surmisings which were among them & neglect of duty &c more then this I do not wish to mention, now therefore the buffitings of the advasary be upon all those among you who are eniquitous persons and rebelious, I would inform them they do not have my right hand of fellowship, but I will leave this subject for will not my God and your God do right, I return to your letter you informed me slightly that you heard of the accident to at Idn. Indiana A question how did you hear, did any of you receive letters writen by any of us informing you of the critical situation we were placed in, if so how did you treat them if not so have you writen to us to give us that information which would be calculated to releave the mind of its painful anxciety concerning you, whether that fellowship and brotherly love continued among you towards us which you professed when we left you, it is true we received a letter from brother by the hand of after we arived home from Indiana who had arived here before us, but what did it contain, it gave us this inteligence, that the Devel had been to work with all his inventive immagination to reward us for our toils in travling from this country to amidst a crooked & preverse generation leaving our familys in affliction amidst of death upon the mercy of mobs & of brethren who you know sometimes are found to be unstable unbeleiving, unmerciful & unkind, and in this trying situation to keep the commandment of God we took our lives in our hands and traveled through evry combination of wickedness to your country for your salvation & for our travail & our toils, suffering & privations as I said before [p. 2]
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