Letter to William W. Phelps, 31 July 1832

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yea in the name of Jesus of Nazreth to remember the  covenant which they have made with God, and to me &  repent of there iniquities and give satisfaction to the in nocent whom they have injured I appeal to your conciences,  and if appealing to your conciences by all the ties which bind man  to man which are st[r]onger than death will not open your eyes &  let you see the stand state & standing which you are in and bring  you to repentance I then appeal to a higher court even  the court of heaven the tribunal of the great God & there I &  my Brethren (I mean Broth & ) will meet them  you to be weighed in the ballance and there the innocent  shall not suffer and the guilty go unpunished for the Lord  God Almighty will do right I bear you record that myself   & as far as any thing that I know have ever  maintained the purest desires for your welfare and do still  our object in going to was altogether to keep the of God the most high, when  learned the feelings of the Brethren in whom he had  placed so much confidence for whom he had endured  so much fateague & suffering & whom he loved with so  much love his heart was grieved his spirits failed & for  a moment he became frantick & the advisary taking the  advantage, he spake unadvisedly with his lips after receiving a  severe chastisement resigned his commision and became a private  member in the , but has since repented like Peter  of old and after a little suffering by the buffiting of the has been restored to his high standing in the church  of God, now this is a warning to all to whom this knowledge  may come, and he that thinks he stands, let him take heed  least he fall, tell it is very dangerous for men  who have received that the light he has received to be a seek ing a <after> sign, for there shall no sign be given for a sign except  as it was in the days of Lot. God sent angels to gather him & his  family out of Sodom while the wicked were distroyed by a devou ring fire behold this is an exsample; but I must return  to your letter again you complain that there have already [p. 4]
yea in the name of Jesus of Nazreth to remember the covenant which they have made with God, and to me & repent of there iniquities and give satisfaction to the innocent whom they have injured I appeal to your conciences, and if appealing to your conciences by all the ties which bind man to man which are stronger than death will not open your eyes & let you see the state & standing which you are in and bring you to repentance I then appeal to a higher court even the court of heaven the tribunal of the great God & there I & my Brethren (I mean Broth & ) will meet you to be weighed in the ballance and there the innocent shall not suffer and the guilty go unpunished for the Lord God Almighty will do right I bear you record that myself & as far as any thing that I know have ever maintained the purest desires for your welfare and do still our object in going to was altogether to keep the of the most high, when learned the feelings of the Brethren in whom he had placed so much confidence for whom he had endured so much fateague & suffering & whom he loved with so much love his heart was grieved his spirits failed & for a moment he became frantick & the advisary taking the advantage, he spake unadvisedly with his lips after receiving a severe chastisement resigned his commision and became a private member in the , but has since repented like Peter of old and after a little suffering by the buffiting of has been restored to his high standing in the church of God, now this is a warning to all to whom this knowledge may come, and he that thinks he stands, let him take heed least he fall, tell it is very dangerous for men who have received the light he has received to be a seeking a after sign, for there shall no sign be given for a sign except as it was in the days of Lot. God sent angels to gather him & his family out of Sodom while the wicked were distroyed by a devouring fire behold this is an exsample; but I must return to your letter again you complain that there have already [p. 4]
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