Letterbook 1

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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15th and carefully read, and it betrays a lightness of spirit that  ill becomes a man placed in the important and responsible station  that he is placed in:— If you have fat beef, and potatoes, eat them  in singleness of heart and boast not yourselves in these things  think not Brethren that we make a man an offender for a word  this is not the case, but we want to see a spirit in Zion by which  the Lord will build it up, that is the plain solem and pure  spirit of Christ; requested in his last letter that  Bro Joseph should come to Zion, but we say that Br J. will  not settle in Zion until she repent, and purify herself &  abide by the , and remember the that have been given her, to do them as well as say them  You may think it strange that we manifest no cheerfulness  of heart upon the reception of your letters, you may think that  our minds are pregudiced so much that we can see no good  that comes from you, but rest assured, brethren, that this is  not the case We have the best of feelings, and feelings of the  greatest anxiety for the welfare of Zion we feel more like wee ping over Zion than we do like rejoicing over her, for we  know the judgments of God that hang over her and will fall  upon her except she repent and purify herself before the Lord  and put away from her evry foul spirit— we now say to  Zion this once in the name of the Lord, Repent! Repent!  Awake! Awake! put on thy beautiful garments before  you are made to feel the chastning rod of him whose  anger is kindled against you, let not Satan tempt you  to think we want to make you bow to us to domeneer  over you for God knows this is not the case our eyes are  watered with tears and our hearts are poured out to  God in prayer for you that he will spare you and turn  away his anger from you, There are many things in the last letters  from Brs and that are good and we esteem them much, The  idea of having certain ones appointed to regulate Zion and traveling   have nothing to do with this part of the matter is something  that we highly approbate, and you will doubtless know  before this reaches you why opposed you [p. 22]
15th and carefully read, and it betrays a lightness of spirit that ill becomes a man placed in the important and responsible station that he is placed in:— If you have fat beef, and potatoes, eat them in singleness of heart and boast not yourselves in these things think not Brethren that we make a man an offender for a word this is not the case, but we want to see a spirit in Zion by which the Lord will build it up, that is the plain solem and pure spirit of Christ; requested in his last letter that Bro Joseph should come to Zion, but we say that Br J. will not settle in Zion until she repent, and purify herself & abide by the , and remember the that have been given her, to do them as well as say them You may think it strange that we manifest no cheerfulness of heart upon the reception of your letters, you may think that our minds are pregudiced so much that we can see no good that comes from you, but rest assured, brethren, that this is not the case We have the best of feelings, and feelings of the greatest anxiety for the welfare of Zion we feel more like weeping over Zion than we do like rejoicing over her, for we know the judgments of God that hang over her and will fall upon her except she repent and purify herself before the Lord and put away from her evry foul spirit— we now say to Zion this once in the name of the Lord, Repent! Repent! Awake! Awake! put on thy beautiful garments before you are made to feel the chastning rod of him whose anger is kindled against you, let not Satan tempt you to think we want to make you bow to us to domeneer over you for God knows this is not the case our eyes are watered with tears and our hearts are poured out to God in prayer for you that he will spare you and turn away his anger from you, There are many things in the last letters from Brs and that are good and we esteem them much, The idea of having certain ones appointed to regulate Zion and traveling have nothing to do with this part of the matter is something that we highly approbate, and you will doubtless know before this reaches you why opposed you [p. 22]
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