Letterbook 1

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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to receive any revelation forom [from] any one man or woman without  being legally constituted and ◊◊ to that authority and  given sufficien[t] proof of it (I will inform you that it is contrary  to the economy of God for any member of the or any <one>  any one to receive instruction for those in authority hig[h]er than  themselves (therefore you will see the impropriety of giving  heed to them (but if any <have a vision> heavenly or a visitation from an  hev<en>aly messenger it must be for their own benefit and  instruction (for the fundimental principals, government and  (doctrine of the church is invested in the of the kingdom)  as it respects an apostate or one who has been cut off from the  church and wishes to come in again the law of our church  expresly says that such shall repent) and be and be  admited the same as at the first (the duty of a  is to administer spriitual and holy things and to hold  communeion <with> God but not to exorcise [exercise] monarchal government  or to appoint meetings for the without their concent  and again it is the high priests duty to be bet[t]er qualifide to  teach principles and doctrines than the Elder for the office of  Elders is an appendege to the and it <centers &> concentrates  in one (and again the proper <process> way of Labouring with a member we  (are to deal with them percisely as the scripturs direct if thy  brother trespass against the[e] take him betwen him and thee alone  and if he maketh the satisfaction thou hast saved thy brother and if  not proce[e]d to take another with the[e] & when there is no   they are to be tried by the voice of the Church and if an  Elder or an high priest be presant they are to take the lead  in managing the business if not by such that have the highest  authority (with respect to preparing to go to Zion first it  would be pleasing to the lord that that the Church or  Churches going to Zion should be organised, and appoint  a suitable person who is well acquainted with the Conditions  of the Church & and be sent to to inform the   and procure licence from him agreeable to  the revelation so doing you will prevent confusion  and disorder and escape many difficulties that [p. 30]
to receive any revelation forom [from] any one man or woman without being legally constituted and to that authority and given sufficient proof of it (I will inform you that it is contrary to the economy of God for any member of the or any one any one to receive instruction for those in authority higher than themselves (therefore you will see the impropriety of giving heed to them (but if any have a vision or a visitation from an hevenaly messenger it must be for their own benefit and instruction (for the fundimental principals, government and (doctrine of the church is invested in the of the kingdom) as it respects an apostate or one who has been cut off from the church and wishes to come in again the law of our church expresly says that such shall repent) and be and be admited the same as at the first (the duty of a is to administer spriitual and holy things and to hold communeion with God but not to exorcise [exercise] monarchal government or to appoint meetings for the without their concent and again it is the high priests duty to be better qualifide to teach principles and doctrines than the Elder for the office of Elders is an appendege to the and it centers & concentrates in one (and again the process of Labouring with a member we (are to deal with them percisely as the scripturs direct if thy brother trespass against thee take him betwen him and thee alone and if he maketh the satisfaction thou hast saved thy brother and if not proceed to take another with thee & when there is no they are to be tried by the voice of the Church and if an Elder or an high priest be presant they are to take the lead in managing the business if not by such that have the highest authority (with respect to preparing to go to Zion first it would be pleasing to the lord that the Church or Churches going to Zion should be organised, and appoint a suitable person who is well acquainted with the Conditions of the Church & and be sent to to inform the and procure licence from him agreeable to revelation so doing you will prevent confusion and disorder and escape many difficulties that [p. 30]
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