Letterbook 2

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Letter, Hyrum Smith to Brother Foster • January 1840
Hancock Co Jany [blank] 1840
Dear Brother Foster
Grace Mercy and peace be multiplied from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Feeling a deep interest for the welfare of the Church, who are at present scattered abroad in this land as well as upon the islands of the Sea, and realizing the necessity of propper instructions being communicated to those who reside at such distances from this stake of Zion as to render it impossible to visit them in person and lay before them such instructions and communicating such information as would enable them to act in prudence and wisdom in all their movements, so, that their “labors may not be given to the House of the Stranger instead of the House of the Lord” and feeling anxous for the promulgation of Truth and the upbuilding of the Kingdom and Zion of our God induces me (as a servant of Jesus Christ and one on whose shoulders rests at all times (but more particularly at this time) an important responsibility) to address a few lines to you, and to that part of the Church of Jesus Christ over which you have been called in the providence of God to preside.
You are undoubtedly aware that the priviledges of the saints are great and that they are “heirs to great and precious promises” and that in order to enjoy all the blessings of the gospel it is necessary and all important to pay the most strict attention to the Commandments of God and to the instructions which those, who are in authority in the church of God may communicate.
There are some things which I shall endeavour to lay before you which concern the welfare of the saints in your vicinity as well as those who are scattered in various parts of the earth, which I deem of vital importance in order that they may obtain Salvation and be instrumental in building up the Kingdom which has already been commenced and to roll it forth “untill it shall become a great mountain and fill the whole earth.[”] [p. 82]
Letter, Hyrum Smith to Brother Foster • January 1840
Hancock Co Jany [blank] 1840
Dear Brother Foster
Grace Mercy and peace be multiplied from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Feeling a deep interest for the welfare of the Church, who are at present scattered abroad in this land as well as upon the islands of the Sea, and realizing the necessity of propper instructions being communicated to those who reside at such distances from this stake of Zion as to render it impossible to visit them in person and lay before them such instructions and communicating such information as would enable them to act in prudence and wisdom in all their movements, so, that their “labors may not be given to the House of the Stranger instead of the House of the Lord” and feeling anxous for the promulgation of Truth and the upbuilding of the Kingdom and Zion of our God induces me (as a servant of Jesus Christ and one on whose shoulders rests at all times (but more particularly at this time) an important responsibility) to address a few lines to you, and to that part of the Church of Jesus Christ over which you have been called in the providence of God to preside.
You are undoubtedly aware that the priviledges of the saints are great and that they are “heirs to great and precious promises” and that in order to enjoy all the blessings of the gospel it is necessary and all important to pay the most strict attention to the Commandments of God and to the instructions which those, who are in authority in the church of God may communicate.
There are some things which I shall endeavour to lay before you which concern the welfare of the saints in your vicinity as well as those who are scattered in various parts of the earth, which I deem of vital importance in order that they may obtain Salvation and be instrumental in building up the Kingdom which has already been commenced and to roll it forth “untill it shall become a great mountain and fill the whole earth.” [p. 82]
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