Letters to John Burk, Sally Phelps, and Almira Scobey, 1–2 June 1835

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strive to have the children brought up in  the way they should go, and they come <go> back to Zion  they will thank you and honor you for your  motherly admonition”, Waterman is well—  one accident befel him. He went in to the  millpond to swim, and like to have drowned, but  was brought out by Br. Bump’s boy: He will never  be caught in that folly again, I trust. Br Joseph  told me of it and talked to him like an angel—
I know you will like to hear some news  from as well as advice, so I  shall give you some. The are constant ly coming in and going. Last week Elders and ,  started for the east last week. , and will  start soon: Elder came in last week; Elders  and arrived la[s]t week, and Elder Oziel [Uzziel] Stevens this week.   says he preached to Jerusha , and she believed and will  eventually come into the . I beseech of you to pray God that she  may come in, so that you can have one natural heir in the Kingdom  with you, for consolation I shall try to send some of the elders to preach  to Flavius and Mary, so thus they may come in too, if they will  I have sent and to my fathers, and to Lydia—  Now is the Harvest and you must pray, and the children must pray  thus they may be brought into the kingdom. preached  last Sabbath, and I gave him the text: “This is my beloved Son; hear  ye him!” He preached one of the greatest sermons I ever heard—  it was about 3½ hours long— and unfolded more mysteries than  I can write at this time. The Congregations of saints at  is larger than any one we used to have at , and when  any of the world come in, we have what may well be called <a> Large Congregation.
Elder Bent wanted I should say to Mary, that he is well— He left here  for and may be expect[ed] in the west in the course of  the summer. President Smith, as I before said, told me he had written  to Sister [Elizabeth Van Benthusen] Gilbert, who I sincerly hope lives humble enough to have the spirit  of God continally to console her in her widowhood, and cheer <herself> up to look  with Joy for the hour of redemption. When I left you, Sally, I said:—  The blessings of God, and my peace with you, till I return”, Live so  that you may inherit these things: for the Lord will surely grant them,  if you are worthy. Be careful of my Letters for I have not time to copy  them. Give respects to the saints I remain yours forever
and children
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NB If I was able to bear the expense I would write weekly but as it would cost $12,50, both ways, I can not afford it. If the inhabitant[s] of  of Zion will raise you six dollars, I will write for their good
[A small map is drawn in the upper-right corner of page 4 with notations]
[Written at the top in four lines]
Be careful  and let no one  Copy this plan least you  bring persecutions on your selves.
[Written up the right side in two lines]
Plan of the city— you will have keep  such things to yourself for wisdom
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Cousin
Brother has left a little space  for me to occupy and I gladly improve it, I would be glad  to see the children of Zion and del[i]ver the <word> of Eternal  <life> to them from my own mouth but cannot this year  nevertheless the day will come that I shall enjoy this  privileege I trust. and we all shall receive an  in the land of refuge which is so much to be desired  seeing it is under the direction of the Allmighty therefore  let us live faithful before the Lord and it shall be well  with us I feel for all the Chilldren of Zion and pray  for them in all my prayrs peace be multiplyed unto their  redeemtion and favor from God Amen
Joseph Smith Jr [p. [4]]
strive to have the children brought up in the way they should go, and they go back to Zion they will thank you and honor you for your “motherly admonition”, Waterman is well— one accident befel him. He went in to the millpond to swim, and like to have drowned, but was brought out by Br. Bump’s boy: He will never be caught in that folly again, I trust. Br Joseph told me of it and talked to him like an angel—
I know you will like to hear some news from as well as advice, so I shall give you some. The are constantly coming in and going. Last week Elders and , started for the east . , and will start soon: Elder came in last week; Elders and arrived last week, and Elder Oziel Uzziel Stevens this week. says he preached to Jerusha , and she believed and will eventually come into the . I beseech of you to pray God that she may come in, so that you can have one natural heir in the Kingdom with you, for consolation I shall try to send some of the elders to preach to Flavius and Mary, so thus they may come in too, if they will I have sent and to my fathers, and to Lydia— Now is the Harvest and you must pray, and the children must pray thus they may be brought into the kingdom. preached last Sabbath, and I gave him the text: “This is my beloved Son; hear ye him!” He preached one of the greatest sermons I ever heard— it was about 3½ hours long— and unfolded more mysteries than I can write at this time. The Congregation of saints at — is larger than any one we used to have at , and when any of the world come in, we have what may well be called a Large Congregation.
Elder Bent wanted I should say to Mary, that he is well— He left here for and may be expected in the west in the course of the summer. President Smith, as I before said, told me he had written to Sister Elizabeth Van Benthusen Gilbert, who I sincerly hope lives humble enough to have the spirit of God continally to console her in her widowhood, and cheer herself up to look with Joy for the hour of redemption. When I left you, Sally, I said:— “The blessings of God, and my peace with you, till I return”, Live so that you may inherit these things: for the Lord will surely grant them, if you are worthy. Be careful of my Letters for I have not time to copy them. Give respects to the saints I remain yours forever
and children
[Note written down the left margin of page 3]
NB If I was able to bear the expense I would write weekly but as it would cost $12,50, both ways, I can not afford it. If the inhabitants of of Zion will raise you six dollars, I will write for their good
[A small map is drawn in the upper-right corner of page 4 with notations]
[Written at the top in four lines]
Be careful and let no one Copy this plan least you bring persecutions on your selves.
[Written up the right side in two lines]
Plan of the city— you will keep such things to yourself for wisdom
[Return to letter]
Cousin
Brother has left a little space for me to occupy and I gladly improve it, I would be glad to see the children of Zion and deliver the word of Eternal life to them from my own mouth but cannot this year nevertheless the day will come that I shall enjoy this privileege I trust. and we all shall receive an in the land of refuge which is so much to be desired seeing it is under the direction of the Allmighty therefore let us live faithful before the Lord and it shall be well with us I feel for all the Chilldren of Zion and pray for them in all my prayrs peace be multiplyed unto their redeemtion and favor from God Amen
Joseph Smith Jr [p. [4]]
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