Vinalhaven, Fox Islands, Me.
March 9th, 1838.
Joseph Smith jr., , , and the Saints in , Greeting:
Dear friends in the ;
sit down to inform you, that I have just heard, correctly, of
the deplorable state of things in , and I have this day
held a with J[oseph] Ball and J[ames] Townsend,
who are now with me upon these
Islands, and we resolved to address a few lines to you
concern ing our feelings, and set before you a brief account
of things with us, and the course we intend to pursue. I have labored
principally alone upon these Islands,
since left last fall, and the
work of the Lord has prosper ed in my hands, or in other words, the Lord
has worked with me during the winter. Elder Joseph Ball has been with me for a number of weeks past upon
the Islands. There is rising of 40 members in the on these Isl ands,
and they are strong in the faith. I returned last evening from a mission in
company with Elder James Town send.
we have been visiting the most notable cities and vilages in the eastern country,
and delivering unto them the word of God.
We preached in their City Halls, Chapels, School houses, dwellings
&c., in such places as Camden, Belfast, Northport, Frankfort, Hampden and the City of Bangor.
Doors were open in all of these places, and many others I might
mention, and the people heard with profound attention; and many are believing.
I never saw more doors open for doing good, than at the pres ent
time in the State of :
But the Devil is stired up against me here on the Island.
One Methodist priest has applied several times for a warrant
to take me, but the Officers, as yet, will not grant him any,
for he cannot bring any ac cusation against me in truth
The most trouble I now have, is the stopping the papers. I
have forwarded about 30 subscribers with the money, and now
the press is burnt down, and our
enemies roar in the midst of the congregations, and they set up these ensigns
I expect the report of these things will come like a clap
of thunder in the ears of the Saints upon these
Islands and else where. They do not know it yet,
but are wondering why these pa pers do not come. We have appointed a time to meet the
church, and we shall lay all these things before them and trust
in God for wisdom to direct us. The Elders that are with me are expecting
to go to their homes, and I shall be left to fight the battles alone. Brethren,
pray for me out of Zion, for I have a load to bear; but in the name
of Elijah’s God, I am determined to stand at my post. I feel as though the
time of Jacob’s trouble had began, but I know God will deliver him
out of it, and fulfil his word.
We are advising the Saints of God to go from this country to
Zion, as soon as they can. I suppose this is right: many are
preparing to go the following season.
Now we say to the Presidency of the church in Zion; we do not expect to counsel you, nor
any one there, let God be your counsellors. But we ask, can
it not be consistent with the will of God and your feelings and circum stances,
to soon publish the Elders’ Journal from Zion,
that we may have one weapon, to cut away some of the deep gloom,
that will be cast upon the minds of thousands of the Saints, by wicked
men and devils, and false breth ren. The traveling Elders feel the wait
of these things, equally, if not more than those who are in Zion; for we
are naked targets to the press and tongue, as we pass through the midst of
the Gentiles. O my God! have mercy and support us, I pray, through the
toils that are to come, that our gar ments may be washed white in the blood
of the Lamb! for it is through tribulation that we inherit the blessing and
Could the Elders’ Journal be contin ued,
it would be great relief to the feel ings of all the faithful; for while
our enemies are publishing against us, even in , we should also know what
God is doing for his Saints.
Brethren, we pray you to consider this last clause, not for
our sake alone, but for the sake of all the faithful that are
scattered abroad. We do not make these remarks because we have any lack
of confidence in you,—No, God forbid, we believe you have done,
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