whenever the Lord
brings us together again, I
can require. Amen.
Prst Joseph Smith. )
We have been in this place a few
days and have preached faithfully: a very great prospect of some able and influential men embracing the faith in this
place. We have moved along slowly, but have left a sealing testimony: a
considerable number. We shall write again soon, as we learn the result of our
labors here more particularly, We are well and in good spirits through the
favor of the Lord.
requests us to write a few lines in his letter and we
cheerfully embrace the opportunity.
says he wants to live: But we
do not feel ourselves authorized to act upon his case but have
reccommended him to you: But he says his poverty will not allow him to
visit you in person at this time; and we think he tells the truth. We
therefore advise him to write, which he has done. He tells us,
verbally, that he is willing to make any sacrifice to procure your
fellowship, life not excepted; Yet reposing that con fidence in your
magnanimity that you will take no ad vantage of this open and frank
confession. If he can obtain your fellowship, he wants to come to
as soon as
he can. But if he cannot be received into the fellowship of the
, he must do the best he can in
banishment and exile.
Brethren, with you are the of the kingdom; to
you is power given to “exert your clemency or display your vengence” By the
former, you will save a soul from death, and hide a multitude of sins: By the
latter, you will forever
a returning prodigal, cause sorrow without benefit, pain without pleasure, ending
in wretchedness and dispair.
But former experience teaches that
you are workmen in the art of saving souls, therefore, with the greater
confidence [p. 156]