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Letter to Edward Partridge and Others, 10 December 1833

other place should be appointed like unto this35 therefore I ask thee in the name of Jesus Christ, to return thy people unto their homes, & there inheritances

Generally referred to land promised by or received from God for the church and its members. A January 1831 revelation promised church members a land of inheritance. In March and May 1831, JS dictated revelations commanding members “to purchase lands for an...

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, to enjoy the fruit of their Labors; that all the waste places36

See Isaiah 51:3.  


may be built up; that all the enemies of thy people, who will not repent and turn unto thee be distroyed from off the face of that Land; and let an house

The official name for the sacred edifice in Kirtland, Ohio, later known as the Kirtland temple; also the official name for other planned religious structures in Missouri. JS and the Latter-day Saints also referred to the House of the Lord in Kirtland as “...

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be built and established unto thy name, and let all the losses that thy people have sustained be rewarded unto them, even more than fourfold;37

See Luke 19:8; and Revelation, 6 Aug. 1833 [D&C 98:26].  


that the borders of Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Jesus Christ, characterized by adherence to ideals of harmony, equality, and purity. In JS’s earliest revelations “the cause of Zion” was used to broadly describe the ...

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be enlarged forever,38

See Revelation, 26 Apr. 1832 [D&C 82:14].  


and let her be established no more to be thrown down;39

See Jeremiah 31:40.  


and let all thy saints when they are scattered as sheep, and are persecuted, flee unto Zion,40

In March 1831, JS dictated a revelation that stated that Zion would be “a land of peace a City of refuge a place of safety for the saints of The most high God” and that even unbelievers, for survival in the turbulent days before Christ’s second coming, “must needs flee unto Zion for safety.” (Revelation, ca. 7 Mar. 1831 [D&C 45:66, 68].)  


and be established in the midst of her, and let her be organized according to thy law41

See Revelation, 9 and 23 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42].  


and let this prayer even be recorded before thy face; give thy holy spirit unto my brethren: unto whom I write: send thy angels to guard them and to deliver them from all evil; and when they turn there faces towards Zion42

See Jeremiah 50:5.  


and bow down before thee and pray may their sins never come up before thy face neither have place in the book of thy remembrance43

See Malachi 3:16; and Letter to William W. Phelps, 27 Nov. 1832 [D&C 85:9].  


and may they depart from all their eniquities. provide food for them as thou doest for the ravens,44

See Job 38:41.  


provide clothing to cover there nakedness, and houses that they may dwell therein give unto them friends in abundance, and let their names be recorded in the Lambs book of Life45

See Revelation 21:27.  


eternally before thy face Amen finely finally, brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all unto his coming and Kingdom, Amen
Joseph Smith J [p. 75]
other place should be appointed like unto this35  therefore I ask thee in the name of Jesus Christ,  to return thy people unto their homes, & there inher itances

Generally referred to land promised by or received from God for the church and its members. A January 1831 revelation promised church members a land of inheritance. In March and May 1831, JS dictated revelations commanding members “to purchase lands for an...

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, to enjoy the fruit of their Labors; that all  the waste places36

See Isaiah 51:3.  


may be built up; that all  the enemies of thy people, who will not return  repent and return unto thee be distroyed from  off the face of that Land; and let an house

The official name for the sacred edifice in Kirtland, Ohio, later known as the Kirtland temple; also the official name for other planned religious structures in Missouri. JS and the Latter-day Saints also referred to the House of the Lord in Kirtland as “...

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be built  and established unto thy name, and let all  the losses that thy people have sustained be rewarded  unto them, even more than fourfold;37

See Luke 19:8; and Revelation, 6 Aug. 1833 [D&C 98:26].  


that the bor ders of Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Jesus Christ, characterized by adherence to ideals of harmony, equality, and purity. In JS’s earliest revelations “the cause of Zion” was used to broadly describe the ...

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be enlarged forever,38

See Revelation, 26 Apr. 1832 [D&C 82:14].  


and let her  be established no more to be thrown down;39

See Jeremiah 31:40.  


 and let all thy saints when they are scattered  as sheep, and are persecuted, and flee unto  Zion,40

In March 1831, JS dictated a revelation that stated that Zion would be “a land of peace a City of refuge a place of safety for the saints of The most high God” and that even unbelievers, for survival in the turbulent days before Christ’s second coming, “must needs flee unto Zion for safety.” (Revelation, ca. 7 Mar. 1831 [D&C 45:66, 68].)  


and be established in the midst  of her, and let her be organized according  to thy law41

See Revelation, 9 and 23 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42].  


and let this prayer even before be  recorded before thy face; give thy holy spirit  unto my brethren: unto whom I write: send  thy angels to guard them and to deliver them  from all evil; and when they turn there faces  towards Zion42

See Jeremiah 50:5.  


and bow down before thee and pray  may their sins never com[e] up before thy face  neithe[r] have place in the book of thy remem brance43

See Malachi 3:16; and Letter to William W. Phelps, 27 Nov. 1832 [D&C 85:9].  


and may they depart from all their  eniquities. provide bread <food> for them as thou doest  for the ravens,44

See Job 38:41.  


provide clothing to cover there  nakedness, and <houses that they may> cause that they dwell therein  give unto them friends in abundance, and  let their names be recorded in the Lambs  book of Life45

See Revelation 21:27.  


eternally before thy face Amen  finely [finally], brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus  Christ be with you all unto his coming and  Kingdom, Amen
Joseph Smith J [p. 75]
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