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Letter to Edward Partridge and Others, 10 December 1833

with their blood.4

See Ezekiel 20:40; and Isaiah 57:13; see also Revelation, 22–23 Sept. 1832 [D&C 84:2].  


I cannot learn from any communication by the spirit to me that 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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has forfeited her claim to a celestial crown notwithstanding the Lord has caused her to be thus afflicted; except it may be some individuals who have walked in disobedience and forsaken the new covenants

Generally referred to the “fulness of the gospel”—the sum total of the church’s message, geared toward establishing God’s covenant people on the earth; also used to describe individual elements of the gospel, including marriage. According to JS, the everlasting...

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; all such will be made manifest by their works in due time. I have always expected that Zion would suffer sore affliction from what I could learn from the commandments which have been given.5

Four months earlier, on 2 August 1833, JS dictated a revelation that warned if Zion “observe not to do whatsoeve[r] I have commanded her I will visit her according to all her works with sore afflictions.” (Revelation, 2 Aug. 1833–A [D&C 97:26].)  


but I would remind you of a certain clause in one which says that after much tribulation cometh the blessing.6

See Revelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:4].  


by this and also others, and also one received of late, I know that Zion, in the own due time of the Lord will be redeemed,7

See Revelation, 12 Oct. 1833 [D&C 100:13].  


but how many will be the days of her purification, tribulation and affliction, the Lord has kept hid from my eyes; and when I enquire concerning this subject the voice of the Lord is, Be still, and know that I am God!8

See Psalm 46:10. Six days after he wrote this letter, JS dictated a revelation reiterating this sentiment. (Revelation, 16–17 Dec. 1833 [D&C 101:16].)  


all those who suffer for my name shall reign with me,9

See 2 Timothy 2:12.  


and he that layeth down his life for my sake shall find it again.10

See Luke 9:24; and Revelation, 6 Aug. 1833 [D&C 98:13].  


Now there are two things of which I am ignorant and the Lord will not show me— perhaps for a wise purpose in himself. I mean in some respects, and they are these, Why God hath suffered so great calamity to come upon Zion; or what the great moving cause of this great affliction is.11

JS dictated a revelation about a week later that read, “There were jar[r]ings and contentions envyings and strifes and lustful and covetous desires among them . . . they were slow to hearken unto the voice of the Lord their God Therefore the Lord their God is slow to hearken unto their prayers to answer them in the day of their trouble In the day of their peace they esteemed lightly my council.” (Revelation, 16–17 Dec. 1833 [D&C 101:6–8].)  


and again by what means he will return her back to her inheritance

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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with songs of everlasting Joy upon her head.12

See Isaiah 35:10; 51:11; Revelation, ca. 7 Mar. 1831 [D&C 45:71]; and Revelation, 29 Oct. 1831 [D&C 66:11].  


These two things brethren, are in part kept back that they are not plainly shewn unto me. but there are some things that are plainly manifest, that has incured the displeasure of the Almighty. when I contemplate upon all things that have been [p. 71]
with their blood.4

See Ezekiel 20:40; and Isaiah 57:13; see also Revelation, 22–23 Sept. 1832 [D&C 84:2].  


I cannot learn from any com munication by the spirit to me that 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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has  forfeited her claim to a celestial crown not withstanding the Lord has caused her to be  thus afflicted; except it may it may be some  individuals who have walked in disobedience  and forsaken the new covenants

Generally referred to the “fulness of the gospel”—the sum total of the church’s message, geared toward establishing God’s covenant people on the earth; also used to describe individual elements of the gospel, including marriage. According to JS, the everlasting...

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; all such will  be made manifest by their works in due time.  I have always expected that Zion would suffer sore  affliction from what I could learn from the com mandments which have been given.5

Four months earlier, on 2 August 1833, JS dictated a revelation that warned if Zion “observe not to do whatsoeve[r] I have commanded her I will visit her according to all her works with sore afflictions.” (Revelation, 2 Aug. 1833–A [D&C 97:26].)  


but I would  remind you of a certain clause in one which says  that after much tribulation cometh the blessing.6

See Revelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:4].  


 by this and also others, and also one received of  late, I know that Zion, in the own due time of the  Lord will be redeemed,7

See Revelation, 12 Oct. 1833 [D&C 100:13].  


but how many will be  the days of her purification, tribulation and  affliction, the Lord has kept hid from my eyes;  and when I enquire concerning this subject the  voice of the Lord is, Be still, and know that I am  God!8

See Psalm 46:10. Six days after he wrote this letter, JS dictated a revelation reiterating this sentiment. (Revelation, 16–17 Dec. 1833 [D&C 101:16].)  


all those who suffer for my name shall  reign with me,9

See 2 Timothy 2:12.  


and he that layeth down his  life for my sake shall find it again.10

See Luke 9:24; and Revelation, 6 Aug. 1833 [D&C 98:13].  


Now  there are two things of which I am ignorant and  the Lord will not show me— perhaps for a wise  purpose in himself. I mean in some respects,  and they are these, Why God hath suffered so  great calamity to come upon Zion; or what  the great moving cause of this great affliction  is.11

JS dictated a revelation about a week later that read, “There were jar[r]ings and contentions envyings and strifes and lustful and covetous desires among them . . . they were slow to hearken unto the voice of the Lord their God Therefore the Lord their God is slow to hearken unto their prayers to answer them in the day of their trouble In the day of their peace they esteemed lightly my council.” (Revelation, 16–17 Dec. 1833 [D&C 101:6–8].)  


These two things and again by what means  he will return her back to her inheritance

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...

View Glossary
 with songs of everlasting Joy upon her head.12

See Isaiah 35:10; 51:11; Revelation, ca. 7 Mar. 1831 [D&C 45:71]; and Revelation, 29 Oct. 1831 [D&C 66:11].  


 These two things brethren, are in part kept back  that they are not plainly <shewn unto me. but there are some things that are plainly> manifest, that has  incured <th[e]> displeasure of displeasure the Almighty.  when I contemplate upon all things that have been [p. 71]
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