Letter to the Saints Abroad, 24 May 1841

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TO THE SAINTS ABROAD.
The First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, anxious to promote the prosperity of said church, feel it their duty to call upon the saints who reside out of this , to make preparations to come in, without delay. This is important, and should be attended to by all who feel an interest in the prosperity of this the corner stone of Zion. Here the must be raised, the University be built, and other edifices erected which are necessary for the great work of the last days; and which can only be done by a concentration of energy, and enterprise. Let it therefore be understood, that all the stakes, excepting those in this , and in , Iowa, are discontinued, and the saints instructed to settle in this as soon as circumstances will permit.
JOSEPH SMITH.
City of , Hancock co., Ill.,
May 24th 1841. [p. 434]