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drawn their subscription, and these two men, claiming this two thousand dollars as their subscription, choose to withdraw it, and put it into their own pockets. A small part of which, has been already paid to .
The Council, not feeling willing that the church should be defrauded out of two thousand dollars of her public funds, and also knowing that the church in general, as well as themselves, had become dissatisfied with their conduct, as christians, in many things, appointed a committee to labor with them; after which, they called the whole church in Zion together, who almost unanimously voted them out of their presidential office.
Not long after this, the council saw cause to appoint a second committee, to wait on these men, who still persisted in their opposition to the interests of the church. After which, charges were preferred against them before the Council, which were substantiated, and they were excommunicated.
Also, the church has had much sorrow during the past winter, on account of the unfaithfulness of , , and , and in consequence of this, and their opposition to our beloved brother Joseph Smith jr. and the best interest of the church of Jesus Christ, and for persisting in the same, a number of charges have been substantiated against them, before the Council and of the church, and they have also been excluded from fellowship. “How has the gold become dim, the most fine gold changed!!!”
But I must drop this subtect for want of room. Suffice it to say, brethren Joseph Smith Jr. and are now with us, the church now flourishes, and the Saints rejoice, and the internal enemies of the church. are down. You will see by the above prospectus, that your anxious desires for the Journal are about to be granted.
May the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, bless you, and keep you unto his coming and Kingdom. Amen.
My love to all the Saints in those regions.
Yours in the love of God.
P. S. Since Br. Joseph came to this place, we have been favored with a lengthy revelation, in which many important items are shown forth. First, that the church shall hereafter be called “the Church of Jesus Christ, of Latter Day Saints” Second, it says. “Let the City be a holy and consecrated land unto me, and it shall be called most holy, for the ground upon which thou standests is holy:— Therefore, I command you to build an unto me, for the gathering together of my Saints, that they may worship me.” It also teaches, that the foundation or corner stone must be laid on tho [the] 4th day of July next, and that a commencement must be made in this following season, and in one year from the 26th of April last, the foundation must be again commenced, and from that time, to continue the work until it is finished. Thus we see that the Lord is more wise than men, for and thought to commence it long before this, but it was not the Lord’s time, therefore, he overthrew it, and has appointed his own time. The plan is yet to be shown to the first presidency; and all the Saints, in all the world, are commanded to assist in building the .
, May, 1838.
To the Elders abroad:
1st. The respect and duty which I owe to my Heavenly Father, to the church of Latter Day Saints, and to the Elders who are abroad in the earth, induces me, to drop a few encouraging hints, unto you my beloved fellow laborers in the kingdom which God has set up in these last days.
2nd. Brethren I am aware of your thirst, for the gathering of that long dispersed people, who are of the house of Israel. I am aware of your toils, and fatigues, in traveling from city to city; from state to state; from kingdom to king[d]om; and from Island to Island, to declare the gospel in its purity, unto the inhabitants of this generation.— Declaring unto them in plain terms, that God has again spoken from the heavens by the voice of revelation, that the hour of his Judgment is nigh at hand, and that God hath decreed that wars, famine, and pestilence, will soon cover the land; that Babylon must fall, and great must be the fall thereof. Declaring plainly unto the honest in [p. 38]