History, 1838–1856, volume B-1 [1 September 1834–2 November 1838]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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at the hand of our beloved brethren Joseph Smith Junior, and ; (men who have not thought their lives dear unto them in order that the cause of God might be— established.) Presidents, whom God has appointed to preside over the whole Church, and the persons to whom this work b[e]longs that they should go forth, and lay off other stakes of Zion or places of gathering, so that the poor may have a place of refuge, or places of refuge, in the day of tribulation which is coming swiftly on the earth. All these things will be attended with expence. Feeling ourselves under great responsibility by virtue of our office and calling in the Church of God, we present this our memorial to all the saints, making a solemn appeal to the feelings benevolence, and philanthropry of all the saints into whose hands this our memorial comes, in faith and confidence, that this appeal will not be in vain made in vain. It is the fixed purpose of our God, and has been so from the beginning as appears by the testimony of the Ancient prophets, that the great work of the last days was to be accomplished by the tithing of his saints. The saints were required to bring their tithes into the store house and after that, not before, they were to look for a blessing that there should not be room enough to receive it see Malachi 3rd. Chapter 10 verse.
Our appeal then to the Saints is founded on the best of testimony, that which no will feel to gainsay, but rejoice to obey. The saints of God will rejoice in all that the Lord does, and in doing all that the Lord requires. The sacrifice of righteousness which the Lord requires will be offered with a willing heart, and ready mind, and with great joy, because they are counted worthy to offer up sacrifice for his name. In making this appeal to the benevolence of the saints of God, we do not only take into consideration the situation of the poor, the embarrassments of the stake of ; but also their own interests; for every saint has an equal interest in building up of the Zion of our God; for it is after the Lord has built up Zion, that he will appear in his Glory— Psalms— 102:16. We all look for the appearing of the great God, and our Savior Jesus Christ but we shall look in vain, until Zion is built; for Zion is to be the dwelling place of our God when he comes Joel 3:21. Any one who will read this Chapter with attention will see that it treats of the last days, and of the Zion of the last days. How then is the Lord to dwell in Zion, if Zion is not built up & this question we leave the Saints to answer.— The salvation of the Saints one and all depends on the building up of Zion; for without this there is no salvation; for deliverance in the last days is found in Zion, and in Jerusalem, and in the remnant whom the Lord our God shall call, or in other words, in the stakes which he shall appoint— Joel 2:32. It is in Zion where the Lord is to create upon every dwelling place and upon her assemblies, a cloud and a smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night It is upon the glory of Zion, that their will be a defence It is in Zion that there shall be a Tabernacle for a shadow in the day time from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a Covert from the Storm and from rain Isaiah 4:5, 6. It is upon the walls of Zion, where the watchman shall see [p. 8 [addenda]]
at the hand of our beloved brethren Joseph Smith Junior, and ; (men who have not thought their lives dear unto them in order that the cause of God might be— established.) Presidents, whom God has appointed to preside over the whole Church, and the persons to whom this work belongs that they should go forth, and lay off other stakes of Zion or places of gathering, so that the poor may have a place of refuge, or places of refuge, in the day of tribulation which is coming swiftly on the earth. All these things will be attended with expence. Feeling ourselves under great responsibility by virtue of our office and calling in the Church of God, we present this our memorial to all the saints, making a solemn appeal to the feelings benevolence, and philanthropry of all the saints into whose hands this our memorial comes, in faith and confidence, that this appeal will not be made in vain. It is the fixed purpose of our God, and has been so from the beginning as appears by the testimony of the Ancient prophets, that the great work of the last days was to be accomplished by the tithing of his saints. The saints were required to bring their tithes into the store house and after that, not before, they were to look for a blessing that there should not be room enough to receive it see Malachi 3rd. Chapter 10 verse.
Our appeal then to the Saints is founded on the best of testimony, that which no will feel to gainsay, but rejoice to obey. The saints of God will rejoice in all that the Lord does, and in doing all that the Lord requires. The sacrifice of righteousness which the Lord requires will be offered with a willing heart, and ready mind, and with great joy, because they are counted worthy to offer up sacrifice for his name. In making this appeal to the benevolence of the saints of God, we do not only take into consideration the situation of the poor, the embarrassments of the stake of ; but also their own interests; for every saint has an equal interest in building up of the Zion of our God; for it is after the Lord has built up Zion, that he will appear in his Glory— Psalms— 102:16. We all look for the appearing of the great God, and our Savior Jesus Christ but we shall look in vain, until Zion is built; for Zion is to be the dwelling place of our God when he comes Joel 3:21. Any one who will read this Chapter with attention will see that it treats of the last days, and of the Zion of the last days. How then is the Lord to dwell in Zion, if Zion is not built up & this question we leave the Saints to answer.— The salvation of the Saints one and all depends on the building up of Zion; for without this there is no salvation; for deliverance in the last days is found in Zion, and in Jerusalem, and in the remnant whom the Lord our God shall call, or in other words, in the stakes which he shall appoint— Joel 2:32. It is in Zion where the Lord is to create upon every dwelling place and upon her assemblies, a cloud and a smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night It is upon the glory of Zion, that their will be a defence It is in Zion that there shall be a Tabernacle for a shadow in the day time from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a Covert from Storm and from rain Isaiah 4:5, 6. It is upon the walls of Zion, where the watchman shall see [p. 8 [addenda]]
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