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John Whitmer, History, 1831–circa 1847

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Aug. 31, 1835.
The Presidency of and say that the Lord has manifested by revelation of his spirit: that the high preeist, teachers, Priests and deacons, or in other words all the officers in the land of Mo. belonging to the church are more or less in transgression, because they have not enjoyed the Spirit of God sufficiently to be able to comprehend their duties respecting themselves, and the welfare of Zion. Thereby having been left to act, in a manner that is detrimental to the interest, and also a hindrance, to the redemption of Zion.
Now if they will be wise, they will humble themselves in a peculiar manner that God may open the eyes of their understanding, It will be clearly manifest that the design and purposes of the Almighty; are with regard to them and the children of Zion: that they should let the high counsel which is appointed of God, and ordained for that purpose, <​make and​> regulate all the affairs of Zion: and that it is the will of God, that her children should stand still, and see the salvation of her redemption; and the officers of the church should go forth, inasmuch as they can leave their families in comfortable circumstances; and gather up the saints, even the strength of the Lords house. And those who cannot go forth consistently with the will of God their circumstances prevnting them; remain in deep humility: and in as much [as], th[e]y do any thing [p. 77]
Aug. 31, 1835.
The Presidency of and say that the Lord has manifested by revelation of his spirit: that the high preeist, teachers, Priests and deacons, or in other words all the officers in the land of Mo. belonging to the church are more or less in transgression, because they have not enjoyed the Spirit of God sufficiently to be able to comprehend their duties respecting themselves, and the welfare of Zion. Thereby having been left to act, in a manner that is detrimental to the interest, and also a hindrance, to the redemption of Zion.
Now if they will be wise, they will humble themselves in a peculiar manner that God may open the eyes of their understanding, It will be clearly manifest that the design and purposes of the Almighty; are with regard to them and the children of Zion: that they should let the high counsel which is appointed of God, and ordained for that purpose, make and regulate all the affairs of Zion: and that it is the will of God, that her children should stand still, and see the salvation of her redemption; and the officers of the church should go forth, inasmuch as they can leave their families in comfortable circumstances; and gather up the saints, even the strength of the Lords house. And those who cannot go forth consistently with the will of God their circumstances prevnting them; remain in deep humility: and in as much as, they do any thing [p. 77]
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