Letter to Parley P. Pratt and Others, 12 June 1842

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June 12th. 1842.
To our well-beloved <​brother​> , and to the Elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in and scattered abroad throughout all Europe, and to the saints, Greeting, Whereas in times past, persons have been permitted to gather with the Saints with at in ; such as husbands leaving their wives and children behind; also, such as wives leaving their husbands and children behind; and such as women leaving their husbands, and such as husbands leaving their wives who have no children, and some because their companions are unbelievers, All this kind of proceedings we consider [to] be an error and for the want of proper information and the same should be taught to all the Saints; and not suffer families to be broken up on no account whatever, if it is possible to avoid it. Suffer no man to leave his wife because she is an unbeliever; nor no woman to leave her husband, because he is an unbeliever. These things are an evil, and must be forbidden by the authorities of the church, or they will come under condemnation; for the gathering is not in haste, nor by flight; but to prepare all things before you, and you know not but the unbeliever may be converted, and the Lord heal him: but let the believers exercise faith in God, and the unbelieving husband, shall be sanctified by the believing wife; and the unbelieving wife, by the believing husband; and families are preserved, and saved from a great evil; which we have seen verified before our eyes. Behold this is a wicked generation, full of lyings, and deceit, and craftiness. and the children of [t]he wicked are wiser than the children of light, <​i.e. they are more crafty​> and it seems that it has been the case in all ages of the world, and the man, when he leaves his wife and travels to a foreign nation; while on his way, darkness overpowers his mind, and Satan deceives him, and flatters him with the graces of the harlot; and before he is aware he is disgraced forever: and greater is the danger, for the woman that leaves her husband. And their are several instances where women have left their husbands, and [p. [1]]
June 12th. 1842.
To our well-beloved brother , and to the Elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in and scattered abroad throughout all Europe, and to the saints, Greeting, Whereas in times past, persons have been permitted to gather with the Saints at in ; such as husbands leaving their wives and children behind; also, such as wives leaving their husbands and children behind; and such as women leaving their husbands, and such as husbands leaving their wives who have no children, and some because their companions are unbelievers, All this kind of proceedings we consider [to] be an error and for the want of proper information and the same should be taught to all the Saints; and not suffer families to be broken up on no account whatever, if it is possible to avoid it. Suffer no man to leave his wife because she is an unbeliever; nor no woman to leave her husband, because he is an unbeliever. These things are an evil, and must be forbidden by the authorities of the church, or they will come under condemnation; for the gathering is not in haste, nor by flight; but to prepare all things before you, and you know not but the unbeliever may be converted, and the Lord heal him: but let the believers exercise faith in God, and the unbelieving husband, shall be sanctified by the believing wife; and the unbelieving wife, by the believing husband; and families are preserved, and saved from a great evil; which we have seen verified before our eyes. Behold this is a wicked generation, full of lyings, and deceit, and craftiness. and the children of [t]he wicked are wiser than the children of light, i.e. they are more crafty and it seems that it has been the case in all ages of the world, and the man, when he leaves his wife and travels to a foreign nation; while on his way, darkness overpowers his mind, and Satan deceives him, and flatters him with the graces of the harlot; and before he is aware he is disgraced forever: and greater is the danger, for the woman that leaves her husband. And their are several instances where women have left their husbands, and [p. [1]]
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