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

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come to this place, & in a few weeks, or months, they have found themselves new husbands, and they are living in adultery; and we are obliged to cut them off from the . I presume. There are men also that are guilty of the same crime, as we are credibly informed. We are knowing to their having taken wives here and are credibly informed that they have wives in . There is another evil which does exist There are poor men who come here and leave their families behind in a destitute situation, and beg for assistan[c]e to send back after the[i]r families. Every man should tarry with his family untill Providence provides for the whole, for there is no means here to be obtained to send back. Money is scarce and hard to be obtained. The people that to this place are generally poor, the gathering being attended with a great sacrifice; and money cannot be obtained by labor; but all kinds of produce is plentiful, and can be obtained by labor. Therefore, the poor man that leaves his family in , cannot get means—which must be silver and Gold—to send for his family, but must remain under the painful sensation, that his family must be cast upon the mercy of the people and separated and put into the Poorhouse. Therefore, to remedy the evil, we forbid a man’s leaving his family behind, because he has no means to bring them. If the Church is not able to bring them, and the Parrish will not send them let the man tarry with his family—live with them—and die with them, and not leave them untill providence [s]hall open a way for the[m] to all come together, and we also forbid that a woman shall leave her husband, because he is an unbeliever. We also forbid that a man shall leave his wife, because she is an unbeliever. If he is a bad man (i.e. the unbeliever) there is a law to remedy that evil. and if she is a bad woman, there is a law to remedy that evil: [p. [2]]
come to this place, & in a few weeks, or months, they have found themselves new husbands, and they are living in adultery; and we are obliged to cut them off from the . There are men also that are guilty of the same crime, as we are credibly informed. We are knowing to their having taken wives here and are credibly informed that they have wives in . There is another evil which does exist There are poor men who come here and leave their families behind in a destitute situation, and beg for assistance to send back after their families. Every man should tarry with his family untill Providence provides for the whole, for there is no means here to be obtained to send back. Money is scarce and hard to be obtained. The people that to this place are generally poor, the gathering being attended with a great sacrifice; and money cannot be obtained by labor; but all kinds of produce is plentiful, and can be obtained by labor. Therefore, the poor man that leaves his family in , cannot get means—which must be silver and Gold—to send for his family, but must remain under the painful sensation, that his family must be cast upon the mercy of the people and separated and put into the Poorhouse. Therefore, to remedy the evil, we forbid a man’s leaving his family behind, because he has no means to bring them. If the Church is not able to bring them, and the Parrish will not send them let the man tarry with his family—live with them—and die with them, and not leave them untill providence shall open a way for them to all come together, and we also forbid that a woman shall leave her husband, because he is an unbeliever. We also forbid that a man shall leave his wife, because she is an unbeliever. If he is a bad man (i.e. the unbeliever) there is a law to remedy that evil. and if she is a bad woman, there is a law to remedy that evil: [p. [2]]
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