Authorization for Oliver Granger, 13 May 1839

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  • Historical Introduction

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Ill, 13th May 1839
Joseph Smith Jr, , and ; of the ; do hereby certify And solemnly declare unto all the Saints scattered abroad, And send unto them greeting. That we have always found to be a man of the most strict integrity and moral virtue, and in fine to be a man of God. We have had long experience and acquaintance with , we have entrusted vast business concerns to him which have been managed skilfully to the support of our Characters and interest, as well as that [p. 45] of the , And he is now authorized by a general to go forth and engage in vast business and important concerns as an for the Church, that he may fill a station of usefulness in obedience to the commandments of God, which was given unto him July 8th 1838— which says, “Let him (meaning ) Contend earnestly for the redemption of the of my Church saith the Lord.”
We earnestly solicit the Saints scattered abroad to strengthen his hands with all their might, and to put such means into his hands as shall enable him to accomplish his lawful designs And purposes, according to the , and according to the instructions which he shall give unto them. And that they intrust him with moneys, lands, chattles And goods, to assist him in this work, And it shall redound greatly to the interest and welfare, peace and satisfaction of my Saints Saith the Lord God. For this is an honorable agency which I have appointed unto him Saith the Lord; And again Verily thus saith the Lord, I will lift up my servant , And beget for him a great name on the earth and among my people, because of the integrity of his soul; therefore let all my Saints abound unto him with all liberality and long suffering, and it shall be a blessing on their heads.
We would say unto the Saints abroad, Let our hearts abound with grateful acknowledgements unto God our Heavenly Father, who hath called us unto his holy calling, by the revelation of Jesus Christ in these last days, and has so mercifully stood by us, And delivered us out of the seventh trouble which happened unto us in the State of .
May God reward our enemies according to their works. We request the prayers of all the Saints. Subscribing ourselves, their humble brethren in tribulation in the bonds of the everlasting Gospel.
Joseph Smith Jr
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  1. 1

    See James 1:1.  

  2. 2

    See Historical Introduction to Letter of Introduction from John Howden, 27 Oct. 1838.  

  3. 3

    See Minutes, 4–5 May 1839.  

  4. 4

    Revelation, 8 July 1838–E [D&C 117:12–13].  

  5. 5

    See Nehemiah 6:9; and Job 4:3.  

  6. 6

    See Genesis 12:2; and 1 Chronicles 17:8. An 8 July 1838 revelation included a similar promise to Granger. (See Revelation, 8 July 1838–E [D&C 117:12].)  

  7. 7

    See 2 Corinthians 8:2.  

  8. 8

    See Proverbs 10:6.  

  9. 9

    See 2 Timothy 1:9; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 259 [Alma 13:5].  

  10. 10

    See Galatians 1:12; 1 Peter 1:13; and Revelation 1:1.  

  11. 11

    See Job 5:19. The authorization may be referencing the general exodus of church members from Missouri or the recent escape of JS and others from incarceration and their safe arrival in Illinois. For more information on these events, see Introduction to Part 3: 4 Nov. 1838–16 Apr. 1839.  

  12. 12

    See Matthew 16:27; and 2 Timothy 4:14.  

  13. 13

    See Revelation 1:9.  

  14. 14

    See Philemon 1:13; and Revelation 14:6.