Letter to the Saints Abroad, 24 May 1841

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The of the , anxious to promote the prosperity of said church, feel it their duty to call upon the saints who reside out of this , to make preparations to come in, without delay. This is important, and should be attended to by all who feel an interest in the prosperity of this the corner stone of . Here the must be raised, the University be built, and other edifices erected which are necessary for the great work of the last days; and which can only be done by a concentration of energy, and enterprise. Let it therefore be understood, that all the , excepting those in this , and in , Iowa, are discontinued, and the saints instructed to settle in this as soon as circumstances will permit.
City of , Hancock co., Ill.,
May 24th 1841. [p. 434]


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    In their 15 January 1841 proclamation, JS and his counselors in the First Presidency encouraged the Saints to gather to Nauvoo and quoted from Psalm 50, which instructs, “Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.” The importance of gathering to the Nauvoo area was further emphasized by the First Presidency in a report delivered during the April 1841 general conference. The First Presidency expected that “thousands of Israel” would soon flock to the Nauvoo area. (Proclamation, 15 Jan. 1841; Psalm 50:5; Report of the First Presidency to the Church, ca. 7 Apr. 1841; see also Minutes and Discourse, 6–8 Apr. 1840.)  

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    A revelation JS dictated on 19 January 1841 called Nauvoo the “corner stone of Zion.” (Revelation, 19 Jan. 1841 [D&C 124:2, 23, 60]; see also Minutes and Discourses, 5–7 Oct. 1839.)  

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    For more information on the Nauvoo temple, the university of Nauvoo, and other building projects in the city—especially the Nauvoo House—see Minutes, 3 Feb. 1841; Benediction, 6 Apr. 1841; Minutes, 7–11 Apr. 1841; and Agreement with William Law, 26 Apr. 1841.