History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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and driven from you, it will ripen Zion for the  threatened judgments of God. Remember God sees  the secret springs of human action, and knows the  hearts of all living.
Brother suffer us to speak plainly, for God has  respect to the feelings of his saints, and he will not  suffer them to be tantalized with impunity. Tell  Br G….t that low insinuations, God hates; but he rejoices  in an honest heart, and knows better who is guilty than he  does. We send him this warning voice, and let him fear  greatly for himself, lest a worse thing overtake him,  All we can say by way of conclusion, is, if the fountain  of our tears are not dried up, we will still weep for  Zion. This from your brother who trembles for Zion, and  for the wrath of heaven, which awaits her if she  repent not.
P.S. I am not in the habit of crying peace, when  there is no peace, and knowing the threatened judgments  of God, I say wo unto them who are at ease in Zion;  fearfulness will speedily lay hold of the hypocrite. I did  not expect you had lost <the> commandments, but  thought from your letters you had neglected to read  them, otherwise you would not have written as you  did. It is in vain to try to hide a bad spirit from  the eyes of them who are spiritual, for it will shew  itself in speaking, and in writing, as well as all our  other conduct. It is also needless to make great pre tensions when the heart is not right, before God the Lord  will expose it to the view of his faithful saints. We  wish you to render the star as interesting as possible,  by setting forth the use, progress, and faith of the church,  as well as the doctrine, for if you do not render it  more interesting, than at present, it will fall, and  the suffer a great loss thereby… Joseph Smith Jn
14 January 1833 • Monday
, Geauga County, Ohio. January 14, 1833.
From a of Twelve , to the ,  his and the inhabitants of Zion.
and being appointed  by the said conference, to write this epistle in obedience to [p. 264]
and driven from you, it will ripen Zion for the threatened judgments of God. Remember God sees the secret springs of human action, and knows the hearts of all living.
Brother suffer us to speak plainly, for God has respect to the feelings of his saints, and he will not suffer them to be tantalized with impunity. Tell Br G….t that low insinuations, God hates; but he rejoices in an honest heart, and knows better who is guilty than he does. We send him this warning voice, and let him fear greatly for himself, lest a worse thing overtake him, All we can say by way of conclusion, is, if the fountain of our tears are not dried up, we will still weep for Zion. This from your brother who trembles for Zion, and for the wrath of heaven, which awaits her if she repent not.
P.S. I am not in the habit of crying peace, when there is no peace, and knowing the threatened judgments of God, I say wo unto them who are at ease in Zion; fearfulness will speedily lay hold of the hypocrite. I did not expect you had lost the commandments, but thought from your letters you had neglected to read them, otherwise you would not have written as you did. It is in vain to try to hide a bad spirit from the eyes of them who are spiritual, for it will shew itself in speaking, and in writing, as well as all our other conduct. It is also needless to make great pretensions when the heart is not right, the Lord will expose it to the view of his faithful saints. We wish you to render the star as interesting as possible, by setting forth the use, progress, and faith of the church, as well as the doctrine, for if you do not render it more interesting, than at present, it will fall, and the suffer a great loss thereby… Joseph Smith Jn
14 January 1833 • Monday
, Geauga County, Ohio. January 14, 1833.
From a of Twelve , to the , his and the inhabitants of Zion.
and being appointed by the said conference, to write this epistle in obedience to [p. 264]
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