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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Hills,) and what can de done? We are in , , , , Van Buren, &c, and cannot hear from each other oftener than we do from you; I know it was right that we should be driven out of the land of Zion, that the rebellious might be sent away. But brethren, if the Lord will, I should like to know what the honest in heart shall do? Our clothes are worn out; we want the necessaries of life, and shall we lease, by buy, or otherwise obtain land where we are, to till that we may raise enough to eat? Such is the common language of the honest for they want to do the will of God. I am sensible that we shall not be able to live again in Zion, till God or the President rules out the mob.
The Governor is willing to restore us, but as the constitution gives him no power to guard us, when back, we are not willing to go. The mob swear, if we come we shall die! If from what has been done in Zion, we, or the most of us, have got to be persecuted from city to city, [HC 1:457] and from synagogue, we want to know it; for there are those among us that would rather earn eternal life on such conditions, than lose it: But we hope for better things; and shall wait patiently for the word of the Lord.
Our people fare very well, and when they are discreet little or no persecution is felt. The militia in the upper counties is in readiness at a moment’s warning, having been ordered out by the , to guard a court martial, and court of Enquiry, &c, but we cannot attend a court of enquiry, on account of the expence, till we are restored and protected!”
(signed.) “
16 December 1833 • Monday
I received the following;
Revelation, Given December 16th. 1833.——
1. Verily I say unto you, concerning your brethren who have been afflicted, and persecuted and cast out from the land of their , I the Lord have suffered the affliction to come [p. 398]
Hills,) and what can de done? We are in , , , , Van Buren, &c, and cannot hear from each other oftener than we do from you; I know it was right that we should be driven out of the land of Zion, that the rebellious might be sent away. But brethren, if the Lord will, I should like to know what the honest in heart shall do? Our clothes are worn out; we want the necessaries of life, and shall we lease, buy, or otherwise obtain land where we are, to till that we may raise enough to eat? Such is the common language of the honest for they want to do the will of God. I am sensible that we shall not be able to live again in Zion, till God or the President rules out the mob.
The Governor is willing to restore us, but as the constitution gives him no power to guard us, when back, we are not willing to go. The mob swear, if we come we shall die! If from what has been done in Zion, we, or the most of us, have got to be persecuted from city to city, [HC 1:457] and from synagogue, we want to know it; for there are those among us that would rather earn eternal life on such conditions, than lose it: But we hope for better things; and shall wait patiently for the word of the Lord.
Our people fare very well, and when they are discreet little or no persecution is felt. The militia in the upper counties is in readiness at a moment’s warning, having been ordered out by the , to guard a court martial, and court of Enquiry, &c, but we cannot attend a court of enquiry, on account of the expence, till we are restored and protected!”
(signed.) “
16 December 1833 • Monday
I received the following;
Revelation, Given December 16th. 1833.——
1. Verily I say unto you, concerning your brethren who have been afflicted, and persecuted and cast out from the land of their , I the Lord have suffered the affliction to come [p. 398]
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