History, 1838–1856, volume B-1 [1 September 1834–2 November 1838]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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than described, let it suffice that I say that the very flood gates of my <​November 16 Joseph’s Letter continued.​> heart were broken up: I could not refrain from weeping. I thank God that he it has entered into your heart, to try to return to the Lord, and to this people; if it so be, that he will have mercy upon you. I have enquired of the Lord concerning your case, these words came to me:
<​Revelation.​> Verily thus saith the Lord unto you: Let him who was my servant , return unto me; and unto the bosom of my church, and forsake all the sins wherewith he has offended against me, and pursue from henceforth a virtuous and upright life, and remain under the direction of those whom I have appointed to be pallars [pillars], and heads of my church; and behold, saith the Lord, your God; his sins shall be forgiven blotted out from under Heaven, and shall be forgotten from among men, and shall not come up in mine ears, nor be recorded as a memorial against him, but I will lift him up as out of deep mire, and he shall be exalted upon the high places, and shall be counted worthy to stand among princes, and shall yet be made a polished shaft in my quiver of bringing down the strong holds of wickedness, among those who set themselves up on high, that they may take counsel against me, and against anointed ones in the last days:
Therefore, let him prepare himself speedily and come unto you; even to , and inasmuch as he shall hearken unto all your council from henceforth, he shall be restored unto his former state, and shall be saved even unto the uttermost, even as the Lord your God liveth. Amen.
Thus you see, my Dear Brother, the willingness of our heavenly Father to forgive sins, and restore to favor all those who are willing to humble themselves before him, and confess their sins, and forsake them, and return to him with full purpose of heart, (acting no hypocricy) to serve him to the end.——
Marvel not that the Lord has condescended to speak from the heavens, and give you instructions whereby you may learn your duty; he has heard your prayers and witnessed your humility; and holds forth the hand of paternal affection, for your return; the angels rejoice over you, while the Saints are willing to receive you again into fellowship.
I hope, on the receipt of this, you will lose no time in coming to : for if you get here in season you will have the privilege of attending the school of the prophets, which has already commenced, and, also receive instruction in doctrine, and principle from those whom God has appointed, whereby you may be qualified to go forth, and de[HC 2:315]clare the true doctrines of the kingdom according to the mind and will of God; and when you come to , it will be explained to you why God has condescended, to give you a Revelation according to your request. Please give my respects to your family, and be assured I am yours in the bonds of the New and Everlasting covenant. Joseph Smith Jn— [p. 653]
than described, let it suffice that I say that the very flood gates of my November 16 Joseph’s Letter continued. heart were broken up: I could not refrain from weeping. I thank God that it has entered into your heart, to try to return to the Lord, and to this people; if it so be, that he will have mercy upon you. I have enquired of the Lord concerning your case, these words came to me:
Revelation. Verily thus saith the Lord unto you: Let him who was my servant , return unto me; and unto the bosom of my church, and forsake all the sins wherewith he has offended against me, and pursue from henceforth a virtuous and upright life, and remain under the direction of those whom I have appointed to be pallars [pillars], and heads of my church; and behold, saith the Lord, your God; his sins shall be blotted out from under Heaven, and shall be forgotten from among men, and shall not come up in mine ears, nor be recorded as a memorial against him, but I will lift him up as out of deep mire, and he shall be exalted upon the high places, and shall be counted worthy to stand among princes, and shall yet be made a polished shaft in my quiver of bringing down the strong holds of wickedness, among those who set themselves up on high, that they may take counsel against me, and against anointed ones in the last days:
Therefore, let him prepare himself speedily and come unto you; even to , and inasmuch as he shall hearken unto all your council from henceforth, he shall be restored unto his former state, and shall be saved unto the uttermost, even as the Lord your God liveth. Amen.
Thus you see, my Dear Brother, the willingness of our heavenly Father to forgive sins, and restore to favor all those who are willing to humble themselves before him, and confess their sins, and forsake them, and return to him with full purpose of heart, (acting no hypocricy) to serve him to the end.——
Marvel not that the Lord has condescended to speak from the heavens, and give you instructions whereby you may learn your duty; he has heard your prayers and witnessed your humility; and holds forth the hand of paternal affection, for your return; the angels rejoice over you, while the Saints are willing to receive you again into fellowship.
I hope, on the receipt of this, you will lose no time in coming to : for if you get here in season you will have the privilege of attending the school of the prophets, which has already commenced, and, also receive instruction in doctrine, and principle from those whom God has appointed, whereby you may be qualified to go forth, and de[HC 2:315]clare the true doctrines of the kingdom according to the mind and will of God; and when you come to , it will be explained to you why God has condescended, to give you a Revelation according to your request. Please give my respects to your family, and be assured I am yours in the bonds of the New and Everlasting covenant. Joseph Smith Jn— [p. 653]
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