History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​July 3​> the comforts of life; you have been subject to bonds, to imprisonment, to banishment, and many to death, “for the testimony of Jesus, and for the word of God,” Many of your brethren, with those whose souls are now beneath the altar, are crying for the vengeance of heaven to rest upon the heads of their devoted murderers, and saying “how long O Lord holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the Earth;” but it was said to them, that they should rest, yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also; and their brethren that should be killed, as they were should be fulfilled.” Dear brethren, we should remind you of this thing, and although you have had indignities, insults and injuries heaped upon you, till further [HC 3:393] suffering would seem to be no longer a virtue, we would say, be patient, dear brethren, for as saith the apostle, “ye have need of patience, that after being tried you may inherit the promise”. You have been tried in the furnace of affliction, the time to exercise patience is now come; and we shall reap brethren , in due time if we faint not.” Do not breathe vengeance upon your oppressors, but leave the case in the hands of God, “for vengeance is mine saith the Lord, and I will repay.” We would say to the Widow and the Orphan, to the destitute and to the diseased, who have been made so through persecution be patient you are not forgotten, the God of Jacob has his eye upon you, the heavens have been witness to your sufferings, and they are registered on high; angels have gazed upon the scene, and your tears, your groans, your sorrows, and anguish of heart, are had in remembrance before God; they have entered into the sympathies of that bosom, who is “touched with the feelings of our infirmities,” who was “tempted in all points, like unto you;” they have entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth; be patient then, until the words of God be fulfilled, and his designs accomplished and then shall he pour out his vengeance upon the devoted heads of your murderers, and then shall they know that he is God, and that you are his people. And we would say to all the Saints who have made a Covenant with the Lord by sacrifice, that inasmuch as you are faithful, you shall not lose your reward, although not numbered among those who were in the late difficulties in the West. We wish to stimulate all the brethren to faithfulness; you have been tried, you are now being tried, and those trials if you are not watchful, will corrode upon the mind, and produce unpleasant feelings; but recollect that now is the time of trial, soon the victory will be ours; now may be a day of lamentation, then will be a day of rejoicing; now may be a day of sorrow, but by and bye we shall see the Lord, our sorrow will be turned into joy, and our joy no man taketh from us. Be honest; be men of truth and integrity, let your word be your bond, be diligent, be prayerful; pray for, and with your families, train up your Children in the fear of the Lord, cultivate a meek, a quiet spirit, clothe the naked, feed the hungry, help the destitute, be merciful to the widow and orphan, be merciful to your brethren, and to all men; bear with one another’s infirmities, considering your own weakness; bring no railing accusation against your brethren, especially take care that you do not against the Authorities, [p. 958]
July 3 the comforts of life; you have been subject to bonds, to imprisonment, to banishment, and many to death, “for the testimony of Jesus, and for the word of God,” Many of your brethren, with those whose souls are now beneath the altar, are crying for the vengeance of heaven to rest upon the heads of their devoted murderers, and saying “how long O Lord holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the Earth;” but it was said to them, that they should rest, yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also; and their brethren that should be killed, as they were should be fulfilled.” Dear brethren, we should remind you of this thing, and although you have had indignities, insults and injuries heaped upon you, till further [HC 3:393] suffering would seem to be no longer a virtue, we would say, be patient, dear brethren, for as saith the apostle, “ye have need of patience, that after being tried you may inherit the promise”. You have been tried in the furnace of affliction, the time to exercise patience is now come; and we shall reap brethren , in due time if we faint not.” Do not breathe vengeance upon your oppressors, but leave the case in the hands of God, “for vengeance is mine saith the Lord, and I will repay.” We would say to the Widow and the Orphan, to the destitute and to the diseased, who have been made so through persecution be patient you are not forgotten, the God of Jacob has his eye upon you, the heavens have been witness to your sufferings, and they are registered on high; angels have gazed upon the scene, and your tears, your groans, your sorrows, and anguish of heart, are had in remembrance before God; they have entered into the sympathies of that bosom, who is “touched with the feelings of our infirmities,” who was “tempted in all points, like unto you;” they have entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth; be patient then, until the words of God be fulfilled, and his designs accomplished and then shall he pour out his vengeance upon the devoted heads of your murderers, and then shall they know that he is God, and that you are his people. And we would say to all the Saints who have made a Covenant with the Lord by sacrifice, that inasmuch as you are faithful, you shall not lose your reward, although not numbered among those who were in the late difficulties in the West. We wish to stimulate all the brethren to faithfulness; you have been tried, you are now being tried, and those trials if you are not watchful, will corrode upon the mind, and produce unpleasant feelings; but recollect that now is the time of trial, soon the victory will be ours; now may be a day of lamentation, then will be a day of rejoicing; now may be a day of sorrow, but by and bye we shall see the Lord, our sorrow will be turned into joy, and our joy no man taketh from us. Be honest; be men of truth and integrity, let your word be your bond, be diligent, be prayerful; pray for, and with your families, train up your Children in the fear of the Lord, cultivate a meek, a quiet spirit, clothe the naked, feed the hungry, help the destitute, be merciful to the widow and orphan, be merciful to your brethren, and to all men; bear with one another’s infirmities, considering your own weakness; bring no railing accusation against your brethren, especially take care that you do not against the Authorities, [p. 958]
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