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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​January 15​> the Lord hath spoken and called the Earth from the rising of the Sun unto the going down thereof— Out of Zion the perfection of beauty, God hath shined. Our God shall come and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him and it shall be very tempestuous round about him. He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, (that he may judge his people.) Gather my Saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by Sacrifice.” We might offer many other quotations from the Scriptures, but believing them to be familiar to the Saints we forbear. We would wish the Saints to understand, that, when they come here, they must not expect to find perfection, or that all will be harmony, peace and love; if they indulge these ideas, they will undoubtedly be deceived, for here there are persons, not only from different States, but from different nations, who although they feel a great attachment to the cause of truth, have their prejudices of education, and consequently it requires some time before these things can be overcome: again there [HC 4:272] are many that creep in unawares, amd endeavor to sow discord, strife and animosity, in out midst, and by so doing bring evil upon the Saints; these things we have to bear with, and these things will prevail, either to a greater or lesser extent until “the floor be thoroughly purged” and “the chaff be burnt up.” Therefore let those who come up to this place, be determined to keep the commandments of God, and not be discouraged by those things we have enumerated, and then they will be prospered, the intelligence of heaven will be communicated to them, and they will eventually see eye to eye, and rejoice in the full fruition of that glory, which is reserved for the righteous. In order to erect the of the Lord, great exertions will be required on the part of the Saints, so that they may build a house which shall be accepted of by the Almighty, and in which his power and glory shall be manifested. Therefore let those who can, freely make a sacrifice of their time, their talents, and their property, for the prosperity of the kingdom, and for the love they have to the cause of truth, bid adieu to their homes and pleasant places of abode, and unite with us in the great work of the last days, and share in the tribulation, that they may ultimately share in the glory and triumph. We wish it, likewise, to be distinctly understood that we claim no privilege but what we feel cheerfully disposed to share with our fellow Citizens of every denomination, and every sentiment of religion; and therefore say, that, so far from being restricted to our own faith, let all those who desire to locate themselves in this place, or the vicinity, come, and we will hail them as Citizens and friends, and shall feel it not only a duty, but a privilege, to reciprocate the kindness we have received from the benevolent and kind hearted Citizens of the State of .
Joseph Smith,
.
,
Presidents of the Church.”
, January 15. 1841. [HC 4:273] [p. 1148]
January 15 the Lord hath spoken and called the Earth from the rising of the Sun unto the going down thereof— Out of Zion the perfection of beauty, God hath shined. Our God shall come and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him and it shall be very tempestuous round about him. He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, (that he may judge his people.) Gather my Saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by Sacrifice.” We might offer many other quotations from the Scriptures, but believing them to be familiar to the Saints we forbear. We would wish the Saints to understand, that, when they come here, they must not expect to find perfection, or that all will be harmony, peace and love; if they indulge these ideas, they will undoubtedly be deceived, for here there are persons, not only from different States, but from different nations, who although they feel a great attachment to the cause of truth, have their prejudices of education, and consequently it requires some time before these things can be overcome: again there [HC 4:272] are many that creep in unawares, amd endeavor to sow discord, strife and animosity, in out midst, and by so doing bring evil upon the Saints; these things we have to bear with, and these things will prevail, either to a greater or lesser extent until “the floor be thoroughly purged” and “the chaff be burnt up.” Therefore let those who come up to this place, be determined to keep the commandments of God, and not be discouraged by those things we have enumerated, and then they will be prospered, the intelligence of heaven will be communicated to them, and they will eventually see eye to eye, and rejoice in the full fruition of that glory, which is reserved for the righteous. In order to erect the of the Lord, great exertions will be required on the part of the Saints, so that they may build a house which shall be accepted of by the Almighty, and in which his power and glory shall be manifested. Therefore let those who can, freely make a sacrifice of their time, their talents, and their property, for the prosperity of the kingdom, and for the love they have to the cause of truth, bid adieu to their homes and pleasant places of abode, and unite with us in the great work of the last days, and share in the tribulation, that they may ultimately share in the glory and triumph. We wish it, likewise, to be distinctly understood that we claim no privilege but what we feel cheerfully disposed to share with our fellow Citizens of every denomination, and every sentiment of religion; and therefore say, that, so far from being restricted to our own faith, let all those who desire to locate themselves in this place, or the vicinity, come, and we will hail them as Citizens and friends, and shall feel it not only a duty, but a privilege, to reciprocate the kindness we have received from the benevolent and kind hearted Citizens of the State of .
Joseph Smith,
.
,
Presidents of the Church.”
, January 15. 1841. [HC 4:273] [p. 1148]
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