Letter to Edward Partridge and the Church, circa 22 March 1839

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and when it has withdrawn Amen to the or the  authority of that man behold ere he is aware he is left unto  himself to kicken against the pricks to persecute the saints  and to fight against God. We have learned by sad experiance  that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men as  soon as they get a little authority as they suppose they will  imediately begin to [e]xercise unritious dominion. hence ma [n]y [are] called but few are ch[osen. No power or in]f[luence]  can or ought to be maintained by <[vi]rt[ue]> of the Priesthood only by  persuasion by long suffering by gentleness and meekness  and by love unfaigned by kindness by pure knowledge which  shall greatly enlarge the soul without hypocrisy and with out guile reproving be-times with sharpness when moved  upon by the Holy Ghost and then showing forth afterwor ds an increas of love toward him whom thou hast reproved  lest he esteem the[e] to be his enimy that he may know that  thy faithfulness is stronger than the cords of death thy bowel ls also being full of charity towards all men and to the  household of faith and virtue garnish thy thoughts unceas ingly then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presants  of God, and the doctrins of the Priesthood shall destill upon thy  soul as the dews from heaven the Holy Ghost shall be thy  constant companion and thy septer an unchanging septer of  ritiousness and truth and thy dominion shall be an everlas ting dominion and without compulsory means it shall flow  [un]to thee for ever and ever. The ends of the Earth shall  [enq]uire after thy na[me] and fools shall have thee in deri[s] ion and hell shall rage against thee while the pure in heart  and the wise and the noble and the virtious shall seek  council counsel and authority and blessings constantly from under  thy hand and thy people shall never be turned against  thee by the testimony of traitors and although their influen ance shall cast the[e] into trouble and into bars and walls  thou shalt be had in honor and but for a small moment  and thy voice shall be more terable in the midst of thine ene mies than the fierce Lion because of thy ritiousness and [p. 3]
and when it has withdrawn Amen to the or the authority of that man behold ere he is aware he is left unto himself to kicken against the pricks to persecute the saints and to fight against God. We have learned by sad experiance that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men as soon as they get a little authority as they suppose they will imediately begin to exercise unritious dominion. hence many are called but few are chosen. No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the Priesthood only by persuasion by long suffering by gentleness and meekness and by love unfaigned by kindness by pure knowledge which shall greatly enlarge the soul without hypocrisy and without guile reproving be-times with sharpness when moved upon by the Holy Ghost and then showing forth afterwords an increas of love toward him whom thou hast reproved lest he esteem thee to be his enimy that he may know that thy faithfulness is stronger than the cords of death thy bowells also being full of charity towards all men and to the household of faith and virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presants of God, and the doctrins of the Priesthood shall destill upon thy soul as the dews from heaven the Holy Ghost shall be thy constant companion and thy septer an unchanging septer of ritiousness and truth and thy dominion shall be an everlasting dominion and without compulsory means it shall flow unto thee for ever and ever. The ends of the Earth shall enquire after thy name and fools shall have thee in derision and hell shall rage against thee while the pure in heart and the wise and the noble and the virtious shall seek counsel and authority and blessings constantly from under thy hand and thy people shall never be turned against thee by the testimony of traitors and although their influenance shall cast thee into trouble and into bars and walls thou shalt be had in honor and but for a small moment and thy voice shall be more terable in the midst of thine enemies than the fierce Lion because of thy ritiousness and [p. 3]
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