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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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opposed you in this move. We fear there was something in , when he returned to this place, from , last fall, in relation to his , that was not right; for was asked two or three times, about his , but gave evasive answers, and, at the same time, he knew that was in : but the Lord has taken him. We merely mention this, that all may take warning to work in the light, for God will bring every secret thing to light.
We now close our Epistle, by saying unto you the Lord has us to purify ourselves, to wash our hands and our feet, that he may testify to his Father and our Father; to his God and our God, that we are clean from the blood of this generation; and before we could wash our hands and our feet, we were constrained to write this letter. Therefore, with feelings of inexpressible anxiety for your welfare, we say again Repent, Repent, or Zion will be must suffer, for the scourge and judgment must come upon her.
Let the read this to the Elders that they may warn the members of the scourge that is coming except they repent. Tell them to read the Book of Mormon and obey it; read the commandments that are printed, and obey them: yea humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that peradventure he may turn away his anger from you. Tell them that they have not come up to Zion to sit down in idleness, neglecting the things of God, but they are to be diligent and faithful in obeying the .
There is one clause in Brother Joseph’s letter, which you may not understand; that is this, “if the people of Zion did not repent, the Lord would seek another place, and another people. Zion is the place where the will be built, and the people , but all people upon that holy land being under condemnation, the Lord will cut off if they repent not, and bring another race upon it, that will serve him. The Lord will seek another place to bring forth [p. 268]
opposed you in this move. We fear there was something in , when he returned to this place, from , last fall, in relation to his , that was not right; for was asked two or three times, about his , but gave evasive answers, and, at the same time, he knew that was in : but the Lord has taken him. We merely mention this, that all may take warning to work in the light, for God will bring every secret thing to light.
We now close our Epistle, by saying unto you the Lord has us to purify ourselves, to wash our hands and our feet, that he may testify to his Father and our Father; to his God and our God, that we are clean from the blood of this generation; and before we could wash our hands and our feet, we were constrained to write this letter. Therefore, with feelings of inexpressible anxiety for your welfare, we say again Repent, Repent, or Zion must suffer, for the scourge and judgment must come upon her.
Let the read this to the Elders that they may warn the members of the scourge that is coming except they repent. Tell them to read the Book of Mormon and obey it; read the commandments that are printed, and obey them: yea humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that peradventure he may turn away his anger from you. Tell them that they have not come up to Zion to sit down in idleness, neglecting the things of God, but they are to be diligent and faithful in obeying the .
There is one clause in Brother Joseph’s letter, which you may not understand; that is this, “if the people of Zion did not repent, the Lord would seek another place, and another people. Zion is the place where the will be built, and the people , but all people upon that holy land being under condemnation, the Lord will cut off if they repent not, and bring another race upon it, that will serve him. The Lord will seek another place to bring forth [p. 268]
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