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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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, for the office of elder is an appendage to the , and it concentrates and centers in one. And again, the process of laboring with a member: We are to deal with them precisely as the scriptures direct, If thy brother trespass against thee, take him between him and thee, alone; and, if he maketh thee satisfaction, thou hast saved thy brother; and if not, proced to take another with thee, &c; and when there is no [HC 1:338] , they are to be tried by the voice of the ; and if an Elder, or a be present, they are to take the lead in manageing the business; but if not, by such as have the highest authority wilt preside.
With respect to preparing to go to Zion; first it would be pleasing to the Lord that the Church or churches going to Zion should be organized, and appoint a suitable person, who is well acquainted with the condition of the church; and he be sent to to inform the — and procure licence from him agreeable to revelation; By so doing you will prevent confusion and disorder, and escape many difficulties that attend an unorganized band in journeying in the last days. And again, those in debt, should in all cases pay their debts; and the rich are in no wise to cast out the poor, or leave them behind, for it is said that the poor shall inherit the earth. You quoted a passage in Jeremiah, with regard to journeying to Zion, the word of the Lord stands sure, so let it be done.
There are two paragraphs in your letter which I do not commend as they are written blindly; speaking of the elders being sent like lightning from the bow of Judah; the second, no secret in the of Zion. You mention these as if fear rested upon your mind, otherwise we cannot understand it. And again we never enquire at the hand of God for special revelation only in case of there [p. 286]
, for the office of elder is an appendage to the , and it concentrates and centers in one. And again, the process of laboring with a member: We are to deal with them precisely as the scriptures direct, If thy brother trespass against thee, take him between him and thee, alone; and, if he maketh thee satisfaction, thou hast saved thy brother; and if not, proced to take another with thee, &c; and when there is no [HC 1:338] , they are to be tried by the voice of the ; and if an Elder, or a be present, they are to take the lead in manageing the business; but if not, such as have the highest authority wilt preside.
With respect to preparing to go to Zion; first it would be pleasing to the Lord that the Church or churches going to Zion should be organized, and appoint a suitable person, who is well acquainted with the condition of the church; and he be sent to to inform the — and procure licence from him agreeable to revelation; By so doing you will prevent confusion and disorder, and escape many difficulties that attend an unorganized band in journeying in the last days. And again, those in debt, should in all cases pay their debts; and the rich are in no wise to cast out the poor, or leave them behind, for it is said that the poor shall inherit the earth. You quoted a passage in Jeremiah, with regard to journeying to Zion, the word of the Lord stands sure, so let it be done.
There are two paragraphs in your letter which I do not commend as they are written blindly; speaking of the elders being sent like lightning from the bow of Judah; the second, no secret in the of Zion. You mention these as if fear rested upon your mind, otherwise we cannot understand it. And again we never enquire at the hand of God for special revelation only in case of there [p. 286]
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