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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​July 22​> the hands of wicked men by the mercy of our God, we say it is your privilege to be delivered from the powers of the Adversary, be brought into the liberty of God’s dear children, and again take your stand among the Saints of the Most High, and by diligence, humility, and love unfeigned, commend yourself to our God, and your God, and to the Church of Jesus Christ. Believing your Confession to be real, and your repentance genuine, I shall be happy once again to give you the right hand of fellowship, and rejoice over the returning Prodigal.
Your letter was read to the Saints last Sunday and an expression of their feeling was taken, when it was unanimously [HC 4:163] resolved that should be received into fellowship
“Come on dear brother since the war is past
For friends at first, are friends again at last”
Yours as ever— Joseph Smith Jr.
“To all whom it may Concern— This is to certify that Elder and are authorized agents of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints being appointed by the First Presidency and High Council of said Church to visit the branches of the Church in the East, or wherever they may be led in the Providence of God to obtain donations and subscriptions for the purpose of printing the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Hymn Books, and the new Translation of the Scriptures &c they are likewise instructed and authorized to make loans in behalf of the Church for carrying into operation the above and other important works necessary to the well being of said Church. From our long acquaintance with these our beloved brethren, their long tried friendship under circumstances the most trying and painful— their zeal for the cause of truth, and their strict moral honesty, we most cheerfully recommend them to the Saints of the Most High; any statements they may make relative to their mission may be implicitly relied upon, and any loans which they may effect will be considered binding on the Church, and we do hope the Saints will do all in their power to effect the object proposed and lift up the hands of our beloved brethren who have cheerfully come forward to engage in a work so great and important—
Joseph Smith Junr. Prest.
— Dear Sir— It was with great pleasure I received your and Brother Richard’s Letter dated June 23rd. 1840 and was very happy [HC 4:164] to be informed of your safe arrival in that place, and your probability of success, and I do hope that your anticipations will be realized, and that you will be enabled to free the from all incumbrances and be prospered in all your undertakings for the benefit of the Church; and pray that while you are exerting your influence to bring about an object so desirable, that the choisest blessings of heaven may rest down upon you, while you are endeavoring to do so and attending to the duties laid upon you by the Authorities of the Church in this place. I am sorry to be informed not only in your letter, but from other respectable sources of the strange conduct pursued in by Elder , I am indeed surprised that a man having the experience which has had should take any steps whatever calculated to destroy the confidence of the brethren in the Presidency or any of the authorities of the Church. In order to conduct the affairs of the Kingdom [p. 1083]
July 22 the hands of wicked men by the mercy of our God, we say it is your privilege to be delivered from the powers of the Adversary, be brought into the liberty of God’s dear children, and again take your stand among the Saints of the Most High, and by diligence, humility, and love unfeigned, commend yourself to our God, and your God, and to the Church of Jesus Christ. Believing your Confession to be real, and your repentance genuine, I shall be happy once again to give you the right hand of fellowship, and rejoice over the returning Prodigal.
Your letter was read to the Saints last Sunday and an expression of their feeling was taken, when it was unanimously [HC 4:163] resolved that should be received into fellowship
“Come on dear brother since the war is past
For friends at first, are friends again at last”
Yours as ever— Joseph Smith Jr.”
“To all whom it may Concern— This is to certify that Elder and are authorized agents of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints being appointed by the First Presidency and High Council of said Church to visit the branches of the Church in the East, or wherever they may be led in the Providence of God to obtain donations and subscriptions for the purpose of printing the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Hymn Books, and the new Translation of the Scriptures &c they are likewise instructed and authorized to make loans in behalf of the Church for carrying into operation the above and other important works necessary to the well being of said Church. From our long acquaintance with these our beloved brethren, their long tried friendship under circumstances the most trying and painful— their zeal for the cause of truth, and their strict moral honesty, we most cheerfully recommend them to the Saints of the Most High; any statements they may make relative to their mission may be implicitly relied upon, and any loans which they may effect will be considered binding on the Church, and we do hope the Saints will do all in their power to effect the object proposed and lift up the hands of our beloved brethren who have cheerfully come forward to engage in a work so great and important—
Joseph Smith Junr. Prest.
— Dear Sir— It was with great pleasure I received your and Brother Richard’s Letter dated June 23rd. 1840 and was very happy [HC 4:164] to be informed of your safe arrival in that place, and your probability of success, and I do hope that your anticipations will be realized, and that you will be enabled to free the from all incumbrances and be prospered in all your undertakings for the benefit of the Church; and pray that while you are exerting your influence to bring about an object so desirable, that the choisest blessings of heaven may rest down upon you, while you are endeavoring to do so and attending to the duties laid upon you by the Authorities of the Church in this place. I am sorry to be informed not only in your letter, but from other respectable sources of the strange conduct pursued in by Elder , I am indeed surprised that a man having the experience which has had should take any steps whatever calculated to destroy the confidence of the brethren in the Presidency or any of the authorities of the Church. In order to conduct the affairs of the Kingdom [p. 1083]
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