Letter to Emma Smith and the Relief Society, 31 March 1842

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unless it be by message del[iv]ered to you by our own mouth, by actual revelation & commandment. and all persons pretending to be authorized by us or having any permit or sanction from us are & will be liars & base imposters & you are authorized on the very first intimation of the kind to denounce them as such & fly from <​shun​> them as the fiery flying serpents, whether they are prophets, seers, or Revelators, , , , . or what not, Mayors, Generals, or what not, city council alderman, Marshall, Police, Lord Mayor or the Devil, are alike culpable. & shall be damned for such evil practices; & if you yourself yourselves hear adhere to any thing of the kind you, also shall be damned.
Now beloved Sisters do not believe for a moment that we wish to impose upon you, we actualy do know that such things have existed in the & <​are​> sorry that we are obliged to make mention of any such thing & we want a stop put to them, & we want you to do your part & we will do ours part for we wish to to keep the commandments of God in all things <​as​> given <​directly from heaven​> to us from heaven, living by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord.—
May God add his blessings upon your head & lead you in all the paths of [p. [3]]
unless it be by message delivered to you by our own mouth, by actual revelation & commandment. and all persons pretending to be authorized by us or having any permit or sanction from us are & will be liars & base imposters & you are authorized on the very first intimation of the kind to denounce them as such & shun them as the fiery flying serpents, whether they are prophets, seers, or Revelators, , , , . Mayors, Generals, city council alderman, Marshall, Police, Lord Mayor or the Devil, are alike culpable. & shall be damned for such evil practices; & if you yourselves adhere to any thing of the kind you, also shall be damned.
Now beloved Sisters do not believe for a moment that we wish to impose upon you, we actualy do know that such things have existed in the & are sorry that we are obliged to make mention of any such thing & we want a stop put to them, & we want you to do your part & we will do ours for we wish to to keep the commandments of God in all things as given directly from heaven to us , living by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord.—
May God add his blessings upon your head & lead you in all the paths of [p. [3]]
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