Letter to Wilford Woodruff, circa 18 June 1838

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  • Historical Introduction
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How blind and infatuated are the minds of men, when once turned from Rigteousness to wickedness? They did not understand, that by taking upon them the name of , did not do away that of the Church of Christ. Neither did they consider, that the ancient church, was the Church of Christ, and that they were Saints. And again, it appears that they did not consider the Prophesy, of Daniel, which <​says​> saith; “The saints shall take the King[d]om” &c “Again, “the Kingdom, and the greatness of the Kingdom, under the whole Heaven, was given to the people, (the Saints) of the most High” &c And the Saints here alluded to, were certainly Latterday Saints; inas much, as the above prophesy is to be fulfilled, in the Last days; and is yet future, as all professed readers of the bible will confess. We have of late learned, that , and the most of this wicked band <​combination​>, have openly renounced the Book of Mormon, and <​and​> be[c]ome deists—— I will now Leave , and give you some acount of the movement of things here, as they are and have been.
You, undoubtedly, will remember the visit, which I, in company with , made to the Churches in Kentucky and Tennessee, in the summer of 1836. You also may reecollect, the nature and result, of our visit. We came to solisit assistance, for Poor bleeding zion: And we obtained, through the goodness of the Children of God, in those regeons, the sum of fourteen hundred and fifty dollars, which we delivered unto & , on our arrival to this place. But these men, instead of laying out the money for the benefit of Poor bleeding zion, purchased Land for their own emolument. They generally did their business, independant<​ly​> of the aid, or council of <​either​> the or . This gave some uneasiness to the two authorities of : not only because they purchased land with Church funds, in their own name, for their own agrandisement, but because they selected the place of the City and appointed the spot for the to be built on, drew the plan of said , and appointed and ordained a committee to build the same, without asking or seeking council, at the hand of either , High Council, or ; when it was well understood that these authorites wer <​appointed​> for the purpose of counciling on all important matters pertaining to the saints of God.
These two presidents also managed to get the town plott into their own hands, that they that they might reap the avails ariseing from the sale of the lots. In consequence of these, with many other things, the Council met by themselves on the 3d. day of April 1837, and resolved to meet on the 5 invite the two president<​s​>, the and his council, and the two , namely and , to meet with them, on the 5th. inst. to which time they adjourned. Acordingly the above named authorites met, on the [p. [2]]
How blind and infatuated are the minds of men, when once turned from Rigteousness to wickedness? They did not understand, that by taking upon them the name of , did not do away that of the Church of Christ. Neither did they consider, that the ancient church, was the Church of Christ, and that they were Saints. And again, it appears that they did not consider the Prophesy, of Daniel, which says ; “The saints shall take the Kingdom” &c “Again, “the Kingdom, and the greatness of the Kingdom, under the whole Heaven, was given to the people, (the Saints) of the most High” &c And the Saints here alluded to, were certainly Latterday Saints; inas much, as the above prophesy is to be fulfilled, in the Last days; and is yet future, as all professed readers of the bible will confess. We have of late learned, that , and the most of this combination, have openly renounced the Book of Mormon, and become deists—— I will now Leave , and give you some acount of the movement of things here, as they are and have been.
You, undoubtedly, will remember the visit, which I, in company with , made to the Churches in Kentucky and Tennessee, in the summer of 1836. You also may reecollect, the nature and result, of our visit. We came to solisit assistance, for Poor bleeding zion: And we obtained, through the goodness of the Children of God, in those regeons, the sum of fourteen hundred and fifty dollars, which we delivered unto & , on our arrival to this place. But these men, instead of laying out the money for the benefit of Poor bleeding zion, purchased Land for their own emolument. They generally did their business, independantly of the aid, or council of either the or . This gave some uneasiness to the two authorities of : not only because they purchased land with Church funds, in their own name, for their own agrandisement, but because they selected the place of the City and appointed the spot for the to be built on, drew the plan of said , and appointed and ordained a committee to build the same, without asking or seeking council, at the hand of either , High Council, or ; when it was well understood that these authorites wer appointed for the purpose of counciling on all important matters pertaining to the saints of God.
These two presidents also managed to get the town plott into their own hands, that they might reap the avails ariseing from the sale of the lots. In consequence of these, with many other things, the Council met by themselves on the 3d. day of April 1837, and resolved to invite the two presidents, the and his council, and the two , namely and , to meet with them, on the 5th. inst. to which time they adjourned. Acordingly the above named authorites met, on the [p. [2]]
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