Letterbook 1

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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but by a remarkable interposition of divene providence he was furnished with all he wanted for which let us all raise our hearts in gratitude to god and praise his holy name that he is a present help in evry time or need— we have seen a letter writen to a Sister Whiting in Nelson that has a great deal to say about the gift of toungs [tongues] and the interpretation which was given by way of prophecy namely that Zion would be delivered by Judgments and that certain ones named would go to such and such places among the Lamanites and great things would be done by them and also that two Lamanites were at a meeting and the following prophecy delivered to them that they were our friends and that the Lord had sent them there and the time would soon come when they should embrace the Gospel and also that if we will not fight for ourselves the Indians will fight for us— though all this may be true yet it is not needful that it should be spoken for it is of no service to the saints and has a tendency to stir up the people to anger— no prophecy spoken in tongues should be made public for this reason many who pretend to have the gift of interpretation are liable to be mistakened and do not give the true interpretation of what is spoken therefore great care should be had as respects this thing— but if any speak in tongues a word of exhortation or doctrine on the principles of the Gospel &c &c let it be interpreted for the edification of the church when you receive this letter I wish you to write immediately and direct your letters to Cuyahoge [p. 59]
but by a remarkable interposition of divene providence he was furnished with all he wanted for which let us all raise our hearts in gratitude to god and praise his holy name that he is a present help in evry time or need— we have seen a letter writen to a Sister Whiting in Nelson that has a great deal to say about the gift of toungs [tongues] and the interpretation which was given by way of prophecy namely that Zion would be delivered by Judgments and that certain ones named would go to such and such places among the Lamanites and great things would be done by them and also that two Lamanites were at a meeting and the following prophecy delivered to them that they were our friends and that the Lord had sent them there and the time would soon come when they should embrace the Gospel and also that if we will not fight for ourselves the Indians will fight for us— though all this may be true yet it is not needful that it should be spoken for it is of no service to the saints and has a tendency to stir up the people to anger— no prophecy spoken in tongues should be made public for this reason many who pretend to have the gift of interpretation are liable to be mistakened and do not give the true interpretation of what is spoken therefore great care should be had as respects this thing— but if any speak in tongues a word of exhortation or doctrine on the principles of the Gospel &c &c let it be interpreted for the edification of the church when you receive this letter I wish you to write immediately and direct your letters to Cuyahoge [p. 59]
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