Letterbook 2

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
Page 195
image
of the commencement of the work of the Lord in the City of , which I was glad to hear. I am likewise informed that Elders have gone to Australia and to the East Indies. I feel desirous that every provedential opening of that kind should be filled, and that you should, prior to your leaving England, send the Gospel into as many parts as you possibly can.
Beloved brethren, you must be aware in some measure of my feelings when I contemplate the great work which is now rolling on, and the relationship which I sustain to it; while it is extending to distant lands, and islands, and thousands are embracing it, I realize in some measure my responsibility and the need I have of support from above, and wisdom from on high, that I may be able to teach this people, which have now become a great people, the principles of righteousness, and lead them agreeably to the will of heaven, so, that they may be perfected and prepared to meet the Lord Jesus Christ when he shall appear in great glory. Can I rely on your prayers to the your heavenly Father on my behalf? And on the prayers of all my brethren and sisters in England? (Whom having not seen, yet I love) that I may be enabled to escape every stratagem of Satan, surmount every difficulty, and bring this people to the enjoyment of those blessings which are reserved for the righteous, I ask this at your hands in the name of Jesus Christ. Let the saints remember that great things depend on their individual exertion, and that they are called to be coworkers with us, and the holy spirit, in accomplishing the great work of the last days; and in consideration of the extent, the blessings and the glories of the same let every selfish feeling be not only buried, but anniahalated, and let love to God and man predominate, and reign triumphant in every mind that their hearts may become like unto Enoch of old, and comprehend all things, present, past and future, and come behind in no gift, waiting for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The work in which we are unitedly engaged is one of no ordinary kind, the enemies we have to contend against are subtle, and well skilled in maneuvering: it behoves [p. 195]
of the commencement of the work of the Lord in the City of , which I was glad to hear. I am likewise informed that Elders have gone to Australia and to the East Indies. I feel desirous that every provedential opening of that kind should be filled, and that you should, prior to your leaving England, send the Gospel into as many parts as you possibly can.
Beloved brethren, you must be aware in some measure of my feelings when I contemplate the great work which is now rolling on, and the relationship which I sustain to it; while it is extending to distant lands, and islands, and thousands are embracing it, I realize in some measure my responsibility and the need I have of support from above, and wisdom from on high, that I may be able to teach this people, which have now become a great people, the principles of righteousness, and lead them agreeably to the will of heaven, so, that they may be perfected and prepared to meet the Lord Jesus Christ when he shall appear in great glory. Can I rely on your prayers to your heavenly Father on my behalf? And on the prayers of all my brethren and sisters in England? (Whom having not seen, yet I love) that I may be enabled to escape every stratagem of Satan, surmount every difficulty, and bring this people to the enjoyment of those blessings which are reserved for the righteous, I ask this at your hands in the name of Jesus Christ. Let the saints remember that great things depend on their individual exertion, and that they are called to be coworkers with us, and the holy spirit, in accomplishing the great work of the last days; and in consideration of the extent, the blessings and the glories of the same let every selfish feeling be not only buried, but anniahalated, and let love to God and man predominate, and reign triumphant in every mind that their hearts may become like unto Enoch of old, and comprehend all things, present, past and future, and come behind in no gift, waiting for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The work in which we are unitedly engaged is one of no ordinary kind, the enemies we have to contend against are subtle, and well skilled in maneuvering: it behoves [p. 195]
Page 195