Latter day Saints

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    I every day see more need of the blessings of the Ancients meekness Faith Holiness especialy knowing the time at hand when the "trial of our Faith will be more precious than fine Gold" and see more need of a knitting among the saints to hold one another up by the prayer of Faith keeping the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace I do rejoice in the mercy of my God in seeing among the honest in heart generaly principles of this kind.
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    I rejoice much at the prospect of the building of the Temple & Nauvoo House I have with the Saints in this land remembered you before the Lord day & night. any thing I can do to sustain you & this work I will do cheerfully & freely
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    In this city the church has succeeded in securing sev- eral extensive plots of land, which have been laid out in city lots, a part of which have been sold, a part has been distributed to the widows and orphan, and a part remains for sale. These lots are for the inheritance of the saints, a resting place for the church, a habitation for the God of Jacob; for here he has commanded a house to be built unto his name where he may manifest himself unto his people as in former times, when he caused the ark, the tabernacle, and the temple to be reared, and the cloud and the fire to rest down thereon
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    Brethren, the blessings of the kingdom are for you, for the body of Christ, for all the members, and God will help those who help themselves, and bless those who will bless each other, and do as they would be done unto. The gold and the silver is the Lords; all the trea- sures of the earth, the flocks and the herds of the fields and the cattle of the thousand hills are his; if he were hungry would he crave thy food, or thirsty would he ask thy drink? Nay: he would only ask that which was his own, he would feast on his own flocks, and quench his thirst at his own springs. This God is the God of the saints; he is your God, and he has made you stewards of all that has been committed to you, and will require his own with usury; and will you not be faithful in a little that you may be made rulers over many cities? Yes, you will, we know you will.
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    the set time to favor Zion has come and her sons and daughters shall rejoice in her glory. The time has come when the great Jehovah would have a resting place on earth, a habitation for his chosen, where his law shall be revealed, and his servants be endued from on high, to bring together the honest in heart from the four winds; where the saints may enter the baptis- mal font for their dead relations, so that they may be judged according to men in the flesh, and live according to God in the spirit, and come forth in the celestial king- dom
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    the set time to favor Zion has come and her sons and daughters shall rejoice in her glory. The time has come when the great Jehovah would have a resting place on earth, a habitation for his chosen, where his law shall be revealed, and his servants be endued from on high, to bring together the honest in heart from the four winds; where the saints may enter the baptis- mal font for their dead relations, so that they may be judged according to men in the flesh, and live according to God in the spirit, and come forth in the celestial king- dom; a place over which the heavenly messengers may watch and trouble the waters as in days of old, so that when the sick are put therein they shall be made whole; a place where all the ordinances shall be made manifest and the saints shall unite in the songs of Zion, even praise, thanksgiving, and hallelujahs to God and the Lamb, that he has wrought out their deliverance, and bound Satan fast in chains.
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    let all the saints come up to the places of gathering, and with their mites and their abundance, as God has given them in trust, help to build up the old waste places, which have been thrown down for many generations, knowing, that when they are completed, they will belong unto the people of the Most High God, even the meek, the honest in heart, he shall possess all things in the due time of the Lord. Be not covetous, but deal in righteousness, for what the saints shall not possess by purchase and in righteous- ness they shall not possess, for no unrighteous thing can enter into the kingdom; therefore, beloved breth- ren, deal justly, love mercy, walk humbly before God, and whatever your hands find to do, do it with your might, keeping all the commandments, and then, whether in life or in death, all things will be yours, whether they be temples or lands, houses or vineyards, baptisms or enduements, revelations or healings, all things will be yours, for you will be Christ's and Christ is God's.
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    I can truly say I feel thankful to learn there is a general feeling among the Saints to plant fruit and beautify their lots and gardens and I feel to contribit my might in this matter I am makeing some collections and shall forward some to you and Br Bullock we shall have what we make if we get choice fruits and flowers and cultivate them we shall truly make the wilderness and solitary place Blossom as the rose
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    it was an effecting scene, after passing the greetings and salutations they formed to come into the city, one half of the Lancers in the front followed by the presidency, citizens, band and marshal, then followed 500 men, women and children drawing their 100 hand carts, which they had drawn 1400 miles, the rear was brought up by the Lancers. As they went through the city, the streets were crowded with thousands of people who stood and gazed with wonder and amazement tiars starting in their eyes, the scene was beyond description, to behold old men women and children covered with dust dancing with joy as they passed along it filled our hearts until we were speechless, we felt that the flood gates of deliverance to the millions of the oppressed were hoisted, and we could say to the poor Saints "come home to Zion", for your way is open.
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    The people begin to feel more than ever that they are dealing with the spirit and power of God, and the Holy Priesthood. Yes the Latter Day Saints begin to feel that they are dealing with a spirit that can reach the hearts, know the thoughts and intents thereof, and try the souls of men. The people are called to sanctify themselves before the Lord, that we may be prepared for the work of our God.
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    The following is an account of my travels and proc^e^edings while Officiateing in the Office of a Priest From the 13th of Jan to the 28th of June of 1835 I travled 1808 one thousand eight hundred & eight miles to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. Divided thus 212 miles in Missouri with Elder H Brown 656 miles in Arkansas Territory 608 with Elder H Brown & 48 alone 940 miles in Tennessee & KY 760 miles with Elder
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    August 7, 1835 ~ Friday AUG 7th Rode to Mr Fosters Preached at his house receieved 2 sudscribers for the M[essenger] & Ad[vocate] distance 15 miles August 8, 1835 ~ Saturday 8th Rode to Paris & herd of much excitement fearing an insurrection of the dlacks distance 14 miles August 9, 1835 ~ Sunday 9th Sunday Rode to Col Copeland Preached at the Academy distance 10 miles August 10, 1835 ~ Monday 10th Rode ...
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    VOL. 1. ^I confirmed 35, esstablished 8 preaching Places, Planted 3 churches^ In, 1835. I travled 3248 miles, Baptized 43 Persons, Held 170 meetings, procured 20 subscribers for the Latter Day Saints, Messenger & Advocate and 2 for the reprinted Star. Also 70, signers to the Petition to the Governour of Missouri for redress of wrongs done the church by the Jackson County mob. Wrote 18 letters. Ordained 2 teachers and 1, deacon. Held 3 debates. AND had 3 mobs ...
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    SUMMARY OF MY LABORS DURING THE YEAR. This brings the year 1835 to a close—the first year of my mission—during which time I had traveled three thousand two hundred and forty-eight miles, held one hundred and seventy meetings, baptized forty-three persons—three of whom were Campbellite preachers—assisted Elder Parrish to baptize twenty more, confirmed thirty-five, organized three branches, ordained two Teachers and one Deacon, procured thirty sub- scribers for the Messenger and Advocate, one hundred and seventy-three singers to the petition to the governor of
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    seem much pleased with their situation they appear to be worthy people I think mu much of them perhapse more for haveing been acquainted with you, he said you told him you thought you should see him in Amrica in about one year from that time which was last April I count the time verry particularly up to that time O my dear W. must I wait longer than that time to see you, br. Joseph says that the Lord does not require a man to be from his family more than a year at one ...
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    Frooms Hill Herefordshire England Aug. 10th 1840 My Dear Phebe Having written 6 letters this morni[n]g to send by Elder Turly I feel disposed to say a few words more to you. I shall inclose a bundle of letters in this sheet to send to you. will you please send them to the individuals as they are directed. The one directed to Nathaniel Thomas plase direct it on the Back to the place where he lives, I do not know whether he has moved or not ...
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    that we should spend a few months more before we return, The work of the Lord is rolling on swiftly in this land & the present signs are that the gentiles will spedily be warned. Already are there thousands rejoiceing in the New & Everlasting Covenant in England, the standard of truth as an ensign to the people is reared up in the largest cities of Scotland, & Saints rejoicing therein The warning voice is spedily to be heard in the City of Belfast Ireland, The cry is heard in ...
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    home it will be so much less care & trouble than it will be to see to your own wood water &c. this is simply my present feeling upon the subject, Remember me with gratitude to Brother Clark. & tell him for me that if he feels willing to lend you the hand of assistance in this your time of need & let you tarry with him untill my return, that he shall not loose his reward & he shall have my prayers & Blessing & the Blessing of God shall rest upon him & his children ...
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    (Continued from page 232.) HISTORY OF WILFORD WOODRUFF. -[FROM HIS OWN PEN.]- June 19—A States warrant was issued against D. W. Patten, Warren Parrish and Wilford Woodruff, sworn out by Matthew Williams, a Metho- dist priest, and served by the sheriff, Robert C. Petty. Elders Patten and Parrish were taken by an armed mob of about fifty, under pretence of law, led by the sheriff, a colonel, first and second major ...
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    with a high circulation of blood and blistered hands; but our horses leapt the bank, and we went on our way to the Sandy, which we swam, and spent the night at Thomas Frazer's. —30—We preached at Mr. David Crider's, also on Sunday the 31st, where we were threatened by a mob. I baptized Mr. Crider amid the scoffs of the rabble, who went in the night and poisoned both of our horses; the one which I rode, belonging to ...