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Source: Church History Vol. 1 Chapter 13 Page: 368 (~1833)

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368 CHAPTER 13.


WHILE the foregoing scenes were being enacted in Zion the church in Kirtland and the East was actively pushing the missionary work, organizing and solidifying their forces. Their active sympathies and prayers were also exercised in behalf of the church in the West, and as close communication with them as the times and means of transportation would permit, was kept up. It is worthy of mention that on the 23d of July, 1833, the very day when the brethren were maltreated in Zion, the corner stones of the temple were laid at Kirtland.

Two revelations were given in Kirtland through Joseph Smith; one on August 2, and the other on August 6, which, when we consider that they were given before tidings could reach him of the troubles then being enacted in Missouri, are quite significant.1

1 Verily I say unto you my friends, I speak unto you with my voice even the voice of my Spirit, that I may show unto you my will concerning your brethren in the land of Zion, many of whom are truly humble, and are seeking diligently to learn wisdom and to find truth; verily, verily I say unto you, Blessed are all such for they shall obtain, for I, the Lord, showeth mercy unto all the meek, and upon all whomsoever I will, that I may be justified, when I shall bring them into judgment.

2. Behold, I say unto you, concerning the school in Zion, I, the Lord am well pleased that there should be a school in Zion; and also with my servant Parley P. Pratt, for he abideth in me; and inasmuch as he continueth to abide in me, he shall continue to preside over the school, in the land of Zion, until I shall give unto him other commandments; and I will bless him with a multiplicity of blessings, in expounding all scriptures and mysteries to the edification of the school, and of the church in Zion, and to the residue of the school, I, the Lord, am willing to show mercy, nevertheless there are those that must needs be chastened,

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