Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 1 (1844 - 1868)


Lt 7, 1849

Collins, Gilbert and Deborah


[September 1849]

This letter is published in entirety in 3MR 174-175. See also Annotations.

Dear Children, Gilbert and Deborah [Collins],

I have just laid down my child a few moments to write you a word. Are you good children? Do you keep the commandments of God, and love and obey your parents? If you do you have the promise of entering the holy city where all is harmony and joy. You must pray to God much that He would accept you, and keep you from the pestilence and sickness that is abroad in the land. 1LtMs, Lt 7, 1849, par. 1

God loves the young if their hearts are turned unto Him, and He loves to bless them. 1LtMs, Lt 7, 1849, par. 2

I am now on my way to visit Henry, and present to him his little brother. I hope you will be good children. Love God. Speak the truth at all times. Be obedient to your parents, and then God will be pleased with you, smile upon and bless you. Be good, be good. 1LtMs, Lt 7, 1849, par. 3

In haste and love. 1LtMs, Lt 7, 1849, par. 4