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4--History--Establishing Zion in Missouri

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Establishing Zion in  Missouri
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The Early Years in Missouri Many members of the  Church struggled in  Jackson County, Missouri  while those in Kirtland,  Ohio continued to build the  kingdom of God.  Saints living in Colesville,  NY were instructed to by  Joseph Smith to journey to  Missouri and settle in the  land that was to become  known as Zion. 
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Joseph Smith received a  revelation specifying  that Missouri was “the  place intended by the  Lord for the gathering of  the Saints.” Bishop Edward  Partridge worked with  Joseph Smith to help the  Colesville Saints, who  “despite the  inconveniences of the  frontier… remained  cheerful and happy.”  Bishop Partridge
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Persecution in Jackson County Hundreds of acres of land in Jackson County were purchased by  Bishop Partridge under the direction of Joseph Smith to be used by  emigrating Saints. By April of 1833, the spirit of persecution began to manifest itself as  local citizens “warned Church members that they were displeased  with the arrival of so many Latter-day Saints, who, they feared,  would soon overwhelm them at the voting polls.”  On July 20, 1833 a mob of some 400 men met at the courthouse in  Independence to plan the elimination of the “Mormon scourge”.  Church leaders were demanded to… 1.) leave Jackson County 2.) cease printing their newspaper ( The Evening and the Morning Star ) 3.) stop the migration of any additional Saints to the county Church leaders refused to agree to these illegal requirements and the  mob attacked the newspaper office. 
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Destruction of the Book of Commandments Book of Commandments : the  first compilation of  revelations received by the  Prophet Joseph Smith  When the mob attacked the  building, they tossed the Book  of Commandments into the  street. Mary Elizabeth Rollins  and her sister, Caroline, saw  this, and sought to rescue the  pages from destruction. The  two young girls ran into the  street, grabbed the pages, and  hid in a cornfield with them  until the attackers left… risking their lives and saving  the manuscript.
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