Mormon History, Oct 6, 1849

Certificate regarding F. Richards-- This certificate, like those of April 9, 1849, to Orson Hyde and to Orson Pratt, was a part of a pattern of making the members of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles responsible for the administration of Church affairs among the nations of the earth. For further discussion see the notes to these two previous certificates.
"To all persons to whom this letter shall come, Greeting: "Know ye that the bearer Franklin D. Richards, a true and faithful brother and elder in Israel, and member of the quorum of the Twelve Apostles for the last days; has been appointed and delegated, by the authorities of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in general conference, at this day and place assembled, on a mission to England. To counsel with Elder Orson Pratt, on all the affairs of the British Islands. To preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and administer in all the ordinances thereof pertaining to his mission, under the presidency of the church there; and in connection with the brethren of his quorum to preside over all the affairs of the church in all the world; and he is authorized to collect Tithing, and to receive donations for the Perpetual Fund for the gathering of the poor Saints; and we call upon all Saints and upon the inhabitants of the earth, to receive our beloved brother Richards, as a messenger of the living God; offering life and salvation to men; and inasmuch as you shall give heed to his teachings and counsel, and assist him on his journey and mission, you shall in nowise lose your reward; and we pray God the eternal Father to bless brother Richards abundantly in all things, and those who shall receive him or minister unto his wants, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Signed and sealed at Great Salt Lake City, State of Deseret, North America, this 6th day of October, A.D. 1849. BRIGHAM YOUNG, HEBER C. KIMBALL, WILLARD RICHARDS. Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Thomas Bullock, Clerk." {1849-October 6-MS 12:135 (May 1, 1850)}

[source: Clark, James R., Messages of the First Presidency (6 volumes)]

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