[The letter is handwritten in black ink on mission stationery. Stationery print is represented in bold font.] Southern States Mission, Circular #7 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Headquarters, P.O. Box 103, Chattanooga, Tenn. North Carolina Conference. Elders Address: Wilmington N.C. Feby. 2 1899. Elders of N.C. Conference, Dear Brethren:- We again are pleased to pen you a few words of counsel. The work of the Lord is steadily growing. The reports of some of the Elders are very gratifying. Some of us however, are not reporting so favorably. The question which confronts each of us is this: Are we keeping pace with those who are right up and to the front of our mission? This must be answered by each individual Elder himself. Are all of us put-ting forth our very best efforts in getting the Gospel before the people? If not, let us go to and put our shoulder to the wheel with renewed energy. Gird up our loins; fast and pray until the way is opened up for the spread-ing of the message of eternal truth to the child-ren of men. This great responsibility rests upon us as the servants of God.
Letters to elders in the Southern States Mission; MSS 2332; Facer family papers; L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/