To all our wonderful Fellow Covenant Holders,
We are a small fellowship, unassociated with any other group or fellowship who has proposed or is proposing a possible Guide and Standard to this point. We have no desire to hinder or submarine anyone’s proposal. We do not care who writes an acceptable proposal. We have voted in the past to sustain previous proposals.
We have no other desire than to submit to the Lord, in order to hopefully complete the assignment to bring to Him an acceptable Guide and Standard. We have exceeding great anxieties that we will all fail if we do not complete soon what the Lord has commanded us.
Our understanding is that if that happens we, as a people, will suffer the same fate as the early Saints. We will be rejected and lose the promises of the covenant. In our opinion that would be devastating beyond words.
We have been persuaded in our thinking, by the United Plan, that any guide and standard ought to be what Christ has given us, His words, because we believe what the Lord has declared concerning us all; “I desire to heal you from an awful state of blindness so that you may see clearly my will, to do it.” (Answer and Covenant)
We also agree that the words of Christ have already been mutually agreed to by all covenant holders when we all stood together and said “YES”.
When we sat down together during a fellowship meeting to follow this pattern of compiling what the Lord has given freely to all for the benefit of all, we found that in the last three years of our fellowshipping together the Lord’s words in the following compilation had answered all of our questions about how we should proceed together. It was so refreshing to review again what He had said.
We discovered for ourselves that it truly was such a light and a joyous thing to compile these words together. We were able to compile the following in one and a half hours. We rejoiced at God’s mercy and His goodness in condescending to work among men again today.
Our intentions are for our identities to forever remain unknown, because we view all the words we propose for a Guide and Standard to be Christ’s words which He has condescended in His mercy to give to us in our unworthy state for the benefit and the progression of all His children on the earth and therefore we have no ownership of them at all.
We witness that the author of all of the following words is Christ. We have found out for ourselves and not from another that His words are the most kind and wise words we in our group have ever read.
We love these words and that is why we, our group, covenanted in Boise to receive them as the words of Christ to govern ourselves.
We readily acknowledge that though these are not our words, our work of compiling these things is weak. We understand very well our exceeding limitations in creating any document and our lack of understanding. If we did not feel such strong anxiety for the situation we as a covenant group are all in we would never attempt to submit this or any other document for any type of consideration. Therefore, if this simple compilation were accepted to be presented to the Lord for His approval we would rely wholly and completely upon on His mercy and longsuffering to reveal what should be changed and corrected.
We love you all and pray God will bless every one of you with His greatest blessings. It is our most earnest desire that all of you will become precious to us and we will become precious to all of you.