Appendix: Orson Pratt, A[n] Interesting Account of Several Remarkable Visions, 1840

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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principally the descendants of Joseph. The first nation, or  Jaredites, were destroyed about the time that the Israelites  came from Jerusalem, who succeeded them in the inheri tance of the country. The principal nation of the second  race, fell in battle towards the close of the fourth century.  The remaining remnant, having dwindled into an uncivi lized state, still continue to inhabit the land, although di vided into a “multitude of nations,” and are called by  Europeans the “American Indians.”
We learn from this very ancient history, that at the  confusion of languages, when the Lord scattered the peo ple upon all the face of the earth, the Jaredites, being a  righteous people, obtained favour in the sight of the Lord,  and were not confounded. And because of their right eousness, the Lord miraculously led them from the tower  to the great ocean, where they were commanded to build  vessels, in which they were marvellously brought across  the great deep to the shores of North America.
And the Lord God promised to give them America,  which was a very choice land in his sight, for an inheri tance. And He swore unto them in his wrath, that whoso  should possess this land of promise, from that time hence forth and forever, should serve him, the true and only God,  or they should be swept off when the fulness of his wrath  should come upon them, and they were fully ripened in  iniquity. Moreover, he promised to make them a great  and powerful nation, so that there should be no greater  nation upon all the face of the earth.
Accordingly, in process of time, they became a very  numerous and powerful people, occupying principally  North America; building large cities in all quarters of the  land; being a civilized and enlightened nation. Agricul ture and machinery were carried on to a great extent.  Commercial and manufacturing business flourished on every  hand; yet, in consequence of wickedness, they were often  visited with terrible judgments. Many prophets were raised  up among them from generation to generation, who testi fied against the wickedness of the people, and prophesied  of judgments and calamities which awaited them, if they  did not repent, &c. Sometimes they were visited by pes tilence and plagues, and sometimes by famine and war,  until at length (having occupied the land some fifteen or [p. 15]
principally the descendants of Joseph. The first nation, or Jaredites, were destroyed about the time that the Israelites came from Jerusalem, who succeeded them in the inheritance of the country. The principal nation of the second race, fell in battle towards the close of the fourth century. The remaining remnant, having dwindled into an uncivilized state, still continue to inhabit the land, although divided into a “multitude of nations,” and are called by Europeans the “American Indians.”
We learn from this very ancient history, that at the confusion of languages, when the Lord scattered the people upon all the face of the earth, the Jaredites, being a righteous people, obtained favour in the sight of the Lord, and were not confounded. And because of their righteousness, the Lord miraculously led them from the tower to the great ocean, where they were commanded to build vessels, in which they were marvellously brought across the great deep to the shores of North America.
And the Lord God promised to give them America, which was a very choice land in his sight, for an inheritance. And He swore unto them in his wrath, that whoso should possess this land of promise, from that time henceforth and forever, should serve him, the true and only God, or they should be swept off when the fulness of his wrath should come upon them, and they were fully ripened in iniquity. Moreover, he promised to make them a great and powerful nation, so that there should be no greater nation upon all the face of the earth.
Accordingly, in process of time, they became a very numerous and powerful people, occupying principally North America; building large cities in all quarters of the land; being a civilized and enlightened nation. Agriculture and machinery were carried on to a great extent. Commercial and manufacturing business flourished on every hand; yet, in consequence of wickedness, they were often visited with terrible judgments. Many prophets were raised up among them from generation to generation, who testified against the wickedness of the people, and prophesied of judgments and calamities which awaited them, if they did not repent, &c. Sometimes they were visited by pestilence and plagues, and sometimes by famine and war, until at length (having occupied the land some fifteen or [p. 15]
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