Discourse, circa 19 July 1840, as Reported by Unknown Scribe–A

  • Source Note
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times of adversity. For many will come to us in times of prosperity that will stand at the corners of the streets saying with long pharisaical faces to those that come after them, don’t go near brother Joseph don’t go near the Authorities of the Church for they will pick your pockets, they will rob you of all your money. Thus will they breed in our midst a spirit of dissatisfaction and distrust that will end in persecution and distress.
Now from this hour bring everything you can bring and build a unto the Lord, a House unto the mighty God of Jacob. We will build upon the top of this Temple a great Observatory, a great and high watch tower, and in the top thereof we will suspend a tremendous bell that when it is rung shall rouse the inhabitants of Madison, wake up the people of and sound in the ears of men Then comes the ancient records, yea all of them dig them, yes bring them forth speedily.
Then shall the poor be fed by the curious who shall come from all parts of the world to see this wonderful Temple. Yea I prophecy that pleasure parties shall come from to see the Mammoth and like the Queen of Sheba shall say— the half never was told them. School houses shall be built here and high schools shall be established and the great men of the earth shall send their sons here to board while they are receiving their education among us and even noblemen shall crave the privilege of educating their children with us, and these poor Saints shall chink [p. 5]
times of adversity. For many will come to us in times of prosperity that will stand at the corners of the streets saying with long pharisaical faces to those that come after them, don’t go near brother Joseph don’t go near the Authorities of the Church for they will pick your pockets, they will rob you of all your money. Thus will they breed in our midst a spirit of dissatisfaction and distrust that will end in persecution and distress.
Now from this hour bring everything you can bring and build a unto the Lord, a House unto the mighty God of Jacob. We will build upon the top of this Temple a great Observatory, a great and high watch tower, and in the top thereof we will suspend a tremendous bell that when it is rung shall rouse the inhabitants of Madison, wake up the people of and sound in the ears of men Then comes the ancient records, yea all of them dig them, yes bring them forth speedily.
Then shall the poor be fed by the curious who shall come from all parts of the world to see this wonderful Temple. Yea I prophecy that pleasure parties shall come from to see the Mammoth and like the Queen of Sheba shall say— the half never was told them. School houses shall be built here and high schools shall be established and the great men of the earth shall send their sons here to board while they are receiving their education among us and even noblemen shall crave the privilege of educating their children with us, and these poor Saints shall chink [p. 5]
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