Elders’ Journal, October 1837

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igent saint earnestly desires the gath ering of the elect; to be completed;  that the scene of wretchedness may  ce[a]se in the world, and the remainder of  man may have rest.
For, however flourishing we may  figure to ourselves is the condition of  this or any other country, the repre sentation is always partial, it is never  universal. For amid the glory of our  greatest prosperity, there are thou sands, yea tens of thousands, of our  race suffering grief and woe, that  would melt the stoutest heart, if it  would but stop to reflect.
There are many scenes which ex hibit themselves in traveling through  the western settlements, which are  painful to behold; multitudes of little  children clothed in rags, deprived of all  the advantages of good society, with  a bare subsistence, and that of the  coursest kind, their fathers are in ma ny instances indolent, and do not  make the provision necessary for their  wants, and at the time when they  ought to be receiving their education,  they are deprived of all advantages,  and grow up under circumstances cal culated to deprive them of many privi leges, and the enjoyments of society in  its more refined state.
I am convinced of the great advan tages there are in settling any new  country, to do it by colonizing. It en ables the settlers. to obtain the comforts  of life sooner, to establish schools, erect  machinery; and colonies uniting in  good faith, could soon have as many  advantages as the elder settlements;  while those who attempt to settle re mote regions by individuals; accor ding to the usual plan, is attended with  the sacrifice of almost every comfort of  life, and during the life time of the first  settlers, if not longer: you shall hear  from me again.
yours as ever.
.
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, Oct. 3, 1837
Dear Brother, I take this opportu ty to write, that your readers may  know how the kingdom of God is rol ling forth in these parts. Since my  arrival in this August 5th I have  preached in three of their chapels, on  board three of their vessels, in several  of their private houses, and once in the  ship yard, to a crouded and respecta ble audiance who listened with profound  attention, while we baptized four per sons in east river, towards the upper  end of the . It has been with much  exertion that the truth has taken root  in this , but at length, the Spirit of  the Lord is beginning to manifest it self in mighty power and showing that  he is able to do his own work. On last  Sunday eve while preaching at the  house of a good old Cornelious who  had not yet obeyed the gospel, but was  seeking and believing, while I yet  spake he was carried away in a vision  and saw the two sticks, representing  the two books and the light and glory  of God shining around them: to this  he arose and testified in the power of  the Spirit and immediately spake in  tongues & interpreted the same, speak ing of the two records and of the rem nant of Joseph and how they would  soon come to the knowledge of the truth  and nearly all present believed and glo rified God, and several are intending  to obey the ordinance. The gift of  healing is also beginning to be enjoyed  here in some degree, and we are now  preaching daily. On last eve we had  two of the Campbellite preachers to  hear us; they expressed much satisfac tion and a desire to hear more there is  a society of them in this . Mr. Jo seph Wolsf, a Jew, who has journeyed  through all parts of the old world, from  Palistine to Irgia, for many years In  search of the ten tribes, has at length  come to to learn the origin of  the Indians. He came to this a bout the time I did and commenced  lecturing to immense crouds of peo ple; you may see his lectures in the  public prints, and they are precisely  what we believe and teach, as far as  prophecy & its fulfillment is concerned,  that is as far as he goes: I have had  two interviews with him and have told  him concerning the finding the record  and the rise of the church keeping  nothing back. He seemed excedingly  interested, not only in the record but in  the prophecies of the old testament  concerning Joseph and Ephraim,  which I opened to him, I finally made  him a present of the book of Mormon  which he promised to read attentively,  and he also took the Name and resi dence of brother Smith, and probably  will call on him in soon, and  if he does I hope he will preach a few  discourses in the ,  for be assured, he will greatly confirm [p. 8]
igent saint earnestly desires the gathering of the elect; to be completed; that the scene of wretchedness may cease in the world, and the remainder of man may have rest.
For, however flourishing we may figure to ourselves is the condition of this or any other country, the representation is always partial, it is never universal. For amid the glory of our greatest prosperity, there are thousands, yea tens of thousands, of our race suffering grief and woe, that would melt the stoutest heart, if it would but stop to reflect.
There are many scenes which exhibit themselves in traveling through the western settlements, which are painful to behold; multitudes of little children clothed in rags, deprived of all the advantages of good society, with a bare subsistence, and that of the coursest kind, their fathers are in many instances indolent, and do not make the provision necessary for their wants, and at the time when they ought to be receiving their education, they are deprived of all advantages, and grow up under circumstances calculated to deprive them of many privileges, and the enjoyments of society in its more refined state.
I am convinced of the great advantages there are in settling any new country, to do it by colonizing. It enables the settlers. to obtain the comforts of life sooner, to establish schools, erect machinery; and colonies uniting in good faith, could soon have as many advantages as the elder settlements; while those who attempt to settle remote regions by individuals; according to the usual plan, is attended with the sacrifice of almost every comfort of life, and during the life time of the first settlers, if not longer: you shall hear from me again.
yours as ever.
.
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, Oct. 3, 1837
Dear Brother, I take this opportuty to write, that your readers may know how the kingdom of God is rolling forth in these parts. Since my arrival in this August 5th I have preached in three of their chapels, on board three of their vessels, in several of their private houses, and once in the ship yard, to a crouded and respectable audiance who listened with profound attention, while we baptized four persons in east river, towards the upper end of the . It has been with much exertion that the truth has taken root in this , but at length, the Spirit of the Lord is beginning to manifest itself in mighty power and showing that he is able to do his own work. On last Sunday eve while preaching at the house of a good old Cornelious who had not yet obeyed the gospel, but was seeking and believing, while I yet spake he was carried away in a vision and saw the two sticks, representing the two books and the light and glory of God shining around them: to this he arose and testified in the power of the Spirit and immediately spake in tongues & interpreted the same, speaking of the two records and of the remnant of Joseph and how they would soon come to the knowledge of the truth and nearly all present believed and glorified God, and several are intending to obey the ordinance. The gift of healing is also beginning to be enjoyed here in some degree, and we are now preaching daily. On last eve we had two of the Campbellite preachers to hear us; they expressed much satisfaction and a desire to hear more there is a society of them in this . Mr. Joseph Wolsf, a Jew, who has journeyed through all parts of the old world, from Palistine to Irgia, for many years In search of the ten tribes, has at length come to to learn the origin of the Indians. He came to this about the time I did and commenced lecturing to immense crouds of people; you may see his lectures in the public prints, and they are precisely what we believe and teach, as far as prophecy & its fulfillment is concerned, that is as far as he goes: I have had two interviews with him and have told him concerning the finding the record and the rise of the church keeping nothing back. He seemed excedingly interested, not only in the record but in the prophecies of the old testament concerning Joseph and Ephraim, which I opened to him, I finally made him a present of the book of Mormon which he promised to read attentively, and he also took the Name and residence of brother Smith, and probably will call on him in soon, and if he does I hope he will preach a few discourses in the , for be assured, he will greatly confirm [p. 8]
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