Letter from Brigham Young and Willard Richards, 5 September 1840

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We find the people of this land, much more ready to receive the gospel, than those of , so far as th[e]y do receive it, for th[e]y have not that speculitive inteligenc, or prejudice, or prepossession, or false learning, call it what you please, which they have there, consequntly we have not to labor with a people month after month to break down their old notions, for their Pri[e]sts have taught them but little, & much of that is so foolish as to be rebuted at a glance, viewing the subje[c]t in this light we find ignorance a blessing, for the more ignorant of false notions the more readily they receive truth. The greatest opposition we meet with is from the Methodist, The Chu[r]ch of England would fain make themselvs believe they are on the rock and cannot be shaken, therefore th[e]y trouble themselves little about these things, as yet, the more is to come.
Thus while we have not the Learning and prejudice of the people to contend against as in we have the influence of the <monied> monopolizing Pri[e]sts & factory Master, & yet after all their influence, those who have receivd the word have <generally> received it very readily & the trouble of keeping up “church discipline here has been small compared with our native country. but how, those who receive the word so readily will stand in the day of trial remains yet to be proved, as there has been nothing in this land as yet which need try the faith of any one. but of this we confidntly hope that many have already received the word which will endure unto the end.— [p. 9]
We find the people of this land, much more ready to receive the gospel, than those of , so far as they do receive it, for they have not that speculitive inteligenc, or prejudice, or prepossession, or false learning, call it what you please, which they have there, consequntly we have not to labor with a people month after month to break down their old notions, for their Priests have taught them but little, & much of that is so foolish as to be rebuted at a glance, viewing the subject in this light we find ignorance a blessing, for the more ignorant of false notions the more readily they receive truth. The greatest opposition we meet with is from the Methodist, The Church of England would fain make themselvs believe they are on the rock and cannot be shaken, therefore they trouble themselves little about these things, as yet, the more is to come.
Thus while we have not the Learning and prejudice of the people to contend against as in we have the influence of the monied monopolizing Priests & factory Master, & yet after all their influence, those who have receivd the word have generally received it very readily & the trouble of keeping up “church discipline here has been small compared with our native country. but how, those who receive the word so readily will stand in the day of trial remains yet to be proved, as there has been nothing in this land as yet which need try the faith of any one. but of this we confidntly hope that many have already received the word which will endure unto the end.— [p. 9]
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