Letter from Parley P. Pratt, 4 December 1841

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The Church is generally in union, and increasing in Confidence, and in Numbers; but it makes but slow progress because of the lying spirit Which every where prevails, and the priestcraft and false doctrines Which are like a flood around us. Discussions, Contentions, Lectures, Sermons, play Cards, tracts, Books, Papers pamphlets. etc, etc, are flooding the Country in Great numbe[r]s, all containing Little else than Lies and foolishness of the grossest kind against the cause of truth. There is now a monthly periodical of a large size Bublished jointly against us, and the Socialests, and Chartists.
in short, it is wearysome to notice the multitude of Evle and Lying publications, much more to answer, or Reply to them: We therefore pass them in silence With few ecceptions, and the Lord answers them in his own time, and in his own way, Bringing them to Naught and by doing his own work.
The wickedness and folly of the priests and their followers is incredible; it is beyond every thing, language cannot tell it. And I feel as though it must come to an end soon, very soon, and the servants of God be Delivered, and this yoak broken off from their necks; I am really impatient I cannot bear with them much longer, the spirit which is in me cries; come out in Judgement spedily O, God, and cause their Wickedness and falsehood to cease, and let the cause of truth triumph and thy Saints Rejoice. Why, should thy servants be wasted a way and their lives cease from the earth or their time gone, till Old age come upon them While the wicked still bear Rule, and the cause of truth is in Reproach. How long O, Lord— How Long!
Dear Br, Do enquire of the Lord how long we must must see the Gentiles [p. [3]]
The Church is generally in union, and increasing in Confidence, and in Numbers; but it makes but slow progress because of the lying spirit Which every where prevails, and the priestcraft and false doctrines Which are like a flood around us. Discussions, Contentions, Lectures, Sermons, play Cards, tracts, Books, Papers pamphlets. etc, etc, are flooding the Country in Great numbers, all containing Little else than Lies and foolishness of the grossest kind against the cause of truth. There is now a monthly periodical of a large size Bublished jointly against us, and the Socialests, and Chartists.
in short, it is wearysome to notice the multitude of Evle and Lying publications, much more to answer, or Reply to them: We therefore pass them in silence With few ecceptions, and the Lord answers them in his own time, and in his own way, Bringing them to Naught and by doing his own work.
The wickedness and folly of the priests and their followers is incredible; it is beyond every thing, language cannot tell it. And I feel as though it must come to an end soon, very soon, and the servants of God be Delivered, and this yoak broken off from their necks; I am really impatient I cannot bear with them much longer, the spirit which is in me cries; come out in Judgement spedily O, God, and cause their Wickedness and falsehood to cease, and let the cause of truth triumph and thy Saints Rejoice. Why, should thy servants be wasted a way and their lives cease from the earth or their time gone, till Old age come upon them While the wicked still bear Rule, and the cause of truth is in Reproach. How long O, Lord— How Long!
Dear Br, Do enquire of the Lord how long we must see the Gentiles [p. [3]]
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