Report of the First Presidency, 7 April 1841

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tier than the mighty waves of the sea.”  Nor, have the flames of persecution,  with all the influence of mobs, been  able to destroy it; but like Moses’ bush  it has stood unconsumed, and now at  this moment presents an important  spectacle both to men and angels.—  Where can we turn our eyes to behold  such another? We contemplate a peo ple who have embraced a system of  religion unpopular, and the adherence  to which has brought upon them repea ted persecutions—a people who for their  love of God and attachment to his  cause, have suffered hunger, naked ness, perils, and almost every privation —a people, who, for the sake of their  religion, have had to mour[n] the pre mature deaths of parents, husbands,  wives, and children—a people who  have prefered death to slavery and  hypocracy, and have honorably main tained their characters, and stood firm  and immovable, in times that have tried  men’s souls.
Stand fast, ye Saints of God, hold  on a little while longer, and the storms  of life will be past, and you will be re warded by that God whose servants  you are, and who will duly appreciate  all your toils and afflictions for Christ’s  sake and the gospel’s. Your names will  be handed down to posterity as saints  of God, and virtuous men.
But we hope that those scenes of  blood and gore will never more occur,  but that many, very many such scenes  as the present will be witnessed by the  saints, and that in the , the  foundation of which has been so hap pily laid, will the saints of the Most  High continue to congregate from year  to year, in peace and safety.
From the kind and generous feel ings manifest, by the citizens of this  , since our sojourn among them,  we may continue to expect the enjoy ment of all the blessings of civil and  religious liberty, guaranteed by the  constitution. The citizens of  have done themselves honor in throw ing the mantle of the constitution over  a persecuted and afflicted people; and  have given evident proof, that they  are not only in the enjoyment of the  privileges of freemen themselves, but  that they willingly and cheerfully ex tend that invaluable blessing to others,  and that they freely award to faithful ness and virtue their due.
The proceedings of the Legislature  in regard to the citizens of this place  have been marked with philanthropy  and benevelence; and they have laid  us under great and lasting obligations,  in granting us the several liberal char ters we now enjoy, and by which we  hope to prosper, until our becomes  the most splendid, our University the  most learned, and our Legion the most  effective, of any in the . In the  language of one of our own poets, we  would say,
In we’ve found a safe retreat,
A home, a shelter from oppressions  dire;
Where we can worship God as we think  right,
And mobbers come not to disturb our  peace;
Where we can live and hope for better  days,
Enjoy again our liberty, our rights:
That social intercourse which freedom  grants,
And charity requires of man to man.
And long may charity pervade each  breast,
And long may remain the  scene
Of rich prosperity by peace secured!
In consequence of the impoverish ed condition of the saints, the buildings  which are in progress of erection do not  progress as fast as could be desired;  but from the interest which is generally  manifested by the saints at large, we  hope to accomplish much by a combi nation of effort, and a concentration of  action, and erect the and oth er buildings, which we so much need  for our mutual instruction and the ed ucation of our children.
From the reports which have been  received, we may expect a large emi gration this season. The proclama tion which was sent some time ago to  the churches abroad, has been respond ed to, and great numbers are making  preparations to come and locate them selves in this and vicinity.
From what we now witness, we are  led to look forward with pleasing an ticipation to the future, and soon ex pect to see the thousands of Israel flock ing to this region, in obedience to the [p. 385]
tier than the mighty waves of the sea.” Nor, have the flames of persecution, with all the influence of mobs, been able to destroy it; but like Moses’ bush it has stood unconsumed, and now at this moment presents an important spectacle both to men and angels.— Where can we turn our eyes to behold such another? We contemplate a people who have embraced a system of religion unpopular, and the adherence to which has brought upon them repeated persecutions—a people who for their love of God and attachment to his cause, have suffered hunger, nakedness, perils, and almost every privation—a people, who, for the sake of their religion, have had to mourn the premature deaths of parents, husbands, wives, and children—a people who have prefered death to slavery and hypocracy, and have honorably maintained their characters, and stood firm and immovable, in times that have tried men’s souls.
Stand fast, ye Saints of God, hold on a little while longer, and the storms of life will be past, and you will be rewarded by that God whose servants you are, and who will duly appreciate all your toils and afflictions for Christ’s sake and the gospel’s. Your names will be handed down to posterity as saints of God, and virtuous men.
But we hope that those scenes of blood and gore will never more occur, but that many, very many such scenes as the present will be witnessed by the saints, and that in the , the foundation of which has been so happily laid, will the saints of the Most High continue to congregate from year to year, in peace and safety.
From the kind and generous feelings manifest, by the citizens of this , since our sojourn among them, we may continue to expect the enjoyment of all the blessings of civil and religious liberty, guaranteed by the constitution. The citizens of have done themselves honor in throwing the mantle of the constitution over a persecuted and afflicted people; and have given evident proof, that they are not only in the enjoyment of the privileges of freemen themselves, but that they willingly and cheerfully extend that invaluable blessing to others, and that they freely award to faithfulness and virtue their due.
The proceedings of the Legislature in regard to the citizens of this place have been marked with philanthropy and benevelence; and they have laid us under great and lasting obligations, in granting us the several liberal charters we now enjoy, and by which we hope to prosper, until our becomes the most splendid, our University the most learned, and our Legion the most effective, of any in the . In the language of one of our own poets, we would say,
In we’ve found a safe retreat,
A home, a shelter from oppressions dire;
Where we can worship God as we think right,
And mobbers come not to disturb our peace;
Where we can live and hope for better days,
Enjoy again our liberty, our rights:
That social intercourse which freedom grants,
And charity requires of man to man.
And long may charity pervade each breast,
And long may remain the scene
Of rich prosperity by peace secured!
In consequence of the impoverished condition of the saints, the buildings which are in progress of erection do not progress as fast as could be desired; but from the interest which is generally manifested by the saints at large, we hope to accomplish much by a combination of effort, and a concentration of action, and erect the and other buildings, which we so much need for our mutual instruction and the education of our children.
From the reports which have been received, we may expect a large emigration this season. The proclamation which was sent some time ago to the churches abroad, has been responded to, and great numbers are making preparations to come and locate themselves in this and vicinity.
From what we now witness, we are led to look forward with pleasing anticipation to the future, and soon expect to see the thousands of Israel flocking to this region, in obedience to the [p. 385]
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