Times and Seasons, 1 March 1842

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an exterminating order was issued by  , and under the sanction of  law an organized banditti ranged through  the country, robbed us of our cattle,  sheep, horses, hogs &c., many of our  people were murdered in cold blood, the  chastity of our women was violated, and  we were forced to sign away our proper ty at the point of the sword, and after en during every indignity that could be  heaped upon us by an inhuman, ungodly  band of maurauders, from twelve to fif teen thousand souls men, women, and  children were driven from their own  fire sides, and from lands that they had  warrantee deeds of, houseless, friendless,  and homeless (in the depth of winter,) to  wander as exiles on the earth or to seek  an asylum in a more genial clime, and  among a less barbarous people.
Many sickened and died, in conse quence of the cold, and hardships they  had to endure; many wives were left  widows, and children orphans, and desti tute. It would take more time than is al lotted me here to describe the injustice,  the wrongs, the murders, the bloodshed,  the theft, misery and woe that has been  caused by the barbarous, inhuman, and  lawless, proceedings of the state of .
In the situation before alluded to we  arrived in the state of in 1839,  where we found a hospitable people and  a friendly home; a people who were wil ling to be governed by the principles of  law and humanity. We have commen ced to build a city called “” in  Hancock co., we number from six to  eight thousand here besides vast numbers  in the around and in almost every  county of the . We have a city  charter granted us and a charter for a le gion the troops of which now number  1500. We have also a charter for a uni versity, for an agricultural and manufac turing society, have our own laws and  administrators, and possess all the priv ileges that other free and enlightened  citizens enjoy.
Persecution has not stopped the pro gress of truth, but has only added fuel to  the flame, it has spread with increasing  rapidity, proud of the cause which  they have espoused and conscious of  their innocence and of the truth of their  system amidst calumny and reproach  have the elders of this church gone forth,  and planted the gospel in almost every  state in the ; it has penetrated our  cities, it has spread over our villages, and  has caused thousands of our intelligent,  noble, and patriotic citizens to obey its  divine mandates, and be governed by its  sacred truths. It has also spread into  England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales:  in the year of 1839 where a few of our  missionaries were sent over five thous and joined the standard of truth, there  are numbers now joining in every land.
Our missionaries are going forth to  different nations, and in Germany, Pales tine, New Holland, the East Indies, and  other places, the standard of truth has  been erected: no unhallowed hand can  stop the work from progressing, persecu tions may rage, mobs may combine, ar mies may assemble, calumny may de fame, but the truth of God will go forth  boldly, nobly, and independent till it has  penetrated every continent, visited every  clime, swept every country, and sounded  in every ear, till the purposes of God  shall be accomplished and the great Je hovah shall say the work is done.
We believe in God the Eternal Father,  and in his son Jesus Christ, and in the  Holy Ghost.
We believe that men will be punished  for their own sins and not for Adam’s  transgression.
We believe that through the atone ment of Christ all mankind may be sa ved by obedience to the laws and ordinan ces of the Gospel.
We believe that these ordinances are  1st, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; 2d,  Repentance; 3d, Baptism by immersion  for the remission of sins; 4th, Laying on  of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.
We believe that a man must be called  of God by “prophesy, and by laying on  of hands” by those who are in authority  to preach the gospel and administer in  the ordinances thereof.
We believe in the same organization  that existed in the primitive church, viz:  apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers,  evangelists &c.
We believe in the gift of tongues,  prophesy, revelation, visions, healing, in terpretation of tongues &c.
We believe the bible to be the word of  God as far as it is translated correctly;  we also believe the Book of Mormon to  be the word of God.
We believe all that God has revealed,  all that he does now reveal, and we be [p. 709]
an exterminating order was issued by , and under the sanction of law an organized banditti ranged through the country, robbed us of our cattle, sheep, horses, hogs &c., many of our people were murdered in cold blood, the chastity of our women was violated, and we were forced to sign away our property at the point of the sword, and after enduring every indignity that could be heaped upon us by an inhuman, ungodly band of maurauders, from twelve to fifteen thousand souls men, women, and children were driven from their own fire sides, and from lands that they had warrantee deeds of, houseless, friendless, and homeless (in the depth of winter,) to wander as exiles on the earth or to seek an asylum in a more genial clime, and among a less barbarous people.
Many sickened and died, in consequence of the cold, and hardships they had to endure; many wives were left widows, and children orphans, and destitute. It would take more time than is allotted me here to describe the injustice, the wrongs, the murders, the bloodshed, the theft, misery and woe that has been caused by the barbarous, inhuman, and lawless, proceedings of the state of .
In the situation before alluded to we arrived in the state of in 1839, where we found a hospitable people and a friendly home; a people who were willing to be governed by the principles of law and humanity. We have commenced to build a city called “” in Hancock co., we number from six to eight thousand here besides vast numbers in the around and in almost every county of the . We have a city charter granted us and a charter for a legion the troops of which now number 1500. We have also a charter for a university, for an agricultural and manufacturing society, have our own laws and administrators, and possess all the privileges that other free and enlightened citizens enjoy.
Persecution has not stopped the progress of truth, but has only added fuel to the flame, it has spread with increasing rapidity, proud of the cause which they have espoused and conscious of their innocence and of the truth of their system amidst calumny and reproach have the elders of this church gone forth, and planted the gospel in almost every state in the ; it has penetrated our cities, it has spread over our villages, and has caused thousands of our intelligent, noble, and patriotic citizens to obey its divine mandates, and be governed by its sacred truths. It has also spread into England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales: in the year of 1839 where a few of our missionaries were sent over five thousand joined the standard of truth, there are numbers now joining in every land.
Our missionaries are going forth to different nations, and in Germany, Palestine, New Holland, the East Indies, and other places, the standard of truth has been erected: no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing, persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished and the great Jehovah shall say the work is done.
We believe in God the Eternal Father, and in his son Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.
We believe that men will be punished for their own sins and not for Adam’s transgression.
We believe that through the atonement of Christ all mankind may be saved by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
We believe that these ordinances are 1st, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; 2d, Repentance; 3d, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; 4th, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.
We believe that a man must be called of God by “prophesy, and by laying on of hands” by those who are in authority to preach the gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.
We believe in the same organization that existed in the primitive church, viz: apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists &c.
We believe in the gift of tongues, prophesy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues &c.
We believe the bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.
We believe all that God has revealed, all that he does now reveal, and we be [p. 709]
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