Discourse, circa 19 July 1840, as Reported by Unknown Scribe–A

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A Few Items from a Discourse Delivered by Joseph Smith, July 19, 1840.
Read a chapter in [Ezekiel?] concluding with this saying and when all these things come to pass and Lo they will come then shall you know that a Prophet hath been among you.
Afterwards read the parable of the 12 olive trees, and said speaking of the Land of Zion:— It consisted of all North and South America, but that any place where the Saints gather is which every righteous man will build up for a place of safety for his children. The Olive trees are 12 which are yet to be built not the in as some suppose, for while the 12 stakes are being built we will be at peace but the nations of the earth will be at war: Our cry from the first has been for peace and we will continue pleading like the widow at the feet of the unjust Judge, but we may plead at the feet of magistrates and at the feet of Judges, at the feet of Governors and at the feet of Senators, at the feet of Presidents for 8 years it will be of no avail, we shall find no favor in any of the Courts of this Government. The redemption of Zion is, the redemption of all North and South America, and those 12 stakes must be built up before the redemption of Zion can take place, and those who refuse to gather and build when they are commanded to do so, cease to be saviors of men and are thenceforth good for nothing but shall be cast out and trodden underfeet of men for their trans [p. 1]
A Few Items from a Discourse Delivered by Joseph Smith, July 19, 1840.
Read a chapter in [Ezekiel] concluding with this saying and when all these things come to pass and Lo they will come then shall you know that a Prophet hath been among you.
Afterwards read the parable of the 12 olive trees, and said speaking of the Land of Zion:— It consisted of all North and South America, but that any place where the Saints gather is which every righteous man will build up for a place of safety for his children. The Olive trees are 12 which are yet to be built not the in as some suppose, for while the 12 stakes are being built we will be at peace but the nations of the earth will be at war: Our cry from the first has been for peace and we will continue pleading like the widow at the feet of the unjust Judge, but we may plead at the feet of magistrates and at the feet of Judges, at the feet of Governors and at the feet of Senators, at the feet of Presidents for 8 years it will be of no avail, we shall find no favor in any of the Courts of this Government. The redemption of Zion is, the redemption of all North and South America, and those 12 stakes must be built up before the redemption of Zion can take place, and those who refuse to gather and build when they are commanded to do so, cease to be saviors of men and are thenceforth good for nothing but shall be cast out and trodden underfeet of men for their trans [p. 1]
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