History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​April 7​> 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 <​course​> 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 public 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 heavenly command; numerous habitations of the Saints thickly studding the flowery and [HC 4:338] wide spread prairies of ; temples for the worship of our God erecting in various parts; and great peace resting upon Israel. We would call the attention of the Saints more particularly to the <​building​> of the , for on its speedy erection great blessings depend. The zeal which is manifested by the Saints in this is indeed praise worthy, and we hope will be imitated by the Saints in the various stakes and branches of the church, and that those who cannot contribute labor will bring their gold and their silver, their brass, and their iron, with the pine tree, and box tree to beautify the same. We are glad to hear of the organization of the different quorums in this , and hope that the organization will be attended to in every stake and branch of the Church, for the Almighty is a lover of order and good government. From the faith and enterprize of the saints generally, we feel greatly encouraged, and cheerfully attend to the important duties devolving upon us, knowing that we not only have the approval of heaven, but that our efforts for the establishing of and the spread of truth, are cheerfully seconded by the thousands of Israel. In conclusion we would say, brethren, be faithful; let your love and moderation be known unto all men; be patient; be mindful to observe all the command<​ments​> of your Heavenly Father; and the God of all grace shall bless you, even so. Amen. <​Joseph Smith— President​> . Clerk. [p. 1191]
April 7 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 course 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 public 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 heavenly command; numerous habitations of the Saints thickly studding the flowery and [HC 4:338] wide spread prairies of ; temples for the worship of our God erecting in various parts; and great peace resting upon Israel. We would call the attention of the Saints more particularly to the building of the , for on its speedy erection great blessings depend. The zeal which is manifested by the Saints in this is indeed praise worthy, and we hope will be imitated by the Saints in the various stakes and branches of the church, and that those who cannot contribute labor will bring their gold and their silver, their brass, and their iron, with the pine tree, and box tree to beautify the same. We are glad to hear of the organization of the different quorums in this , and hope that the organization will be attended to in every stake and branch of the Church, for the Almighty is a lover of order and good government. From the faith and enterprize of the saints generally, we feel greatly encouraged, and cheerfully attend to the important duties devolving upon us, knowing that we not only have the approval of heaven, but that our efforts for the establishing of and the spread of truth, are cheerfully seconded by the thousands of Israel. In conclusion we would say, brethren, be faithful; let your love and moderation be known unto all men; be patient; be mindful to observe all the commandments of your Heavenly Father; and the God of all grace shall bless you, even so. Amen. Joseph Smith— President . Clerk. [p. 1191]
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