E. H. Mower, Letter, Clinton Co., IN, to [JS, , Hancock Co., IL], 9 Mar. 1843. Version published in Times and Seasons, vol. 4, no. 10, 1 Apr. 1843, p. 149.
Clinton County, I[ndian]a., March, 9, 1843.
Dear Brother—I embrace an opportunity now offered to inform you of the progress of truth in this region.
I left on the twenty-third of September last, to go to the eastern states, to preach the everlasting gospel, in company with another . On our journey we preached frequently to large congregations, many of whom, in consequence of false reports, appeared enraged against us as a people; but when the truth penetrated their hearts, they saw that they had been imposed upon by falsehoods and misrepresentations, and entertained very different feelings towards us. Their enmity was turned to respect, and they treated us with the greatest kindness. The Lord has indeed opened out our way, and although we have had much to contend with, both from priests and people, we have lacked no good thing, for the Lord God has been our friend.
When we arrived at Clinton, Boon County, we were fully satisfied that it was our duty to stop and preach. We had, at first, some difficulty to get a place to preach in, but after speaking two or three times, there was more calls than we could attend to. We have continued preaching in this and an adjoining county, and combatting with priests, (who seem to be the most determined opposers to the truth,) until now. We have thirty-two, and the prospect is still good. There are many enquiring after truth, and earnestly desirous to know the way of salvation, while many of the priests are running from place to place, and crying delusion! delusion!! and we have understood by many of the citizens that their great text is ‘the Mormons’ and ‘Joe Smith;’ but ‘while they have made lies their refuge, and under falsehood hid themselves,’ their misrepresentations only have a tendency to drive the honest in heart to enquire into the truth, and to make the saints rejoice while they see satan overshoot himself. They have been endeavoring lately to make their hearers believe that we are more dangerous than their own mother, the Roman Catholic Church; they call her the mother of Harlots, if indeed she is, they are her offsprings and they all have descended from her. It does not speak much for her relationship; we must be in a bad predicament, if we are worse than them, for they are the acknowledged daughters of the old lady, who is described as being the mother of harlots.
In the midst of all their strife and confusion however, the work of the Lord is still progressing; the “little stone cut out of the mountains without hands” is rolling forth, truth is gaining ground and is trembling, and my prayer is, that the God of truth may roll forth his mighty work, till the honest in heart shall be gathered out of all nations, and the ends of the earth see the salvation of God.