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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​May 7​> Country to what the Americans are, they say it cannot be possible that men should leave their homes and come so far, unless they were truly the Servants of the Lord; they do not seem to understand argument, simple testimony is enough for them, they beg and plead for the book of Mormon and were it not for the Priests,— the people would follow after the Servants of the Lord and enquire what they should do to be saved: the Priests feel just as they did in the days of the Savior. If they let “this sect alone, all men will believe on them and the Romans will come and take away our place and nation.” I wish you would tell me how Cousin Lemuel gets along with his business and all the boys on the half breed tract— and the whole breed. I think a great deal about our friends, families, and possessions. I look for the time when the Lord will speak so that the hearts of the rebellious will be pierced, you will remember the words of the Savior to his disciples, he says to you is given to know the Mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, but to them that are without all things in parables.
The brethren here are very anxious to emigrate to that , some want to come this fall, where shall they go? their customs are different to ours, and it would be more pleasant for them to settle by themselves. Almost without exception it is the poor that receive the Gospel. I think there will be some over this fall, my Counsel to such as intend to come, is, that they go to the Western States where you [HC 4:126] can live among the farmers and wait for orders from the Authorities of the Church, and all will be well. You must excuse my bad writing, I have only catched at ideas. I want to know about the brethren’s coming over this fall, I think some of us will come, we shall send our papers to you, and to a number of the rest of the brethren. I wish you would have the goodness to give me a pretty general knowledge of the Church for I feel for them and pray for them continually. We need help very much in this Country, one American can do more here than a number of the Elders who are raised up here by the preaching of the Gospel, we have sent for some to come, I wish you would encourage them to come as quick as they can.
If we could go four ways at a time we could not fill all the calls we have for preaching. I shall expect such Counsel from you about the Elders coming as you shall think necessary for us and them to have, I wish to know what the prospect is about the government’s doing any thing for us. When we left I thought there was but a poor chance for us. Concerning being called to the Seventies and sent to other Countries I should like to know whether it would be proper to ordain them to that office or not while here? Had any of us better come back this fall, I suppose that some that come over with us will return— and , and if he gets at liberty. I suppose you have heard that he is in prison, he has been [p. 1057]
May 7 Country to what the Americans are, they say it cannot be possible that men should leave their homes and come so far, unless they were truly the Servants of the Lord; they do not seem to understand argument, simple testimony is enough for them, they beg and plead for the book of Mormon and were it not for the Priests,— the people would follow after the Servants of the Lord and enquire what they should do to be saved: the Priests feel just as they did in the days of the Savior. If they let “this sect alone, all men will believe on them and the Romans will come and take away our place and nation.” I wish you would tell me how Cousin Lemuel gets along with his business and all the boys on the half breed tract— and the whole breed. I think a great deal about our friends, families, and possessions. I look for the time when the Lord will speak so that the hearts of the rebellious will be pierced, you will remember the words of the Savior to his disciples, he says to you is given to know the Mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, but to them that are without all things in parables.
The brethren here are very anxious to emigrate to that , some want to come this fall, where shall they go? their customs are different to ours, and it would be more pleasant for them to settle by themselves. Almost without exception it is the poor that receive the Gospel. I think there will be some over this fall, my Counsel to such as intend to come, is, that they go to the Western States where you [HC 4:126] can live among the farmers and wait for orders from the Authorities of the Church, and all will be well. You must excuse my bad writing, I have only catched at ideas. I want to know about the brethren’s coming over this fall, I think some of us will come, we shall send our papers to you, and to a number of the rest of the brethren. I wish you would have the goodness to give me a pretty general knowledge of the Church for I feel for them and pray for them continually. We need help very much in this Country, one American can do more here than a number of the Elders who are raised up here by the preaching of the Gospel, we have sent for some to come, I wish you would encourage them to come as quick as they can.
If we could go four ways at a time we could not fill all the calls we have for preaching. I shall expect such Counsel from you about the Elders coming as you shall think necessary for us and them to have, I wish to know what the prospect is about the government’s doing any thing for us. When we left I thought there was but a poor chance for us. Concerning being called to the Seventies and sent to other Countries I should like to know whether it would be proper to ordain them to that office or not while here? Had any of us better come back this fall, I suppose that some that come over with us will return— and , and if he gets at liberty. I suppose you have heard that he is in prison, he has been [p. 1057]
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