History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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. It was an early spring, and the leaves and blossoms, like a glimpse at paradise, enlivened and gratified the soul of man.
The day was spent in a very agreeable manner, in giving and receiving knowledge which appertained to this last kingdom. It being just 1800 years since the Savior laid down his life that men might have everlasting life, and only three years since the church had come out of the wilderness preparatory for the last dispensation, they had great reason to rejoice; They thought upon the time when this world came into existence, and the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy: When Israel eat the “passover” as wailing came up for the loss of the first-born of Egypt, and they felt like the shepherds who watched their flocks by night, when the angelic choir sweetly sung that electrifying strain, “Peace on earth and good will to man,[”] and the solemnities of Eternity rested upon them. This was the first attempt made by the , to celebrate its her birth day, and those who professed not our faith talked about it as a strange thing.
While the church was thus rejoicing, the news from abroad was, that 30.000, out of a population of 100.000, had died of starvation, in consequence of the drouth famine produced by three years drouth, followed by a flood, in the Cape De Verd Islands: That sixteen shocks of earthquake had been felt the previous February, at St. Kitts and Nevis, in the West India Islands; that the polish Jews were about to visit Jerusalem; That war was raging between Turkey & Egypt; That a great fire had occurred in ; That volcanic irruptions, wars and rumors of wars, were prevailing in different sections of the earth, and fire balls and fearful signs were seen in the heavens, with many other alarming appearances, which caused the hearts of [HC 1:337] the wicked to tremble, [p. 284]
. It was an early spring, and the leaves and blossoms, like a glimpse at paradise, enlivened and gratified the soul of man.
The day was spent in a very agreeable manner, in giving and receiving knowledge which appertained to this last kingdom. It being just 1800 years since the Savior laid down his life that men might have everlasting life, and only three years since the church had come out of the wilderness preparatory for the last dispensation, they had great reason to rejoice; They thought upon the time when this world came into existence, and the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy: When Israel eat the “passover” as wailing came up for the loss of the first-born of Egypt, and they felt like the shepherds who watched their flocks by night, when the angelic choir sweetly sung that electrifying strain, “Peace on earth and good will to man,” and the solemnities of Eternity rested upon them. This was the first attempt made by the , to celebrate her birth day, and those who professed not our faith talked about it as a strange thing.
While the church was thus rejoicing, the news from abroad was, that 30.000, out of a population of 100.000, had died of starvation, in consequence of the famine produced by three years drouth, followed by a flood, in the Cape De Verd Islands: That sixteen shocks of earthquake had been felt the previous February, at St. Kitts and Nevis, in the West India Islands; that the polish Jews were about to visit Jerusalem; That war was raging between Turkey & Egypt; That a great fire had occurred in ; That volcanic irruptions, wars and rumors of wars, were prevailing in different sections of the earth, and fire balls and fearful signs were seen in the heavens, with many other alarming appearances, which caused the hearts of [HC 1:337] the wicked to tremble, [p. 284]
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