History, 1838–1856, volume D-1 [1 August 1842–1 July 1843]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​April 13​> for them. The object of this meeting is to tell you these things, and then if you will pursue the same course you must bear the consequences of your own folly.
There are several objects in your coming here, one object has been to bring you from Sectarian bondage, another object was to bring you from National bondage, to where you can be planted in a fertile soil. We have brought you into a free government, not that you are to consider yourselves outlaws.
By free governments we do not mean that a man has a right to steal, rob &c, but free from bondage, <​unjust​> taxation, oppression, and everything if they conduct honestly and circumspectly with their Neighbours; free in a spiritual capacity. This is the place that is appointed for the oracles of God to be revealed; if you have any darkness, you have only to ask and the darkness is removed. It is not necessary that miracles should be wrought to remove darkness. Miracles are the fruits of faith.
How then shall they call on him, in whom they have not believed? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach except they be sent?
God may translate the scriptures by me if he chooses. Faith comes by hearing the word of God, and not faith by hearing, and hearing by the word &c. If a man has not faith enough to do one thing, he may have faith to do another; if he cannot remove a mountain, he may heal the sick— where faith is, there will be some of the fruits; all gifts and power which were sent from Heaven were poured out on the heads of those who had faith. [HC 5:355]
You must have a oneness of heart in all things; and then you shall be satisfied one way or the other before you have done with us.
There are a great many old huts here, but they are all new, for our is not 6 or 700 years old, as those you come from; this city is not 4 years old, it is only a three year old last fall, there are very few old settlers.
I got away from my keepers in , and when I came to these shores I found 4 or 500 families who had been driven out of without houses or food, and I went to work to get meat and flour to feed them; the people were not afraid to trust me, and I went to work and bought all this region of country, and I cried out “Lord what wilt thou have me to do?’ and the answer was, build up a city, and call my Saints to this place, and our hearts leaped with joy to see you coming here. We have been praying for you all winter from the bottom of our hearts, and we are glad to see you. We are poor and cannot do by you as we would, but we will do for you all we can. It is not expected that all of you can locate in the . There are some who have money and will build and hire others; those who cannot purchase lots, can go out in the country: the farmers want your labor. No industrious man need suffer on this land. The claims of the poor on us are such that we have claim on your good feelings, for your money to help the poor, and the church debts also have their demands to save the credit of the Church; this credit has been obtained to help the poor and keep them from starvation, &c, those who purchase church land and pay for it, this shall be their sacrifice
Men of $50 and 100,000 who were robbed of every thing in the State of , are labouring in this for a morsel of bread, and there are those who must have starved [p. 1530]
April 13 for them. The object of this meeting is to tell you these things, and then if you will pursue the same course you must bear the consequences of your own folly.
There are several objects in your coming here, one object has been to bring you from Sectarian bondage, another object was to bring you from National bondage, to where you can be planted in a fertile soil. We have brought you into a free government, not that you are to consider yourselves outlaws.
By free governments we do not mean that a man has a right to steal, rob &c, but free from bondage, unjust taxation, oppression, and everything if they conduct honestly and circumspectly with their Neighbors; free in a spiritual capacity. This is the place that is appointed for the oracles of God to be revealed; if you have any darkness, you have only to ask and the darkness is removed. It is not necessary that miracles should be wrought to remove darkness. Miracles are the fruits of faith.
How then shall they call on him, in whom they have not believed? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach except they be sent?
God may translate the scriptures by me if he chooses. Faith comes by hearing the word of God, and not faith by hearing, and hearing by the word &c. If a man has not faith enough to do one thing, he may have faith to do another; if he cannot remove a mountain, he may heal the sick— where faith is, there will be some of the fruits; all gifts and power which were sent from Heaven were poured out on the heads of those who had faith. [HC 5:355]
You must have a oneness of heart in all things; and then you shall be satisfied one way or the other before you have done with us.
There are a great many old huts here, but they are all new, for our is not 6 or 700 years old, as those you come from; this city is not 4 years old, it is only a three year old last fall, there are very few old settlers.
I got away from my keepers in , and when I came to these shores I found 4 or 500 families who had been driven out of without houses or food, and I went to work to get meat and flour to feed them; the people were not afraid to trust me, and I went to work and bought all this region of country, and I cried out “Lord what wilt thou have me to do?’ and the answer was, build up a city, and call my Saints to this place, and our hearts leaped with joy to see you coming here. We have been praying for you all winter from the bottom of our hearts, and we are glad to see you. We are poor and cannot do by you as we would, but we will do for you all we can. It is not expected that all of you can locate in the . There are some who have money and will build and hire others; those who cannot purchase lots, can go out in the country: the farmers want your labor. No industrious man need suffer on this land. The claims of the poor on us are such that we have claim on your good feelings, for your money to help the poor, and the church debts also have their demands to save the credit of the Church; this credit has been obtained to help the poor and keep them from starvation, &c, those who purchase church land and pay for it, this shall be their sacrifice
Men of $50 and 100,000 who were robbed of every thing in the State of , are labouring in this for a morsel of bread, and there are those who must have starved [p. 1530]
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