Discourse, 13 April 1843, as Reported by Willard Richards

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I most heartily congratulate you on your safe arrival— at . & your safe deliverance from all the dangers & diffcultis you have had to encou[n]ter
but you must not think your tribulations. are ended.—
I shall not address you on doctrin but concerni[n]g your temporal welfare
inasmuch as you have come up here assaying to keep the Comma[n]dments <​of God​> I pronou[n]ce the blessings of heaven <​& earth​> upon you. & inasmuch as will <​follow​> counsel. & act wisely. & do right [p. [121]] these blessings shall rest upon you so far as I have power of <​with​> God to seal them up[o]n you
I am you[r] servnt. & it is only through the Holy Ghost. that I can do you good. God is able to do his own work.
we do not present ourselves <​before you​> as any thing but your humble servnts. willing to be spent spend & be spent in your servant services.
we shall dwell on your temperal welware [welfare]. on this occasion. In the 1st place. where a crowd is flocking from all parts of the world of diffrt [different] minds; religion; &c, <​there will be some​> who do not live up to the Commandm[en]ts. <​there will be​>— & designing characters, [p. [122]] who would turn you aside & lead you astray.— specluators who would get away your property. therefore it is necessary we should have an order here, <​&​> when emigra[n]ts arrive to instruct. them concerning these things.
If the heads of the church had have laid the foundati[o]ns <​of this place, & have had the trouble of​> & of doing what has been done— are they not better qualifid to tell you how to lay out your money & than those who have had no interest— &c
Some start on the revelati[o]ns to come here. & get turned away & loose [lose] all, & then come, and enter their complaints, <​to us​> when it is too late to do any thing for them [p. [123]]
the object of this meeting is to tell you these things & then if you <​will pursue the same cou[r]ses you must bear the consequence. There are sev[er]al objects in your coming here——​> one objct has been to bring you from. Sectarian bondage another. from National bondage. 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 governme[n]t, we do not mean that a man has a right to steal <​rob​>. &c <​but free​> from Bondage. taxation— oppression. free in every thing if he conduct himself hone[s]tly & circumspe[c]tly with his n[e]ighbor, free in a spiritual capacity.— [p. [124]]
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 & the dar[k]ness is removed. tis not necessary that miracles should be <​wrought​> to remove darkness Miracles are the fruits of faith. “how shall we believe on him on <​of​> whom <​&c​> &c we have not heard.
I.E. inasmuch as I have received knowledge before I God may correct <​the scriptur by me if he choose​>
faith comes by hearing the word of God. <​& not faith by hearing & hearing by the word &c​> If a man has not faith enough to do one thing he may do another, <​if he cannot remove a Mountain he may heal the Sick.​> where faith is there will be some of the fruits. all gift & powed <​which were​> out <​poured​> out from heaven were poured out on [p. [125]] the heads of those who had faith. You must have a oneness of heart in all things, You shall be satisfied one way or the other with us before you have done with us.— <​there are a​> great many old huts here <​but they​> are all new. our city is not 6 or 700 years <​old​> as <​those​> you come from, it is only a 4 year old not <​a​> 4 year old not <​but​> 3 year old. <​we​> comncd [commenced] building 3 years last fall. <​there​> few old setlers— I got away fro[m] my keepers <​in ​> & ran & came on these shore[s], & found 4 or 500 families & <​I​> went to work to get meat & flour folks were not afraid to trust. me. I went to work & bought all this region of country:— <​& I cried​> Lord what will thou have me to do? <​& the answr was​> build up a city [p. [126]] <​&​> call my saints to this place: & our hea[r]ts leaped with joy to see you coming here. We have been praying for you all winter, from the bottom of hearts, We are glad to see you—
we are poor— & cannot do by you as we would. but will do all we can.—
’Tis not to be expected that all can locate in the city.— there are are some who have money & will <​build— &​> hire. others, those who cannot purchase. lots can go out in the country.— the farmers wants your labors.— no industrious man need suffer in this land.—
the claims of the poor <​on us​> are such that [p. [127]] we have claim of <​on​> your good feelings for your money. to help the poor. & the chu[r]ch debts <​also have their dem[a]nds to​>— save the credit of the church. this credit has been obtaind to help the poor. & keep them from starvation. &c— those who purchase church lands. & pay for it, this shall be their sacrifice,
Men of 50. & 100.000 dollars, who were robbed <​of every thing​> in the State of are laboring in this city for a morsel <​of bread.​>. <​& there are those​> who must have starved but for the providence of God through me. If any man say here is land. or there is land. beleive it— not.— we can beat all our competitors in lands. price. & every [p. [128]] think [thing], <​we have the​> high[e]st pricees. best lands. & do the most good with. th[e] money. <​we get.​> <​our system​> it is a real smut machine a bolting machine.— & all the <​shorts​> brann & smut. runs away & all the flour remains with us.—
suppose I sell you land for $10. per acre & I gave 3. 4. 5 per acre . . . then you are speculating <​says one,​> yes, I will tell you how. I buy others lands & give them to the widow & the fatherless,——
If they these <​the​> speculators run again[s]t me they run again[s]t the buckler of Jehovah.— God did not send me up as he did Joshua, in former days God sent [p. [129]] his servnts to fight, but in the last days he has promised to fight the battle himself.
God will deal with you himself. & will bless or curse you as you do behave your selves. I speak to you as one having authority. that you may know when it come & that you may have faith. & know that God has sent me.
<​The lower part of the town is the most healt[h]y,​> In <​th[e]​> upper part of the town the Merchants will say I am partial— &c but The lower part of the town is much the most healthy. I tell you in the name of the Lord.— I have been out in all parts of the city. att all times of night to learn these thi[n]gs. [p. [130]]
The Doctors in this region dont know much; & the lawyers, <​when I spoke about them—​> began to say we will known renounce you. on the stand.— but they dont come up & I take the libe[r]ty to say what I care have a mind to about. them.
Doctors wont tell you where to go to be well. they want to kill. or cure you to get Your money.——
Calomel Doctor will give you calomel to cure a sliver in the big toe
& does not stop to know if whether the stomach is empty or not.— <​& calomel on an empty stomach will kill the patient.​>
& the Lobelia doctors will do the same.
point me out a patient & I will [p. [131]] tell you whether calomel or Lobelia will kill kill <​him​> or not. if you give it, The is healthy. unless they drink, it. & it is more healthy then the spring water— dig wells from 15 to 30 feet. and it will be healthy.
There are many sloughs on th[e] Islands. f[r]om <​whence​> Miasma arises in the summer, and is blown over the upper part of the city.— but it does not extend over the lower part of the city.—
all those pers[o]ns who are not used to liv[i]ng on a river, or lake or large pond of water— I do not want you should stay on the banks of the river. [p. [132]] get away to the lower part of the city. back on the hill . . . where you can get. good— well water.—
if you feel any inconvenince take some mild physic. 2 or 3 times & then some good bitters— if you cant get any thing else take a little salts. & Cyanne [cayenne] pepper— if you cant get salt take pecoria.— or gnaw down a butternut tree, <​eat some​> boneset, <​or​> hoarhound.
Those who have may money come to me & I will let you have lands & those who have not money if they look as well as I do I will give you advice that will do you good 12¼— I bless you in the name of Jesus Chit [Christ] Amen [p. [133]]