Editorial, 4 May 1838

of what is called the Platt[e] and Nodawa[y]  countries, or rather Notawa, which  signifies rattle snake.
It will be seen by this, that this town  is situated in the north west corner of  the State of Missouri, in the 40th deg.  of north latitude. The land is rolling  and generally dry; at least, there are  no more wet lands, than are necessary  for grazing purposes, when the coun try becomes all subdued.
The Saints here are at perfect peace  with all the surrounding inhabitants,  and persecution is not so much as once  named among them: every man can  attend to business without fear or ex citement, or being molested in any  wise. There are many of the inhabit ants of this town, who own lands in the  vicinity, and are at this time busily en gaged in cultivating them. Hundreds  of acres of corn have been planted al ready, in our immediate neighborhood;  and hundreds of acres more are now  being planted. (This is the fourth day  of May).
The crops of wheat are very prom ising, and the prospect is that we will  have an abundant harvest. The vast  quantities of provision purchased, in  this upper country by the United States,  for the use of the Garrison, and also  for the Indians, have made all kinds of  provision dear, and somewhat scarce.  Corn is fifty cents per bushel; wheat  one dollar; pork from eight, to ten  dollars per cwt.; and all kinds of pro vision on a par with these.
Perhaps it might be thought by some  necessary, that we should say some thing about the affairs of Kirtland.— The burning of the printing office there  &c. But it is now, as in former days.  In former days the destroyers of the  Saints’ property were of the baser sort  of mankind, even so it is now. And as  the Saints in former days considered a  formal notice of them, beneath both  their character and standing, so do the  Saints in like manner now. Only say  as they did; “That a gang of the baser  sort, burned and wasted our property  to the utmost of their power” regard less of law, justice, or humanity, and  were upheld in their wickedness, by  those who were like the high priest in  Paul’s day, who though, he sat to judge  after the law, commanded Paul to be  smitten contrary to law. So it was  with our persecutors in the east: for  notwithstanding they sat to judge after  the law, yet, commanded they our  property to be destroyed contrary to  law.
And as Paul and Barnabas did at  Iconium. So did we at Kirtland.— “When there was an assault made, both  of the Gentiles, and also of the Jews,  with their rulers, to use them despite fully, and to stone them, they were  ware of it, and fled into Lystria and  Derbe, cities of Lyconia, and unto the  region that lieth round about. And  there they preached the gospel.”
So we did in like manner, taking  them for our example. When there  was an assault being made, of liars,  thieves, and religionists, with their ru lers all combined, we were aware of it,  and fled to “Far West,” and are here  preaching the gospel whereunto we are  called by the power of God. Let so  much suffice for Kirtland.
We have the gratification of saying  to the Elders abroad, that we hope to  be able to furnish the Journal regular ly, from hence forth, as long as it may  be thought wisdom to continue it. And  we hope on their part, they will use all  their exertions to give it circulation.
The enemies have made so many at tempts to destroy us, and always failed,  that we now just laugh at them for  fools, as the God of heaven said he  would at their calamity. [p. 34]
JS, editorial, Far West, MO, 4 May 1838; Elders’ Journal, July 1838, pp. 33–34.