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Report of the First Presidency to the Church, 4 October 1840

Report of the First Presidency to the Church, 4 October 1840

REPORT FROM THE PRESIDENCY.
The Presidency of the church of Jesus  Christ of Latter Day Saints, would respect fully report: that they feel rejoicing to meet  the saints at another general conference and  under circumstances as favorable as the pres ent. Since our settlement in Illinois, we  have for the most part been treated with  courtesy and respect, and a feeling of kind ness and of sympathy, has generally been  manifested by all cfasses [classes] of the community,  who with us, deprecate the conduct of those  men, whose dark and blackning deeds, are  stamped with everlasting infamy and dis grace.
The contrast between our past and present  situation is great. Two years ago, mobs  were threatening, plundering, driving and  murdering the saints. Our burning houses  enlightened the canopy of heaven. Our wo men and children houseless and destitute,  had to wander from place to place, to seek a  shelter from the rage of persecuting foes.— Now we enjoy peace, and can worship the  God of heaven and earth without molestation.  And expect to be able to go forward and ac complish the great and glorious work to  which we have been called. Under these  circumstances we feel to congratulate the  saints of the Most High, on the happy and  pleasing change in our circumstances, condi tion and prospects, and which those who  shared in the perils and distresses, undoubt edly appreciate. While prayers and thanks givings daily ascend to that God, who looked  upon our distresses and delivered us from  danger and death, and whose hand is over us  for good. From the unpropitious nature of  the weather, we hardly expected to behold  so many of our friends on this occasion, in  this however, we are agreeably disappoin ted, which gives us strong assurance that the  saints are as zealous, untireing and energet ic as ever in the great work of the last days;  and give us joy and consolation, and greatly  encourages us, while contending with the dif ficulties which necessarily lie in our way.
Let the brethren ever manifest such a spir it, and hold up our hands, and we must, we  will go forward, the work of the Lord shall  roll forth, the Temple of the Lord be reared,  the Elders of Israel be encouraged; Zion be  built up. And become the praise, the joy,  and the glory of the whole earth; and the  song of praise, glory, honor and majesty to  him that setteth upon the throne, and to the  Lamb forever and ever, shall reverberate  from hill to hill, from mountain to mountain,  from Island to Island and from continent to  continent, and the kingdoms of this world  become the kingdom of our God and his  Christ.
We are glad indeed to know that there is  such a spirit of union existing throughout the  churches, and at home and abroad; on this  continent, as well as on the Islands of the  sea, for by this principle and by a concentra tion of action shall we be able to carry into  effect the purposes of our God.
From the Elders abroad we receive the  most cheering accounts; wherever the faith ful laborer has gone forth reaping, sowing  the seed of truth, he has returned with joy,  bringing his sheaves with him; and the in formation we receive from all quarters is,  that the laborers are few and that the harvest  is great. Many wealthy and influential char acters have embraced the gospel, so that not  only will the poor rejoice in that they are [p. 187]
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First Presidency, report, Nauvoo, IL, to the Church, 4 Oct. 1840; Times and Seasons, Oct. 1840, pp. 187–188.

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