account of our belief in the Book of Mormon, at many places, and among various persons, yet the Lord continued his watch ful care and loving-kindness to us day by day: and we made it a rule, wherever there was an opportunity, to read a chap ter in the bible, and pray, and these seasons of worship gave us great consolation.
The meeting of our brethren, who had long waited our ar rival, was a glorious <one> and moistened with many tears. It seemed good and pleasant for brethren to meet to gether in unity. But our reflections were great: coming as we had from a highly cultivated state of society in the east, and standing now upon the confines, or western limits of the , and looking into the vast wilderness of those that sat in darkness, how natural it
was to observe the degredation, leanness of intellect, ferocity and jealousy of a people that were nearly a century behind the times; and to feel for those who roamed about with out the benefit of civilization, refinement or religion!— yea, and exclaim in the language of the prophets:— when will the wilderness blossom as the rose; when will be built up in her glory, and where will thy stand unto which all nations shall come in the last days? Our anxiety was soon relieved by
receiving the following
Revelation given in Zion, July 1831.
1 Hearken, O ye of my , saith the Lord your God, who have assembled yourselves to gether, according to my , in this land which is the land of , which is the land which I have appointed and for the of the saints: wherefore this is the land of promise, and the place for the city of . And thus saith the Lord your God, if you will receive wisdom, here is wisdom.— Behold the place which is now called , is the centre place; and the spot for the is lying westward upon a lot which is not far from the Courthouse: wherefore it is wisdom that the land should be purchased by the saints; and also every tract lying westward, even to the line running directly be tween Jew and . And every tract bo[r]dering by the prairies, inasmuch as my disciples are enabled to buy lands— Behold this wisdom, that they may obtain it for
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