<May 1> The Town of Baja in the County of Baes, on the river Danube was almost totally destroyed by fire, about two thousand houses were burnt, with the palace several churches, and all the great Corn magazines leaving about sixteen thousand inhabitants destitute— The Plague is raging in the East, at Silistria, Broussa, Alexandria, Alleppo &c, and Wars and Rumors of Wars in Spain, Mexican, and South American Governments, French and Arabs in Africa, Russia and Circassia, Egypt, England and the East Indies, and the Canada Revolution, all betoken the fulfillment of Prophecy.
7 May 1840 • Thursday
<7.> Thursday 7. The City of Natches was this day, <to a great extent> destroyed, almost in a moment, by a Whirlwind, Storm and Tempest, it is reported Sixty boats sunk, Houses and Churches blown to atoms, more than three hundred persons killed, and $5,000,000 of property destroyed, nearly the whole Country on the for 1100 miles from its mouth is under water—
“Lugwardine, Herefordshire, England, May 7. 1840 Brother Joseph Smith Through the mercy of our Heavenly Father I am alive and in pretty good health; better than I should have been had I remained in . I trust that you and family are well and I ask my Heavenly Father that we may live for ever; but not to be chased about by Mobs, but live to enjoy each other’s Society in peace. I long to see the faces of my friends again in that once more. It is better for me to be here, because the Lord has called me to this great work, but it is hard for me to be parted from my old friends who I have proved to be willing to lay down their lives for each other. I feel as though the Lord would grant me the privilege of sometimes seeing my old friends in give my best wishes to your . I remember her in my prayers and also and . I remember the time when I first saw and the trials <she> had when the work of the Lord first commenced in her family. I beg to be remembered to and family also to and family and to all the faithful in Christ. The brethren that have come from are all well and doing well. I want to ask some questions, shall we print the Book of Mormon in this Country immediately? they are calling for them from every quarter. the duties are so high on books, we need not think of bringing them from ;
another question, is the book of Doctrine and Covenants to be printed just as it is now, to go to the nations of the Earth, and shall we give it to them as quick as we can? or what shall we do? Will the twelve have to be together to do business as a quorum? or shall they do business in the name of the Church? Why I ask this, is for my own satisfaction, if the Lord has a word for us, for one I am willing to receive it. I wish you to write as soon as you receive this and let me know about the book of Mormon whether we shall proceed to publish it immediately or not, or whether we shall do according to our feelings. If I should act according to my feelings. I should hand the Book of Mormon to this people as quick as I could. The people are very different in this [p. 1056]