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Letter from Brigham Young and Willard Richards, 5 September 1840

We find the people of this land, much more ready to receive the gospel, than those of America

North American constitutional republic. Constitution ratified, 17 Sept. 1787. Population in 1805 about 6,000,000; in 1830 about 13,000,000; and in 1844 about 20,000,000. Louisiana Purchase, 1803, doubled size of U.S. Consisted of seventeen states at time ...

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, so far as they do receive it, for they have not that speculitive inteligence, or prejudice, or prepossession, or false learning, call it what you please, which they have there, consequently we have not to labor with a people month after month to break down their old notions, for their Priests have taught them but little, & much of that is so foolish as to be rebuted at a glance, viewing the subject in this light we find ignorance a blessing, for the more ignorant of false notions the more readily they receive truth. The greatest opposition we meet with is from the Methodist, The Church of England would fain make themselves believe they are on the rock and cannot be shaken, therefore they trouble themselves little about these things, as yet, the more is to come.
Thus while we have not the Learning and prejudice of the people to contend against as in America

North American constitutional republic. Constitution ratified, 17 Sept. 1787. Population in 1805 about 6,000,000; in 1830 about 13,000,000; and in 1844 about 20,000,000. Louisiana Purchase, 1803, doubled size of U.S. Consisted of seventeen states at time ...

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we have the influence of the monied monopolizing Priests & factory Masters, & yet after all their influence, those who have received the word have generally received it very readily & the trouble of keeping up “church discipline here has been small compared with our native country, but how, those who receive the word so readily will stand in the day of trial remains yet to be proved, as there has been nothing in this land as yet which need try the faith of any one. but of this we confidently hope that many have already received the word which will endure unto the end.— [p. 9]
We find the people of this land, much more  ready to receive the gospel, than those of America

North American constitutional republic. Constitution ratified, 17 Sept. 1787. Population in 1805 about 6,000,000; in 1830 about 13,000,000; and in 1844 about 20,000,000. Louisiana Purchase, 1803, doubled size of U.S. Consisted of seventeen states at time ...

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, so  far as they do receive it, for they have not that speculitive  inteligence, or prejudice, or prepossession, or false learning, call  it what you please, which they have there, consequently we  have not to labor with a people month after month  to break down their old notions, for their Priests have taught  them but little, & much of that is so foolish as  to be rebuted at a glance, viewing the subject in  this light we find ignorance a blessing, for the more  ignorant of false notions the more readily they receive truth.  The greatest opposition we meet with is from the Methodist,  The Church of England would fain make themselves believe  they are on the rock and cannot be shaken, therefore they  trouble themselves little about these things, as yet, the  more is to come.
Thus while we have not the Learning and  prejudice of the people to contend against as in America

North American constitutional republic. Constitution ratified, 17 Sept. 1787. Population in 1805 about 6,000,000; in 1830 about 13,000,000; and in 1844 about 20,000,000. Louisiana Purchase, 1803, doubled size of U.S. Consisted of seventeen states at time ...

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 we have the influence of the <monied> monopolizing Priests &  factory Masters, & yet after all their influence, those who  have received the word have <generally> received it very readily  & the trouble of keeping up “church discipline here  has been small compared with our native country,  but how, those who receive the word so readily will  stand in the day of trial remains yet to be proved,  as there has been nothing in this land as yet which  need try the faith of any one. but of this we confidently  hope that many have already received the word which  will endure unto the end.— [p. 9]
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