couraged, and also that they may see the persecutions we suffered in , were but the prelude to a far more glorious display of the power of truth, and of the religion we have es poused.
From the kind, uniform, and consis tent course pursued by the citizens of , and the great success which has attended us while here, the natur al advantages of this place for every purpose we require, and the necessity of the gathering of the Saints of the Most High, we would say, let the breth ren who love the
prosperity of Zion, who are anxious that her stakes should be strengthened, and her cords lengthened, and who prefer her prosperity to their chief joy, come, and cast in their lots with us, and cheerfully engage in a work so glorious and sublime, and say with Nehemiah, “we his servants will arise and build.”
It probably would hardly be neces sary to enforce this important subject on the attention of the Saints, as its ne cessity is obvious, and is a subject of paramount importance; but as watch men to the house of Israel, as Shep herds over the flock which is now scattered over a vast extent of country, and the anxiety we feel for their pros perity and everlasting welfare, and for the carrying out the great and glo rious purposes of our God, to which we have been called, we feel to urge its necessity, and say, let the Saints come here—This is the word of the Lord, and in accordance with the great work of the last days.
It is true the idea of a general gath ering has heretofore been associated with most cruel and oppressing scenes, owing to our unrelenting persecutions at the hands of wicked and unjust men: but we hope that those days of dark ness and gloom have gone by, and from the liberal policy of our government, we may expect a scene of peace and prosperity, we have never before witnessed since the rise of our church, and the happiness and pros perity which now await us, is, in all human probablility, incalculably great. By a concentration of action, and a unity of effort, we can only accom plish the great work of the last days, which we could not do in our remote and scattered condition, while our inter ests both spiritual and temporal will be greatly enhanced, and the blessings of heaven must flow unto us in an unin terrupted stream; of this, we think there can be no question. The great profusion of temporal and spiritual blessings, which always flow from faithfulness and concerted effort, never attend individual exertion or enterprize. The history of all past ages abundant ly attests this fact.
In addition to all temporal blessings, there is no other way for the Saints to be saved in these last days, as the con current testimony of all the holy proph ets clearly proves, for it is written— “They shall come from the east and be gathered from the west; the north shall give up, and the south shall keep not back”— “the sons of God shall be gath ered from far, and his daughters from the ends of the earth:” it is also the concurrent testimony of all the proph ets, that this gathering together of all the Saints, must take place before the Lord comes to “take vengeance upon the ungodly,” and “to be glorified and admired by all those who obey his gos pel.” The 50 Psalm from the first to the fifth verses, inclusive, describes the glory and majesty of that event. “The mighty God even the Lord hath spoken and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.— Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.
Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him and it shall be very tempestous round about him.
He shall call to the heavens from a bove, and to the earth, (that he may judge his people.)
Gather my Saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.”
We might offer many other quota tions from the scriptures, but believing them to be familiar to the Saints we forbear.
We would wish the Saints to under stand that, when they come here they must not expect to find perfection, or that all will be harmony, peace and love; if they indulge these ideas, they will undoubtedly be deceived for here there are persons, not only from differ ent States, but from different nations, who, although they feel a great attach [p. 276]