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Report of the First Presidency, 7 April 1841

REPORT OF THE FIRST PRESIDENCY.
The Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, feel great pleasure in assembling with the Saints at another general conference, under circumstances so auspicious and cheering; and with grateful hearts to Almighty God for his providential regard, they cordially unite with the Saints, on this occasion, in ascribing honor, and glory, and blessing to his holy name.
It is with unfeigned pleasure that they have to make known, the steady and rapid increase of the church in this State

Became part of Northwest Territory of U.S., 1787. Admitted as state, 1818. Population in 1840 about 480,000. Population in 1845 about 660,000. Plentiful, inexpensive land attracted settlers from northern and southern states. Following expulsion from Missouri...

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, the United States

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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, and in Europe. The anxiety to become acquainted with the principles of the gospel, on every hand, is intense and the cry of, “come over and help us,” is reaching the elders on the wings of every wind, while thousands who have heard the gospel, have become obedient thereto, and are rejoicing in its gifts and blessings.— Prejudice with its attendant train of evils, is giving way before the force of truth, whose benign rays are penetrating the nations afar off.
The reports from the Twelve in Europe are very satisfactory, and state that the work continues to progress with unparalleled rapidity and that the harvest is truly great.
In the eastern states, the faithful laborers are successful, and many are flocking to the standard of truth. Nor is the south keeping back—churches have been raised up in the southern and western states, and a very pressing invitation has been received from New Orleans

Settled by French, 1717. Acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803. City, port of entry, and parish seat of justice. Population in 1840 about 100,000. Important trade center on Mississippi River. Branch of LDS church established in city, winter 1840–1841...

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for some of the elders to visit that city, which has been complied with.
In our own State

Became part of Northwest Territory of U.S., 1787. Admitted as state, 1818. Population in 1840 about 480,000. Population in 1845 about 660,000. Plentiful, inexpensive land attracted settlers from northern and southern states. Following expulsion from Missouri...

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and immediate neighborhood, many are avowing their attachment to the principles of our holy religion, and have become obedient to the faith.
Peace and prosperity attend us; and we have favor in the sight of God and virtuous men.
The time was, when we were looked upon as deceivers, and that Mormonism would soon pass away, come to nought, and be forgotten. But the time has gone by when it was looked upon as a trancient matter, or a bubble on the wave, and it is now taking a deep hold in the hearts and affections of all those who are noble minded enough to lay aside the prejudice of education, and investigate the subject with candor and honesty.
The truth, like the sturdy oak, has stood unhurt amid the contending elements, which have beat upon it with tremendous force. The floods have rolled, wave after wave, on quick succession; and have not swallowed it up. “They have lifted up their voice, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; but the Lord of Hosts is migh [p. 384]
REPORT OF THE FIRST  PRESIDENCY.
The Presidency of the Church of Je sus Christ of Latter Day Saints, feel  great pleasure in assembling with the  Saints at another general conference,  under circumstances so auspicious and  cheering; and with grateful hearts to  Almighty God for his providential re gard, they cordially unite with the  Saints, on this occasion, in ascribing  honor, and glory, and blessing to his  holy name.
It is with unfeigned pleasure that  they have to make known, the steady  and rapid increase of the church in this  State

Became part of Northwest Territory of U.S., 1787. Admitted as state, 1818. Population in 1840 about 480,000. Population in 1845 about 660,000. Plentiful, inexpensive land attracted settlers from northern and southern states. Following expulsion from Missouri...

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, the United States

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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, and in Europe.  The anxiety to become acquainted with  the principles of the gospel, on every  hand, is intense and the cry of, “come  over and help us,” is reaching the el ders on the wings of every wind, while  thousands who have heard the gospel,  have become obedient thereto, and are  rejoicing in its gifts and blessings.—  Prejudice with its attendant train of  evils, is giving way before the force of  truth, whose benign rays are penetrat ing the nations afar off.
The reports from the Twelve in Eu rope are very satisfactory, and state  that the work continues to progress  with unparalleled rapidity and that the  harvest is truly great.
In the eastern states, the faithful la borers are successful, and many are  flocking to the standard of truth. Nor  is the south keeping back—churches  have been raised up in the southern  and western states, and a very press ing invitation has been received from  New Orleans

Settled by French, 1717. Acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803. City, port of entry, and parish seat of justice. Population in 1840 about 100,000. Important trade center on Mississippi River. Branch of LDS church established in city, winter 1840–1841...

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for some of the elders  to visit that city, which has been com plied with.
In our own State

Became part of Northwest Territory of U.S., 1787. Admitted as state, 1818. Population in 1840 about 480,000. Population in 1845 about 660,000. Plentiful, inexpensive land attracted settlers from northern and southern states. Following expulsion from Missouri...

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and immediate  neighborhood, many are avowing their  attachment to the principles of our ho ly religion, and have become obedient  to the faith.
Peace and prosperity attend us; and  we have favor in the sight of God and  virtuous men.
The time was, when we were look ed upon as deceivers, and that Mor monism would soon pass away, come  to nought, and be forgotten. But the  time has gone by when it was looked  upon as a trancient matter, or a bubble  on the wave, and it is now taking a  deep hold in the hearts and affections  of all those who are noble minded  enough to lay aside the prejudice of  education, and investigate the subject  with candor and honesty.
The truth, like the sturdy oak, has  stood unhurt amid the contending ele ments, which have beat upon it with  tremendous force. The floods have  rolled, wave after wave, on quick suc cession; and have not swallowed it up.  “They have lifted up their voice, O  Lord, the floods have lifted up their  voice; but the Lord of Hosts is migh [p. 384]
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