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Report of the First Presidency, 7 April 1841

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, the United States, 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 for some of the elders  to visit that city, which has been com plied with.
In our own State 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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JS, Sidney Rigdon, and Hyrum Smith, Report, Nauvoo, IL, 7 Apr. 1841; in Times and Seasons, 15 Apr. 1841, 2:384–386.

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