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Report of the First Presidency to the Church, 4 October 1840

Report of the First Presidency to the Church, 4 October 1840

exalted, but the rich in that they are made  low.
The calls to the southern states are indeed  great, many places which a short time ago  would think it a disgrace to give shelter to a  Mormon, on account of the many false mis representations which were abroad, now de sire to hear an Elder of the church of Latter  Day Saints.
On the islands of the sea, viz. great Brit ain, there continues to be a steady flow of  souls into the church—branches have been  organized in many large and populous cities  and the whole land appears to be thirsting  for the pure streams of knowledge and salva tion. The Twelve have already printed a  new edition of the Hymn book, and issue a  monthly periodical in that land. Several  families have already arrived here from Eng land and a number more are on their way to  this place, and are expected this fall.
If the work roll forth with the same rapidi ty it has heretofore done, we may soon ex pect to see flocking to this place, people from  every land and from every nation, the pol ished European, the degraded Hottentot, and  the shivering Laplander. Persons of all lan guages, and of every tongue, and of every  color; who shall with us worship the Lord  of Hosts in his holy temple, and offer up  their orisons in his sanctuary. It was in con sideration of these things, and that a home  might be provided for the saints, that induced  us to purchase the present city for a place of  gathering for the saints. and the extensive  tract of land on the opposite side of the Mis sissippi. Although, the purchase at that time  and under the peculiar conditions and cir cumstances of the church, appeared to many  to be large and uncalled for; yet from what  we now see, it is apparent to all, that we  shall soon have to say. “The place is too  strait give us room that we may dwell.”
We therefore hope that the brethren, who  feel interested in the cause of truth, and de sire to see the work of the gathering of Isra el roll forth with power will aid us in liquida ting the debts which are now owing, so that  the inheritances may be secured to the church,  and which eventually will be of great value.  From the good spirit which is manifested on  this occasion, the desire to do good, and the  zeal for the honor of the church, inspires us  with confidence that we shall not appeal in  vain, but that funds will be forthcoming on  this occasion, sufficient to meet the necessi ties of the case.
It is with great pleasure that we have to in form the church that, another edition of the  book of Mormon has been printed, and which  is expected on from Cincinnatti, in a short  time. And that arrangements are making for  printing the book of Doctrine and Covenants  Hymn book, etc. etc. So that the demand  which may exist, for those works will soon  be supplied.
In conclusion we would say. Brethern and  Sisters be faithful, be diligent, contend ear nestly for the faith once delivered to the  saints—let every man, woman and child re alize the importance of the work, and act as  if its success depended on their individual ex ertion alone, let them feel an interest in it,  and then consider they live in a day, the con templation of which animated the bosom of  Kings, Prophets and Righteous men, thou sands of years ago—the prospect of which in spired their sweetest notes and most exalted  lays and caused them to break out in such  rapturous strains as are recorded in the script ures; and by and by, we shall have to ex claim in the language of Inspiration,
“The Lord has brought again Zion
The Lord hath redeemed his people, Israel.” [p. 188]
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First Presidency, report, Nauvoo, IL, to the Church, 4 Oct. 1840; Times and Seasons, Oct. 1840, pp. 187–188.

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