their eyes, would leap for joy on seeing rebuilt by the Jews, and their ancient order of worship restored; for it would be ominous of the speedy advent of the Son of God, by whose Almighty power, the earth will be cleansed and purified, and creation cease to groan. Let us, therefore, tell you, that you now have an opportunity to take a part in this glorious work, by extending the helping hand to those messengers who are sent by the express appointment of Heaven to gather in the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth; and in the name of Israel’s great and mighty shepherd, we put up our petition to you, to show favor to us for Judah’s sake. We assure all men that there is no consideration of an earthly kind, that could induce us to turn our backs upon the plea sures of domestic life—bid farewell to our own native —encoun ter the dangers of the watery element—to seek friends among strangers, and to associate ourselves with people whose language, manners, cus toms, habits and religion, are entirely dissimilar to our own; but from a conviction of duty, of the strongest kind—a duty which we owe to our follow-men, and to our God, upon whose Almighty arm, alone, we rely for protection. A consideration of these things, induces us to go forth, regardless of consequences, armed with the sword of the spirit, persuading all men every where, both Jew and Greek, bond and free, noble and ignoble, rich and poor, to prepare for the great day of the Lord which is nigh at hand.
Letter of commendation from the Conference at , to Elders and , appointing and confirming their appointment to the work whereunto they have been called.
“To all people unto whom these presents shall come, Greeting:
Be it known that we, the constituted authorities of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, assembled in Conference, at , Hancock county, and State of Illinois, on this sixth day of April, in the year of our Lord, one thousand, eight hundred and forty, consider an im portant event at hand—an event involving the interest and fate of the gentile nations throughout the world. From the signs of the times, and from declarations contained in the oracles of God, we are forced to come to this conclusion. The Jewish nation have been scattered abroad among the gentiles for a long period; and in our estimation, the time of the com mencement of their return to the “holy land,” has already arrived.
As this scattered and persecuted people are set among the gentiles as a sign unto them of the second coming of the Mesiah, and also, of the over throw of the present kingdoms and governments of the earth by the poten cy of his Almighty arm, in scattering famine and pestilence like the frosts and snows of winter, and in sending the sword, with nation against na tion to bathe it in each others blood; it is highly important, in our
opin ion, that the present views and movements of the Jewish people be sought after, and laid before the American people for their consideration, their profit and their learning; feeling it to be our duty to employ the most efficient means in our power to save the children of men from the “abomi nation that maketh desolate.” We have, by the counsel of the Holy Spirit, appointed Elders and , the bear ers of these presents, faithful and worthy ministers of Jesus Christ, to be our agents and representatives in foreign lands, to visit the cities of Lon don, Amsterdam, Constantinople and , and also other places which they may deem expedient; to converse with the priests, rulers and elders of the Jews, and obtain from them all the information possible; and communicate the same to some principal papers for publication, that it may have a general circulation throughout the .
As Messrs. and have willingly and cheerfully accepted the [p. v]