Mormon History, Oct 29, 1849

[Brigham Young Sermon] Brothers and sisters, may the Lord God of Israel bless you and comfort your hearts - we realize you have seen scenes of affliction in your journey - thought it may be bitter in your bellies it shall be sweet - to attain eternal life and salvation is through great tribulations and sufferings. The ancient saints were hunted to the mountains same as we - we expect as long as we live in the flesh we have to war against the powers of darkness - the glory we are after is eternal and we must be eternal in our natures - so long as we are subject to sickness and have corruptible bodies - we have to have our new bodies and then gain eternal life. We had news of you before you left Kanesville - and I've prayed for you. You have come to share in our blessings. I believe you are as willing to endure as to share with us - we are not situated at present to place our brethren in comfort. this is the first season that we [-] [have] put both our hands to bring the poor to us - since Joseph Smith. I look to the time when we can see to poor in East west or south come - our prospects are flattering - I pray that we may not be fettered with fetters of darkness. Unless it is God deals out his providences - be patient - bear and endure all things - and look to all before us - all you see here, fences, fields, cottages, have been done in one year - We found here the wild Indians and wolves - you have more - we will do all we can for you - you will have to do for yourselves as we have - lawyers, mechanics, artists have to work to provide their bread - we had nothing to come to - we brought all here - your circumstances are more favorable and comfortable - what is your wish and will - we have city lots and farm land broke - we want your work - wish to employ you mechanics - money and bread is plenty - we have the best beef and bread country - and have health - my heart feels joyful - we will give you lots or farms - we want stone masons, cutlery, joiners - and you can have wheat, oats, pot., rye, gold and silver at your pleasure you are in a country where poverty is not know - this is the place that I have looked out for you - if you want to go with Father Morley to the sandpitch. I feel he is as good a man as old Elijah - and if you are disposed to go I should be glad to have you. I thankfully receive the present and may the Lord bless you, and all of your brethren in Wales and shall always have feelings of thankfulness to you. -- SLC Bowery [Thomas Bullock Minutes, LJA; Thomas Bullock—LDS Church Reporter, 1844-56.C, Archives, Church History Library, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah.; GCM, Archives, Church History Library, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah..; Leonard J. Arrington Papers, Special Collections, Merrill-Cazier Library, Utah State University, Logan.. (A reference reading LJA 12-55-5, 10, means LJA Series 12, Box 55, Folder 5, page 10.) 9-12-7, 1]

[source: The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009),]

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