Parley P. Pratt, History of the Late Persecution, 1839

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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bers dare not show themselves among a free people, on such an errand, and those who are not robbers do not wish to see us imprisoned again, but rather feel to weep over suffering humanity. I found our Society scattered wide through , and , and many of them destitute of home and the comforts of life, and hundreds of them dwelling in tents during the sickly season, and thus exposed, many were sick and dying, when I left them on the last of August, 1839.— Thus through the mercy of God, my life is still spared. I am delivered from a dreadful bondage, and again permitted to persue my calling. And I now bear witness to small and great, that the system of religion for which we are persecuted, is true; and that God has committted unto us a dispensation of the Gospel in its fulness; restoring the Ancient order of the doctrine and kingdom of God—and being specially commissioned by Revelation from the Almighty, we hereby warn all men to repent of their sins, and to be baptised in the name of the Lord, for the remission of their sins, and those who do these things shall receive the Holy Spirit; and signs shall follow them that believe, and if they endure in faithfulness to the end, they shall be saved.
And again, concerning the signs of the times, we are authorized to say to all people, that the time is at hand for the restoration of the Jews and all the remnants of Israel to their own land, for the rebuilding of Jerusalem, and for the fulfilling of the covenants and promises which God made with their fathers; and when the remnant has re-turned and Jerusalem is rebuilt, behold the Messiah will come with all his Saints, and he will set his feet on mount Olivet, which is before Jerusalem on the East. He will defend the Jews and sanctify the nation of Israel. He will set up his kingdom in their midst, and reign over all the earth, and the brightness of his coming will destroy the wicked, and there will be but one fold and one shepherd. [p. 79]
bers dare not show themselves among a free people, on such an errand, and those who are not robbers do not wish to see us imprisoned again, but rather feel to weep over suffering humanity. I found our Society scattered wide through , and , and many of them destitute of home and the comforts of life, and hundreds of them dwelling in tents during the sickly season, and thus exposed, many were sick and dying, when I left them on the last of August, 1839.— Thus through the mercy of God, my life is still spared. I am delivered from a dreadful bondage, and again permitted to persue my calling. And I now bear witness to small and great, that the system of religion for which we are persecuted, is true; and that God has committted unto us a dispensation of the Gospel in its fulness; restoring the Ancient order of the doctrine and kingdom of God—and being specially commissioned by Revelation from the Almighty, we hereby warn all men to repent of their sins, and to be baptised in the name of the Lord, for the remission of their sins, and those who do these things shall receive the Holy Spirit; and signs shall follow them that believe, and if they endure in faithfulness to the end, they shall be saved.
And again, concerning the signs of the times, we are authorized to say to all people, that the time is at hand for the restoration of the Jews and all the remnants of Israel to their own land, for the rebuilding of Jerusalem, and for the fulfilling of the covenants and promises which God made with their fathers; and when the remnant has re-turned and Jerusalem is rebuilt, behold the Messiah will come with all his Saints, and he will set his feet on mount Olivet, which is before Jerusalem on the East. He will defend the Jews and sanctify the nation of Israel. He will set up his kingdom in their midst, and reign over all the earth, and the brightness of his coming will destroy the wicked, and there will be but one fold and one shepherd. [p. 79]
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