Sunday morning, Elder Orson Pratt read a portion of the Book of Malachi, and spoke of the present generation as being highly favored by living in the dispensation of the fulness of times; alluded to the revelation of the Book of Mormon, which contains a history of the first settlements ever made on the American continent; said that the history it contains is clear, plain and easy to be understood, while the history of the eastern hemisphere is buried in obscurity, after we go back six or eight centuries before the christian era with the exception of the Jewish record; but in regard to this continent he remarked: We have the testimony of Prophets and Apostles that wrote their revelations that all future generations might be benefited by the things which they were commanded to write, therefore we have something to be depended upon. Bro. Pratt then took up the subject of the coming forth of the stick of Ephraim, its object, design and what will ultimately be accomplished through its instrumentality; for prophetic evidence upon the question he referred the audience to the 29th chapter of Isaiah, 37th of Ezekiel, 48 and 49th chapters of Genesis and the 33rd of Deuteronomy.
[Deseret News, July 20, 1859]
[transcribed and proofread by David Grow, Aug. 2006]