At 2 p.m., Elder Orson Pratt alluded to the difficulties attendant upon preaching the gospel and enjoying religion in the various European nations; referred to the time when throughout Europe all who were considered heretics were liable to suffer death for their religion.  Said the Constitution and institutions of our country were established by good men, who were inspired of God to do as they did.  Contrasted the liberty of the people in America with that of other countries; said that it is our duty to maintain that religious liberty guaranteed by the indefatigable exertions of our fathers; reviewed the opposition that has been offered to prevent the progress of truth since the establishment of the kingdom of God upon the earth; took up the arguments now being used in Congress relative to polygamy; enumerated the great and terrible judgments that are to follow the preaching of the gospel and showed how they will come upon the heads of the wicked, as the Lord has foretold; prophesied of the future triumph of the kingdom of God.  Advised the Saints to seek diligently to prepare themselves for the great events of the last days and the coming of the Son of Man.

[Deseret News, May 9, 1860]

[transcribed and proofread by David Grow, Aug. 2006]

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