The first meeting of the Deseret Stake Horticultural Society, met in the Social Hall, on Thursday 20th Sept. 1855, at 7 p.m….

Elder P.P. Pratt stated that the knowledge of raising fruit was one of the first articles of theology to our Father Adam.  Better specimens for seedlings could not be found on the earth.  The spell is broken; 31 years I have been setting out fruit trees, but never tasted the fruit of my labor until this season.  It is better to live partially on fruits than wholly upon meats and vegetables.  We can now go to work and multiply fruits by grafting, &c., and we ought to have an orchard in every good place.

[Deseret News, 5:238]
[Journal History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Sept. 14, 1855, 1]

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

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