and families; missions of the First Witness and of the First Apostle.
A revelation had been published, announcing that Zion
would be built in the land of the Lamanites.
To seal this family compact with the Indians, another revelation declared that in the great day of the Lord
, the Lamanites were to blossom as the rose, Zion to flourish on the hills, and both the ancient tribes and the modern saints were to assemble in an “appointed place.”
What marvel, then, that ever since the Mormons crossed into Big Elk's country, they have been received as friends, that the Pottawattamies gave them the free use of their soil, that the Sioux
allowed them to pass the Platte River
, that the Shoshones let them cut down timber, that the Utes assisted them to bring water from the mountain creeks?
For good and ill, the hunters and the saints live as neighbours and brethren; leaning on each other for support against a common foe. Utes and Shoshones have been baptised.
Others are content with living on Mormon principles.
Not a few Mormon missionaries have taken squaws into their tents.
In certain deeds of violence, such as the