Transcript for "Missionaries," Frontier Guardian, 26 Dec. 1849, 2
We have several missionaries here from the Salt Lake Valley, destined to various countries in Europe. They have not brought with them a great deal of gold. It is another class of men who brought that article. But, we trust that they have something still more valuable than gold, the word of life and comfort to us. We have advised them to preach in the branches in this county and elsewhere, and pour out the effusions of their souls to us and warm up our hearts, an we will see if we cannot help them to a little of the "unrighteous mammon" to assist them to bear their expenses to the places of their destination. There may be some who are diffident and hate to make known their wants, and perhaps are not so experienced, confidential, and eloquent as some others: yet these should not be passed by unnoticed. They only want a little more experience, and then they will shine. We hope our friends at home and abroad will open their hearts and purses to aid the cause at this time.
Lines writen on the arrival of Elder John Taylor, and a company of the brethren from Great Salt Lake City, Dec. 11th, 1849. A band of brethren from the west,
Came to our town this day at dusk,
Glad we were to see their faces,
Their rosy cheeks and pleasant graces;
Portrayed at once, that they were hearty,
The gold assured that they were wealthy;
To our surprize they shewed a chunk,
Worth fifty dollars in a lump.
The coin itself they laid before us,
It dazzled almost like phosphorus;
And like the men, in weight and hue,
It proves to us to be the true.
The news is also great and good,
To those who love and serve the Lord;
The rich and poor may both rejoice,.
And gather to that land of choice.
The Guadian's always at its post,
A messenger to speak the toast,
And in its columns you will find,
Matter great and good combines.
The saying of Mr. Wilson, that the Mormons at Salt Lake are opposed to the government stationing troops so near them-the declarations of William Smith, and excommunicated member from our church, that the Mormons are sworn enemies to the nation, and the hundred and one catch penny Mormon exposes, will not stay the progress of truth, nor change the purposes of the Most High.
The Mormons may again prove to the government, by sending another battalion into the public service, that these characters are false accusers, that they do lie to obtain revenge. But we hope we may never again be called on for five hundred men till our families have something more than a tent or a wagon to live in while in an Indian country.