"Our Immigration," Deseret News [Weekly], 3 Oct. 1866, 348.
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The teams that were sent to the frontiers last spring, to bring home the poor Saints, are now rapidly arriving from their journey. They are leaving those among us for whom they were sent, and who had reached that point when thus met, journeying Zionward from the nations. Quite a number of the recent arrivals, and of those yet to arrive, have relatives in this Territory, who have preceded them and will look after and care for them. But there are many who have not any kindred here, and yet they are all equally our brethren and sisters, lacking an experience which we have obtained, and needing aid and assistance that they may be enabled to get along now that they have come here.
The aid and assistance to which we refer is not the simply giving food for a day or two, nor does it mean to take them home, feed and clothe them, provide them with all they may need, and ask them to do nothing while they enjoy these things. Every one in this community is or ought to be a worker, who has the ability to work. The aid and assistance to which we refer, is giving them the benefit of your more extended experience; helping them to places where they can reside; putting them in the way to obtain employment, or set them to such work as they will be well able to do; and thus help them effectually to the means of helping themselves. This will tend to increase their self-reliance and aid the development of an active ability which will make them truly valuable members of the community where they reside, useful to themselves and to society at large.
Most of them have probably come from large cities; all of them have come to a country new to them, in every respect we may say. They have to learn nearly everything of the practical duties of life here. A few wise suggestions and timely words of counsel may save many of them a great deal of trouble.
There are those among them who with travel and fatigue are worn down, partially sick and need rest and care. These, we have no question, will be well looked after. Bishop Hunter, his Counselors, the Bishops generally, and many of the people have been and are active and energetic in seeing after the welfare of the immigrants; but we ask the Saints generally to aid the Bishops in their efforts, with a hearty good will; and continue the work of love until every one who has or may come in this season has found a home for the winter, and is placed in a way of earning a honorable livelihood.