7--History--Establishing an Ensign to the Nations

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Establishing an Ensign  to the Nations
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“Having successfully brought the first company of Saints across  the plains to Utah, President Brigham Young now turned his  attention to establishing God’s kingdom in the desert. Through  his vision and leadership, what was once an empty desert  became a thriving civilization and a haven for the Saints.”
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Ensign Peak “Two days after the first  company’s arrival, Brigham  Young and several of the Twelve  climbed a round bluff on the  mountainside that President  Young had seen in a vision before  leaving Nauvoo. “ Here, they prophesied that all  nations of the world would be  welcome in this place and that the  Saints would enjoy peace and  prosperity.  Named after the scripture in  Isaiah that promised, “He shall set  up an ensign for the nations, and  shall assemble the outcasts of  Israel” (Isaiah 11:12).
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The First Year in the Valley On July 28, 1847 Brigham  Young announced the site  for a temple  In August, Brigham Young  was sustained as President  of the Church  Almost 2,000 members  were organized into the  Salt Lake Stake “By June 1848, the settlers  had planted between five  and six thousand acres of  land, and the valley began  to look green and  productive.” Salt Lake Valley
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Soon after planting  their crops, huge hoards  of black crickets  descended upon the  Saints’ fields. The  members did everything  they could to destroy  the insects but nothing  worked.  “Patriarch John Smith,  president of the Salt  Lake Stake, called for a  day of fasting and  prayer. Soon large  flocks of seagulls  appeared in the sky and  descended on the  crickets.”
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Explorations President Young sent Church  members on explorations to  discover the medicinal  properties of plants, and natural  resources available throughout  the Valley.  “In their travels these members  discovered mineral deposits,  abundant timber, water  sources, and grasslands, as well  as suitable areas for  settlement.” In the fall of 1849, the  Perpetual Emigrating Fund was  established under the direction  of Brigham Young to assist  poor Saints in their journey 
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Descriptions of emigrants passing through Salt Lake City to the West
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Writing to his wife on 10 August 1862, Dr. Charles L. Anderson recorded: After 3 months incessant toil and dangers I have at last reached a haven of rest, for at least a few days. Last evening just before sundown we drove into the city of “Latter day Saints.” …All of a sudden we emerged from a long narrow and steep canon to behold Salt Lake glimmering in the bright sun light of evening, 25 miles distant and the city—at our feet. It was with feelings of
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