Although the prophecy of this war was received on December 25, 1832, 28 years prior to the first shots being fired on April 12, 1861, when was this revelation actually first printed?
a. One year before the war
b. One year after the war
c. 10 years before the war
d. 5 years before the war
(D) Wanted them to stay
Cardston, Alberta: The local non-Mormons assisted the setters in many ways. Dr. William Cox Allen, collector of customs at Macleod, treated the saints kindly and “stated he had received instructions from the government that he was to do all he could to encourage our people to settle in this country, which he said he intended to do.” Others helped the saints to find employment haying, fencing, etc. The editor of the Lethbridge News did much to allay prejudice against the Mormons. When the Edmonton Bulletin in September 1887, attacked the settlers as being undesirable, the Lethbridge News retaliated and defended the saints in a forceful manner in its editorial columns.
The Montreal Star attacked the colonists and emphasized that such immigration to Canada should be discouraged. The Lethbridge News again came to the rescue calling the criticisms of the Montreal Star “unjudicious and unwarranted,” then went on to compliment the saints for being “all steady, industrious men, who were and are for the most men with sufficient means to make farming a success. They appear to belong to the most desirable class of settlers and their immigration deserves to be encouraged rather than discouraged.” Other very favorable news articles reporting progress and success at Lee’s Creek appear in the Lethbridge News, August 17, 1887, and September 7, 1887.
A report from the Inspector of Surveys, J. S. Dennis, about Lee’s Creek progress is interesting.
“Any person visiting the colony cannot help being struck with the wonderful progress made by them during the short time they have been in the country, and I may say that I have never seen any new settlements where so much has been accomplished in the same length of time. I am satisfied that they are an exceedingly industrious and intelligent people, who thoroughly understand prairie farming.”
A History of the Mormon Church in Canada (Lethbridge, Alberta: The Lethbridge Herald Co., 1968), 45-46.