2 Who will gather his people even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, even as many as will hearken to my voice and humble themselves before me, and call upon me in mighty prayer.
7 And ye are called to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect; for mine elect hear my voice and harden not their hearts;
8 Wherefore the decree hath gone forth from the Father that they shall be gathered in unto one place upon the face of this land, to prepare their hearts and be prepared in all things against the day when tribulation and desolation are sent forth upon the wicked.
" 'Emigrate as speedily as possible,' Brigham Young wrote in 1847. 'Come! and help us to build and grow, until we can say, enough - the valleys of Ephraim are full,' the First Presidency wrote in 1849."
~ Brigham Young & the 1849 First Presidency as quoted in "The Price We Paid" by Andrew D. Olsen page 14.
- The First Presidency message 1855
"Let all the Saints, who can, gather up [to] Zion, and come while the way is open before them; let the poor also come, whether they receive aid or not from the Fund; let them com on foot, with handcarts or wheelbarrows; let them gird up their loins and walk through, and nothing shall hinder or stay them...."
~ The 1855 First Presidency as quoted in "The Price We Paid" by Andrew D. Olsen page 25.
- Franklin D. Richards 1855
"The Lord never gave a commandment to His people, but what, if they would go to with full purpose of heart and try to obey it, they could do so. The commandment to gather out to the land of America is just as binding on the Saints, so far as it is possible for them to accomplish it, as it was in the first place to be baptized for the remission of sins.... Every impulse of the heart of the Saint, every hope of the future says, 'Gather up to the land of America.' "
~ Franklin D. Richards as quoted in "The Price We Paid" by Andrew D. Olsen page 15.