Drawn by Joseph's vision to the exact center of the continent in Missouri, the saints were taught it was the location of their primal parents, a veritable Eden. These teachings included covenant renewal with Christ-the Sabbath, the sacrament and above all consecration. Their clustering unity brought violent reactions from the old settlers. Hammer-hard pillaging was followed by expulsion. Joseph was buffeted, betrayed, and confined with his brother in an underground prison. Out of these afflictions emerged sublime revelatory communion with God. Many were able to overcome searing bitterness with Christ-like demeanor and faith. They left with one invincible conviction: they would someday return to build the most glorious temple in human history.
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