Initially sales were difficult and many books
were gifted. People were not anxious to
investigate a new book of scripture.
 
     
  Sorry, I
couldn ‛t read it if
I wanted to.
 
  I ‛ll look at it
if you give it to
me free.
 
  I have enough
trouble understanding
the Bible.
 
  Sounds interesting,
but I had better ask
my Pastor first.
 
  In spite of the lack of response, physical and financial adversity, and severe persecution, Joseph Smith had the audacity to prophesy to John Wentworth that :  
     
  No unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing, persecutions may
rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but
the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished and the great Jehovah shall say ‘ the work is done.’
 
  His confidence was not in vain. The first 5,000 copies were eventually sold at $1.25 each. I never lost one cent. Joseph Smith paid me all that I advanced and more too, but it took more time than expected to sell the books, and my loan came due. That ‛s why I had to sell my land and farm.1  

1 Statement by David B. Dille made September 15, 1853 ; The Millennial Star 21 (1859 ): Page 545

 

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