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“We may, however, observe, that so far as new revelation has given us information on this subject, this Continent of ours may be ranked among the first lands occupied by the human family. The very first man who had dominion on the face of the earth, under the direction of the Heavens, once dwelt on this Continent. His name was Adam… It was on this land where Noah built his ark, which was blown by the winds of Heaven away to the east, and landed on Ararat.”

Orson Pratt – 27 December 1868, Journal of Discourses – Volume 12 (Liverpool, England: Albert Carrington, 1869), 338.