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“The Prophet Joseph [Smith, Jr.] once in my hearing advanced his opinion that the Ten Tribes were separated from the Earth; or a portion of the Earth was by a miracle broken off, and that the Ten Tribes were taken away with it, and that in the latter days it would be restored to the Earth or be let down in the Polar regions. Whether the Prophet founded his opinion upon revelation or whether it was a matter of mere speculation with him, I am not able to say.”

Orson Pratt – 13 December 1875, LDS Church Historian’s Office: Letter Box of Orson Pratt, Letter to John C. Hall; see also Abanes, One Nation Under Gods, (New York, NY: Four Walls Eight Windows, 2002), 529, fn101.