170 years ago today - Dec 8, 1852 • Wednesday

[George Q. Cannon]
Had a conversation to day with Bro. Maiola on the barrenness of the females of the Islands, he told me that he believed one cause of it was on account of the dreadful habit they had of killing their young; they not liking the trouble &c. necessarily attendant upon child bearing; they very frequently destroying their children by the connivance of their parents without the knowledge of the husband. We have endeavored to instil into them an abhorrence of all such devilish practices and inspire them with a desire to raise children and to teach and instruct them right—the fact is, the nation is decreasing fast and unless there is an effort speedily made to stop their downward progress they must speedily be extinguished. [[It was estimated by foreigners who first resided among the people, that two thirds of the infants born, died thus by the hands of their parents"]] The <Male> Saints at Kula, met the place where the first branch of the Church was established, met some time lately to pray to the Lord to bless their wives that they might be fruitful and raise seed unto them, and the Lord had heard their prayers and <had> blessed them <very much> in the thing they had desired.

[The Journal of George Q. Cannon, Church Historian's Press, https://churchhistorianspress.org/george-q-cannon]

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