165 years ago today - Dec 23, 1847

[Brigham Young Sermon] [On birthday of Joseph Smith]... they have succeeded in killing our Prophet and Patriarch - it has rolled faster in the last three years, than any three years since the foundation of the work - Joseph Smith could not get to see above a lawyer or a doctor and now the President of the United States thinks himself honored to wait on our elders - the Lord is at the helm and I have got to do as the Lord tells me in the Old Ship Zion - it is perfectly right to dance, but it is very wicked to sin - I council this people not to go to the dance tomorrow at the point that is getting up by the soldiers there it is our council to all to stay away - if you want to dance, dance on this floor before Father Allred - I would not go there and dance - God forbid - but I would come and dance with you.

[Source: The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009)]

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