160 years ago today - Apr 8, 1860

President Brigham Young than addressed the Bishop in a vary interesting manner Concerning there office. ... Among his remarks He said that when a Bishop fully magnified his office they would preside over there wards as a man does over his family. The Bishop would dictate to every man woman & Child what they should [do]. No one shall be Idle but all should labor. The Bishop would then dictate to every man what he should raise and how much and every one should be set to work and when any one in the ward should have bread all should have it. Well says the poor shiftless man that never earned a home or a pair of shoes I would like that doctrine for then I would have a house as Big as Brigham Young. No you would not until you Earned it. In speaking of Building up the Center stake he said I now the Lord will not keep us out of Jackson County one day longer than we are prepared and the only fears I have had in the matter is that the Lord will get tired of waiting for us to get ready and will say I will wait no longer and if there is not more than five ready to go to Zion let them go & build it up. I do not think there is any prepared to go yet. I do not think that I am prepared yet to lay the Corner stone at the New Jerusalem, But I mean to prepare myself as fast as I Can.

[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

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