165 years ago today - Dec 6, 1856

[Wilford Woodruff]
I was requested to speak by Bishop Hoagland I arose & said that Bishop Hoagland & the missionaries had appointed Men as teachers to the gentile stores to preach the gospel to them. But the spirit said to me it was not wisdom to send men to preach the gospel to them. I considered they were wicked & Corrupt & it was like casting pearls before swine. When I closed F. D Richards Backed me up & bore testimony that [what] I said was true.

Then Bishop Hoagland arose & opposed me vary strongly & said He presided over the 14 ward [&?] had Sent the Teachers to preach to the Gentiles & he wished them to go & do it. I at once saw the gentiles were devil had ensnared him.

When He sat down the Teacher arose & said what shall I do? Brother Woodruff says do not go to those Gentiles Bishop Hoagland says go. I arose & said to the teachers obey your Bishop for He says he will take the responsibility upon himself in sending teachers to them. Many of the Priesthood were fired up upon the subject but the meeting Closed & we went home.

... Presidet Young was asstonished at the position which Brother Hoagland had taken. He said the devil was leading him into dificulty which he could not extricate himself without Help.

He immediately sent for Bishop Hoagland who Came up & the subject was all talked over & President Young showed him his Error & he saw it. President Young told him that the Twelve held the keys of the Kingdom of God in all the world whare the presidency are not, & that No Bishop presided over any one of the Twelve in any place. The Bishop Made his Confession and went home.

[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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