165 years ago today - Aug 16, 1857

[Wilford Woodruff]
This was one of the most important days that the Church & kingdom of God has seen in this dispensation. ... Presidet Brigham Young ... told us & all the world what the will of God was & what his intentions were. He would no longer submit to their [the United States] Ungodly persecutions. If General Harney Came here with an armey to destroy this people we would destroy him & his armey. ... should they undertake to send an army of 50,000 or 100,000 men next year we will lay waste this whole Territory & flee into the mountains. I will lay all my dwellings in Ashes. ... Then do you not think that our Canyons will be ad[apted?] for the bones of our Enemies? I think it will.

... I have had to hold the Indians here for years from destroying the emigrants. I have had to give them many thousands of dollars to keep them from killing the Gentile Emigration to Calafornia. ...

I want this people to go to & save all their grain & prepare to cash it up in the mountains but dont let your Neighbor know whare you put it. I want you to prepare for a 7 years siege.

[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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