165 years ago today - Oct 31, 1857

(John Taylor: What was your object in coming here? Was it to rebel against the general government?) President Young: To get away from Christians'- Pres. Brigham Young: Try the vote. All you that are willing to set fire to your property and lay it in ashes, rather than submit to their military rule and oppression, manifest it by raising your hands. (The congregation unanimously raise their hands) I know what your feelings are. We have been persecuted and robbed long enough; and in the name of Israel's God, we will be free! (The whole congregation responded, '"Amen'" and Pres. Brigham Young said, '"I say Amen all the time to that.'" The great God has set this hand to roll forth his purposes, and the hand that opposes it shall be palsied. The power of God shall be felt among the nations that reject the truth. All is right in Israel and we do not want to hurt anybody, but we feel to bless everybody and our hearts are full of blessings for all who will work righteousness. Shall we still bless the human family? Yes. Shall we rally around the Constitution of the United States and protect it in its purity? Yes, we will save it when others forsake it. -- Salt Lake City

[Journal History of the Church, Selected Collections from the Archives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints DVD 2 (2002), in The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009), http://bit.ly/BY-discourses]

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