165 years ago today - Dec 13, 1857

Heber C Kimball of the First Presidency provides confirmation of the death of Judas at the hands of the Apostles for breaking his covenant and betraying Christ in a sermon delivered in the Tabernacle on 13 December 1857:

"Judas lost that saving principle, and they took him and killed him. It is said in the Bible that his bowels gushed out; but they actually kicked him until his bowels came out. "I will suffer my bowels to be taken out before I will forfeit the covenant I have made with Him and my brethren." Do you understand me? Judas was like salt that had lost its saving principles—good for nothing but to be cast out and trodden under foot of men. . . . It is so with you, ye Elders of Israel, when you forfeit your covenants. . . . I know the day is right at hand when men will forfeit their Priesthood and turn against us and against the covenants they have made, and they will be destroyed as Judas was."

[Heber C Kimball, December 13, 1857, Journal of Discourses, vol. 6, pp. 125-126, at Mormon Bookshelf: Blood Atonement, http://mormonbookshelf.com/wiki/Blood_Atonement]

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