165 years ago today - Apr 4, 1858

Brother Brigham made some good remarks on our situation as a people, the blessings we enjoyed, the persecutions the Church had been subject to since its organization, the treatment of the United States toward us, their cursed meanness, their disposition to destroy us from the face of the earth, their wickedness, corruption, and abomination of what they call and say is Christianity and civilization. Said he felt righteously mad enough to go right out to the camp of our enemies and slay them, said he would have to hold back and let the wicked slay the wicked, showed that if we spilt their blood there was an atonement [but if] we let them kill themselves they would go to Hell and stay there. Exhorted the Saints to be faithful. -- SLC Tabernacle

[Diary of Charles Lowell Walker. Andrew Karl Larson, ed. Logan: Utah State University Press, 1980. 27-28; Brigham Young Office Journals, Special Collections, Merrill-Cazier Library, Utah State University, Logan.; Archives, Church History Library, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah.; New Mormon Studies CD-ROM; The Office Journal of President Brigham Young. 1858-1863 Book D. Fred C. Collier. Collier's Publishing, 2006; 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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