170 years ago today - Apr 24, 1853

President Young, who informed us that this people had to fort up or we should not be safe for ten years to come, for said he, these mountains would be full of robbers, like the Gadianton robbers of old, and that he had been wearied with the foolishness and teasings of this people. They wanted to scatter abroad, thereby exposing themselves to becoming the easy prey to their enemies. He said this people must be wide awake and have their arms and ammunition in readiness and build strong holds or we should be swept off from the earth. -- Spanish Fork, Utah

[Joseph Lee Robinson Diary, USOn the Mormon Frontier, the Diaries of Hosea Stout. Juanita Brooks, ed. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1964 53, 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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