160 years ago today - Aug 23, 1863

President Young stated the object of the meeting to be the consideration of taking immediate possession of Bear Lake Valley by sending a company of men there this fall. ... President Young then spoke as follows: The Twelve have been used up, they are tired out with hard labor, and now the time has come that they can do more good at home than they can by going abroad to preach the gospel. ... tithing is to sustain the priesthood, to build Temples and feed the poor, but this is not good policy so far as we are concerned; I think it is much better for us to sustain ourselves. ... As yet I have said nothing to anyone except to brother Benson. Now if you will keep this matter to yourselves nobody will know anything about it, but otherwise it will be telegraphed to old Abe Lincoln bysome of these officers, and then it will be made a reservation of immediately to prevent us getting it. Now you may excuse me or not, but he is a damned old scamp and villain, and I don't believe that Phoraoh of old was any worse, or any wickeder. ...

[Minutes, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1910-1951, Privately Published, Salt Lake City, Utah 2010]

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