170 years ago today - May 5, 1854

[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal]
[quoting Brigham Young] ... The traditions of the people were so strong that they could not bear the Idea of having a Prophet dictate their temporal affairs.... Judge ye then why should it be thought a thing incredible or unjust for a profit [prophet] of God who is called to guide & controll us in all the weighty matters that consern us should also counsel us in those lesser matters of every day life? Now go to & build your wall around your City as you have been Commanded to do & the blessings of God will rest upon you. But if you refuse to follow the counsel given there is a rod preparing for you & it will be but a short time before you will see the law of God visible in the counsel that has been given to this people ...

[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

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