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28,892. Others who called themselves Latter Day Saints fled to the West hoping to find sanctuary. (United States & West & Mormon) Ken Burns, The West II
28,896. Everywhere they went, the Mormons gathered converts. And everywhere they went, they made enemies. (United States & West & Mormon) ibid.
28,904. Mountain Meadows: the Mormons opened fire ... in less than half an hour one hundred and twenty people had been butchered. (United States & West & Mormon) Ken Burns, The West IV
37,142. The Mormons in the nineteenth century really believed that the end was nigh. Judith Freeman, historian
38,136. Speaking and interpreting of tongues was manifest in the Congregation. One brother sung a lengthy song in tongues & sister Hide interpreted the same. It was great & glorious. Much of it was respecting the fame of Joseph and his magnus works. (Mormon & Speaking in Tongues) Wilford Woodruff, diary entry 20th April 1837
38,184. I was at a Sunday meeting in the spring of 1857, in Provo, when the news of the San Pete castration was referred to by the presiding bishop – Blackburn ... and Blackburn shouted in his Sunday meeting – a mixed congregation of all ages and both sexes – ‘I want the people of Provo to understand that the boys in Provo can use the knife as well as the boys in San Pete. Boys, get your knives ready, there is work for you! We must not be behind San Pete in good works.’
... The subject of Eunuchs came up ... Brigham said the day would come when thousands would be made Eunochs in order for them to be saved in the kingdom of God. Wilford Woodruff, diary entry 1857 vol 5 @ p54
38,192. We visited the Mount Meadows Monument put up at the burial place of 120 persons ... The pile of stone was about twelve feet high but beginning to tumble down. A wooden cross is placed on top with the following words, ‘Vengeance is mine and I will repay saith the Lord’. President Young said it should be Vengeance is mine and I have taken a little. Wilford Woodruff journal 25th May 1861
37,045. I say, rather than that apostates should flourish here, I will unsheath my Bowie knife, and conquer or die. [Great commotion in the congregation, and a simultaneous burst of feeling, assenting to the declaration.] Now, you nasty apostates, clear out, or judgment will be put to the line, and righteousness to the plummet. [Voices generally ‘go it, go it’] If you say it is right, raise your hands. [All hands up] Let us call upon the Lord to assist us in this, and every good work. Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses I:83
37,046. The principle, the only one that beats and throbs through the heart of the entire inhabitants of this Territory, is simply this: The man who seduces his neighbor’s wife must die, and her nearest relative must kill him! Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses I:97
37,047. If you will cause all those whom you know to be thieves, to be placed in a line before the mouth of one of our largest cannon, well loaded with chain shot, I will prove by my works whether I can mete out justice to such persons, or not. I would consider it just as much my duty to do that as to baptize a man for the remission of his sins. Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses I:108-109
38,120. Do I acknowledge the hand of the Lord in persecution? Yes, I do. It is one of the greatest blessings that could be conferred upon the people of God. I acknowledge the hand of the Lord in leveling His people to the dust of the earth, and reducing them to a state of abject poverty. Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses II:6
37,048. There are sins that men commit for which they cannot receive forgiveness in this world, or in that which is to come, and if they had their eyes open to see their true condition, they would be perfectly willing to have their blood spilt upon the ground, that the smoke thereof might ascend to heaven as an offering for their sins; and the smoking incense would atone for their sins, whereas, if such is not the case, they will stick to them and remain upon them in the spirit world.
... I know that there are transgressors, who, if they knew themselves, and the only condition upon which they can obtain forgiveness would beg of their brethren to shed their blood, that the smoke thereof might ascend to God ...
It is true that the blood of the Son of God was shed for sins through the fall and those committed by men, yet men can commit sins which it can never remit. Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses II:142
37,049. Again, if a pure Gentile firmly believes the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and yields obedience to it, in such a case I will give you the words of the Prophet Joseph: ‘The effect of the Holy Ghost upon a Gentile, is to purge out the old blood, and make him actually of the seed of Abraham.’ Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses II:269
38,121. [W]e are not capacitated to throw off in one day all our traditions, and our prepossessed feelings and notions, but have to do it little by little. It is a gradual process, advancing from one step to another; and as we lay off our false traditions and foolish notions, we receive more and more light, and thus we grow in grace. Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses II:309-318
37,830. The time is coming when justice will be laid to the line and righteousness to the plummet; when we shall ask, ‘Are you for God?’ and if you are not heartily on the Lord’s side, you will be hewn down. Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses III:226
37,050. There is not a man or woman, who violates the covenants made with their God, that will not be required to pay the debt. The blood of Christ will never wipe that out, your own blood must atone for it; and the judgments of the Almighty will come, sooner or later, and every man and woman will have to atone for breaking their covenants. To what degree? Will they have to go to hell? They are in hell enough now. I do not wish them in a greater hell, when their consciences condemn them all the time. Let compassion reign in our bosoms. Try to comprehend how weak we are, how we are organized, how the spirit and the flesh are continually at war. Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses III:247
37,051. Suppose you found your brother in bed with your wife, and put a javelin through both of them, you would be justified, and they would atone for their sins, and be received into the kingdom of God.
I would at once do so in such a case; under such circumstances. I have no wife whom I love so well that I would not put a javelin through her heart, and I would do it with clean hands. Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses III:247
37,052. I say, that there are men and women that I would advise to go to the President immediately, and ask him to appoint a committee to attend to their case; and then let a place be selected, and let that committee shed their blood. We have those amongst us that are full of all manner of abominations, those who need to have their blood shed, for water will not do, their sins are of too deep a dye. You may think that I am not teaching you Bible doctrine, but what says the apostle Paul? I would ask how many covenant breakers there are in this city and in this kingdom. I believe that there are a great many; and if they are covenant breakers we need a place designated where we can shed their blood. Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses IV:49-50
37,053. I will say further: I have had men come to me and offer their lives to atone for their sins. Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses IV:53-54
37,054. Now take a person in this congregation who has knowledge with regard to being saved in the kingdom of our God and our Father, and being exalted, one who knows and understands the principles of eternal life, and sees the beauty and excellency of the eternities before him compared with the vain and foolish things of the world, and suppose that he is overtaken in a gross fault, that he has committed a sin that he knows will deprive him of that exaltation which he desires, and that he cannot attain to it without the shedding of his blood, and also knows that by having his blood shed he will atone for that sin, and be saved and exalted with the Gods, is there a man of woman in this house but what would say, ‘Shed my blood that I may be saved and exalted with the Gods’? ...