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37,257. The south will cry out against me as being uncharitable, unfeeling, unkind, and wholly unacquainted with the Gospel of Christ ... the first mention we have of slavery is found in the Holy Bible ... And so far from that prediction being averse to the mind of God, it remains as a lasting monument of the decree of Jehovah, to the shame and confusion of all who have cried out against the South, in consequence of their holding the sons of Ham in servitude ... I can say, the curse is not yet taken off from the sons of Canaan, neither will be until it is affected by as great a power as caused it to come; and the people who interfere the least with the purposes of God in this matter, will come under the least condemnation before him; and those who are determined to pursue a course, which shows an opposition, and a feverish restlessness against the decrees of the Lord, will learn, when perhaps it is too late for their own good, that God can do his own work, without the aid of those who are not dictated by His counsel. (Mormons & Mormons: Racism & Mormons: Joseph Smith) Joseph Smith: Journal of Discourses II:436-438
38,300. Are the Mormons abolitionists? No, unless delivering the people from priestcraft, and the priests from the power of Satan, should be considered abolition. But we do not believe in setting the Negroes free. (Mormons & Mormons: Racism & Mormons: Joseph Smith) ibid.
38,347. ... in the evening with Joseph Smith Junior at his house, in company with John Corrill, and after pure water was prepared, called upon the Lord and proceeded to wash each other’s bodies, and bathe the same with whiskey, perfumed with cinnamon. This we did that we might be clean before the Lord for the Sabbath, confessing our sins and covenanting to be faithful to God. (Mormons & Mormons: Smith) Oliver Cowdery
37,258. All who are acquainted with the situation of slave States know that the life of every White is in constant danger and to insinuate anything which could possibly be interpreted by a slave – that it was not just to hold human beings in bondage – would be jeopardizing the life of every White inhabitant in the country. For the moment an insurrection should break out, no respect would be paid to age, sex or religion by an enraged, jealous and ignorant Black banditti.
And the individual who would not immediately report anyone who might be found influencing the minds of slaves with evil would be beneath the slave himself and unworthy the privilege of a free government. (Mormons & Mormons: Racism) Oliver Cowdery, Outrage in Jackson Country, Evening and Morning Star 2nd January 1834 p122
36,900. The Lord did not come with the armies of heaven, in power and great glory, nor send His messengers panoplied with aught else than the truth of heaven, to communicate to the meek, the lowly, the youth of humble origin, the sincere enquirer after the knowledge of God. But He did send His angel to this same obscure person, Joseph Smith Junior who afterwards became a Prophet, Seer, and Revelator, and informed him that he should not join any of the religious sects of the day, for they were all wrong; that they were following the precepts of men instead of the Lord Jesus; that He had a work for him to perform, inasmuch as he should prove faithful before Him. (Mormons & Mormons: Young) Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses II:171
38,464. As I observed, on the evening of the 14th at the social Hall, ‘think brethren, think’ but do not think so far that you cannot think back again … In the eastern country there was a man who used to go crazy, at times, and then come to his senses again. One of his neighbors asked him what made him go crazy; he replied, ‘I get to thinking, and thinking, until finally I think so far that I am not always able to think back again.’ Can you think too much for the spirit which is put in the tabernacle? You can … Let this intelligent part labor to excess, and it will eventually overcome the tabernacle, the equilibrium will be destroyed, and the whole organization deranged. Many people have deranged themselves by thinking too much. (Mormons & Mormons: Young) Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses III:247
36,843. The doctrine he teaches is all I know about the matter, bring anything against that if you can. As to anything else I do not care. If he acts like a devil, he has brought forth a doctrine that will save us, if we will abide it. He may get drunk every day of his life, sleep with his neighbor’s wife every night, run horses and gamble, I do not care anything about that, for I never embrace any man in my faith. But the doctrine he has produced will save you and me, and the whole world; and if you can find fault with that, find it. He said, ‘I have done.’ (Mormons & Mormons: Young) Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses IV:77
38,478. When the light came to me I saw that all the so-called Christian world was grovelling in darkness. (Mormons & Mormons: Young) Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses V:73
38,206. No man or woman in this dispensation will ever enter into the celestial kingdom of God without the consent of Joseph Smith ... every man and woman must have the certificate of Joseph Smith, Junior as a passport to their entrance into the mansion where God and Christ are ... [Joseph Smith] reigns there as supreme a being in his sphere, capacity, and calling, as God does in heaven. Many will exclaim – ‘Oh, that is very disagreeable! It is preposterous! We cannot bear the thought!’ But it is true. (Mormons & Mormons: Young & Cults: COJCOLDS) Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses VII:289
37,055. They killed Joseph and what for? For the Gospel’s sake. It was for no evil, for I was well acquainted with him. He testified to the truth, he sealed his testimony with his blood. Whether we believe in blood atonement or not, the Lord so ordered it, that Joseph, as well as others of the Prophets, sealed their testimony with their blood. (Mormons & Mormons: Young) Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses XVIII:361
38,123. Hidden in the blood of many LDS runs the blood of Israel from numerous directions, including that of the Savior. But it is specifically through the divine blood-right of Christ through Joseph Smith Junior that all members of the Church are lawful heirs of the promise. (Mormons & Mormons: Young) Brigham Young, 20th March 1834
38,211. He that confesseth not that Jesus has come in the flesh and sent Joseph Smith with the fullness of the Gospel to this generation, is not of God, but is anti-christ. (Mormons & Mormons: Young) Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses IX:312
38,479. The Christian world, so-called, are heathens as to the knowledge of the salvation of God. (Mormons & Mormons: Young) Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses VIII:171
38,480. A more ignorant people never lived than the present so-called Christian world. (Mormons & Mormons: Young) Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses VIII:199
37,057. Any man having one drop of the seed of Cane in him cannot hold the priesthood and if no other Prophet ever spake it before I will say it now in the name of Jesus Christ, I know it is true and they know it. The Negro cannot hold one particle of Government ... Let me consent today to mingle my seed with the seed of Cane. It would bring the same curse upon me. And it would upon any man. And if any man mingles his seed with the seed of Cane the only way he could get rid of it or have salvation would be to come forward and have his head cut off and spill his blood upon the ground. It would also take the life of his children. (Mormons & Mormons: Racism & Mormons: Young) Brigham Young, cited Wilford Woodruff Journal January 1852
37,275. The moment we consent to mingle with the seed of Cain the Church must go to destruction – we should receive the curse which has been placed upon the seed of Cain, and never more be numbered with the children of Adam who are heirs to the priesthood until that curse be removed. (Mormons & Mormons: Racism & Mormons: Young) Brigham Young, New York Herald 4th May 1855, cited Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought Spring 1973 p56
38,301. I will remark with regard to slavery, inasmuch as we believe in the Bible, inasmuch as we believe in the ordinances of God, in the priesthood and order and decrees of God, we must believe in slavery. This colored race have been subjected to severe curses, which they have in their families and their classes and in their various capacities brought upon themselves ...
I am a firm believer in slavery ... Those servants want to come here with their masters ... I know it is right, and there should be a law made to have the slaves serve their master, because they are not capable of ruling themselves ... I am firm in the belief that they ought to dwell in servitude ...
When a master has a Negro, and uses him well, he is much better off than when he is free. (Mormons & Mormons: Racism & Mormons: Young & Slavery) Brigham Young, address joint session of legislature 23rd January 1852
37,276. That slavery will continue, until there is a people raised up upon the face of the earth who will contend for righteous principles, who will not only believe in but operate, with every power and faculty given to them to help to establish the kingdom of God, to overcome the devil, and drive him from the earth, then will this curse be removed. This was the starting point of slavery. (Mormons & Mormons: Racism & Mormons: Young & Slavery) ibid.
38,302. What is that mark? You will see it on the countenance of every African you ever did see upon the face of the earth, or ever will see ... Now I tell you what I know; when the mark was put upon Cain, Abel’s children was in all probability young; the Lord told Cain that he should not receive the blessings of the priesthood nor his seed, until the last of the posterity of Able had received the priesthood, until the redemption of the earth. If there never was a prophet, or apostle of Jesus Christ spoke it before, I tell you, this people that are commonly called Negroes are the children of old Cain. I know they are. I know that they cannot bear rule in the priesthood, for the curse on them was to remain upon them, until the residue of the posterity of Michael and his wife receive the blessings, the seed of Cain would have received had they not been cursed. (Mormons & Mormons: Racism & Mormons: Young & Slavery) ibid.
38,303. Now then in the kingdom of God on the earth, a man who has the African blood in him cannot hold one jot nor title of priesthood ... Let my seed mingle with the seed of Cain, that brings the curse upon me, and upon my generations - we will reap the same rewards with Cain ... In the priesthood I will tell you what it will do. Were the children of God to mingle there seed with the seed of Cain it would not only bring the curse of being deprived of the power of the priesthood upon themselves but they entail it upon their children after them, and they cannot get rid of it. (Mormons & Mormons: Racism & Mormons: Young & Slavery) ibid.