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36,985. Nothing will disturb an LDS member more than finding out that Brigham Young taught the Adam/God theory. That having some modern Mormon apostle lie about it. And so the Church really doesn’t do any value for its members by sanitising the Book of Abraham. (Mormons & Mormons: Young) Brent Lee Metcalfe, author New Approaches to the Book of Mormon
37,960. They have plain and clear quotations saying all of the things about Adam which I say are false. The quotations are in our literature and form the basis of a worship system followed by many of the cultists who have been excommunicated from the Church. (Mormons & Mormons: Young) Bruce R McConkie
37,961. Brigham Young erred in some of his statements on the nature and kind of being that God is and as to the position of Adam in the plan of salvation ... If we choose to believe and teach the false portions of his doctrines, we are making an election that will damn us. (Mormons & Mormons: Young) Bruce R McConkie
37,962. Yes, President Young did teach that Adam was the father of our spirits, and all the related things that the cultists ascribe to him. This, however, is not true. He expressed views that are out of harmony with the gospel. (Mormons & Mormons: Young & Mormons) Bruce R McConkie
38,185. Whether the hot blood which must now be seething and boiling in the veins of Brigham Young and his satellites in Salt Lake is to be cooled by the murder of Gentiles who pass through their territory, whether the destroying angels of Mormondom are to be brought into requisition to make reprisals upon travelers, whether, as has been done before, saints disguised as Indians are to constitute themselves the supposed ministers of God’s vengeance in this case, we are not informed, but have no doubt that such intentions are prevalent among those saintly villains, adulterers, and seducers of Salt Lake. Alta California, edition 9th July 1857
37,977. In the history of any people there has never been recorded a case of such gross mismanagement as that of gathering the foreign Saints to Zion in the year 1856.
Until this disastrous year the emigrants had always made the journey across the plains with ox-teams ...
The cost of emigration in this way was from £10 to £12, English money, or nominally $50 to $60 in gold – not very expensive, surely, for a journey from Liverpool to Salt Lake City; but to Brigham, in one of his fits of economy, it seemed altogether too costly, and he set to work to devise some means for retrenchment. During the entire winter of 1855-56, he and his chief supporters were in almost constant consultation on the subject of reducing the expenses of emigration, and they finally hit upon the expedient of having them cross the plains with hand-carts, wheeling their own provisions and baggage, and so saving the expense of teams. The more Brigham thought of his plan, the more in love he grew with it, and he sent detailed instructions concerning it to the Apostle Franklin D Richards, the Mormon agent at Liverpool, who published it in the Millennial Star, as the new ‘divine plan’ revealed to Brother Brigham by the Lord, whose will it was that the journey should be made in this manner. (Mormons & Mormons: Young) Ann Eliza Webb 'Wife No 19' ch11 'Divine Emigration – The Prophet and the Handcart Scheme’
37,978. By the mid-1850s LDS Church leaders needed less expensive ways to move poor immigrants to Utah. The Perpetual Emigrating Fund that loaned to the needy was depleted, and costs for wagons and ox-teams were high. Therefore, Brigham Young announced on 29th October 1855 a handcart system by which the Church would provide carts to be pulled by hand across the Mormon Trail. As a result, between 1856 and 1860 nearly 3000 Latter-day Saint emigrants joined ten handcart companies - about 650 handcarts total – and walked to Utah from Iowa City, Iowa, (a distance of 1300 miles) or from Florence, Nebraska (1030 miles). (Mormons & Mormons: Young) History of Utah
37,979. Like despots both ancient and modern, Brigham Young eagerly seized on this external threat to consolidate his power. He also ramped up Mormon recruitment efforts in Great Britain and Scandinavia (where Mormon missionaries carefully concealed the doctrine of polygamy) as a way of building up his kingdom. To cut down on the time and expense involved in bringing new Mormons to Zion, Young ordered the construction of handcarts – rickshaw-like vehicles – used to carry the pilgrims and their possessions across the plains.
The handcart initiative led to disaster in late 1856 as two companies of Mormon immigrants (known as the Martin and Willie companies), promised by Mormon leaders that God would hold back the winter snows, were caught in an abnormally early and severe blizzard. More than 200 men, women, and children died, making the Martin/Willie debacle ‘the worst disaster in the history of America's overland trails’.
Mormon leaders refused to shoulder any blame for the catastrophe. Jedediah Grant ... laid the blame on the victims ... ‘the same disobedience and sinfulness that had induced spiritual sleepiness among the people already in Zion’. (Mormons & Mormons: Young) Will Bagley author Blood of the Prophets
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