Mormon History, Jun 25, 1848

[Brigham Young Sermon] Bro. Brigham Young then arose and Said that he had proposed to the brethren to give them some written Rules and regulations but said he now saw no need for it, however, the law is given for the lawless and disobedient, but here the brethren are all willing to do that which is right'"Speaking of dishonesty he said that any man who would steal, having the Priesthood, forfeited his head, and the time had now pretty nigh come when the judgments of God would instantly be executed upon the transgressor. He said that from this time henceforth he calculated that neither Judges, Councilors, or Marshalls should recall any pay for their services while acting as ministers of justice, nor any other officers. He Knew what was for the good of this people. Said there would be Judges and High Councils, and that he was a Judge and calculated to sit on cases, and act in any office that might be necessary. Said in regard to law that a righteous people needed no law because they lived so much above all Common law that it Could not reach them, but if any man infringe upon his neighbors rights, the Law would be upon him so quick that he would not know where it came from. Said in regard to travelling behind the Company that he was the Horns of Joseph and was pushing the people together, thereby fulfilling the Scripture. Said in regard to corralling that he Knew how nigh a man was to Mormonism by the way he corralled in the evening. When he corralled he wanted to lock wheels with his brother so if the Indians should come upon us or a storm arise the Horses might not be stolen nor the wagons upset. Some men wanted to travel with him in the morning, but when evening Came they wanted to corral about four feet apart so if any danger should arise they might have an opportunity to dodge behind their wagons'" He wanted to lock wheels, just as he would lock arms with his brother, so as they might be mutually strengthened. DJL 45-46. President Young addressed the saints in his own company. Spoke of the principles of order. Said that the distance of the wagons from each other showed how near the brethren was to Mormonism. (The general clerk and historian of the camp being sick the minutes of his remarks were not taken, and entered on this record). -- Near Elm Creek, Nebraska [Richard Ballantyne Journal]

[source: The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009),]

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