Mormon History, Feb 3, 1849

[Brigham Young Sermon] The House having been called and duly opened by prayer, the subject of securing the public arm was taken up. President Brigham Young said that all hell was on our tract and that it was necessary and highly important to adopt some measures to secure the public arms. As yet the idea has gone out by those that have gone back to the States, that we are asleep as to preparing for war. We wanted that influence to go out in order to give us time to prepare for them. Let a small frame house, 12 by 16 feet, be built immediately for the safety of the public arms, equipage and ammunition. Let there be a man appointed who is competent to take charge of them and keep them in good order. A building of this kind can be moved about when necessary and when we get time, we will build a first rate arsenal. Then this little building will be worth all it cost to build it, for a crib or grain house'- President Young said that he was the only man in this valley that understands the duty of an armorer, and he can make any part of a cannon, musket or rifle and is qualified to repair and keep in repair all the guns that belongs to the armory. -- Salt Lake City [DJLJ 1:87]

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

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