Mormon History, Apr 28, 1849

[Brigham Young Sermon] President Young remarked that the people had not been called upon to spend much time in preparing to defend themselves against their enemies since Joseph's death. During his lifetime much time was spent in defending him and ourselves against mobs. When the Elders are prepared to go into the field of battle in defense of the truth, they are in the line of their duty, even to lay down their lives for the cause of God and the support of His kingdom on the earth. But not in a spirit of revenge against our enemies will we ever be sent, but in the strength of Israel's God and by the power of the Holy Ghost, doing the work because it ought to be done. -- Salt Lake City [Norton Jacob Diary, Archives, Church History Library, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah.. Also The Mormon Vanguard Brigade of 1847, Ronald Barney, ed. Logan: Utah State University Press, 2005. 307]

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

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