Mormon History, May 6, 1849 (Afternoon)

[Brigham Young Sermon] We have heard some good remarks from bro. Sherwood. It is best to speak one after another than to have 2 or 3 do all the preaching. We can learn from children and from all the Elders we can become more from a great many than from few. We can learn from the youngest men if they had courage to speak more than we could gleam from one man. Bro. Sherwood was never called on by Joseph or myself but he was ready to speak. He is appointed to survey this city, he is poor and needy, go and pay him. There is not one of you that has a lot until it is paid for, and when the next company comes in we shall give him for those who come in. No man should go from this place to preach unless be can sever light from darkness. He should be as when a man wakes out of a sleep and find angels from heaven and angel from hell, he ought to know his friends. As long as a man or woman continue to be honest before God they will know the operations of the spirit, but if he is dishonest the devil takes advantage of a bewildered mind. Some will be crazy. There are degrees from perfect sanity to perfect insanity, and as to the [-]. I dare send a devil. If every Elder would do his duty I should not have occasion to do it. I am required to baptize a man for the remission of sins, and then it is his duty to live the life of a Christian. When a half hearted Mormon Elder is [-] and wants to go preach, if they will go I must send them, but they who are filthy, remain filthy still, they go and defile every saint and every thing they have influence over. They will go and preach about the'- -- SLC Bowery [Thomas Bullock Minutes, LJA; Thomas Bullock—LDS Church Reporter, 1844-56.C, Archives, Church History Library, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah.; GCM, Archives, Church History Library, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah..; General Church Minutes. Selected Collections from the Archives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints DVD 1 (2002)]

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

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