Mormon History, Jul 1, 1849

[Brigham Young Sermon] I want to see the bishops at the close of P.M. Meeting. A little council here on the ground - for the purpose of building a shade here, many brethren are not here, perhaps watering the grain - those who are here I want to know if they will sustain their bishops in doing the joy - if the people will put forth their hands, it will be but a small job - to build 60 by 100 - they will be nine posts and fifteen tier - it requires 7200 feet to cover it over once - divided into fourteen wards - Brother Kimball and myself will do the sawing for them - if the boards are used for other buildings and may apply on tithing - if the people feel to support the bishops in this thing signify it by the uplifted hand. As to the emigrants bound for California - the brethren well know through necessity there has been a issued paper currency to accommodate the brethren and now the brethren offer it to the travelers - it was not designed for them - they take it readily - but if they offer it to brethren they refuse it - I say to those travelers don't take one fifty cent piece of paper - we have poor mechanics who have been living without bread - those emigrants help them - there are men who have plenty of paper money who would buy everything offered for sale - they would then turn around and make our poor mechanics pay double and the hard money at that - let our mechanics have a little tea and bread stuff for their wives and families - who have been in a strictly country and are almost worn out - there are speculators who would deprive them of all - I have heard no complaints from the emigrants - they should be accommodated but I wish they had brought all with them - but deal honorably and uprightly and don't be afraid to meet God angels men or devils - I have been driven from my home thrice - yea four times and I never injured any man - let him who rules in the heavens handle them and he is doing it too - and if I were to go through the States I would find 1000s as honest men and women as we are - the way to live is so that you can meet God angels, men, all creation - I exhort you to live having your consciences clean before God and man, let us make our conscience clear as paper and all is right - we shall soon leave this world - and what should we care about the world when we have got through with it - the Almighty has put into man a desire to live - even in a dungeon - if it were not so - the world would have been depopulated centuries ago - as for the cloth - the moth will eat it up or Iron rust will consume it, or if you get gold plague on it there is plenty of thieves and they will steal it - if an Elder is living right - you may call on him any moment, and he is ready to preach a powerful sermon. -- 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..; Leonard J. Arrington Papers, Special Collections, Merrill-Cazier Library, Utah State University, Logan.. (A reference reading LJA 12-55-5, 10, means LJA Series 12, Box 55, Folder 5, page 10.) 9-13-3, 65-66; 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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