Mormon History, Jul 29, 1849

[Brigham Young Sermon] Much time has been consumed with notices. Men passing through lounging round consuming their time in trading and speculating. Go look at their families their in wretchedness. Their corn and wheat dropping into the ground again. What are the marshals about. I want to say to those men among us lounging about. Go to work. What are they hickory Mormons bass wood Mormons etc, put up your fences, save your grain. You bishops, you are the men in your wards to see to those things, to keep peace. Those men that don't take care of their cattle take them from them. We have had the privilege to live without a guard for two years but now see to it you bishops. I am death on the grog shops, shun the appearance of evil. What shall we have grog shops in our streets. I want the bishops to hear my sermon, take care of your crops, then after for the Council House and this Bowery to finish and for the fence, frown down evil characters - I motion that no man sell whiskey that brings it here but deliver it to a person authorized to sell - Motion put and carried - also take care of your cattle. I expect their is some deserters here from the ferry. I want to speak on the principle of slipping by the ferry. There is enough of evil brought on here to need a police - the men that sneak through on the watch to trouble their neighbors, all their time. Watch. I have not said pray today, never wait for the storm to pray - take care of your crops, their is many we shall have to go out and lug in to save their lives, and the lives of their families. What are we here for, because he could not believe in a God without a body or principles, or parts. I feel very thankful we are here, is their any man can give us an idea of any place except here were we could locate in peace. why if we cannot live here, we must scatter every where. Preaching the word, why the devil the old gentile - would have prevented the crucifixion of our Savior, and our being disturbed. so often. if he had the fore knowledge. he is the old gentleman who is the long faced devout grave looking personage who makes the long prayers to a God unknown - their is intelligence and power in the world, it is around us, in us, organized by the Almighty, we are full of it. but is the person of God it? No - who ever has seen Jesus has seen the Father. every person has the power within him. we grow in it. their is an eternity of it. the Almighty governs it. it comes from him. we have to watch all the time. Spirit is matter as well as the body, only finer - now you bishops look after your people. see to the lazy. mark the law pertaining to the idler. -- 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, 75-76; 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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