Wilford Woodruff Journal Selections, p. 87; “Dec 25,1879 – Stake Conference in Snowflake, Arizona, “Wilford Woodruff said, he did not believe that any person who lived to see 1890 would be able to see any United States, for he believed the Union would be broken by that time.””
Ephesians 4:14; “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive”.
Seeing as how Mr. Woodruff lived until 1898, we’re wondering if he thought about his false prophecy in 1890, or if it was just another day in his life for him? As of today (December 3, 2017), America should’ve dissolved 127 years ago.
Mr. Woodruff was well known for being an apocalyptic prophet proclaiming gloom and doom upon every society in the world, including his own. He was also well known for his false prophecies in 1880 stating no one sitting in his audience would taste death, but live to witness Jesus’ 2nd Coming, and Joseph and Hyrum’s blood needed to be avenged because ‘it cries from the ground’. See As a Thief in the Night, p. 190, by Dan Erickson.
In the end, Mr. Woodruff was full of all kinds of warnings, most of which never came to pass. You have to wonder why the Church is so grateful for the numerous journals he left behind when they’re not using them today.
In closing, Woodruff’s sermon reminds me of the last conversation I had with one of my grandfathers.
He called to ask if rumors I had left the Church were true. (It had only been 3 weeks) When I told him yes, and tried to explain, he launched into what I’d call an absolute tirade. I can only say I’m still grateful it was over the phone because he was a huge guy at 6’4”, and tipped the scales at 300+ lbs.
He told me only Mormonism was the true church of course, and then emphatically said the only thing I’d ever hear at a Baptist Church was hellfire and brimstone sermons from ‘those Bible thumping idiots’. After yelling for 20+ minutes, he hung up on me. Sadly, he died 3 days later. It was absolutely heartbreaking for me then, and still is today.
I find it odd the only hellfire and brimstone sermons I’ve ever heard have come from the Mormon Church, not the Christians.
I know from experience I’m not the only one with this experience. Today, please pray for those who are going through this very same thing!
With Love in Christ;