Journal of Discourses 3:246-247 “A year will not pass away before some few of them are guilty of creeping into widows’ houses, and into bed with the wives of their brethren, debauching one woman here, and another there. … There is not a man or woman, who violates the covenants made with their God, that will not be required to pay the debt. The blood of Christ will never wipe that out, your own blood must atone for it; and the judgments of the Almighty will come, sooner or later, and every man and woman will have to atone for breaking their covenants. To what degree? Will they have to go to hell? They are in hell enough now. I do not wish them in a greater hell, when their consciences condemn them all the time. Let compassion reign in our bosoms. Try to comprehend how weak we are, how we are organized, how the spirit and the flesh are continually at war.” — Brigham Young, Great Salt Lake City, March 16, 1856
Psalm 103:10-12 “He hath not dealt with us after our sins; Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. 11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, So great is his mercy toward them that fear him. 12 As far as the east is from the west, So far hath he removed our transgressions from us.”
Leaders of the Church in Brigham’s day also uttered the same words about the sin of apostatizing. It seems their mighty arm of retribution stretches out to anything they deem worthy of shedding the blood of others.
Lost in the fray of confusion, these people have either forgotten to read God’s word, or outright ignored what He had to say. The peripheral affects of their diatribe was to instill fear into the people in attendance. In 1856 that probably meant most all of those who lived in Utah at the time.
One has to wonder why they’d order this mandate when they were guilty of the same…
With Love in Christ;