Discourses of Brigham Young, selected and arranged by John A. Widtsoe [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1954], pp. 191-193 “We have a holy reverence for and a belief in the Bible…I believe the words of the Bible are just what they are; but aside from that I believe the doctrines concerning salvation contained in that book are true, and that their observance will elevate any people, nation or family that dwells on the face of the earth. The doctrines contained in the Bible will lift to a superior condition all who observe them; they will impart to them knowledge, wisdom, charity, fill them with compassion and cause them to feel after the wants of those who are in distress, or in painful or degraded circumstances. They who observe the precepts contained in the Scriptures will be just and true and virtuous and peaceable at home and abroad. Follow out the doctrines of the Bible, and men will make splendid husbands, women excellent wives, and children will be obedient; they will make families happy and the nations wealthy and happy and lifted up above the things of this life. 13:175.”
2 Peter 2:1 “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.”
I’ve often wondered how men like Brigham Young slept at night. He and the others like John Widtsoe who edited Young’s works, must have purposefully ignored the obvious.
The reference noted above came from a speech Brigham delivered on May 29, 1870. See link provided at end of reference. The problem?
At a church conference in 1854 Mr. Young also stated he hadn’t read his bible in many years because it was a compilation of made-up baby stories. See False Prophecies of the Mormon Church for more info.
Which story from Brigham Young do you believe? Peter’s warning is a good reminder of how God’s word is still applicable for us today! If they truly believed God’s word, they wouldn’t produce other ‘scripture’ they received from a self-proclaimed prophet with a questionable reputation.
With Love in Christ;