Journal of Discourses, 3:205-206; “…God never bestows upon His people, or upon an individual, superior blessings without a severe trial to prove they will keep their covenants with Him…For this express purpose the Father withdrew His spirit from His son, at the time he was to be crucified.

Jesus had been with his Father, talked with Him, dwelt in His bosom, and knew all about heaven, about making the earth, about the transgression of man, and what would redeem the people, and that he was the character who was to redeem the sons of earth, and the earth itself from all sin that had come upon it.

The light, knowledge, power, and glory with which he was clothed were far above, or exceeded that of all others who had been upon the earth after the fall, consequently at the very moment, at the hour when the crisis came for him to offer up his life, the Father withdrew Himself, withdrew His Spirit, and cast a veil over him.

That is what made him sweat blood. If he had had the power of God upon him, he would not have sweat blood; but all was withdrawn from him, and a veil was cast over him, and he then plead with the Father not to forsake him. ‘No,’ says the Father, ‘you must have your trials, as well as the others.’” – Brigham Young, Great Salt Lake City, February 17, 1856 [emp. mine]

Luke 22:42-44; “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. 43 And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. 44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”

A few years ago my good friend, Ed Decker, gave me a heads up about an article in Business Week, how the Church makes its money. Our response to their opinion about money can be read at ‘The Most Stupid Quote of All Time’.

Their comment gave birth to a new category on our site; ‘Worst of the Worst’. Since that time we’ve come across other disturbing quotes we’ve listed in the same category. Today’s quote will be there as well, but it soared to 2nd place with Mr. Young’s theory of why Jesus sweated blood in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Looking over the passage of scripture in Luke, we can’t find anything suggesting God abandoned Jesus during His prayer time. Neither did we find anything saying God told Jesus He must go through trials just like we do.

God turned His face away while Jesus hung on the cross because He can’t stand the sight of sin. Jesus, fully God, and fully human, became the propitiation when He took all the sins of man upon Himself, and suffered the consequences for it; death. The wages of sin are death – Romans 6:23.

Mark154:34; “And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”

Make no mistake my friends! Jesus could’ve called 12 legions of angels to come extract Him from the trouble He faced! Matthew 26:53 He chose to be arrested, go through the trials, and suffer the humiliation and pain of crucifixion because of His love for us.

If you’re LDS, that includes you as well.

Don’t let Brigham’s words confuse, or scare you away from the truth.

Please, remember to pray for my dear people!