God’s Destroyer

D&C 105:13-15; “Therefore it is expedient in me that mine elders should wait for a little season, for the redemption of Zion.14 For behold, I do not require at their hands to fight the battles of Zion; for, as I said in a former commandment, even so will I fulfil—I will fight your battles.15 Behold, the destroyer I have sent forth to destroy and lay waste mine enemies; and not many years hence they shall not be left to pollute mine heritage, and to blaspheme my name upon the lands which I have consecrated for the gathering together of my saints.”

Prophecy given in Missouri on June 22, 1834. History of the Church 2:108-111. 

The Mormon god promised here that he’d fight their battles, and has sent forth a destroyer to lay waste to their enemies. What really happened is that the Mormons had tried to redeem Zion in Missouri but got pushed back to Ohio before they could redeem their Zion from their oppressors.

While on their march to Zion more than a dozen people died from cholera.  Smith had this revelation to “encourage” the Saints that God would fight their battles for them.  Smith told them it was because of their poor behavior they didn’t redeem Zion but would go back into Missouri in 1836 to try again.  The stories he kept spinning were nothing less than lies.  You can read the entire saga in History of the Church 2:36-39 and History of the Church 3:xxxix, Reed Peck Transcript pages 3-10, D&C 103:1-7 and