170 years ago today - 170 years ago - Aug 26, 1843 (Afternoon)

[Brigham Young Sermon] Elder B. Young next spoke and made some useful remarks. Said the scriptures had been mystified to that degree that the greatest divine of the day is as ignorant as the dumb ass concerning the things of God. They don't know their right hand from their left and we are trying to revere it to make it so simple that the people can understand it. Place a man in this room that is ignorant of science and take every thing out that we can see and then ask him if their is any thing in the room. He says no nothing but we two. I tell him that there is millions of live animals in the room even we breath them and I will show him by the aid of glasses that their is live animals in one drop of water eight feet long. But he don't believe it until he sees it through glasses. So with the unbeliever. He does not believe in God, in Angels, in spirits because he cannot see them. But let him have spiritual glasses or obey the commandments of God and get the spirit of God and then he can see, and many other useful remarks he made.

[Source: The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009), http://bit.ly/BY-discourses]


  1. Recorded in MHBY and in HC 5: 550-551. Aug.26, 1843 (Saturday).

  2. http://boap.org/LDS/Early-Saints/MSHBY.html

  3. Location of meeting: "with the Saints in New York [City], in conference, in the Columbian Hall, Grand Street."


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