150 years ago today - Oct 7, 1866

Brigham Young tells general conference it is right of Joseph Smith's last son, David H. Smith, to be president of LDS church.


  1. "Young David Smith seems to be the pet of the company, he is heart and hand with his brother Joseph, and with a hundred others who are apostates from the true faith of the Gospel, and who were one with the mob who persecuted and slew the Prophet. When Joseph the Prophet was killed his wife Emma was pregnant. Joseph said, previous to his death, “She shall have a son, and his name shall be called David, and unto him the Lord will look.” I am looking for the time when the Lord will speak to David, but let him pursue the course he is now pursuing, and he will never preside over the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in time nor in eternity. He has got to repent of his sins, and turn away from his iniquity, to cease to do evil, and learn to do well, embrace the Gospel of life and salvation, and be an obedient son of God, or he never can walk up to possess his right. It would be his right to preside over this Church, if he would only walk in the true path of duty. I hope and pray that he and the whole family will repent, and be a holy family. Now, you old Mormons, stop your talking about Young Joseph, and about David going to preside over the Church by and by! I wish he was prepared for it, would repent of his sins, and come in at the door, and be one with us, and walk up to the Twelve and the First Presidency, saying, I am one with you, and am your servant." [Conference, Sunday afternoon, SLC Bowery]

    [Source: Richard S. Van Wagoner, editor, The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young]

  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Hyrum_Smith


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