155 years ago today - Oct 7, 1863 (Afternoon, Conference)

[Brigham Young]
In the first place I will say to the saints that I know more about Joseph Smith, the prophet of the last days, and his family, than all the apostates that ever did or ever will leave this church. ... Joseph Smith [III] that now is living in the state of Illinois, the son of Joseph the Prophet, will never lead the Latter-day Saints; he may lead apostates, and will lead them to hell. ... Long before his death Joseph said to me, '"I shall have a son born to me and his name shall be called David; and on him in some future time will rest the responsibility that now rests upon me.'" This is Joseph's declaration to me and others some time before his death. ... There is now considerable whispering among us concerning the Josephites as they are called. What are they? They are apostates. Their preaching is scurrility and abuse and calling me the worst man in the world. ...

[Leonard J. Arrington Papers, Special Collections, Merrill-Cazier Library, Utah State University, Logan.. (A reference reading LJA 12-55-5, 10, means LJA Series 12, Box 55, Folder 5, page 10.) 12-56-2, 15; Brigham Young Collection, Archives, Church History Library, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah, in The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009), http://bit.ly/BY-discourses]

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