125 years ago today - Jul 9, 1895

[Brigham Young Jr.]

When at the Z[ion's]. S[avings]. Bank Sister Wells approached me, she being one of the very active ladies among the womens rights & democrats, and quietly whispered in my ear, we are talking of putting you in nomination for Governor of the new state. It is the second time this has been said to me the first were Repub[lican]. I know not what my brethren think but my mind is clear, I would not submit my name to either party to be made President of the United States. So much good & so much bad figure together in politics now a days that the dose seems too drastic for an honest man to swallow unbiased by the prevailing spirit in politics. Good honest men shout themselves hoarse with urging party cries but it is not the calm sober spirit of God that makes howling maniacs of High Priests, Seventies, elders and teachers of the pure religion of the Meek and lowly Jesus. In the name of God what spirit has take[n] possession of your house, that your howling rends the air and makes night hideous in Zion. Hasten Father in heaven to develop[e] in the minds of thy people the pure politics of the Kingdom of God that we go no more whoring after the digenerate spirit of the heathen, who call themselves christians.

[Brigham Young Jr. Diary, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1910-1951, Privately Published, Salt Lake City, Utah 2010]

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