"Brother Franklin Woolley, one of your townsmen here, one that had a great deal to do with the Indians and was killed by them, if he had listened to my counsel and obeyed he would not have been dead now. But, no! He knew best. He knew just as well as I did what would be best for himself. Well, I wish the people would hearken to me. It is now about thirty-two years since the Prophet Joseph was martyred and I have led this people ever since, and I would like some one to mention if they can one circumstance where any one was ever injured when they followed my counsel, or where there was ever one accident in anything that I had charge of. If I could only have had direct charge of that hand-cart company, do you suppose any one would have lost their lives or been injured in the least? Why, no! Certainly not! The people seem to realize that I led them aright and that I am correct in my teachings. They say they know I am a prophet and teach them correct principles, But I only wish they realized it enough to obey me. If they would I would promise them health, wealth and lives eternal."
[Young Women's Journal. Salt Lake City, 1872-1914. 1:261-264, quoted in The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009), http://bit.ly/BY-discourses]