160 years ago today - Jun 30, 1861 (Afternoon)

[Brigham Young]

There was a man came into my office when it was pretty hard times, and he was poor, and wanted some money. I put my hand in my pocket and took out a five dollar piece and gave him, it was all I had. though that made no difference, I gave it to him and felt right in so doing. Next evening was after something in my pocket, I know now what, but I found two five dollar pieces. I never put them there, and no person else to my knowledge.... The angels know how it came there, I never knew. ... The Gold people worship silver they worship, wealth they worship, and it has consequently become a snare to the people. I this people called Latter-day Saints could have what they desire of this material it would be their ruination If the Lord wished to ruin this people I do not think there is any way in the world to do it so effectually as to lead them to find a few gold mines in these mountains. Were to commence digging gold we should have to leave here, that is the latter day saints could not live here, if they tarried it would be because we forsook our religion...

[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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