175 years ago today - Dec 20, 1846

[Brigham Young]

Men get led away by degrees untill the devil gets possession of there tabernacle and they are led captive at the will of the devil. And now I say that those who are Calculating to continue in wickedness and serve the devil had better go no further with this Camp. They had better go to Missouri and spend the rest of there time with the gentiles for I can swear to them if they go with us & continue there wickedness there Heads shall be sevred from their tabernacles and the devils that are in them shall go and have no tabernacles to dwell in.

The truth of the matter is there are many places we pass through that have been the slaughter ground of the ancient Nephites and Lamanites and the spirits of Devils are hovering around it and if you are not on your guard they will enter you and lead you captive at their will. For if you are not governed by the spirit of God you will be by the spirit of the devil. And if you are governed by the spirit of God while in such places and they cannot enter any of you they will try to enter your cattle your beast for they want to enter some tabernacle as they did the swine in ancient days.

... The truth of the matter is those who are leading the House of Israel while in the path of there duty know the wickedness that is among the people. It cannot be hid from them for they are in vision all the time. ...

The remarks of president Young made a deep impression upon the congregation And I trust there will spedily be a refermation in the Camp of Israel.

[As recorded in Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

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