[George F. Richards]
[C]ounseled the Patriarchs to moderation giving them a key. When the spirit speaks all doubts vanish and there is assurance & reality. This is the Spirit of Prophecy. When men exceed this spirits' promptings i.e. make extravagant promises & statements not inspired of the Lord through his spirit they themselves become embarrassed, the people who by the Spirit know are also embarrased and the Evil one is likely to take possession & advantage of them. Patriarch [Judson] Toleman had promised the Sisters that if they would be faithful they should not lose their children while carrying them neither should their children die. I thought that an extravagant statement.
[George F. Richards, Diary]