175 years ago today - Jul 30, 1847

[Wilford Woodruff]

Dr Sanderson was spoken of who had been with the [Mormon] Battalion and it was believed he had tried to poison the Brethren to death & that He would be rewarded for his Crimes.

... [Brigham Young] informed the Brethren that there going into the Armey proved our temporal salvation at the time for the Governor of Mo had already recieved orders not to let our people pass the Mo river if we did not enlist.

The goverment intended to distroy us from off the face of the earth but through the Blessing of God we are here And I thank my Heavenly father for it. And [he?] knew we should prevail. Zion would arise the Judgments of God would be poured out the Blood of the Prophets would be av[enged] & their Cup would be filled double unto them. And if we were faithful we should yet have Brs Joseph & Hiram & many of the saints in there resurrected Bodies with us on earth & when we died should not sleep but a little time but should Come forth out of our graves with Bodies that no mob could kill. ...

The meeting opened with A shout of Hosannah to God & the Lamb repeated three times with its Amen. Br Young said the Ancient of days was not as far off as many supposed.

About noon A company of about 20 Utahs visited our camp. There seemed to be two parties of them. They came to trade with us & while traiding deerskins for powder & lead &c one Indian struck another one over his head with his gun & broke it. The old [Chief?] whiped them both, & during the Afternoon the one that had the gun broke over his head stole the other ones Horse & put out with it. Soon the Indians found it out & put after him. Followed him into a Canion & shot both him & his horse d[ead?] & returned to our camp with the Horse that the Indian [stole?].

The Utahs appear vary friendly to us as yet.

There was A [rumor/report?] out to day that the Indians intended to come & ask pay for their lands. Br Young has expressed his opinion that we Should not buy any land of the Indians but as the Lord made the land there was enough for both them & us, that we would teach them to labour & cultivate the earth. Br Pratts opinion was that we should not feed them at all untill they had done sumthing for it so as to begin right with them & teach them industry. ...

[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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