165 years ago today - Dec 16, 1857

Ben Simons offered to give to President Young one half of the money He made [through sales to the U.S. army]. Presidet Young told him He did not want any of his money. He had Enough of his own. ...

Lines Written to Miss E. R. Snow

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Eliza had I the talent of a poet, or the gifts which thou Hast I would write to Thee and spread my thoughts on paper. ... Thou hast spread thy thoughts on Paper for men to read: I have read them many an hour. They have stired my soul with thoughts, deep thoughts, thoughts which Could not be born. Thy soul hath been inspired with the spirit of God, and Eternal light and truth ...

Why hath this talent this Choice gift been given unto thee Eliza? Ah the spirit whispers it was to Cheer the heart of A Prophet A Patriarch, An Apostle in the dark hours of Gloom. It was to give the Lords Anointed a ray of light and a Consoleing thought while Hells dark Billows rolled around in the midst of wicked men and Devils who Continually cry out and say that no kingdom on the Earth shall belong to God....

But who can tell the best deeds of a true friend in time of need? No one. They are not told in time, but like gold in the mine are Concealed from human view. If known at all the Judgment must reveal them. Thou hast been a true Friend and Comforted the Heart of Joseph, Hiram, Brigham, Heber, Willard, Jedediah, Thy Brother Lorenzo and thousands of the saints. I need not name them. Thy words and testimony will live and speak in flames of Holy fire to inspire the Hearts of Prophets Apostles and Holy men of God to noble Deeds, and steel the nerve of many a Noble Son of Zion to avenge the Blood of the Prophets and martyrs of Jesus Christ, long after thou art with thy Father in heaven Clothed with Immortality and Crowned with Light.

Thy Pen hath pierced many a wicked heart with barbed darts which no Earthly power Could remove. ....

God Bless Thee Noble Muse. Thy soul is as pure as the crystle stream that flows from its snowy bed. ....

W. Woodruff

Great Salt Lake City July, AD 1857

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To Elder Wilford Woodruff By E. R. Snow

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With true respect and as a tribute due

To friendship Brother Woodruff unto you

As one more Blessed than most your fellow men

I now address the Effusion of my pen.

You was Appointed ere your mortal birth

To an Apostleship upon the Earth.

The Lord Our God has had his Eye on thee

With watchful Care from Earliest infancy.

You was preserved midst Babylonish night

From Atheistic and sectarian blight....

[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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