170 years ago today - Mar 20, 1853

[Wilford Woodruff]

20th Sunday I attended meeting. P P. Pratt Preached. Was followed by David Whitmore. Brother Pratt Preached upon the first Principles of the gospel. Said the Ancient prophets had a knowledge of the gospel & of Jesus Christ & bore testimony of him And the Apostles were called to preach it to the nations. I always was Anxious to have the same gospel esstablished in my day. A methodist once asked me if I did not rejoice to see that denomination prosper so. I told him no. I said I wished that denomination & all other would come down. He asked why. I said so The Church of Christ might be built up in its stead.

I had a man a few days since come to me with a flying Roll [Zechariah 5:1-4] from Gladden Bishop [Mormon break-off prophet] & wished to teach me. I herd him awhile. I then asked him if He believed Joseph Smith was a prophet of God & set up the Kingdom of God on the Earth & ordained Twelve Apostles to build up that kingdom in all the world.

He said He did. I then told him as I was one of those Twelve Apostles that I should be damned if I was not in a situation to Judge him & all Other men that I come in contact with whether their work was of God or the Devil And I know your Roll & work is of the Devil & not of God while you say I shall be damned if I dont receive it.

[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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