[Heber J. Grant quoting Wilford Woodruff]
... I feel disposed to say something upon the Manifesto. To begin with, I will say that this work was like a mountain upon me. I saw by the inspiration of Almighty God what lay before this people, and I knew that something had to be done to ward off the blow that I saw impending. But I should have let come to pass what God showed me by revelation and vision; I should have lived in the flesh and permitted these things to come to pass; I should have let this temple gone into the hands of our enemies; I should have let every temple been confiscated by the hands of the wicked: I should have permitted our personal property to have been confiscated by our enemies ... I saw our city in the hands of the wicked; I saw every temple in these valleys in the hands of the wicked; I saw great destruction among this people. And these things would have come to pass, as God Almighty lives, had not that Manifesto been given. ...
[The Diaries of Heber J. Grant, 1880-1945, Abridged, Digital Edition Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015]
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