165 years ago today - Sep 1, 1858

[Wilford Woodruff]

I told [members of the Twelve] them as we were surrounded by the wicked Gentiles who were filled with wickedness and sought our destruction that we were much exposed & should be upon our guard & magnify our Calling and maintain our Dignity before all men as Saints of God & Elders in Israel & not mingle or drink with the wicked. If we have business with them let us do it & go our way. I feel ashamed before the Lord that any man that holds a station like Br George D Grant should stoop so low as to create a fight with Thomas Williams as he did and to mingle and drink with the wicked. There is silence in Zion. No warning voice in the streets or in the tabernacle of the Lord. Evry one is left to go his own way and many are turning away from the Lord. And in this hour of temptation and darkness it is our duty to live our religin & to set a good example before all men & watch & pray that we enter not into temptation.

[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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