Council of Fifty, Minutes, March 1844–January 1846; Volume 2, 1 March–6 May 1845

Page [29]
image
to them and tell them that God has set up his kingdom and that the day of deliverance is at hand. The gentiles have taken away our property and our rights and the lives of some of our best men, and shall we be afraid to take theirs. God has told us to build up this and how can we do it unless we keep our enemies off from us. I am perfectly satisfied whenever the shall <​say​> execute such a such law, then I say, let it be done. The nature, spirit and power of a kingdom is to obey the authorities and execute the laws. The fewer there are to defend our rights the more noble the blood by which it is done, and we are not afraid to take care of ourselves.
The then proposed that we now enter into measures to choose men to go on this mission and to fix on the number &c [p. [29]]
to them and tell them that God has set up his kingdom and that the day of deliverance is at hand. The gentiles have taken away our property and our rights and the lives of some of our best men, and shall we be afraid to take theirs. God has told us to build up this and how can we do it unless we keep our enemies off from us. I am perfectly satisfied whenever the shall say execute such a such law, then I say, let it be done. The nature, spirit and power of a kingdom is to obey the authorities and execute the laws. The fewer there are to defend our rights the more noble the blood by which it is done, and we are not afraid to take care of ourselves.
The then proposed that we now enter into measures to choose men to go on this mission and to fix on the number &c [p. [29]]
Page [29]