History, 1838–1856, volume D-1 [1 August 1842–1 July 1843]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​February 21​> of the best men in the world; those that have not complained I want to continue with me, and those that hate Mormonism, and every thing else that’s good; I want them to get their pay, and run away as quick as possible” When had done speaking, I addressed the multitude in substance as follows,
“Well, the Pagan Prophet has preached us a pretty good Sermon this morning, and I dont know as I can better it much, but I feel disposed to break off the yoke of oppression and say what I have a mind to, If the Pagans and the Pagan Prophet feel more for our prosperity than we do for ourselves, it is curious: I am almost converted to his doctrine, “He has prophesied if these buildings go down, it will curse the place.” I verily know it is true, let us build the . There may be some speculations about the , says some, some say because we live on the hill, we must build up this part on the hill— does that coat fit you ? (“pretty well”!) put it on then; This is the way people swell like the toad in the fable, they’l come down under the hill among little folks, and say brother Joseph, how I love you; can I do any thing for you; and then go away secretly and get up opposition, and sing out our names, to Strangers and Scoundrels with an evil influence. I want all men to feel for me, when I have shook the bush and borne the burden in the heat of the day; and if they do not, I speak in authority; in the name of the Lord God, they shall be dam’d. Some say that the people on the Flats are aggrandizing themselves by the , but who laid the foundation of the ? Brother Joseph, in the name of the Lord, not for his aggrandizement, but for the good of the whole <​of the Saints.​> Our speculators say poor folks on the flat are down, and keep them down: How the cheats this man and that man say the Speculators. Those who report such things as facts, ought to hide their heads in a hollow pumpkin, and never take them out again. [HC 5:284]
The first principle brought into consideration is aggrandizement, Some think it unlawful, but it is lawful with any man, while he has a disposition to aggrandize all around him. It is a false principle for a man to aggrandize himself at the expence of another. Every thing that God does is to aggrandize his Kingdom. And how does he lay the foundation? “Build a Temple to my great name, and call the attention of the Great, the Rich, and the Noble” But where shall we lay our heads? In an old Log Cabin. I will whip and and every body else over ’s head, who instead of building the , build a great many little Skeletons, See ’s Mammoth Skeletons rising all over ; but there is no flesh on them, they are all for personal interest and aggrandizement, but I do not care how many bones there are in the , somebody may come along and clothe them— See the Bones of the Elephant yonder (as I pointed to the big house on Mullholland Street preparing for a Tavern as yet uncovered) the Crocodiles, and Man Eaters all about the , such as Grog Shops and Card Shops and Counterfeit Shops &c got up for their own aggrandizement and all for Speculation; while the is neglected. Those who live in Glass Houses should not throw Stones. The building of the is just as sacred in my view as the . I want the built, it must be built, our Salvation depends upon it. When men have done what they can, or will do for the , let them do what they can for the . We never can accomplish our work at the expence of another. There is a great deal of murmuring in the Church about me, but I dont care any thing about it. I like to hear it Thunder, and I like to hear the Saints grumble, for the growling dog gets the sorest head, if any man is poor and afflicted let him come and tell of it, and not complain or grumble about it – The finishing of the is like a man finishing a fight, if he gives up he is killed; if he holds out a little longer he may live. Ill tell you a story, a man who would whip his Wife is a Coward. <​When I was a boy​> I once fought [p. 1474]
February 21 of the best men in the world; those that have not complained I want to continue with me, and those that hate Mormonism, and every thing else that’s good; I want them to get their pay, and run away as quick as possible” When had done speaking, I addressed the multitude in substance as follows,
“Well, the Pagan Prophet has preached us a pretty good Sermon this morning, and I dont know as I can better it much, but I feel disposed to break off the yoke of oppression and say what I have a mind to, If the Pagans and the Pagan Prophet feel more for our prosperity than we do for ourselves, it is curious: I am almost converted to his doctrine, “He has prophesied if these buildings go down, it will curse the place.” I verily know it is true, let us build the . There may be some speculations about the , says some, some say because we live on the hill, we must build up this part on the hill— does that coat fit you ? (“pretty well”!) put it on then; This is the way people swell like the toad in the fable, they’l come down under the hill among little folks, and say brother Joseph, how I love you; can I do any thing for you; and then go away secretly and get up opposition, and sing out our names, to Strangers and Scoundrels with an evil influence. I want all men to feel for me, when I have shook the bush and borne the burden in the heat of the day; and if they do not, I speak in authority; in the name of the Lord God, they shall be dam’d. Some say that the people on the Flats are aggrandizing themselves by the , but who laid the foundation of the ? Brother Joseph, in the name of the Lord, not for his aggrandizement, but for the good of the whole of the Saints. Our speculators say poor folks on the flat are down, and keep them down: How the cheats this man and that man say the Speculators. Those who report such things as facts, ought to hide their heads in a hollow pumpkin, and never take them out again. [HC 5:284]
The first principle brought into consideration is aggrandizement, Some think it unlawful, but it is lawful with any man, while he has a disposition to aggrandize all around him. It is a false principle for a man to aggrandize himself at the expence of another. Every thing that God does is to aggrandize his Kingdom. And how does he lay the foundation? “Build a Temple to my great name, and call the attention of the Great, the Rich, and the Noble” But where shall we lay our heads? In an old Log Cabin. I will whip and and every body else over ’s head, who instead of building the , build a great many little Skeletons, See ’s Mammoth Skeletons rising all over ; but there is no flesh on them, they are all for personal interest and aggrandizement, but I do not care how many bones there are in the , somebody may come along and clothe them— See the Bones of the Elephant yonder (as I pointed to the big house on Mullholland Street preparing for a Tavern as yet uncovered) the Crocodiles, and Man Eaters all about the , such as Grog Shops and Card Shops and Counterfeit Shops &c got up for their own aggrandizement and all for Speculation; while the is neglected. Those who live in Glass Houses should not throw Stones. The building of the is just as sacred in my view as the . I want the built, it must be built, our Salvation depends upon it. When men have done what they can, or will do for the , let them do what they can for the . We never can accomplish our work at the expence of another. There is a great deal of murmuring in the Church about me, but I dont care any thing about it. I like to hear it Thunder, and I like to hear the Saints grumble, for the growling dog gets the sorest head, if any man is poor and afflicted let him come and tell of it, and not complain or grumble about it – The finishing of the is like a man finishing a fight, if he gives up he is killed; if he holds out a little longer he may live. Ill tell you a story, a man who would whip his Wife is a Coward. When I was a boy I once fought [p. 1474]
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