Discourse, circa 24 June 1844, as Reported by Unknown Scribe

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trust my life amongst them by their vouchers and honor of State, and that by the and authority of the State of . I will therefore say to you Saints and Elders of Israel, Be not troubled nor give yourselves any uneasiness so as to make any rash moves, or to take any hasty steps in doing anything wrong whereby you will be cut short in your calling in preaching the Gospel to this generation, for you will be called upon to go forth and call upon the freemen from to gather themselves together to the and the Red men from the West and all people from the North and from the South and from the East to go to the West to establish themselves in their strong holds of their gathering places, and there will gather Red-men to their center from their scattered condition and dispersed situation, to become the strong arm of Jehovah who will be a strong bulwark of protection from your foes. These things I feel to tell you beforehand that you may always be ready for your duty, for at this time I need the best of friends to stand by me, and on this occasion I would like to know of you all, by your own answer yes or no are you willing to lay down your lives for me (The answer was unanimous Yes.)“I am your Father. Shall I not be your Father?” (All with a loud voice exclaimed, Yes!) He again said to us, “I am willing to lay my life down for you, and if innocent blood is spilled on this occasion” (He then drew his sword from its scabbard and raised it above his head, saying) “I will call upon the mighty Gods to bear witness of this— I have drawn my sword & it never shall be sheathed again until vengeance is taken on all our enemies. I will call upon the elements in our defence— the winds with the whirlwinds— the thunders and the lightnings & the hailstones; the heavens shall tremble & with earthquakes shall the earth be shaken— with the seas heaving themselves beyond their bounds. These things shall be brought to bear against our enemies for our protection as a people of the Lord.
We have given up our arms— they have taken away our Rights of Protection by our City Charter, and now they desire that I shall surrender in myself into their hands, which I have consented to do, I only go to return to you again.”
With his blessing upon us, we were dismissed to go home. [p. [2]]
trust my life amongst them by their vouchers and honor of State, and that by the and authority of the State of . I will therefore say to you Saints and Elders of Israel, Be not troubled nor give yourselves any uneasiness so as to make any rash moves, or to take any hasty steps in doing anything wrong whereby you will be cut short in your calling in preaching the Gospel to this generation, for you will be called upon to go forth and call upon the freemen from to gather themselves together to the and the Red men from the West and all people from the North and from the South and from the East to go to the West to establish themselves in their strong holds of their gathering places, and there will gather Red-men to their center from their scattered and dispersed situation, to become the strong arm of Jehovah who will be a strong bulwark of protection from your foes. These things I feel to tell you beforehand that you may always be ready for your duty, for at this time I need the best of friends to stand by me, and on this occasion I would like to know of you all, by your own answer yes or no are you willing to lay down your lives for me (The answer was unanimous Yes.)“I am your Father. Shall I not be your Father?” (All with a loud voice exclaimed, Yes!) He again said to us, “I am willing to lay my life down for you, and if innocent blood is spilled on this occasion” (He then drew his sword from its scabbard and raised it above his head, saying) “I will call upon the mighty Gods to bear witness of this— I have drawn my sword & it never shall be sheathed again until vengeance is taken on all our enemies. I will call upon the elements in our defence— the winds with the whirlwinds— the thunders and the lightnings & the hailstones; the heavens shall tremble & with earthquakes shall the earth be shaken— with the seas heaving themselves beyond their bounds. These things shall be brought to bear against our enemies for our protection as a people of the Lord.
We have given up our arms— they have taken away our Rights of Protection by our City Charter, and now they desire that I shall surrender in myself into their hands, which I have consented to do, I only go to return to you again.”
With his blessing upon us, we were dismissed to go home. [p. [2]]
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