Brigham Young Quotes
- Brigham Young said you must confess Joseph Smith as a prophet of God in order to be saved.
- “…and he that confesseth not that Jesus has come in the flesh and sent Joseph Smith with the fullness of the Gospel
to this generation, is not of God, but is Antichrist.” (Journal of Discourses, Vol. 9, p. 312).
- Brigham Young said his discourses are as good as scripture.
- “I say now, when they [his discourses] are copied and approved by me they are as good Scripture as is couched in this
Bible . . . ” (Journal of Discourses, Vol. 13, p. 264; see also page 95.)
- Brigham Young said he had never given any counsel that was wrong.
- “I am here to answer. I shall be on hand to answer when I am called upon, for all the counsel and for all the
instruction that I have given to this people. If there is an Elder here, or any member of this Church, called the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who can bring up the first idea, the first sentence that I have delivered to the
people as counsel that is wrong, I really wish they would do it; but they cannot do it, for the simple reason that I have
never given counsel that is wrong; this is the reason.” (Journal of Discourses, Vol. 16, page 161.)
- Brigham Young compared his sermons with scripture.
- “I know just as well what to teach this people and just what to say to them and what to do in order to bring them
into the celestial kingdom…I have never yet preached a sermon and sent it out to the children of men, that they may not
call Scripture. Let me have the privilege of correcting a sermon, and it is as good Scripture as they deserve. The people
have the oracles of God continually.” (Journal of Discourses, Vol. 13, p. 95.)
- Brigham Young said you are damned if you deny polygamy.
- “Now if any of you will deny the plurality of wives, and continue to do so, I promise that you will be
damned.” (Journal of Discourses, Vol. 3, p. 266). Also, “The only men who become Gods, even the Sons of God, are those
who enter into polygamy.” (Journal of Discourses, Vol. 11, page 269).
- Brigham Young said you can’t get to the highest heaven without Joseph Smith’s consent.
- “…no man or woman in this dispensation will ever enter into the celestial kingdom of God without the consent of
Joseph Smith.” (Journal of Discourses, Vol. 7, p. 289).
- Brigham Young said God was progressing in knowledge.
- “God himself is increasing and progressing in knowledge, power, and dominion, and will do so, worlds without
end.” (Journal of Discourses, Vol. 6, p. 120).
- Brigham Young boasted.
- “What man or woman on earth, what spirit in the spirit-world can say truthfully that I ever gave a wrong word of
counsel, or a word of advice that could not be sanctioned by the heavens? The success which has attended me in my
presidency is owing to the blessings and mercy of the Almighty . . . ” (Journal of Discourses, Vol. 12, p. 127).
- Brigham Young said that we are obligated to keep all the laws and ordinances of God.
- “Some of you may ask, ‘Is there a single ordinance to be dispensed with? Is there one of the commandments that God
has enjoined upon the people, that he will excuse them from obeying?’ Not one, no matter how trifling or small in our own
estimation. No matter if we esteem them non-essential, or least or last of all the commandments of the house of God, we
are under obligation to observe them.” (Journal of Discourses, Vol. 8, p. 339).
- Brigham Young said Jesus’ birth was as natural as ours.
- “The birth of the Savior was as natural as the births of our children; it was the result of natural action. He
partook of flesh and blood–was begotten of his Father, as we were of our fathers.” (Journal of Discourses, Vol. 8, p.
- Brigham Young said that God the Father and Mary ‘do it.’
- “When the time came that His first-born, the Saviour, should come into the world and take a tabernacle, the Father
came Himself and favoured that spirit with a tabernacle instead of letting any other man do it.” (Journal of Discourses,
Vol. 4, Page 218.) “The birth of the Savior was as natural as are the births of our children; it was the result of
natural action. He partook of flesh and blood — was begotten of his Father, as we were of our fathers.” (Journal of
Discourses, Vol. 8, page 115). Note: the late Bruce McConkie who was a member of the First Council of the Seventy
stated “There is nothing figurative about his paternity; he was begotten, conceived and born in the normal and natural
course of events…” (Mormon Doctrine, by Bruce McConkie, page 742.)
- Brigham Young said that Jesus was not begotten by the Holy Spirit
- “I have given you a few leading items upon this subject, but a great deal more remains to be told. Now, remember
from this time forth, and for ever, that Jesus Christ was not begotten by the Holy Ghost.” (Journal of Discourses, Vol.
1, page 51).
- Brigham Young taught that Adam was God.
- “Now hear it, O inhabitants of the earth, Jew and Gentile, Saint and sinner! When our father Adam came into the
garden of Eden, he came into it with a celestial body, and brought Eve, one of his wives, with him. He helped to make
and organize this world. He is Michael, the Archangel, the Ancient of Days! about whom holy men have written and spoken
— He is our Father, and our God, and the only God with whom we have to do. Every man upon the earth, professing
Christians or non professing, must hear it, and will know it sooner or later.” (Journal of Discourses, Vol. 1, page 50).
- Brigham Young made a false prophecy?
- “In the days of Joseph [Smith] it was considered a great privilege to be permitted to speak to a member of Congress,
but twenty-six years will not pass away before the Elders of this Church will be as much thought of as the kings on their
thrones.” (Journal of Discourses, Vol. 4, page 40.)
- Brigham Young comments about blacks
- “You see some classes of the human family that are black, uncouth, uncomely, disagreeable and low in their
habits, wild, and seemingly deprived of nearly all the blessings of the intelligence that is generally bestowed upon
mankind….Cain slew his brother. Can might have been killed, and that would have put a termination to that line of human
beings. This was not to be, and the Lord put a mark upon him, which is the flat nose and black skin.” (Journal of
Discourses, Vol. 7, page 290).
- “In our first settlement in Missouri, it was said by our enemies that we intended to tamper with the slaves, not that
we had any idea of the kind, for such a thing never entered our minds. We knew that the children of Ham were to be the
“servant of servants,” and no power under heaven could hinder it, so long as the Lord would permit them to welter under
the curse and those were known to be our religious views concerning them.” (Journal of Discourses, Volume 2, page 172.)
- “Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes
his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot. This will always be
so.” (Journal of Discourses, Volume 10, page 110.)
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