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Published: Thursday, May 2 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

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Leo Femedlers
El Paso, TX

I find it fascinating that Joseph said "if he were the emperor of the world and had control over the whole human family he would sustain every man, woman and child in the enjoyment of their religion." I don't recall ever hearing agency described in that manner. Thank you DNews for this great article.

sandy, ut

Come, listen to a prophets opinion.... No but seriously if I quoted some of the controversial things Woodruff said during his time as prophet, it would be dismissed as opinion. But when testifying for the prophet Joseph Smith, then of course it is counted as fact. Interesting none the less.

Salt Lake City, UT

Thank you for this article and the recording that I hadn't known about before. It is wonderful to me to hear testimonies from prophets, but it is especially great to hear this one from a prophet who knew Joseph Smith personally.

Layton, UT

I find it so interesting that the one thing this man would record into a machine that had the potential to bring his voice to generations past the end of his lifetime was a witness of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Very exciting to know this exists. I know that my grandfather and great grandfather who have both passed on, left behind meager worldly belongings but in their journals and notes they all repeat over and over their testimony of the truthfulness of this restored Gospel. It is the one thing that matters more than anything else, that God loves all his children, and that through prophetic call has set in motion a great and marvelous work that has the potential to bring saving ordinances sanctioned by His authority to every man, woman and child on earth. We are so blessed that in a time of so many amazing wonders and discoveries that God has given us one gift above all others:

The truth.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

@brahmabull, what did Woodruff say?

I'm not mormon and dont know one Mormon president from the next

sandy, ut

"We will not end the practice of plural marriage until the coming of the Son of Man". (JOURNAL OF JOHN HENRY SMITH)


"And if any man mingle his seed with the seed of Cain the only way he could get rid of it or have Salvation would be to come forward and have his head cut off and spill his blood upon the ground- it would also take the life of his children." (Wilford Woodruff Journal)

This is a good start

Spanish Fork, UT

Brahma... Some can't let a prophet be a man. On both sides. You would have had a devil of a time if you'd lived around the time of Moses and took everything he said or did (like killing a guard). Nothing I've read in 30+ years of scholarship reading from folks like you castigating a prophet have diminished their calling in the least. Rough stones still roll despite the many haters lined up trying to assuage their guilt. The Lords of the Mirrors need to turn the mirrors on themselves.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT


You can't pick and choose when you want to claim something is "revelation from god" and when something is "man speak" based on whether it helps your argurment of someone being a "prophet" or not.

If prophets speak for God and God doesn't make mistakes, then either Woodruff wasn't a prophet, God made a mistake, or God said those things Bramahull said.

Bramabull, I'd love to hear more. Keep them coming..

Whos Life RU Living?
Ogden, UT

To RockOn,

"Some can't let a prophet be a man."

RockOn, sorry to break this to you, but all prophets are mortal men and not prophets. When people pick and choose when a man is a prophet, and not a prophet, we are in quite a conundrum. How can we determine if these men are prophets or not?

It is very convenient to say a man is a prophet on the socially accepted doctrine, but then do a 180 on the questionable doctrines. With this type of thinking any religious leader could be considered unflawed and God's prophet.

The good thing is that people can ask the Google God their questions and have them answered.


"Brother Cannon remarked that people wondered how many wives and children I had. He may inform them that I shall have wives and children by the million, and glory, and riches, and power, and dominion, and kingdom after kingdom, and reign triumphantly."
(Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, volume 8, pages 178-179)

"I have never preached a sermon and sent it out to the children of men, that they may not call scripture."
(Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, verse 13, page 95)

Leo Femedlers
El Paso, TX

Prophets opinion or prophet's prophecy? Journal entries for himself or for the church? Doesn't matter at all. Fortunately we have all been given the Light of Christ to guide us back. Some are fortunate to even have the Holy Ghost as their companion -- if we receive Him.

So the point gets back to what was quoted earlier. "if he were the emperor of the world and had control over the whole human family he would sustain every man, woman and child in the enjoyment of their religion."

Agency is absolutely amazing. I will be the only one accountable for me. All I have to do is avoid deception. How? Hold fast...

Far East USA, SC

If I were LDS, I would constantly ask the church leaders -

"Is what you just said your opinion, or is it divinely inspired?"

Needless to say, I would not make a good LDS.

Serious question.

How do you know what is "inspired" and what is just the council of intelligent old men?

layton, UT

RE: Leo Femedlers, Fortunately we have all been given the Light of Christ to guide us *back?

Wilford Woodruff Journal,” Feb. 19, 1854. “ … there was a learned Doctor that wanted to be baptized.... He [the doctor] is satisfied that the doctrine of the plurality of God and that Adam is our Father is a true doctrine revealed from God to Joseph and Brigham. For this same doctrine is taught in some of the old Jewish records which have never been in print and I know Joseph Smtih nor Brigham Young have had access to, and the Lord has revealed this doctrine unto them or they could not have taught it.(*Adam-God doctrine). Journal of Wilford Woodruff, Sept. 4, 1860.

Wilford Woodruff on, ”What was that mark? It was a mark of blackness. That mark rested upon Cain, and descended upon his posterity from that time until the present. Today there are millions of descendants of Cain, through the lineage of Ham, in the world, and that mark of darkness still rests upon them.” General Conference, April 7, 1889; Millennial Star 51:339

Roanoke, VA

Sharrona ... questionable quotes are made by leaders of all religious traditions. Since they are imperfect people, this should come as no surprise. What does this prove other than sometimes all men open their mouths only to change feet? Do I reject traditional Christianity because a leader says it is okay to divorce a wife with Alzheimer's? Of course not; I put his life and teachings in context, and use Scripture as a reference point. Those who use particular quotes from LDS leaders to disparage LDS doctrine are on thin ice, because their leaders too have said things they'd rather forget. The inconsistent application of criticism is an embarrassment to most people.

JoeBlow ... Would you prefer the council of dumb old men?

Mesa, AZ

Here is the key

And this is the ensample unto them, that they shall speak as they are moved upon by the Holy Ghost.

And whatsoever they shall speak when moved upon by the Holy Ghost shall be scripture, shall be the will of the Lord, shall be the mind of the Lord, shall be the word of the Lord, shall be the voice of the Lord, and the power of God unto salvation. D&C 68:3-4

A person needs to be in tune with the Spirit to determine if the words spoken from prophets and other men called and set apart in the church, are the will of the Lord or just an opinion being expressed.

Every word that falls from a prophets mouth does not mean the prophet is speaking for God unless the above criteria is in place.

Those passages provided by Bramahull were from journals. Not exactly the same as if it were delivered in a conference session. After all writings in journals are the private thoughts of others.


Zoar63 - You probably don't want to go there. There are hundreds of questionable quotes that were delivered at the pulpit, and in conference and supposedly under direction of the spirit. So then what is your response when somebody tells you those quotes? You will explain it away in another way, find a different excuse for them. But I tell you this, if a prophets words from the pulpit aren't really doctrine, then what is the point of those sermons? If the prophets words over the pulpit can't be counted as doctrine, then surely a lay members words in church aren't either.

layton, UT

RE: Wilford Woodruff,Lamanites [Native Americans], now a down‑trodden people, are a remnant of the house of Israel. The curse of God has followed them as it has done the Jews, though the Jews have not been darkened in their skin as have the Lamanites. 22:173 (JOD).

RE: zoar63, AZ, Here is the key, I never yet preached a sermon and sent it out to the children of men, that they may not call it Scripture, Let me have the privilege of correcting a sermon and it is a good as Scripture as they deserve. (JoD v 13 p. 95 also see v. 13. P 264) Brigham Young
.Can you make a Christian of a Jew? I tell you Nay, If a Jew comes into this church ,and the blood honestly professes to be a Saint, a follower of Christ, and if the blood of Judah is in his veins, he will apostatize.(JoD V. 2 p. 142)Brigham Young.

Orem, UT

There are many weird and largely irrelevant comments here, as usual, and they come from the usual suspects.

Can these critics really not see the difference between a man's opinion on this or that topic and his testimony as a witness? Are they really unable to distinguish viewpoints on peripheral topics from centrally important convictions? Do they genuinely lack the ability to tell a specific notion on a subordinate issue from a fundamental worldview?

Or are they just reacting negatively as they virtually always do to everything Peterson ever writes, regardless of his particular subject?

Inquiring minds already know.

Salt Lake City, UT

I look forward to and enjoy Dr. Peterson's column each week. I find his work insightful and educational. I have heard him speak and sense his honesty and sincerity. I take him as a scholar and a gentleman.

I also wade through the comments of the obstreperous harpies that seem to appear to contradict or skew his topics toward their own personal agendas. They remind me of something someone once said to the effect: People can leave the Church but just can't seem to leave it alone.

Such a burden anger is (Yoda-speak).

Plano, TX

There are many quotes which I can't reconcile in this life with actions which followed. I intend to ask them 1:1 about the discrepancies myself in the hereafter, and with confidence feel that I'll know where their own flaws and errors lay. Until then, I'll respect that they were men called to serve who did their best in their times, culture and position to which they were called and not judge them or their comments by my generations societal prejudices.

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