John Taylor on coming wars, storing & obedience

The world, as I have said, is full of confusion, and there will be worse confusion by and by. We had a great war upon this continent some years ago; but there will yet be wars pass through these United States, and through other nations, until it will be mournful to hear the report of the bloodshed, the sorrow and trouble that will be caused thereby, as also by pestilence, famine and earthquake, and the waves of the sea heaving themselves beyond their bounds, and storms and tempests, etc., etc. ~ John Taylor, June 18, 1883 (JD 24:200)

If we cannot get God to be interested in our cause, if he won’t put his hand to the wheel, we may despair of ever bringing about that thing the Prophets have spoken about, just as much as Moses did in former days when Israel had sinned against God. After that the Lord led them by the pillar of fire by night and a cloudy pillar by day. If they had been faithful the Lord would have allowed them to accomplish their journey through the wilderness in a short time, but in consequence of their hard‑heartedness and their rebellion against the servants of God and the principles that he introduced, the Lord got angry, as he had a right to do, at the corruption and the prevarication and rebellion that prevailed among that people. For their hard‑heartedness he got angry with them and said, “I won’t go any longer with this people, you can go, Moses, but they won’t be governed by my advice, therefore you can take them along.” ~ John Taylor, May 18, 1862 (JD 10:53)

In speaking on this, I would say to the Presidents of Stakes, and to the Bishops, see that there is no oppression of any kind, or anything approaching arbitrary measures, or anybody interfered with; let everything be done righteously, properly, and voluntarily. ~ John Taylor, Oct 7, 1877 (JD 19:129)


By and by if somebody came along and said the grasshoppers or the crickets are coming, the feeling would be, “let them ‘crick,’ we do not care, we are safe, our grain is laid up.” That would make the people feel free, easy, and independent, and it ought to be their position to‑day. ~ John Taylor, April 6, 1867 (JD 11:359)



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