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Journal of Discourses
Volume 2
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Journal of Discourses Volume 2

BY BRIGHAM YOUNG, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,

HIS TWO COUNSELLORS, THE TWELVE APOSTLES AND OTHERS.

REPORTED BY G. D. WATT,

AND HUMBLY DEDICATED TO THE LATTER-DAY SAINTS IN THE WORLD.

VOL. II.

LIVERPOOL:

PUBLISHED BY F. D. RICHARDS, 86, ISLINGTON,

LONDON:

LATTER-DAY SAINTS' BOOK DEPOT, 35, JEWIN STREET, CITY.

1855.

Preface

THE Second Volume of the Journal of Discourses needs no recommendation to make it interesting to every Saint who loves to drink of the streams that flow from the fountain of Eternal Truth. It is made up of the choicest fruit that can be culled from the tree of knowledge, suited to the tastes of all who can appreciate such delicious food. It contains the principles of the Gospel of Salvation to this generation. By the rules and precepts found in it, he that reads with the light of the Holy Spirit may measure himself and the progress he has made in the way of Eternal Life. Like a mirror it will reflect upon the souls of the meek and humble the beams of light which emanate from the presence of the Father. Hypocrites, and workers of iniquity, will find in it the most cutting rebukes, that, when uttered, tingled the ears of these who heard, and caused the wicked to feel the canker worm of conscious guilt, which will gnaw upon their vitals until the day shall come when they have paid the penalty of transgression, and are permitted to reap the blessing of repentance.

As the Kingdom advances, and the Saints emerge from the receding shadows of sectarianism and the prejudices of early education, the revelations of the Lord, through His servants, abound with increasing intelligence, and are more cogent and powerful in administering rebuke to the wicked, comfort and consolation to the Saints, and reveal more distinctly the way-marks which point the way to exaltation and eternal lives.

There is a feast of fat things continually spread in Zion for the faithful, and the longing appetite for celestial food need never go unsatisfied. Some discourses in this Volume mark distinct eras in the progress of the work. Among these we will only notice the discourses on the principles of Consecration, and those in which President Young has administered severe but well-merited rebuke to the General Government of the United States and its corrupt officials, and indicated the future course and policy of Utah.

According to the measure of light in which a man lives, the past serves as an index to the future. The marks which recent events have left on the dial plate of time, indicate a rapid increase in the brilliancy of the light which shines from Zion, and that the voice of "The Lion of Lord" will increase the terror of the wicked, and send trembling and dismay into the camps of the enemy. Let him that would be saved watch and pray, and read with an understanding heart the words that flow from the lips of Prophets and Apostles, and, when he has read, practise the principles they teach.

THE PUBLISHER

  • Prayer by Alfred Cordon (39-40)
  • Prayer by George B. Wallace (41-42)
  • Prayer by Orson Hyde (47-48)