Brigham Young Condemns Blind Obedience

“Sunday Sermon”

            “I am more afraid that this people have so much confidence in their leaders that they will not inquire for themselves of God whether they are led by him.

            “I am fearful they settle down in a state of blind self-security, trusting their eternal destiny in the hands of their leaders with a reckless confidence that in itself would thwart the purposes of God in their salvation, and weaken that influence they could give to their leaders, did they know for themselves, by the revelations of Jesus, that they are led in the right way.” (Discourses of Brigham Young, 135).

Brigham Young

  • Born in 1801 in Vermont – the ninth child of a poor farmer
  • Only 11 days of schooling
  • Investigated the church for 2 years before joining in 1832
  • Ordained an Apostle in 1835
  • Co-leader of Zion’s Camp
  • Led the 1838 mission of the Twelve to Britain
  • Led the LDS refugees from Missouri to Illinois
  • Second President of the Church (30 years)
  • Led the Saints from Nauvoo, to Iowa, to the Salt Lake valley
  • Organized the migration of 70,000 Pioneers to Utah
  • Called “the American Moses”
  • First Governor of Utah
  • Founded 350 towns in the Southwest
  • Died in 1877, age 76
  • Statute in U.S. Capital

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