said your own blood must atone for some sins.
"There is not a man or woman, who violates the
covenants made with their God, that will not be required to pay
the debt. The blood of Christ will never wipe that out, your own
blood must atone for it . . . " (Journal of Discourses, Vol. 3,
page 247; see also, Vol. 4, pp. 53-54, 219-220.)
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.
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
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.
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. 115).
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
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
"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
Brigham Young made a false
"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
"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
"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.)