- “Brethren, this Church will be led onto the very brink of hell by the leaders of this people. Then God will raise the one mighty and strong, spoken of in the 85th Section of the Doctrine and Covenants, to save and redeem this Church.”
Apparently the reason it's false is because it's cited in Truth Magazine years later, and the publishers of Truth use the term "85th Section of the Doctrine and Covenants", and the version of D&C that we have now is different to the edition used back in 1867. Therefore, they concluded, it's a made up quote, as Section 85 was not what it is now. Well they need to understand that the phrase "spoken of in the 85th Section of the Doctrine and Covenants" was added in to the paraphrase by a guy called John T. Clark in 1922, in his book "One Mighty and Strong", on page 106. So clearly this is not the original source. So what is the original source? Are there any contemporary accounts, and not hearsay?
Well get a load of this. Not only did Brigham Young make this statement, but here we have definite proof he did. Check out this entry from Joseph Musser's Journal:
- "Daniel R. Peay of Provo . . . Also told of hearing Joshua Jones of Provo (now dead) tell of hearing Brigham Young say, 'The time will come when this people are lead onto the very brink of apostacy.' Jones made an entry of it in his Journal. Speech was made in the old Bowery in Provo." (Joseph Musser's Journal, 18 September 1938)
I bet a transcription or copy of that Journal entry is in among this collection, which is usually cited as the reference for this quote (including by Wagoner in his "Complete Discourses of Brigham Young"):
- Provo Bowery Conference, August 24th, 1867; [BX 8693 .C559 C547o, Americana Collection, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah], pg. 106