There is a little matter of business I wish to lay before this
congregation this morning, and I do not know of anything that will
test the people only to lay before them their duty, which gives them a
chance to step forward and act therein.
We have not as yet any durable location; we are merely probationers in
this present state, and we shall always be so, until we obtain a
permanent exaltation, by following in the footsteps of our God. He is
our Father and our God, and His Son Jesus Christ is our Savior, and
the Holy Ghost is to be our comforter, and will comfort all those who
will prepare their tabernacles as fit temples for him to dwell in.
When the Holy Ghost dwells in us it will enable us to discern between
right and wrong, will show us things to come, and bring things to our
remembrance, and will make every one of this people prophets and
prophetesses of God.
We have acknowledged brother Brigham to be our leader, and he holds
the keys of the kingdom of heaven here on the earth. Whether people
believe it or not, he is God's representative in the flesh, and is the
mouthpiece of God unto us.
Brother Joseph Smith many a time said to brother Brigham and myself
and to others, that he was a representative of God to us, to teach and
direct us and reprove the wrongdoers. He has past behind the veil,
but there never will a person in this dispensation enter into the
celestial glory without his approbation.
Brother Brigham is brother Joseph's rightful successor, and he
has his Counselors, and together they are an earthly pattern of the
divine order of government. Those men are God's agents, His servants,
and are witnesses of your covenants, which you will have to fulfil.
And what you do not fulfil in this year you will have to do in the
next; and what are not then fulfilled will have to be in some future
Some people think that, because they have passed through a great many
troubles, have been to the nations to preach the Gospel, and have been
robbed and plucked up several times, that will make an atonement for
their sins. What you have passed through has nothing to do with
atonement for sins. If you have sinned you have got to make an
atonement for that sin, and the trials you have passed through in
doing your duty are not the atonement. Trials are to test you, to
prove whether you will do those things that are right. Some try to
make out that their trials will answer as an atonement, but I tell you
that they will not. If you commit sin there must be an atonement to
satisfy the demands of justice, and then mercy claims you and saves
you. But, as brother Grant has said, many of our old men think,
because they were in the Church in the first beginning, that they can
now lay upon their oars, that is, that they can sit down in the ship
and not use the oars anymore. But God requires every man and woman to
be faithful; and if they have sinned, they have got to make an
atonement for that sin, and your trials do not make that atonement.
God says that we shall be tried in all things, even as was Abraham of
old. He was called upon to offer up his son, and was found willing to
offer him up, but, as the sin was not sufficient to require the
shedding of his son's blood, a lamb was provided, and its blood atoned
for the sin that Abraham's son was to be offered up for, and saved the
If you are ever saved, you have got to take a course to draw near to
the throne of God; and how can you draw near to the throne of God,
except you draw near to those men who are placed as His
representatives in the flesh? The same principles, the same order, the
same Priesthood, the same gifts, and the same powers are instituted,
established and organized in our day as they were in the days of
Jesus, and all the reason that people do not see it is because of
their traditions; the veil of darkness is over their minds, and they
cannot see it.
With all the instructions that are given to you by brother Brigham,
brother Heber, and brother Jedediah, many of you will go home and find
fault with them; and you will have your contentions and your
animosities, when you should take a course to sustain their words, for
you cannot sustain them without sustaining their words, nor can you
serve God and slight their counsels. If you expect the favor of God,
favor His servants and sustain them. This is plain doctrine, and you
will find it so, and I am not ashamed to teach it to you.
When brother Brigham points out a course, it is for this people to
rise up and go to and carry out His purposes with their might; and
until that is done this kingdom never will prosper as it should,
worlds without end.
Now I will come to the business, and tell you what is wanted. Our
brethren and sisters are on the Plains with their handcarts, and
there is snow on the ground, and many are barefooted, and destitute
of comfortable clothing, and we want some men and teams to fix up this
day, and be ready to start for them tomorrow. We want horse
and mule teams, if they can be had; but if they cannot, we want ox
We do not wish you to take out loads, though it will be well to put in
a couple of hundred pounds or so of forage, grain, &c., to two span
of mules or horses, or to two yoke of cattle, with a light wagon, and
go speedily and take those people into your wagons and bring them
here, doing as you would wish to be done by in the same circumstances.
Would not all of you, if you were out on the Plains, say that if you
were the good people in the valleys you would go out and help them in?
Would you not all feel so? But you are not there, and you do not fully
realize their feelings.
Now manifest your faith by your works. You will not, probably, have to
go any further than Fort Bridger before you meet some of them, and you
can go and return in a week, or may be in two weeks, and may be in
"O, dear," says one, "I have not got up my winter's wood."
will not get it up by staying here, but if you will help in those on
the Plains and do all other things that you are required to do, God
will give us a summer all winter; and if you do not do so, He will
give us winter all summer.
Our God can change the seasons and drive away the storms, the tempest
and the snows, to favor this people, if they will do right; and if you
wish to be favored of God, favor us and this people; favor your
brethren, and do as you are told.
Brother Dan Jones has been talking to you about the clay in the hands
of the potter. If you get hold of a lump of clay that is snappish and
willful, and not willing that you should twist it into any shape or
form, what is the use of working it? You throw it back into the mill
and let it be ground again, and then take it out and make of it a
vessel unto honor.
Perhaps some do not really believe that when a man is thrown back into
the mill, or goes into the spirit world, that he ever will be
redeemed, but he will, if he has not sinned against the Holy Ghost. He
will be ground and worked up until he becomes passive, and then God,
through His servants, will redeem him, and make him a vessel unto
A great many will go to hell, and the very men that are preaching to
you now will visit you and offer you salvation, after you have laid
there, perhaps, thousands of years, for you must stay in the mill
until you are passive and obedient.
Jeremiah, at the command of God, went to the potter's house where the
potter was molding the clay, and when he went to turn it on the wheel
it was refractory and rebellious; and he worked at it and sweat over
it, but after all it was rebellious, and fell down on the wheel.
What did he do then? He cut it off from the wheel and threw it back
into the mill, and after he had ground it awhile, he took it out and
made of it a vessel unto honor; so of the same lump he made a vessel
unto dishonor, and one unto honor.
Did the potter make it dishonorable? No, the vessel made itself unto
dishonor; and the next time it was pliable and passive, and the
potter made of it a vessel unto honor, because it was honorable and
I wished to make these few remarks, because they touch upon things
that are on my mind all the time. And if you wish to be Saints, for
God's sake be Saints, and if you wish to be devils, be devils, and get
out of this place; and let those that will be Saints, be Saints; and
let them commune together and carry out the purpose of God.
I would rather have three hundred men and women that are
perfectly amenable to the authorities of this Church, than a numerous
people that are rebellious; and I could do more to bring about the
purposes of God, and do it ten times quicker, with a few faithful
persons, than with hosts of the wicked.
You know this, every one of you. I can accomplish more work with one
man that is amenable to me, and will do as I tell him, than I can with
twenty who are disobedient; so I can with one woman. I had rather have
one woman that is humble, than twenty that are not; and she is more
honor and glory, and happiness and heaven to a man, than twenty
You that have but one wife know this pretty well but we who have
scores, know it better; we are further advanced in the experience of
Now, brethren, what do you say? This is the word of the Lord to us,
that we rise up and gather up our teams and start forthwith, not with
loads, except feed; take hay and deposit it in different places, so
that you can have some when you come back, and bring in those brethren
and sisters, and you will have a pleasant time, and God and His angels
will go with you, and you will be prospered, upheld, and sustained.
That man that drops down his head under his wife's arm, and says, "I
guess they don't see me;" and that wife that says, "O, my husband, I
cannot spare you, I cannot sleep alone, for when night comes I shall
get cold;" O, the poor little things.
I say that those who will take counsel and prepare themselves to go
back on this mission shall be blest; and if a man has but one yoke of
cattle, let him put that on with those of some other person.
I now want every man that will actually go and help, and not say he
will go, and not go, to rise up.
[One hundred and fourteen teams were volunteered, and reported ready
to start forthwith.]
- Heber C. Kimball