What we have heard from our President is most heavenly, and it is
truth. We many times say it is "God's truth." I want to know if there
ever was any truth that was not his? Now, just reflect and see if ever
there was a truth that we received or heard, or if there ever will be,
except what is God's truth. No—there never was; for truth proceedeth
Those ideas are according to my feelings—my desires, and they are
according to the Spirit that has been given unto me. I have sought in
my simplicity to produce the most simple things that I possibly could,
to show this people the propriety of becoming one. You know I have
brought up the apple tree, the peach tree, the grape and all the
variety of vines, the cucumber, the watermelon, and every other simple
thing, to show unto this people that we have to become like those
vines and those various bodies which I have men tioned—like unto the
apple tree, for instance, which is a corporate and independent body,
just as you and I are independent, inasmuch as we act in concert with
the truth and with the personage that produced us.
Did God produce us? He did, and every son and daughter of Adam upon
the face of this earth; and he produced us upon the same principle
that we produce one another. And so it is with the fruit of creation.
The ideas advanced by brother Brigham about the manufacture and
conducting of gas afford a good illustration of the operations of the
Holy Ghost through the Priesthood. The place where the gas is
manufactured may be called the fountainhead; then, by a power at
headquarters, it is carried by pipes and propelled through every
avenue, even to the extremity of the city.
When that gas is conveyed to a city, it gives light. It is so also
with the Holy Spirit. There is sufficient of it to be conveyed
to every man and woman according to their necessity; for Jesus says
that every son and daughter that cometh into the world receiveth of
his light, and it proceeds from headquarters.
I have spoken upon these things before, not using this figure in
particular, but upon the same principle.
A Bishop has power to dictate and control his Ward, even as he is
dictated by those over him. When a family or that portion of the city
who receive their light from him, reject that pipe, or that authority,
they reject the authority, or the pipe, that conveys the light to
them. It is so with the Seventies and also with every Quorum in this
There are seven Presidents of the Seventies; then there is one man
that presides over the six. Are the six to be subject to the first of
their number? They are; for he is the head of that limb; and if the
six reject that man, they reject the authority or the pipe that conveys
light to them.
If the Quorums of the Seventies reject their limbs or Presidents, who
are, even to the seventieth Seventy, connected to the main limb of the
Seventies, they also shut off the light which would flow to them. Whom
are the Seventies amenable to? They are amenable to the men that
preside over them; and it is so with every department of the
Priesthood, from the authority of the Apostleship down to that of the
"What a strange doctrine," says one, "that we should be taught to be
one!" I tell you there is no way for us to prosper and prevail in the
last day only to learn to act in union.
As to the holy Priesthood and the government of this Church, I can say
that we shall, as a people, prevail in the name and by the authority
of Jesus. If we will take this course and be one, we shall rule the
house of Israel, and everything on the earth will be subject to us.
This is the doctrine that has been taught us all the time.
I will acknowledge that I am sometimes eccentric. There is no man who
has not, at some periods, eccentric feelings. These feelings
correspond with the feelings of this people; and I believe and know
that they control me in my speaking, or else I should not say a great
many things that I do. I have heard brother Brigham say a great many
times, "Why, I have spoken thus and so, and I believe that the people
feel as I have spoken."
To be eccentric in speaking means to occasionally depart from the
point of argument—to run off to the east and then come back—to run off
to the north, to the south, to the west, and return again to the
center. This feeling is in every man at times, and the Elders who
speak from this stand have to speak so as to answer the queries and
dispositions of the people, otherwise they would talk right in a
Am I afraid that we shall be overcome? No, I am not. I never have, to
my knowledge, had a feeling in my heart, from the day that I came into
this Church unto the present time, that this kingdom would be
overcome; neither have I now. But there are people here; and a people
will grow out of this people that will stand forever.
I never was more joyful in my life than I am now. I thanked my Father
this morning, I thanked him last night, and I thank him every day of
my life that the time has come when he has said to his servant the
Prophet, "Shut down the gate, and never—no, never admit those men here
who would take your life and the lives of the brethren, and seek to
lead my people to destruction." Am I not glad at this? I am; and that
man or that woman who is not glad is not blest—is not a Saint.
Those who do not rejoice at this time are not living their religion.
[President B. Young: "They are all glad."]
Some say there is no tea in the stores, and that is verily true. There
is no coffee, factory, calico, satins, silks, thread, needles,
bonnets, nor any luxuries; and I am glad of it.
Have we needlemakers here? Yes; we have men here who can make the
finest needles as well as the largest and the best, and every kind of
cutlery, and every kind of satin, just as good as there is in the
Can we make linen? Yes. Why can we not make linen just as well as they
can in England? I have seen some of the sisters now before me in the
old countries, throwing the shuttle, weaving cotton, linen, silks,
satins, ginghams, woolen plaids, &c., &c. You can do it here as well
as you could there.
Can we make sugar here? Yes, just as good as ever was made in the
Southern States. Can we raise hemp? Yes—just as good as ever grew.
Brother W. C. Staines raised some Chinese sugar cane on brother
Brigham's lot down here. There was about one of those Chicago wagon
boxes full of stalks: I suppose one of them will hold 25 or 30
bushels. He sent that down to brother Hugh Moon's, and he made 14
gallons of as good molasses as ever came from any portion of the
world. Brother Brigham did not expect that it would make over three or
If we can make molasses, by boiling it a little more, we can make good
Muscovado sugar. I have got beet molasses by me now of last year's
make, and at the bottom of the keg it is good grained sugar.
It is like unto making maple sugar. I know how to make it; I know how
to boil it, make it into molasses, and into sugar; and these men who
are now sitting on the stand, and who have lived in the United States,
all know how to make maple sugar. The boiling and cleansing is all the
art there is in it. The sooner we go to work to produce these things
the better, for we have got to go without tea, coffee, and tobacco
until we raise them. I see no chance only for us to go to work as we
have been instructed.
Years ago, in the days of Joseph, the Lord gave a revelation
instructing this people to produce what they wanted for their own use
by their own labor; and you have been taught it from that day to the
present time, and the Lord has brought us into these mountains to
bring to pass these very things, that we may become a free and
independent people. To produce these things ourselves is necessary for
our temporal and spiritual salvation.
You say you are going to work to cache up your grain, and so am I. I
am going to work to raise a better crop next year than I have this,
and I am going to work to make boxes to put it in; then I will dig
holes and cache them, and the next year after that I will do likewise.
And how long will it be before we shall have seven years' provisions
on hand, if you all do likewise?
A great many do not know the meaning of the word cache. Well, Cache
Valley up here—almost the first company that passed through there,
afraid of being overtaken by the wintry storms, cached some of their
articles, and the mountaineers cached their furs; and from these
circumstances, Cache Valley took its name; for they dug holes and
buried their substance, and this is caching.
I am going to begin to collect all the wheat I can, flour it, and put
it in good, dry boxes; and if it is well pressed down, I think it will
keep longer than wheat: besides, the mice will not then be able to
make such ravages upon it.
When we have done all this, shall we put it in the ground? No.
Put it in your granaries, and have it ready for caching. We shall not
cache our substance until it is considered necessary.
It is the duty of the Bishops to plan for the people in their Wards.
Let every Bishop take a course to design for his people. This is the
way for them to do, and this is their calling; and in so doing they
will be blest, and this whole people will be sustained, and God will
bless us and will hold our enemies; yes, he will hold them a great
deal easier and far more secure than you can hold a horse with the
Spanish bits. He is not going to let this people be overcome, if we do
as we are told from time to time. Let us do as we have been told here
today—lay aside our foolishness, our vanity, and bad habits, and I
just know that all will be well.
Suppose I yield to the practice of drinking liquor, one draught gives
me a greater thirst for another; my appetite increases as I nourish
it, till by-and-by, I will want it regularly, and I am finally
overcome. Let a man do an evil today, and the temptation will be
stronger for him to do it tomorrow.
Brethren, let us take a course to keep the commandments of God, and do
just as we are told from this time henceforth, and never cease our
operations in everything that is good. Never let us cease our
mechanical operations, and let us be diligent in cultivating the earth
and accumulating everything we can think of that will be useful. If
you will take this course, you will not be obliged to put for the
mountains next year, nor the year after, and so on, if we will do
I would prefer to go into the mountains, and see my family go there,
and live on roots, wearing sheepskins, and goatskins, and dwelling
in tents and caves, as the ancient Apostles did, rather than to see
the troops of the United States come into this Valley, and to suffer,
and see the sufferings of this people, as we have hitherto. [The
congregation responded, Amen.] I have seen myself, with many of this
people, broken up and driven five times, and robbed and plundered; and
they have suffered in such a manner as I never want to see them suffer
I calculate, by the help of God, to do as I am told, to make
preparations for peace and for war, for plenty, for hard times, and
for every emergency—to arm myself and my sons with the armor of
peace and righteousness, and then with the armor of death, and to
carry the means of self-defense in one hand, and cultivate the earth
with the other, and having the righteousness of Christ in my heart,
and execute righteousness with the sword of the Spirit, temporally and
Now, here is peace, here is prosperity, here is happiness, here is
life, here is repentance, and baptism for the remission of sins, and
the way to obtain eternal lives. Accept of it, if you please; and if
you will not, you will suffer the consequences. I intend to take the
right course, and to help to arm my boys and my brethren, and to do
the best that I can for the welfare of the house of Israel.
You probably recollect what Jesus said to his disciples when Peter
took up the sword and cut off the fellow's ear: he designed to cut off
his head, but missed it. Jesus said, "Those that take up the sword
shall perish by the sword. If my kingdom was of this world, then my
servants would fight." Let me tell you, the kingdom that we are in is
of this world and also of the world to come, and will stand forever;
and we will fight, if our enemies come upon us to slay us—not only
the men, but the women and the children.
Well, let us think of these things, and not get angry. I know
that I am a stronger man when the Spirit of God is resting upon me
than I am at ordinary times; and I know, when I get angry, that it
makes me weak—it takes away my strength.
This is the way you feel; for that Spirit makes you mighty and
powerful, and fear leaves you. Fear has torment, and torment makes a
person weak, and vexes him, and perplexes him, because it is the
principle of death.
Keep the Spirit of the Lord and learn to govern your tempers, just as
a smith when he goes to work to make a knife or any other kind of
edged tool. When he takes it from the fire, he almost always makes it
harder than he wants it; and then he has to take the temper down
again, until he gets it so that the edge will bend. It is better to
bend than to break.
Let us make our passions bend, and become one with our head as every
limb and branch pertaining to a tree becomes one with its head, and
with the roots from which it springs. God bless you all! Amen.
- Heber C. Kimball