Quotes on Young, Brigham

 [Brigham] Young’s denunciation of Almerin Grow remains one of his most classic humorous denunciations.  Grow, whose perjury had heavily injured the Saints during one of their struggles with the national government, wanted rebaptism.  “He has been baptized into this church from twenty to fifty times,” read the unlaundered report of Young’s remarks, “and has been cut off from five to ten times.  But I tell you that I can have no fellowship for any person that will take him into the waters of baptism . . . unless he does it as the Catholic priest did to the Jew that got into an ice hole and cried for help.  The Catholic priest passing by at the time, hastened to his assistance.  He asked the Jew if he believed in Jesus Christ.  The Jew . . . not coming to the priestly terms was dipped under the ice for awhile, and then permitted to come to terms again.  After successive dipping, the Jew finally said that he believed, when the priest thanked God for another convert and there and then drowned him while he was in the faith.  If you should take Almerin Grow to [the] Jordan [River for baptism], save him while he is in the faith.”  (Speech, Miscellaneous Files, Brigham Young Papers, Church Archives.) — Ronald Walker, Brigham Young Symposium, BYU, March 20, 1998

“I was a Bible reader before I came into this Church, and, so far as the letter of the Book was concerned I understood it.  I professed to be a believer in the Bible so far as I knew how; but as for understanding by the Spirit of the Lord I never did until I became a Latter-day Saint. . . . I was well acquainted with many of the priests of the day, and I would frequently think to myself that I would get some knowledge from them.  And as I became acquainted with smart, intelligent, literary priests and professors of religion, I thought, ‘Now I can obtain some intelligence from this or that man,’ and I would begin to ask questions on certain texts of scripture, but they would always leave me as they found me, in the dark.  They were there themselves, and I knew of a surety before I heard the gospel that the priests were blind guides, leading the blind, and that there was nothing left for them only to stumble here and there and perhaps fall into a ditch.  That much knowledge I had previous to my becoming acquainted with what is called ‘Mormonism.’”  (Statement made by Brigham Young on July 26, 1857.) — Preston Nibley, “Boyhood and Youth of Brigham Young,” Improvement Era, June 1920, p. 683