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Attempt at Destruction of the Testimony of Joshua Jones

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The Anti-Christ, Mr. Hale masquerading as a Mormon, attempted once again to destroy the testimony, in this case, that of Joshua Jones concerning the advent of the One Mighty and Strong:

 In a conference held at Provo City, Utah Territory, in the year 1867, in the bowery, on the northwest corner of the now Provo Commercial Bank block, President Brigham Young made the following prophecy: "Brethren, this Church will be led onto the very brink of hell by the leaders of this people, then God will raise up the one `Mighty and Strong' spoken of in the 85th Section of the Doctrine & Covenants to save and redeem this Church." Attested to by Joshua Jones who made a minute of it at that time and now has it in his diary. He is now (June 1922) at Provo City, Utah. The sending of this one "Mighty and Strong" the Lord has purposed for the salvation of the honest in heart among his people, and to be the initiative to bring about the great blessing the Lord has in reserve to cause the poor, the lame, the deaf, and the blind to rejoice. (One Mighty and Strong, John T. Clark, p. 106)

 

John T. Clark obviously interpolated this as his book was published in 1922, because there are two other source quotes concerning this statement by BY which do not mention "Section 85" at all:

 

   "(I) learned through Lorin C. Woolley, that his father, John W. Woolley, attended the above meeting, and upon arriving home at Centerville he told Lorin and his mother of the incident. He related it thusly: "President Young, being filled with the Holy Ghost, said, `The time will come when this people will be led onto the very brink of hell by their leaders, then the one mighty and strong will come to set the house of God in order.'" Journal of Joseph W. Musser.  September 28, 1938

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