“The Journal of Discourses is not an official publication of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is a compilation of sermons and other materials from the early years of the Church, which were transcribed and then published. It included some doctrinal instruction but also practical teaching, some of which is speculative in nature and some of which is only of historical interest.” Journal of Discourses
As a reminder, the quote above came from the official website of the LDS Church, and the problem with it is clearly seen in the preface of each volume for the JoD (Journal of Discourses). While each volume has a unique intro, we believe volume two contains one of the most horrifying statements we’ve read in all of Mormondom.
The purpose in gathering all the Church’s endorsements for the JoD isn’t to sensationalize, rather, it’s to inform. We pray the Christian will be able to utilize the info to aid while witnessing, and members of the Church will see the contradictions in the Church’s statements. Please know we’re praying for all involved!
With Love in Christ;
1 Cor. 1:18
|Journal of Discourses, Vol. 1||
|F.D. and S.W. Richards||“You will perceive at once that this will be a work of mutual benefit, and we cheerfully and warmly request your cooperation in the purchase and sale of the above named Journal, and wish all the profits arising therefrom to be under the control of Elder Watt…”|
|Journal of Discourses, Vol. 2||
|Franklin D. Richards||“The Second Volume of the Journal of Discourses needs no recommendation to make it interesting to every Saint who loves to drink of the streams that flow from the fountain of Eternal Truth. It is made up of the choicest fruit that can be called from the tree of knowledge, suited to the tastes of all who can appreciate such delicious food.”|
|Journal of Discourses, Vol. 3||1861||Orson Pratt||“Each successive Volume of these Discourses is a rich mine of wealth, containing gems of great value, and the diligent seeker will find ample reward for his labor.”|
|Journal of Discourses, Vol. 4||1857||SW Richards||“To the Saints their words are as the words of God.”|
|Journal of Discourses, Vol. 5||1858||Asa Calkin||“It is unnecessary for us to dwell on the importance of the Discourses contained herein and the value of this Volume to the Saints* library…and we are confident that in years to come the value…will be enhanced.”|
|Journal of Discourses, Vol. 6||1859||Asa Calkin||“The Journal of Discourses will become a complete journal of all the Sermons delivered..in the Sixth Volume will be found published some of the choicest Sermons of the Prophet Brigham and also many choice gems from others …”|
|Journal of Discourses, Vol. 7||1860||Amasa Lyman||“A bare reference…will suffice to bring it out to the appreciation of its subscribers… will readily see how much the importance and value of their libraries in Zion will be enhanced…by a complete series of the Journal of Discourses…”|
|Journal of Discourses, Vol. 8||1861||George Q. Cannon||“The Journal of Discourses deservedly ranks as one of the standard works of the Church, and every right-minded Saint will certainly welcome with joy every Number as it comes forth from the press as an additional reflector of “the light that shines from Zion’s hill.””|
|Journal of Discourses, Vol. 9||1862||George Q. Cannon||The Journal of Discourses goes forth to the world as another record corroborating those already extant, bearing the same testimony to the immutable principles of salvation…”|
|Journal of Discourses, Vol. 10||1865||Daniel H. Wells||“The present Number completes the tenth Volume, and we expect it will prove as interesting and instructive as the former have done…”|
|Journal of Discourses, Vol. 11||1869||Brigham Young, Jr.||“The Journal of Discourses is a vehicle for doctrine, counsel, and instruction to all people, but especially to the Saints. It follows… each successive volume is more and more valuable…”|
|Journal of Discourses, Vol. 12||
|Albert Carrington||“…it is both desire and expected that the lovers of truth and of their own best interests will at all times sustain its [the JoD] publication and profit by its perusal…”|
|Journal of Discourses, Vol. 13||1871||Horace Eldredge||“The Thirteenth Volume of the Journal … is well worthy of being carefully preserved and frequently referred to for instruction…”|
|Journal of Discourses, Vol. 14||1872||Albert Carrington||“In times such as the present, the discourses of the leaders of Israel cannot be else than of the highest interest to every soul who has embraced the Gospel for the love of the truth.”|
|Journal of Discourses, Vol. 15||1875||Albert Carrington||“We take great pleasure in presenting to the Saints and the world … the Journal of Discourses, which they will find contains rich treasures of information concerning the glorious principles of Eternal Life, as revealed through God’s anointed servants…”|
|Journal of Discourses, Vol. 16||1874||Joseph F. Smith||“We now present to the Latter-day Saints, and all lovers of truth …will peruse its pages with joy and profit unto themselves, and preserve it as containing sacred writings of inspired men.”|
|Journal of Discourses. Vol. 17||1877||Albert Carrington||“It is replete with good teachings and wise counsels, and it may be read with profit by all lovers of truth.”|
|Journal of Discourses, Vol. 18||1884||Joseph F. Smith||“We feel confident that the important instructions on principle and doctrine therein contained….will prove as interesting, gratifying and beneficial…”|
|Journal of Discourses, Vol. 19||1878||William Budge||“This volume contains the last discourses of our late venerated leader, President B. Young … Years shall enhance the interest and importance of these volumes as a library of reference and repository of truth.”|
|Journal of Discourses, Vol. 20||1880||William Budge||“Those who read the utterances of the servants of God, contained in this book, under the same influence by which the speakers were inspired, cannot fail to receive profit from the perusal…”|
|Journal of Discourses, Vol. 21||1881||Albert Carrington||“In presenting the Twenty-first Volume of the Journal of Discourses to our readers, we pray that those who read the counsels therein given, may do so by the light of the Holy Spirit of Truth..”|
|Journal of Discourses, Vol. 22||1882||Albert Carrington||“With much pleasure we present to our readers the Twenty-second Volume of the Journal of Discourses…will prove an additional source of happiness and peace to the Saints…”|
|Journal of Discourses, Vol. 23||1883||John Henry Smith||“The Twenty-third Volume of the Journal of Discourses, now complete, will, we feel assured, be considered as acceptable reading matter by the Latter-day Saints…”|
|Journal of Discourses, Vol. 24||1884||John Henry Smith||“This, the Twenty-fourth Volume of the Journal of Discourses…consists of sermons of Latter-day Saints, extemporaneously delivered and phonographically reported. That those who are privileged with its perusal may profit not only by the letter, but by the spirit also of the utterances herein recorded…”|
|Journal of Discourses, Vol. 25||1884||John Henry Smith||“In presenting this Twenty-fifth Volume of the Journal of Discourses to our readers, we express the hope that they may be inspired by the same spirit in perusing those discourses, that our, brethren enjoyed in delivering them…”.|
|Journal of Discourses, Vol. 26||1886||Daniel H. Wells||“By the blessing of our Heavenly Father we are enabled to present to our readers Volume Twenty-six of the Journal of Discourses. It will not be less appreciated because its completion has been somewhat delayed by the unsettled conditions of things in Utah…”|
|Lingering questions…||1830 – Today||Leaders of the Church
Young, Kimball, Richards
|All Leaders of the Church who either delivered a speech, or quoted therefrom, are complicit in continuing the lies.||In light of all the foregoing information, is it reasonable for one to believe the Church never considered these things to be doctrine? That example is only the latest in a long line of swan songs by the Church in their attempt to divert attention away from truth.
The other excuse they’ve often used in the past is claiming the sermons were poorly transcribed making them unreliable.
One only has to read contrary reports with glowing recommendations of the various editors’ meticulous, not to mention trustworthy, work in compiling the sermons in a cohesive manner.