Popularity 2

Mosiah Hancock: “Brigham Young conversed freely on the situation of the Saints in the mountains, and said that he dreaded the time when the saints would become popular with the world: for he had seen in sorrow, in a dream, or in dreams, this people clothed in the fashions of Babylon and drinking in the spirit of Babylon until one could hardly tell a saint from a black-leg.”

Brigham Young:  “I look at this and I am satisfied that it will not do for the Lord to make this people popular…What is the reason for this?  Christ and Baal cannot become friends.  When I see this people grow and spread and prosper, I feel that there is more danger than when they are in poverty.  Being driven from city to city and into the mountains is nothing compared to the danger of our becoming rich and being hailed by outsiders as a first-class community.”
(as cited in Awakening to our Awful Situation, Monnett, pp. 227-228)
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