“I will here say that God has inspired me to keep a journal and write the history of this Church, and I warn the future historians to give credence to my history ; for my testimony is true, and the truth of its record will be manifest in the world to come. All the words of the Lord will be fulfilled upon the nations, which are written in this book. The American nation will be broken in pieces like a potter’s vessel, and will be cast down to hell if it does not repent,and this, because of murders, whoredoms, wickedness, and all manner of abominations, for the Lord has spoken it. Awake,therefore, O Zion, to the coming of the Son of Man. Let the peoples sanctify and purify themselves before the Lord, and be prepared for the redemption of Zion and the coming of the Son of God, for His coming is at the door, and will overtake the world like a thief in the night.”
Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, 7:359
Also quoted in:
- Wilford Woodruff: Fourth President of the Church, Presidents of the Church Student Manual, (2012), 58–75
- Holzapfel, Richard Neitzel and Smoot, Stephen H. . (Date Unknown). Wilford Woodruff’s 1897 Testimony. Available: https://rsc.byu.edu/archived/banner-gospel-wilford-woodruff/10-wilford-woodruffs-1897-testimony#_ednref62. Last accessed 28th Dec 2016.
- Matthias f. Cowley, Wilford Woodruff, History of His Life and Labors (Bookcraft: Salt Lake City,) 1964), p. 500