1839

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William McLellin's Betrayal

 

But very soon the persecution in that area intensified-the Saints’ homes were plundered and burned, fields were laid waste, and families were driven from their homes. By October’s end, mob brutalities and Governor Boggs’s extermination order had resulted in many Church leaders being taken away to jail-Joseph Smith and others having narrowly escaped a firing squad. Far West had been left swarming with predators who were ostensibly enforcing harsh, militia-imposed conditions. Some of these were directed into the city by apostate members, those who had turned against the Church and its leaders.

One of these turncoats was William E. McLellin. He sought out Heber, who with others was under guard. "Brother Heber," he sneered, "what do you think of the fallen prophet now? … Are you satisfied with Joseph?"

The reply was predictably forthright: "Yes, I am more satisfied with him a hundred-fold than I ever was before, for I see you in the very position that [Joseph] foretold you would be in. … I tell you Mormonism is true, and Joseph is a true prophet of the living God; and you with all others that turn therefrom will be damned and go to hell."

 

"William E. McLellin wanted to know where Heber C. Kimball was. Someone pointed me out to him as I was sitting on the ground. He came up to me and said: 'Brother Heber, what do you think of the fallen prophet now? Has he not led you blindfolded long enough? Look and see yourself, poor, your family stripped and robbed, and your brethren in the same fix; are you satisfied with Joseph?' I replied, 'Yes, I am more satisfied with him a hundred-fold than ever I was before, for I see you in the very position that he foretold you would be in; a Judas to betray your brethren, if you did not forsake your adultery, fornication, lying and abominations. Where are you? What are you about? You, and Hinkle, and scores of others; have you not betrayed Joseph and his brethren into the hands of the mob, as Judas did Jesus? Yes, verily, you have; I tell you Mormonism is true, and Joseph is a true prophet of the living God; and you with all others that turn therefrom will be damned and go to hell, and Judas will rule over you.'

Life of Heber C. Kimball pg. 218