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Mormon Gem - Buchanan's Blunder

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Published on Dec 19, 2009

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"President Young had said, 'If the people of the United States will let us alone for ten years we will ask no odds of them' (Brigham Young, "Remarks," Deseret News, Sept. 23, 1857, 228)."Eight years to the day after the 1849 celebration, the Saints were in Big Cottonwood Canyon to celebrate another 24th of July. Four horsemen rode in to report that an army 2,500 soldiers strong was on the plains. The army of the United States, commanded by Colonel Albert Sydney Johnston, was ordered by President James Buchanan to crush a nonexistent Mormon rebellion."The Saints broke camp and headed for home to prepare their defenses. . . ."Neither mobbings nor the army could turn the Saints aside from what they knew to be true. A settlement was negotiated, and the Utah War (later called Buchanan's Blunder) was over."We are guided by the same revelations and led by a prophet. When the Prophet Joseph Smith died, another took his place. The order of succession continues today. . . ."The senior leaders of the Church will virtually always be seasoned by decades of preparation."President Monson is ideally suited for the challenges of our day. He is sustained by two counselors and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles—all prophets, seers, and revelators."

Boyd K. Packer, "The Test," Ensign, Nov. 2008, 9091

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