Young, Brigham, "Remarks," Deseret News [Weekly], 15 Oct. 1856, 256.
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By President Brigham Young, Bowery, forenoon of Oct. 5th, 1856.
[REPORTED BY G. D. WATT]
I feel disposed to be as speedy as possible in our operations with regard to helping our brethren who are now on the plains, consequently, I shall call upon the people forthwith for the help that is needed. I want them to give in their names this morning, if they are ready to start on their journey to-morrow morning, and not say, 'I will go next week, or in ten days, or in a fortnight hence,' for I wish you to start to-morrow morning.
I want the sisters to have the privilege of fetching in blankets, shirts, stockings, shoes &c., for the men, women and children that are in those hand-cart companies. Great credit is due to the sisters of this community, for they are much more ready to respond than the brethren; this I have proven. You recollect when I called upon you to donate for the Indians; at that time the sisters donated until I told them to cease, otherwise I do not know but that they would have brought all they had.
Now there are people of your own nation country and color, who need your assistance, and I will give you the privilege of bringing blankets, hoods, winter bonnets, stockings, skirts, garments, and almost any description of clothing.
Our brethren and sisters could not bring much with them on the plains, even if they had had it. Some have left their clothing with the wagons, having hired their baggage hauled. Now sisters, when you go home, prepare forthwith and bring in your offerings, and we will make this Tabernacle a place of deposit for them.
The prophet spoke of tithes and offerings brought into the store-house of the Lord, and we will make, the donations of clothing, an offering, also the sending out our teams, furnishing flour, etc., to help the brethren in, and not call it tithing. . . .
As for labor, toils and suffering, I tell you that the person that keeps his eye upon the mark never considers what he passes through, never thinks of it, whether it be in walking and pulling hand-carts, or traveling on foot, going without food and shelter, wandering to and fro, to labor for the people. Saints never think of what they suffer or pass through, it never comes into their minds. . . .