Book of Mormonisms

Did they really say THAT?

Wilford Woodruff tells a lie

Posted by coventryrm on Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wilfords Personal Journal Entry 24 July 1847:
“We gazed with wonder and admiration upon the vast rich fertile valley which lay for about 25 miles in length and 16 miles in width. Clothed with the Heaviest garb of green vegitation in the midst of which lay a large body of salt water…After gazing awhile upon the seenerywe travelled across the table land into the valley 4 mile to the encampment of our Brethren who had arrived 2 days before [-] they had pitched there encampment upon the bank of two small streams of pure water & had commenced plowing. Had broke about 5 acres of ground & commenced planting Potatoes”
(B. H. Roberts, A Comprehensive History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 6 vols., 3:, p.230 – 231)

BUT

Wilford Woodruff in 1880:
“When we came here thirty-three years ago we found this place a barren desert. There was no mark of the white man here. It was a desert indeed, hardly a green thing to meet the eye.”
Discourse by Elder Wilford Woodruff,
Delivered in the Salt Lake Asembly Hall, at the semiannual conference of the Salt Lake Stake of Zion,

Saturday afternoon, July 3rd, 1880.

(Journal of Discourses, 26 vols., 21:, p.193 – 194)

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