Water, Blood & Oil

S. Michael Wilcox: The diversion of wealth

Posted in Uncategorized by Tod Robbins on August 18, 2009

“Wilcox quoted Elder Melvin J. Ballard, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve in the 1920s and ’30s.

‘I recognize … with my brethren that the sorest trials that have ever come to the church in any age of the world are the trials of peace and prosperity,” Elder Ballard said in an address in 1929. “But we are going to do a new thing. A thing that has never been done before. We are going to take the church of Christ not only through the age of persecution and mob violence, we are going to take the church through peace and prosperity. … It was not the design and intention of the Lord to have his people always in suffering, bondage and distress. They will come to peace and prosperity, but it will be the sorest trial that will ever come to them.’ ”

BYU Education Week: The diversion of wealth

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  1. Jim said, on August 24, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    I would be interested in reading the transcript of this talk if it becomes available.

    Your post reminds me of a quote from Brigham Young: “The worst fear I have about this people is that they will get rich in this country, forget God and his people, wax fat, and kick themselves out of the Church and go to hell. This people will stand mobbing, robbing, poverty, and all manner of persecution, and be true. But my greatest fear for them is that they cannot stand wealth.”

    True, this quote was given to a specific group of people at a specific time and for a specific purpose, but I believe the principle is applicable to us today.

    • todrobbins said, on August 24, 2009 at 7:26 pm

      I completely agree. The warning, the instruction, is still in force. When we’re fattened by the Lord we forget who he is. Reminds me of Hayao Miyazaki’s “Spirited Away”.


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