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Fullness of Times: Prophesy
Destruction of New York, Albany and Boston
On 21 August 1863, the Saints had gathered in Logan, Utah to welcome President Brigham Young and others of the Church authorities. The next day, President Young asked Wilford Woodruff to address the congregation.
Yea, the day will come, after your fathers, and these prophets and apostles are dead, you will have the privilege of going into the towers of a glorious Temple built unto the name of the Most High (pointing in the direction of the bench), east of us upon the Logan bench; and while you stand in the towers of the Temple and your eyes survey this glorious valley filled with cities and villages, occupied by tens of thousands of Latter-day Saints, you will then call to mind this visitation of President Young and his company. You will say: That was in the days when Presidents Benson and Maughan presided over us; that was before New York was destroyed by an earthquake; it was before Boston was swept into the sea, by the sea heaving itself beyond its bounds; it was before Albany was destroyed by fire; yea, at that time you will remember the scenes of this day. Treasure them up and forget them not. President Young followed and said: "What Brother Woodruff has said is revelation and will be fulfilled". (Deseret News, Vol. 33, page 678)
Epistle of Elder Wilford Woodruff, one of the Twelve Apostles
To the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and to all the world.
You do know Joseph Smith, the Prophet, left his testimony upon the earth and sealed that testimony with his blood, and that testament is in force upon the world, and that testament is filled with the revelations of God, that stand upon its pages like flames of living fire, ready to be fulfilled upon all the inhabitants of the earth. In this testament the Lord has commanded His servants to go to all the world and preach this gospel of the kingdom to every creature, as far as doors are open. He also commanded His servants to visit New York, Albany, Boston, and all the notable cities and villages of the world, reproving them for their ungodly deeds, and warning them of the desolation and utter destruction which awaits them, if they reject the testimony of the servants of God. "With you, saith the Lord Almighty, I will rend their kingdoms, for I will shake not only the earth, but the starry heavens shall tremble; you cannot see it now, but soon you will see it and know that I am God." You Latter-day Saints, do you not know these things are true? You do, and so do I, for the spirit of God bears record, and the record is truth, and truth abideth forever. Under the circumstances, what manner of men and women ought we to be? Are we prepared as a people for the great events which await us; which await both Zion and Babylon? Judge ye! (Wilford Woodruff: History of His Life and Labors, comp. Matthias F. Cowley [Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1916], p. 508)
Joseph Smith, Jr. and Newel K. Whitney's Wife:
In September of , a revelation was given, in which the following passage occurs: "And the Bishop, Newel K. Whitney, also, should travel round about and among all the Churches, searching after the poor, to administer to their wants by humbling the rich and the proud . . . nevertheless, let the Bishop go unto the city of New York, and also to the city of Albany, and also to the city of Boston, and warn the people of those cities with the sound of the Gospel, with a loud voice, of the desolation and utter abolishment which awaits them if they do reject these things; for if they do reject these things, the hour of their judgment is nigh, and their house shall be left unto them desolate. Let him trust in me and he shall not be confounded, and an hair of his head shall not fall to the ground unnoticed."
Mother Whitney says: "My husband traveled with Joseph the Prophet through many of the eastern cities, bearing their testimony and collecting means to build a temple in Kirtland, and also to purchase lands in Missouri. During this journey they prophesied of the destruction that would come upon the cities of the eastern states, and especially New York; that in that city there would not be left a vestige of its grandeur; that wars would soon commence in our own land, which last has since transpired. He said to my husband, 'if they reject us they shall have our testimony, for we will write it and leave it upon their door-steps and window-sills.' He prophesied of desolation by fire, storms, pestilence and earthquakes."
Concerning one of these missions, the Prophet's record has this: "I continued the translation, and ministering to the Church through the fall, excepting a rapid journey to Albany, New York and Boston, in company with Bishop Whitney, from which I returned on the 6th of November, (1833) immediately after the birth of my son Joseph Smith, 3rd." (Contributor, vol. 6, October 1884-September 1885, Vol. Vi. January, 1885. No. 4. 128.)
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