"Tell it All": The Story of a Life's Experience in Mormonism. An Autobiography

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A. D. Worthington, 1874 - Mormon Church - 623 pages
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I enjoyed reading this autobiography of a woman who lived and worked among prominent Mormons during the early years of the cult in Utah. The fact that she writes with seemingly equal
upset over the murders committed by Mormons under direction of Brigham Young as her own being "stiffed" by the same in business transactions seems to me a most telling characteristic of a deluded cult member. I would recommend to readers pages 294-299 for a list of murders attributed to Utah Mormons and most especially pages 300-315 concerning the Mountain Meadows Massacre, which interestingly enough, she does not totally attribute to Brigham Young ordering it, but more lightly blames him for not preventing it; as he was the person in charge of maintaining the peace in the Utah territory at that time. Most of the book deals with Mrs. Stenhouse's experience as a woman under polygamy and how awful and degrading a practice it was for women. Once again, I think her ability to give equal or more weight to the wrongs of polygamy, shady business dealings, and frauds perpetrated by the cult leader Brigham Young as to his ordering, condoning and/or overlooking murder by his followers quite odd. 

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Page 74 - And these signs shall follow them that believe; in my name they shall cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Page 361 - All sheep and oxen ; yea, and the beasts of the field ; The fowls of the air, and the fishes of the sea ; and whatsoever walketh through the paths of the seas.
Page 264 - For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn.
Page 134 - And agaiv, verily I say unto you, if a man marry a wife, and make a covenant with her for time, and for all eternity, if that covenant is not by me, or by my word, which is my law, and is not sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise, through him whom I have anointed and appointed unto this power, then it is not valid, neither of force, when they are out of the world...
Page 540 - Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you, my servant Joseph, that inasmuch as you have inquired of my hand to know and understand wherein I, the Lord, justified my servants, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; as also Moses, David, and Solomon, my servants, as touching the principle and doctrine of their having many wives and concubines: Behold!
Page 136 - And again, as pertaining to the law of the Priesthood: If any man espouse a virgin, and desire to espouse another, and the first give her consent; and if he espouse the second, and they are virgins, and have vowed to no other man, then he is justified; he cannot commit adultery, for they are given unto him; for he cannot commit adultery with that that belongeth unto him and to no one else...
Page 135 - I might require an offering at your hand by covenant and sacrifice ; and let mine handmaid, Emma Smith, receive all those that have been given unto my servant Joseph, and who are virtuous and pure before me...
Page 135 - The blasphemy against the holy ghost, which shall not be forgiven in the world nor out of the world, is in that ye commit murder wherein ye shed innocent blood, and assent unto my death, after ye have received my new and everlasting covenant, saith the Lord God; and he that abideth not this law can in no wise enter into my glory, but shall be damned, saith the Lord.
Page 134 - And again, verily I say unto you, if a man marry a wife by my word, which is my law, and by the new and everlasting covenant, and it is sealed unto them by the Holy Spirit of promise, by him who is anointed...
Page 76 - Is any sick among you ? let him call for the elders of the church ; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord : and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up ; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

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