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Arrogance…

“Come on! ye prosecutors! ye false swearers! All hell, boil over! Ye burning mountains, roll down your lava! For I will come out on top at last. I have more to boast of than ever any man had. I am the only man that has been able to keep a whole church together since the days of Adam. A large majority of the whole have stood by me. Neither Paul, John, Peter, nor Jesus ever did it. I boast that no man ever did such a work as I. The followers of Jesus ran away from Him; but the Latter-day Saints never ran away from me yet…

“When they can get rid of me, the devil will also go.”

Joseph Smith, History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Volume 6 (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book Company, 1973 – brown leather second edition, seventh printing), 408-409.