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“What a pity it would be, if we were led by one man to utter destruction! Are you afraid of this? I am more afraid that this people have so much confidence in their leaders that they will not inquire for themselves of God whether they are led by Him. I am fearful they settle down in a state of blind self-security, trusting their eternal destiny in the hands of their leaders with a reckless confidence that in itself would thwart the purposes of God in their salvation, and weaken that influence they could give to their leaders, did they know for themselves, by the revelations of Jesus, that they are led in the right way. Let every man and woman know… themselves, whether their leaders are walking in the path the Lord dictates, or not. This has been my exhortation continually.”

Unfortunately, this is an obsolete idea in the modern church.

~Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses 9:150~