“I have not a doubt but there will be hundreds who will leave us and go away to our enemies. I wish they would go this fall: it might relieve us from much trouble; for if men turn traitors to God and His servants, their blood will surely be shed, or else they will be damned, and that too according to their covenants.”
Heber C. Kimball, Journal of Discourses – Volume 4 (Liverpool, England: S.W. Richards, 1857), 375.
Address given 16 August 1857 – less than a month before the Mountain Meadows Massacre.