Know for Themselves

Brigham Young taught that every follower of Christ must know for themselves if their leaders are walking in the path the Lord dictates or not. Otherwise, they subject themselves to a false security and diminished influence. In 1862, he taught:

Brigham YoungYou may know whether you are led right or wrong, as well as you know the way home; for every principle God has revealed carries its own convictions of its truth to the human mind. . . . 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, by the whispering of the Spirit of God to themselves, whether their leaders are walking in the path the Lord dictates, or not.  This has been my exhortation continually.1


  1. Young, Brigham. Journal of Discourses. 9:150-151.

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