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Excerpt From

Mosiah Lyman Hancock


Autobiography
(1834-1865)

Source: Autobiography of Mosiah Hancock, typescript, BYU-S.


Compiled by Amy E. Baird, Victoria H. Jackson, and Laura L. Wassell
(daughters of Mosiah Hancock). Grammar has been standardized

T he next day the Prophet came to our home friends and the friends of our Lord and Savior,
and stopped in our carpenter shop and stood Jesus Christ. Many will be hoisted because of
by the turning lathe. I went and got my map for their money and the worldly learning which they
him. “Now”, he said, “I will show you the trav- seem to be in possession of; and many who are
els of this people”. He then showed our travels the true followers of our Lord and Savior will
through Iowa, and said, “Here you will make be cast down because of their poverty.
a place for the winter; and here you will travel There will be two great political parties in
west until you come to the valley of the Great this country. One will be called the Republican,
Salt Lake! You will build cities to the North and and the other the Democrat party. These two
to the South, and to the East and to the West; parties will go to war and out of these two par-
and you will become a great and wealthy people ties will spring another party which will be the
in that land. Independent American Party.
But, the United States will not receive you The United States will spend her strength
with the laws which God desires you to live, and and means warring in foreign lands until other
you will have to go to where the Nephites lost nations will say, “Let’s divide up the lands of
their power. They worked in the United Order the United States”, then the people of the U.S.
for 166 years, and the Saints have got to become will unite and swear by the blood of their fore-
proficient in the laws of God before they can fathers, that the land shall not be divided. Then
meet the Lord Jesus Christ, or even the city of the country will go to war, and they will fight
Enoch”. He said we will not travel the shape of until one half of the U. S. army will give up, and
the horse shoe for there we will await the action the rest will continue to struggle. They will keep
of the government. Placing his finger on the map, on until they are very ragged and discouraged,
I should think about where Snowflake, Arizona and almost ready to give up—when the boys
is situated, or it could have been Mexico, he said, from the mountains will rush forth in time to
“The government will not receive you with the save the American Army from defeat and ruin.
laws that God designed you to live, and those And they will say, ‘Brethren, we are glad you
who are desirous to live the laws of God will have come; give us men, henceforth, who can
have to go South. talk with God’. Then you will have friends, but
You will live to see men arise in power in you will save the country when it’s liberty hangs
the Church who will seek to put down your by a hair, as it were.