Ezra T. Benson (1811–1869)
Synopsis of Remarks at Kanesville Conference, 6 April 1852
In Journal History
6 Apr. 1852, p.7
“Pres. Orson Hyde made some remarks relative to the report put in circulation by some Strangites, detrimental to the Saints in Pottawatamie County, Iowa.
“Elder Ezra T. Benson followed on the same subject, and said that he understood one of the individuals was, or had been present that morning—he hoped that he was, that he might hear what was said, hoped he might repent. Elder Benson then spoke on the subject of the emigration, urging the necessity of faithfulness on the part of the saints.”
7 Apr. 1852, p. 3
“Pres. Ezra T. Benson then spoke to the Captains of Emigrating companies; gave them good instruction; said they should be active and encourage their companies; said they ought to go according to the commands—said the word from the mountains was to all to come along, if they had to come 100 souls to 5 wagons etc., said if they went ahead they would be blessed in the name of Israel’s God, but if they remained here and turned away from God and forgot their covenants woe! woe! be to all such and he blessed the saints in the name of Israel’s God.”