What is remarkable about this quotation, particularly the first part, is that it is a man speaking under the influence of the Holy Ghost. The first two sentences of the prophesy are simply too prophetic to be anything else. The current mayor of Salt Lake City is a lesbian. That is who they elected as their city’s head of state. The second sentence is simply a remarkable description. Honestly, I think it may be a more perfect description of the member’s debt problem than I have heard made by anyone who is actually living now, yet it was made 148 years ago by a man living in a very different USA, and reported to us by his son 85 years ago.
It comes from a talk by J Golden Kimball, Conference Report, Oct. 1930, p. 59-60. However, he is reciting a prophesy of his father Heber C Kimball. That is why you often see this quote attributed to Heber C Kimball, yet with a date of 1930 attached to it, which is long after Heber C Kimball’s death. I included images of pages 58-60, as page 58 shows that it is part of J Golden Kimball’s talk.
Here is the quotation from the conference report, starting with J Golden Kimball’s words.
I claim not to be a prophet, but I am a son of a prophet, and I expect to give you evidence — whether you question the truth of it or not — that shall be left with you — that Heber C. Kimball was a prophet of God. President Brigham Young on more than one occasion said : “Heber is my prophet, and I love to hear him prophesy.”
In May, 1868 — that is sixty-two years ago — he said:
“After a while the gentiles will gather in Salt Lake City by the thousands, and this will be among the wicked cities of the world,.”
“A spirit of speculation and extravagance will take possession of the Saints, and the results will be financial bondage.”
“An army of elders will be sent to the four quarters of the earth, to search out the righteous and warn the wicked of coming events.
“All kinds of religions will be started, and miracles performed that will deceive the very elect, if such a thing were possible.
“Persecution comes next, and all Latter-day Saints will be tested to the limit.
“Many will apostatize, and others will stand still, not knowing what to do.
“Before the temple reaches the square our brethren will be imprisoned, until the penitentiary shall be full, and some of them will be removed to other penitentiaries.
“Mothers would weep for their husbands, and children would cry for their fathers. Some would die, and sorrow would fill the hearts of the Latter-day Saints.
“When the temple roof is on, the persecution will lessen, but when the temple is completed the power of the Evil One will be shut out.”
“The prayers of the Saints will then be heard. The sick will be taken there and healed.”
“The Spirit of God will rest upon the people, and work for the dead will be continued night and day.”
“The judgments of God will be poured out upon the wicked, to the extent that our elders from far and near will be called home ; or in other words, the Gospel will be taken from the gentiles, and later on will be carried to the Jews.”
“The western boundaries of the State of Missouri will be swept so clean of its inhabitants that as President Young tells us, ‘when we return to that place there will not be as much as a yellow dog to wag his tail.’
“Before that day comes, however, the Saints will be put to the test that will try the very best of them.
“The pressure will become so great that the righteous among us will cry unto the Lord day and night until deliverance comes.”
In 1856— that is seventy-four years ago — a small group of friends convened in the house of the Lord, called the Endowment House. The conversation was about the isolated condition of the Latter-day Saints.
“Yes,” said Brother Heber, “we think we are secure here in the chambers of these everlasting hills, where we can close the doors of the canyons against mobs and persecutors, the wicked and the vile, who have always beset us with violence and robbery, but I want to say to you, my brethren, the time is coming when we will be mixed up in these now peaceful valleys to that extent that it will be difficult to tell the face of a Saint from the face of an enemy against the people of God.”
“Then is the time to look out for the great sieve, for there will be a great sifting time, and many will fall.
“For I say unto you there is a test, a Test, a TEST coming.”
‘This Church has before it many close places through which it will have to pass before the work of God is crowned with glory.
“The difficulties will be of such a character that the man or woman who does not possess a personal knowledge or witness will fall. If you have not got this testimony, you must live right and call upon the Lord, and cease not until you obtain it.
“Remember these sayings : The time will come when no man or woman will
be able to endure on borrowed light. Each will have to be guided by the light
within themselves. If you do not have the knowledge that Jesus is the Christ,
how can you stand?”