He had even stronger language about Bible stories in some discourses. Note though
that the lesson Pres. Young gets out of this isn't that a physical act led to
faith, but that the telling of the story, and the reading of the story, is the
act of faith -- this is what I get out of his likening it to being baptized for
the remission of sins.

Jim Cobabe wrote:

> What Brigham Young had to say about the "symbolic" story of Jericho:
> If we are the people of God, we are to be the richest people on the
> earth, and these riches are to be held in God, not in the devil. God
> tells us how we may accomplish this, as plainly and as surely as he told
>  Joshua and the people of Israel how to cause the downfall of the walls
> of Jericho. They were to march around the walls once a day for seven
> days, then seven times in one day, and the last time they went round the
> walls they blew their horns with all their might, and down fell the
> walls of Jericho. We do not understand all about this, if we did, we
> should understand that it was as simple as any of the acts of the Lord:
> as simple as being baptized for the remission of sins.  (Journal of
> Discourses, 26 vols. [London: Latter-day Saints' Book Depot, 1854-1886],
> 17: 45 - 46.)
> ---
> Mij Ebaboc

Marc A. Schindler
Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland

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