Jedediah M. Grant laments that there is not a more pure theocracy where state-sanctioned executions could take place.

Mar 12, 1854
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Jedediah M. Grant
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Jedediah M. Grant, "Discourse," March 12th, 1854, in Deseret News 4, no. 20 (July 27, 1854), 2

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The Mormons have a great deal of sympathy. For instance, if they can get a man before the tribunal administering the law of the land, and succeed in getting a rope round his beck, and having him hung up like a dead dog, it is all right; but if the Church and the Kingdom of God should step forth and execute the law of God, O! what a burst of Mormon sympathy it would cause. I wish we were in a situation favorable to our doing that which is justifiable before God, without any contaminating influences of Gentile amalgamation, laws, and traditions, that the people of God might lay the axe to the root of the tree, and every tree that bringing forth not good fruit might be hewn down.

"What! do you you believe that people would do right, and keep the law of God, by actually putting to death the transgressors?" Putting to death transgressors would exhibit the law of God, no difference by whom it was done; that is my opinion.

You talk of the doings of different governments, the United States, if you please. What do they do with traitors?—what mode do they adopt to punish traitors? Do traitors to that Government forfeit their lives? Examine also the doings of other earthly governments upon this point, and you find the same practice universal; I am not aware that there are any exceptious.

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