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Bryan EllsworthMarch 3, 2013

What an inspiring article with equally inspiring comments. Thank you. Is it any wonder why I turn to Meridian Mag. for value & even inspiration.

Voin CampbellFebruary 26, 2013

Many of the Founders and some subsequent deceased US Presidents appeared to Wilford Woodruff in the St.George Temple (the first dedicated LDS Temple on earth since Navoo), and demanded that their temple work be done for them. I believe President Lincoln to be among them. I do not know where these men get their recommends but President Woodruff''s response clearly implies that he believed they were both worthy and authorized. That satisfies me as to both their mortal callings and their standing with the Lord.

Ed WilsonFebruary 26, 2013

Mr. Walsh; The events surrounding the Emancipation Proclamation is properly the subject of a separate screen play, and movie. Your piece is a strong basis for it, but it needs to be written by a man of god, and probably filmed by one. The actions of god need to be understated in the presentation. Yours, Ed Wilson

Darrell StoddardFebruary 26, 2013

Great article! Here are some words of Joseph Smith re: slavery" (I am not able to give the references here but I believe I am reporting the following accurately): When the Saints were immigrating to Missouri, a newspaper reporter asked Joseph Smith if the Mormons were abolitionists: His answer was, "absolutely not." He then continued with words something like this, The curse of slavery was pronounced by God when Noah cursed Cannan saying "a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren." The curse of slavery was pronounced by God through his prophet Noah and only God can lift that curse. The prophet then admonished slave owners to be kind to their slaves. Joseph then continued. If slavery be an evil, then the people of the South will be the first to know about it, and they being moral people of integrity, it is their responsibility to correct the evil; not the people from the North.

Paige BeallFebruary 26, 2013

This article ( in the Deseret News from Sunday brings up a couple very good points that go along nicely with Mr. Erickson's article, including the fact that the film does not include any references to God, although Lincoln himself gave God credit for his actions, as cited in this newspaper article.

John "John A" WarnickFebruary 26, 2013

On his second trip as a young man to New Orleans Lincoln witnessed a slave sale. "Again and again the hammer fell. Husbands were separated from wives, parents from children, brothers from sisters. Lincoln witnessed the scene with a horror words could not express. His lips quivered and his voice choked as he turned to his companion and...said: 'If ever I get a chance to hit that thing, I will hit it hard." In 1837 Lincoln attended a camp-meeting at Alton, Illinois where Dr. Peter Akers, a great Bible preacher of his day, preached for three hours on the theme that the "Dominion of Christ" could not come in American until American slavery was wiped out and the institution of slavery would at last be destroyed by a civil war. At the height of his sermon he cried out, "Who can tell but that the man who shall lead us through this strife may be standing in this presence." Lincoln was standing thirty feet away from Dr. Akers. On his trip home that night to Springfield, Lincoln remarked to a friend: "I never thought such power could be given to mortal man. Those words were from beyond the speaker. The Doctor has persuaded me that American slavery will go down with the crash of a civil ware." Then he solemnly said, "Gentlemen: you may be surprised and think it strange, but when the Doctor was describing the Civil War, I distinctly saw myself as in second sight, bearing an important part in that strife." The next morning the told his law partner "I am utterly unable to shake from myself the conviction that I shall be involved in that tragedy." These quotes are taken from pages 77-79 of a book published in 1927 titled "Abraham Lincoln - Man of God" by John Wesley Hill. While Westward expansion was a volatile ingredient in the debate over slavery, there is no question that Lincoln believed that abolition of slavery and the emanicipation of the slaves was part of God's will for the United States.

Tristan BaierFebruary 26, 2013

Many thanks for this wonderful, insightful account.

Patrick walshFebruary 26, 2013

I recently watched a documentary on the discovery channel titled the real Lincoln. It gave another completely different account of Lincoln actions regarding the slaves. A book by Thomas dilorenzo is also came out with the same title and was very critical of Lincoln's reign and his motives for war. The book has its critics too but the documentary is well worth a watch. It talks a about the north and southern states expansion west as a critical decision in lincoln wanting to free the slaves as they would have a advantage over the North if they used slave labour. Anyway it opens up a real can of worms!



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