Power from Doctrine, Not from Compulsion — Wilford Woodruff (March 24, 1844)
In relation to the power over the minds ofDiscourse given on March 24, 1844. Wilford Woodruff, Discourse, 24 March 1844–B, as Reported by Wilford Woodruff, pp. 217-218, The Joseph Smith Papers.
themankind which I hold, I would say it is in consequence of the power of truth in the doctrins which I have been an instrument in the hands of God of presenting unto them & not because of any compulsion on my part I will ask if I ever got any of it unfair If I have not reproved you in the gate, I ask did I ever exercise any compulsion over any man. did I not give him the liberty of disbelieveing any doctrin I have preached if he saw fit, why do not my enemies strike a blow at the doctrin, they cannot do it it is truth . . .