Brigham Young didn’t pull punches and wasn’t afraid to state his position. Which profession could have he done without?
(You’re going to love this story)
a. To find the gold plates
Again, and only a short time after the foregoing incident, the Prophet received premonitions of another assault by the mob. The chest was taken from under the hearthstones and the sacred record and the associated articles were wrapped in cloths and hidden in a quantity of flax that had been stored away in the loft of a cooper’s shop that at the time stood across the road from the Smith home. The chest was then nailed up and hidden under the floor of the cooper’s shop. At night-fall the mob came and ransacked the premises, but did not enter the house. In the morning the family found the cooper’s shop door broken down, the floor torn up and the chest shivered to splinters, but the record was secure in its place of concealment.
B. H. Roberts, A Comprehensive History of the Church (Brigham Young University Press: Provo, Utah, 1965), Vol. 1, 94.