Journal of Discourses is a collection of 26 volumes of sermons and speeches by early leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints.
This is the first volume and contains the sermons delivered by president Brigham Young, his two consellors, and the twelve LDS apostles.
The LDS Church discourages its own members to read it and suggests them to become familiar with their so-called "scriptures" accepted by the "Church" as "standards works".
Personally, I find Journal of Discourses in perfect line with LDS "inspired works". I have also found interesting to read what the "most virtuous LDS men" taught over the years, when they could openly spread their "gospel" and when the "Church" was not sold out to the secular law.
On page 123, LDS apostle Orson Hyde, in a sermon delivered in October 1853, said that "God" was once a man as we are and eventually progressed to his "godhood":
"Remember that God, our Heavenly Father, was perhaps once a child, and mortal like we ourselves and rose step by step in the scale of progress, in the school of advancement; has moved forward and overcome, until He has arrived at the point where He is now."
On pages 345-346, LDS elder Jedediah M. Grant, in a sermon delivered in August 1853, said that Jesus and his apostles were polygamists.
"The grand reason why the Gentiles and philosophers of his school persecuted Jesus Christ was because he had so many wives. There were Elizabeth, and Mary, and a host of others that followed him. After Jesus went from the stage of action, the apostles followed the example of their master."
In page 62-63 we read this racist statement spoken in August 1852 by LDS apostle Orson Pratt.
"I have already told you that among them are many spirits that are more noble, more intelligent than others.
Yes; and among the Saints is the most likely place for these spirits to take their tabernacles, through a just and righteous parentage.
They are to be sent to that people that are the most righteou of any other people upon the earth;
The Lord has not kept them in store for five or six thousand past , and kept them waiting for their bodies all this time to send them among the Hottentots, the African negros, the idolatrous Hindoos, or any other of the fallen nations that dwell upon the face of this earth."
On page 50-51, "prophet" Brigham Young, in a sermon delivered on 9th April 1852, explained a doctrine today denied by the LDS Church, the Adam-God theory.
"When our father Adam came into the garden of Eden, he came into it with a celestial body, and brought Eve, one of his wives, with him. He is Micheal the archangel, the Ancient of Days! He is our Father and our God, and the only god with whom we have to do.
When the Virgin Mary conceived the child Jesus, the father had begotten him in his own likeness. He was not begotten by the Holy Ghost. And who is the Father? He is the first of the human family."
Throughout the volume, the the doctrine of blood atonement is thouroughly discussed.
On page 73 "apostle" Orson Hyde said: "It would have a tendency to place a terror on those [apostates] who leave these parts, that may prove their salvation when they see the heads of those thieves taken off, or shot down before the public... I believe it to be pleasing in the sight of heaven to sanctify ourselves and put these things [apostasy and thievery] away from our midst."
On pages 108-109, "prophet" Brigham Young" said: "If you will cause all those whom you know to be thieves, to be placed in a line before the mouth of one of our largest cannon, well loaded with chain shot, I will prove by my works whether I can mete our justice to such persons, or not. I would consider it just as much my duty to do that [kill a thief] as to baptize a man for the remission of his sins."
On page 83 Brigham Young aid: "I say, rather than that apostates should flourish here, I will unsheath my bowie knife and conquer or die. Now you, nastyapostates, clear out, or judgment will be laid to the line and righteousness to the plummet. If you say it is right, raise your hands. (All hands up)."
Whit a list of horrible, evil statements like this, volume 1 is among the best books that a Christian can use to show his Mormon friend what the early "prophets" and authorities of the LDS church really taught.
It will prove unvaliable for witnessing.