March 5, 2010 by The Mormon Worker
“After hearing the remarks of President Rey L. Pratt, with reference . . . to the masses of down-trodden and oppressed people in Mexico, thirteen millions of whom are held under serfdom and slavery, by the descendants of their conquerors – who could not devoutly wish that some mighty and just power, equal to the task, would extend the hand of freedom to those oppressed people, even if it cost the lives of their oppressors? I do not want war; but the Lord has said it shall be poured out upon all nations. I would rather the oppressors should be killed than to allow the oppressors to kill the innocent.”
– President Joseph F. Smith, Conference Report, October 1916, 154.
President Smith made these comments in General Conference, following the remarks of Mexican Mission President Rey L. Pratt, who had just given a talk in support of the then on-going Mexican revolution led by Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata. Zapata was the revolutionary after which the current Zapatista movement in Chiapas, Mexico is named.