"The life of Wilford Woodruff was full of marvels. It was a simple life in which he revealed his heart and his purposes freely. The frankness of his expressions, his care for details, and his conscientious regard for the truth made him, perhaps, the best chronicler of events in all the history of the Church. His journal reveals not so much of what he himself was thinking about the events concerning which he wrote as others thought about them. In that respect they reveal wonderfully the spirit of the times in which he lived."