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Peoples Temple Collection; Box 28, Virtual Item: 3, Q1053-Pt.1- San Francisco sermon

 Digital Record
Identifier: ms-0183_28.03


  • Digitized: 1973


Summary Note

This tape consists of portions of two or three sermons — or, just as likely, one sermon, with numerous edits — with Jim Jones addressing his congregation in San Francisco in late 1974. There are many elements of a Jones address here, including commentary on the Bible, faith healings, observations of the political scene, warnings of the coming nuclear holocaust, and reminders of the Promised Land which awaits them in Guyana. The sermon opens with Jones in a combative mood, and the crowd is equally enthusiastic. Jones declares a passionate commitment to socialism, no matter what the costs. Don’t worry about dying, he tells the congregation, but rather, move forward with him. "I am saying to the world … Damn the torpedoes of religious systems that will try to put our light out. Damn their jails. Damn their assassin bullets… I say, full speed ahead." He adds that he has no intention of dying, but to bring them through victorious in life, "I will have my way." Full summary of the recording available at Alternative Considerations of Jonestown website, along with the tape transcript.

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Physical Description Note

Original audio cassette tape recording digitized and made available as .mp3 audio file.

Publisher Note

Publisher: The Jonestown Institute

Repository Details

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