Autobiography 1882 Leaves from My Journal Notes Testimony

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    The Testimony of Wilford Woodruff Before closing this little book as a reader for our Children, I wish to bare my testimony to upon several principles to the Latter Day Saints especially to the rising Generation, the young men of Israel. First I wish to speak of the spirits of good & evil the Lord says whatsoever leads to do good is of God & whater leads to do evil is of the Devil, this is a very important subject for us to understand the scriptures again tell us that there is many spirits gone ...
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    one do you ever consider or contemplate any thing about the number of evil spirits that occupy the Earth who are at war against God and Christ and the saints of God and against all good & seek to destroy all the Children of men in ery age of the world, let us reason together a moment upon this subject, it may be impossible for any man without derct [direct] revelation from God to get to know the exact number but we may approximate to wards it. The Lord has said by revel- ation that Lucifer an Angel in ...
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    It is also said that a generation passes off ery 33 1/3 years making three generations in a century which would be three thousand Million in one hundred years 3 times 10 is 30 which would make thirty thousand Million in 1000 years, 3 times 7 is 21, o which would make two hundred & ten thousand Millions, is, seven thousand years. The argu argument might be used that when Adam was created there was but /2/ on two on the earth and after the flood but eight souls, but the probability is that during the Millenium ...
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    from there evils, and the Lord has given his angels charge concering us, and they do all they can for our salvation but yet we have all have our agency to chuse the good & refuse the evil, or chuse the evil & refuse the good. The Lord forces no man to heaven, neither does the Lord tempt any man to do evil, when a man is tempted to do evil it is by the power of the Devil, who is an enemy to all rightousness I feel very annxious to lure our boys & girls our young ...
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    How to obtains revelations from God In order to obtain revelation from God and in order to prove when we do obtain a revelation whether it is from God or not we must follow the teaching of the revelations of God unto us. St James sayes "if any man lack wisdom let him ask of God who giveth liberally and upbraideth not and it shall be given him". Again ask and you shall receive, ◊◊ask and it shall be given unto you. It was upon this promise that Joseph Smith went before the Lord and ...
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    unto us again for while the priesthood is rets restored to the Earth and the revelations of God revealed to us through the Mouth of prophets & apostles concerning the fullness of the Gospel, Doctrin ordinances & principles we should study them and treasure up knowledge by faith & study out of the best books and the Holy Ghost will bring to our remembrance those things which we stand in need of in the self same hour that we are called to teach the people, but when any Elder priest Elder prophet apostle or Messenger ...
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    for truth is one of his attributes & the Holy Ghost deceiveth no man and when a man becomes acquainted with the whisperings of the Holy Ghost to [his] which is revelation He should be very careful to obey it for his life may depend upon it revelation is one of the gifts of the Holy Ghost and for the benefit of my young friends who may read this work I will give an account of a few instances of my own experience in listening to the revelations of the Holy Ghost to me in my missions In 1848 ...
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    of the Home as I was going to bed the same spirit said to me go & move your Mules away from that oak tree which was one hundred yards north of our carriage I moved them to a [young] hickery grove & tied them up & went to bed in thirty minuts a whirlwind took the tree ^from the shaft near the ground^ to which my mules were fastened & carried it one hundred yards swept two fences in its course and laid it prostrate through that yard where my carriage stood and the top limbs hit my ...
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    Ohio river the boat took fire burnt the tiller ropes so they could not reach shore and the lives of nearly all were lost either by fire or water while we arrived in safety to our destination by obeying the revelation of the spirit of God to us. In another instance after attending a large conference in April and having a good deal of business to attend to I was somewhat weary and at the close of the conference I thought I would repare to my home and have a rest as I went ...
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    this was known to some rode agents in the city and they gathered a company of robers and went on ahead of Brother Rich and lay in ambush intending to kill the mormans & rob them of their money before reaching the company of robers they came to a big path ahead which shortened their distance the spirit said to Brother Rich to take that path the Brothren with him marveled at his course not knowing that enemies awaited them, but they arrived in safety at Sanbernadeno with their lives & money, while ...
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    No I had tarried to long already I drove on briskly ^sprightly^ and when within 15 miles of wasatch a furious snow storm overtook me, the wind blowig heavily in my face in fifteen minutes I could see no ^the any^ road whatever and knew not where or how to guide my horses, and I left my lines loosly on my horses went inside my waggon, tied down the cover and committed my life & guideance in the hands of the Lord and trusted to my horses to find the [way] ...
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    and will lead the Elders to them. A remarkable instance of this was manifest in my own experience in 1840 while laboring in Stafford- shire was preaching & baptizing daily and one night I went into the City Hall of the Town of Hanley and as I was about to arise to speak to a large assembly the voice of the spirit of God to me was this is the last meeting you will hold with this people for many days I was asstonished ...
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    I will refer to one more instance in my experience upon the subject of revelation all the Latter Day Saints understand that we build Temples for the purpose of administering ordinances for our dead as well as for the living, and the Lord has opened the way in a remarkable manner for many of the members of the Church to obtain records of the names of their dead for several generation I had also obtained a record of some over 3000 of my Father & Mother family, after the Dedication of the
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    March 1, 1877
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    and thousands of others have received the same blessings in the same way President Young received revelation in that Temple & there are yet many revelations to be received in the last days concerning the redemption of the dead many other subjects but they will all be manifest in due time through the proper to authority unto the Church & kingdom of God. There are many other manifestations of the power of God and the revelations of Jesus Christ to us in our lives but I have said suffient upon this ...
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    The Father of the prophet Joseph was the first patriarch in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He gave a great many blessings unto the Latter Day Saints which are recorded, and many of them have received their fulfillment, when he puts hands upon the head of a person to bless them it seemed as though the heavens were opened unto him, and he could reveal the whole life of the person. He gave me my patriarchal blessing in the Temple of the Lord in Kirtland on ...
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    April 15, 1837
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    My Father was gathered to Salt Lake City with the Saints where he died aged 83 years. He said I should be wrapt in the arms of heaven and an angel of God should teach me many things this was fulfilled in the house of Abram O Smote in Kentucky in the spring of 1835. The patriarch also told me that I should be delivered from my enemies (who would seek my destruction) by the mighty power of God & the adm- inistrations of Angels ...
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    no more troubled with evil spirits while in the City of London as soon as they administered unto us they withdrew from the room and the light withdrew with them & darkness returned, and my other of the saying of the patriarch Joseph Smith in my blessing have been fulfilled in my experience, but I have said sufficient upon the subject all the blessings that are sealed upon our heads will be fulfilled & many more if we are faithful & live for them In closing my testimony I wish to say that I ...
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    Leaves [ink] Leaves from my Journal