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Collection Name First Presidency mission administration correspondence, 1877-1918
Collection Description Letters (Ephraim H. Nye), 1896 December-1897 May
Collection Number CR 1 174
Collection Page 53-86
Source Link The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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"Jesus answered, verily verily I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the spirit he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God." Here is a declaration from the great Master Himself that ought to be sufficient answer to all who fondly imagine that they can find some other way. Again, there are those who believe that if they live a life of honor and integrity among men, and serve God according to the best light they have, that they will be entitled to an inheritance in the Kingdom of God. To all such let the Scriptures once more declare the fact. (Acts 10, 1-6)and 48th) "There was a man in Cesarea called Cornelius, a Centurion of the band called the Italion Band, a devout man and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people and prayed to God alway. He saw in a vision, evidently about the ninth hour of the day, an Angel of God coming in to him and saying unto him,—Cornelius; and when he looked on him he was afraid and said,—What is it, Lord? and He said unto him Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God; and now send men to Joppa and call for one Simon whose sir name is Peter. He lodgeth with one Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea-side. He shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do." Ah! Cornelius, thou God- fearing, alms-giving, prayerful man, there is something that you have not done! Though your faith has reached unto heaven, and your prayers have been heard and your alms-giving considered by the Almighty, yet there is something that you have not done of such great importance that the windows of heaven were opened and an angel sent forth unto you as a messenger, to notify you of the fact. What is it, Cornelius? He sent for Peter as he was commanded, and when Peter came, saw their faith and heard their words and they believed on the Lord Jesus, "He command- ed them to be baptized." [Acts 10:48] This is the door into the Kingdom of God.
~ Ephraim H Nye
The next step in the regular order of initiation into the fold of Christ is to secure the birth of the Spirit, or the baptism of the Holy Ghost; this being essential to enable us to pursue an acceptable course in the service of the Lord, that the Holy Ghost may be with us as an abiding gift, as a light ^lamp^ to our feet and a light to our pathway through life. The Lord in His wonderful plan for the salvation of the souls of men has provided a way for the humble and penitent baptized believer to secure this blessed gift.
~ Ephraim H Nye
"Then laid they their hands on them and they received the Holy Ghost." Evidently the Holy Ghost came not as the result of the baptism nor in answer to ^the^ prayer of the Apostles, but by the laying on of their hands. Clearly showing that this was the mode the Lord had provided by which the Holy Ghost should be conferred upon bap- tized believers
~ Ephraim H Nye

We have now pointed out to the penitent believer the path that leads to eternal life, the straight and narrow way, and carefull noted the inscriptions along the line, down into the water through the door into the kingdom of God. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, repentance of all sins, baptism by immersion for the remission of sins, gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands; this is the course marked out by the Father to prepare His children to receive the benefits of the aton- ing blood of Jesus Christ.
~ Ephraim H Nye
By the water we keep the commandment, by the spirit are we justified and by the blood are we sanctified; and thus we become Saints. He who has fully repented of his sins and been baptized for the remiss- ion thereof, and received the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands, may then partake of the emblems of the Savior's flesh and blood; and in that sacred ordinance eat and drink to His soul the benefits of that atoning blood. And such have the promise of the Savior that they shall never hunger or thirst. There is no other way provided on earth by which mankind can secure the benefits of the aton)ing blood of Christ.
~ Ephraim H Nye
the question of authority to act in any of the affairs of human life is so clearly understood by all persons of ordinary intell- igence that time would seem to be wasted in discussing it; but not so in questions involving the future of the human soul. In these sacred and vastly more important matters upon which hang all our hopes of eternal life, the average man seems willing to trust to the opinions of a minister of some of the orthodox sects or to the wild vagaries of any upstart who cries "Lo here is Christ," or "Lo he is there" without for a single moment raising the question—Where is his authority to offic-
~ Ephraim H Nye
Jesus said "Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature, he that believeth and is baptized shall be saeved, but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; in my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall re- cover." These signs though forming one of the most prominent features of the Gospel in the days of the Apostles are not to be found in any of the contending sects of modern Christendom. Such as hunger and thirst after righteousness become members of the various churches and humbly bow at their sanctuaries, believing the doctrines there taught. Hunger-i ly they seek food for their souls; thirstily they come, like sheep, to the fountain, only to fingd that the storehouse is empty, the fountain is dry. The promised blessigsngs fail, the signs do not follow, they re- ceive not the goods. The grand secret of it all is, God has not sent the agents through whom they seek these blessings; they hold no author- ity to officiate in the ordinances of His house. As agents they are not in touch with their Principal. These ministers are self-appointed teachers of man-made systems of religion, they are teaching for doctrine the commandments of men.
~ Ephraim H Nye
in all ages when God has had a people on the earth, His servants have been duly called of Him and ordained, and the stamp of His approval has been placed on their labors in signs and wonders and miraculous manifestations.
~ Ephraim H Nye
That there is but one faith, one hope, one baptism, one way to obtain eternal life, either for the living or for the dead, is clearly shown by the Scriptures.
~ Ephraim H Nye
all men are to be judged by the same law, whether they hear the Gospel in life or after death. And herein is the justice of Almighty God made manifest, for if it were not so, and if the modern Christianity theory should prevail, viz.—that all mankind who do not confess Christ are lost—what shall be said of four-fifths of the people on the earth to-day, and those that have lived in like circum- stances in the heathen world, who never heard of Christ? If, when all mankind are brought before the judgment-seat to be judged, and the heathen hears his sentence read by the
~ Ephraim H Nye
As His Apostles and all His faithful followers served Him in life, who shall saty that after death they will not follow His example, and continue to serve Him by going to the spirit world and there preaching to the spirits in prison who have died without a knowledge of the Gospel? And when these poor benighted beings after their long captivity under the reign of Lucifer, listen to the precious truths of the Gospel of Christ and become converted, straightway the question arises, How can I obey the ordinances of baptism? I am in a disembodied state of existence, yet my Savior has said: "Except ye are born of the water and of the spirit ye cannot enter into the Kingdom of God." Oh wonderful plan provided by the Almighty! The living may be baptized for the dead.
~ Ephraim H Nye