the Twelve be humble and not be exalted, and beware of pride
and not seek to excel one another, but act for each other's
good, and honorably make mention of each other's names in
prayer before the Lord and before your fellow-men. Do not
backbite or devour a brother. The Elders of Israel should
seek to learn by precept and example in this late age of the
world and not be obliged to learn everything we know by sad
experience. I trust the remainder of the Twelve will learn
wisdom and not follow the example of those who have fallen.
When the Twelve, or any other witnesses of Jesus Christ, stand
before the congregations of the earth, and they preach in the
power and demonstration of the Holy Ghost, and the people
are astonished and confounded at the doctrine, and say 'That
man has preached a powerful sermon, then let that man or
those men take care that they do not ascribe the glory unto
themselves, but be careful that they are humble, and ascribe
the glory to God and the Lamb; for it is by the power of
the Holy Priesthood and the Holy Ghost that they have
power thus to speak.
"Who art thou, O man, but dust! and from whom dost
thou receive thy power and blessings, but from God?
"Then let the Twelve Apostles and Elders of Israel observe
this key, and be wise: Ye are not sent out to be taught, but to
"Let every man be sober, be vigilant, and let all his words
be seasoned with grace, and keep in mind it is a day of warn-
ing, and not of many words.
"Act honestly before God and man; beware of sophistry,
such as bowing and scraping unto men in whom you have no
confidence. Be honest, open, and frank in all your intercourse
"I wish to say to the Twelve and all the Saints, to profit by
this important key, that in all your trials, troubles, tempta-
tions, afflictions, bonds, imprisonments and deaths, see to it
that you do not betray Jesus Christ, that you do not betray
the revelations of God, whether in the Bible, Book of Mor-
mon, or Doctrine and Covenants, or any of the words of God.
"Yea, in all your troubles, see that you do not this thing, lest
innocent blood be found upon your skirts, and ye go down to hell.
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