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    Jesus Christ came to save sinners He saves the unworthy. The Lord will offer a man salvation he says he is not worth, but what would you want your son to do if he was unworthy. He should return to his father, so with God. He calls to the world to return by Baptism. He cannot make him self any better, but decid with the mind
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    When I entered the ranks of Gods people and first commenced the Christians warfare I had but faint ideas of the narrowness of that Way, and but little realized that it was as strait a way as the scriptures represent it to be, that but few should find & walk in it. Much less did I in my weakness conceive the many artful & cunning devices of Satan to draw the child of God from the paths of holiness I had not yet learnt by experience that the Devil like a roaring Lion goeth about seeking whom he may devour and that he grasps with his deadly claws every one that turns aside from the Highway of Holiness. But as I turned and set my face Zion ward and began to take up my march thither I soon began to hear the — at first but whispered suggestions of the Adversary trying to win me back to his service and I soon began to feel his firey darts levelled and hurled at me from almost every quarter I soon found that I had enlisted as a Soldier in a warfare and that I must act not only the offensive but likewise the defensive part and if I would gain the prize I must fight. But I had yet (as a raw undiciplined recruit) to learn the use of the armour with which Christians fight their battles and from whom I could expect help from trouble I could not wield with ease the Sword of the Spirit and the Shield of Faith though a comfortable garment ^& armour^, did not fit my body Shapen and conceive in Sin, in fine the garments of Salvation could not be expected to fit perfectly, and set with ease on one who had so long been clothed with shame and clad with the filthy garments of Unrighteousness But I had yet to learn of My Captain, of Him who is meek and lowly some simple & humble lessons of Christianity before I could make much resistance with the enemy in case of an open attack. Encouraging thought that the Captain of our Salvation being in all points tempted as we are is able to succour those that are tempted and that he will with every temptation provide a way for our escape
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    I had rather hear brethren appear small th[an] large I had rather see a man hold his brother up than pull him down. Preach what will save men the same that converted you will convert them.
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    May 14, 1843 ~ Sunday 14th Sunday The meeting was opened by singing, & Prayer by w woodruff Then Joseph the Seer arose & said It is not wisdom that we should have all knowledge at once presented before us but that we should have a little then we can comprehend it. He then read the second epistle of Peter 1st ch 16 to last vers & dwelt upon the 19: vers with som remarks ad[d] to your faith knowledge &c. The principle of knowledge is the principle of Salvation the Principle can be comprehended, for any one that cannot get knowledge to be saved will be damned. The Principl of Salvation is given to us through the kno- wledge of Jesus Christ. Salvation is nothing more or less than to triumph over all our enemies & put them under our feet & when we have power to put all enemies under our feet in this world & a knowledge to triumph over all evil spirits in the world to come then we are saved as in the case of Jesus he was to reign untill he had put all enemies under his feet & the last enemy was death
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    Now their is some grand secrett here & keys to unlock the subject. Notwithstanding the Apostle exhorts them to make their calling add to their faith virtue, knowledge temperance &c yet he exhorts them to make their calling & election shure & though they had herd the audible voice from heaven bearing testimony that Jesus was the son of God yet he says we have a more sure word of Prophecy whare unto ye do well that ye take heed as unto a light shining in a dark place. Now wharein could they have a more sure word of prophecy
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    the speaker remarked that the death of this young man had made a vacancy in his heart that nothing could fill untill it was filled by restoring the society of the same person in eternity which is the case in loosing any friend.
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    I wish you to understand this subject for it is important & if you will recieve it this is the spirit of Elijah that we redeem our dead & connect ourselves with our fathers which are in heaven & seal up our dead to come forth in the first resurrection & here we want the power of Elijah to seal those who dwell on earth to those which dwell in heaven this is the power of Elijah & the keys
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    May 31, 1836 ~ Tuesday Spent this 31st DAY of MAY at Br Fry Eagle Creek and found it to be the most interesting, important & instructive day of my LIFE. For on this Glorious DAY I was ordained unto the High Priesthood and also as one of the second seventy & sealed up unto Eternal LIFE under the hands of my Beloved Brethren VIZ Elders David W Patten & Warren Parrish my ordination was requested by the PRESIDENCY of the church at Kirtland Ohio Their was glorious things Pronounced upon my head in my ordination by the spirit of Prophecy & Reve lation some I will mention which are as follows That although my enemies would strive to take my life & confine me in dungeons & Prisons yet God should give me power over my enemies & deliver me out of their hands & from their vaults, prisons, & caves in the name of Jesus Christ. & that men would bow at my feet & worship me if I did not say to them do it not & that Kings would bow before me & Princes give me their hand & that I should Baptize them into the Kingdom of God & that I should be blessed on the EARTH When my head blossomed with age & if I desired it I should remain on the Earth untill the comeing of the Savior & that God would give me the desire of my heart & that God had had his eye upon me all my life long to prepare me for this work YEA {even when my spirit was playing around the throne of God in eternity} that I shou ld travel to the nations of the Eearth & the Islands of the sea to Proclam the word of God. When these and other blessings were Pronounced Upon my head I was filled with the Power & Spirit of God.
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    I am willing to live And Die for the cause, you may wish to know what we have been doing in this house I will tell you. We have been anointing And ordaining Kings And Priest unto God. I have been Anointed A king & Priest unto God. If any one wishes to kill me for it let them do it We have laboured hard to ordain kings & Priest unto God to reign here on the earth but not now, but I will tell you when it will be. when the LORD JESUS CHRIST comes to reign and recieve his Crown And sit upon his Throne, The Twelve Apostles will sit upon there Thrones & Judge the Twelve tribes of Israel then is the time we expect to recieve our crown And inherit this earth.
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    Go thy way and do as I have told you; and fear not thine enemies; for they shall not have power to stop my work. Zion shall be redeemed in mine own due time time, and if any man shall seek to build up himself and seeketh not my council he shall have no power, and his folley shall be made manifes[t] seek ye and keep all your pledges one with another and covet not that which is thy brothers. Keep yourselves from evi[l] to take ^not^ the name of thy God in vane; for I am the Lord your God, even the God of your Fathers, the God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob. I am he who led the children of Israel out of the Land of Egypt and my arm is streched out in the last days to save my people Israel cease to contend one with another. Cease to speak evil one of another. Cease drunkenness, and let your words tend to edeyfing one another. If thou borrowest of thy neighbor, thou shalt restore that which thou hast borrowed, and if thou canst not repay, then go straitway, and tell thy neighbor lest he condemn thee. If thou shalt find that which thy neighbor has lost, thou shalt make diligent search, till thou shalt deliver it to him again. Thou shall be diligent in preserving what thou hast, that thou mayest be a wise steward; for it is the free gift of the Lord thy God, and thou art his steward If thou art merry, praise the Lord, with singing, with music, with dancing and with a prayer of praise and thanksgiving. If thou art sorrowful call on the Lord thy God with supplication, that your souls may be joyful. Fear not thine enemies for they are in mine hands and I will do my pleasure with them. My people must be tried in all things, that they may be prepared to recieve the glory that I have for them, even the glory of Zion. And he that will not bear chastizment, is not worthy of my Kingdom; Let him that is ignorant, learn wisdom by humbling himself, and calling upon the Lord his God, that his eyes may be opened that he may see, and his ears opened that he may hear, for my spirit is sent forth into the wor[ld] to enlighten the humble and contrite, and to the condemnation of the ungodly.
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    The sun in the east arose to gladden earth & shed oe'r nature his pleaseing beams to wellc ome the return of delightful spri ng that drearry winter might be forgotten. No day more pleas ing than April thirteenth 1837 While all nature smiled without friendships purest joys were felt beneath a prophets roof whare the brides and bri desgroom found a welcome reception. While by law with the nuptial cord their hands were bound their congenial hearts in one, lay cemented bearing the seal of Eternal life. Their friendship formed from principle pure, virtue unsuled ...
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    thee and reveal unto thee thy duty yea and give unto the[e] many instructions. Thou shalt have the spirit of God to instruct thee in thy mission and lead thee into all truth thou shalt be filled with the spirit of God. Thine eyes shall be opened to look within the veil and behold the things of eternity. ^Yea the Lord of glory shall appear unto thee thou shalt put thy hands upon his feet and feel his wounds with thy hands that thou mayest be a special witness of his name^ Thou ...
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    WO IS ME IF I PREACH NOT THE GOSPEL May 31, 1836 ~ Tuesday Spent this 31st DAY of MAY at Br Fry Eagle Creek and found it to be the most interesting, important & instructive day of my LIFE. For on this Glorious DAY I was ordained unto the High Priesthood and also as one of the second seventy & sealed up unto Eternal LIFE under the hands of my Beloved Brethren VIZ Elders David W ...
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    Dec 28 which have been promised you by the Apostles shall be fulfilled upon your head & when you get through with the toils of this life you shall come forth in the Morning of the first resurrection clothed with glory immortality & Eternal Life, & you shall have the privilege of associating in the Celestial kingdom of God with these vary Apostles & Prophets whom you have been feasting Annually for the last fifteen years (Brother & Sister Blackhurst came over ...
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    The doctrin of the Resurrection of the Dead and Eternal judgment are necisary to preach among the first principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Doctrin of Election St Paul exhorts us to make our calling & election shure. This is that Sealing power spoken of by Paul in other places see Ephe 1st 13–14 v that we may be sealed up unto the day of redemption, this principle ought (in its proper place) to be taught for God hath not revealed any thing to
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    his calling & election made sure then it will be his privilege to receive the other Comforter which the Lord hath promised the Saints as is recorded in the testimony of St. [John] in the XIV ch from the 12 to the 27 vers note the 16-17-18-21:23 verses. Now what is this other Comforter it is no more or less than the Lord Jesus Christ himself & this is the sum & substance of the whole matter that when any man obtains this last Comforter he will have ...
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    Dec 24th 1861 of the capacity of man. Many Elders pray that they may may have confidence in God. But I pray that I may live so that God may have confidence in me I think it folly to pray that I may have confidence in God for He is right all the time and if we will live so that he may have confidence in us we will do well. It is our duty to make all the improvement we can while we live. All that we see here on the ...
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    Dec 24 1861 and so are his associates vary wicked men. I hop we will strive to magnify our lives which God has given us, for we shall either go on to life Everlasting, or descend to Everlasting destruction. if we were all pure in heart as we should be we would have pureower to hold our children & not bury them as we now do. Now go to & dedicate your hearts & your houses and all you have unto God. I feel to bless you in the name of ...
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    1861 who are so corrupt that they are a Hiss & bye word and a stink in the Norstrills of all people in the streets. John W. Dawson was sent By President Lincoln to Utah as there Governor He arived in Great Salt Lake City on the 7 of Dec. Delivered his miessage on the 10th to the Utah Legislature and immediately commenced a scene of debauchery and insulted women untill the widow of Thomas Williams drove ...
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    April 21st 1861 President of one of the Seventies. President Brigham Young in his instructions to the missionaries said now I want you to remember what I say to you, now take care that you do not get to sleep & let the devil take the advantage of you. You may do that in an hour that you cannot rega- in through all Eternity. Now you have great priviliges & nothing [FIGURE] but the attainment of the Throne of a God is worth the attainment of a Saints of God. your privliges are ...