Discourse, 10 April 1842, as Reported by Wilford Woodruff

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April 10th Sunday
A plesant morning A large Congregation  of Saints met at the President  addressed the assembly for about 1. hour
Then Joseph the Seer arose in the power of  God reproved & rebuked wickedness before the  people in the name of the Lord God He wished  to say a few words to suit the condition of the general  mass And I shall speak with authority of the  priesthood in the name of the Lord God, which  shall prove a savior of life unto life or of death  unto death,
Notwithstanding this congregation profess to be  Saints yet I stand in the midst of all characters  and classes of men If you wish to go whare God  is you must be like God or possess the principles which  God possesses for if we are not drawing towards God  in principle we are going from him & drawing towa rds the devil, yes I am standing in the midst of  all kinds of people search your hearts & see if  you are like God, I have searched mine & feel to  repent of all my sins, We have theives among us  Adulterers, liars, hypocritts, if God should speak  from Heaven he would Command us you not to  steal, not to commit Adultery, nor to covet, nor  deceive but be faithful over a few things  As far as we degenerate from God we desend  to the devil & looses knowledge ‘& without Knowle dge we cannot be saved & while our hearts are filled  with evil & we are studying evil their is no room  in our hearts for good or studying good, is not  God good, Yea then you be good, if he is faithful  then you be faithful Add to your faith virtue to  virtue knowledge. & seek for evry good thing’  the Church must be cleansed & I proclaim  against all iniquity. A man is saved no faster  than he gets knowledge for if he does not get  knowledge he will be brought into Captivity by  some evil power in the other world as evil  spirits will have more knowlede & consequent ly more power than many men who are [p. [146]]
April 10th Sunday
A plesant morning A large Congregation of Saints met at the President addressed the assembly for about 1. hour
Then Joseph the Seer arose in the power of God reproved & rebuked wickedness before the people in the name of the Lord God He wished to say a few words to suit the condition of the general mass And I shall speak with authority of the priesthood in the name of the Lord God, which shall prove a savior of life unto life or of death unto death,
Notwithstanding this congregation profess to be Saints yet I stand in the midst of all characters and classes of men If you wish to go whare God is you must be like God or possess the principles which God possesses for if we are not drawing towards God in principle we are going from him & drawing towards the devil, yes I am standing in the midst of all kinds of people search your hearts & see if you are like God, I have searched mine & feel to repent of all my sins, We have theives among us Adulterers, liars, hypocritts, if God should speak from Heaven he would Command you not to steal, not to commit Adultery, nor to covet, nor deceive but be faithful over a few things As far as we degenerate from God we desend to the devil & looses knowledge ‘& without Knowledge we cannot be saved & while our hearts are filled with evil & we are studying evil their is no room in our hearts for good or studying good, is not God good, Yea then you be good, if he is faithful then you be faithful Add to your faith virtue to virtue knowledge. & seek for evry good thing’ the Church must be cleansed & I proclaim against all iniquity. A man is saved no faster than he gets knowledge for if he does not get knowledge he will be brought into Captivity by some evil power in the other world as evil spirits will have more knowlede & consequently more power than many men who are [p. [146]]
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