Discourse, 10 March 1844, as Reported by Wilford Woodruff

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A large assembly of the Saints met at the & was addressed by President Joseph Smith upon one of the most important & interesting subjects ever presented to the Saints & the principes presented were of the greatest importance to be understood it was as follows the work & calling & spirit of Elias, Elijah, and Mesiah The following is a synopsis of the discourse
Their is n[o?] difference between the spirit & office of Elias and Eligah it is the spirit of Elias I wish first to speak of. And in order to come at the subject I will bring some of the testimony from the scripture & give my own, in the first place suffice it to say I went into the woods to inquire of the Lord by prayer his will concerning me— & I saw an angel and he laid his hands upon my head & ordained me to be a priest after the order of Aaron & to hold the keys of this priesthood which office was to preach repentance & Baptism for the remission of sins & also to baptise but was informed that this office did not extend to the laying on of hands for the giving of the Holy Ghost that that office was a greater work & was to be given afterwards but that my ordination was a preparatory work or a going before which was the spirit of Elias for the spirit of Elias was a going before to prepare the way for the greater, which was the case with John the Baptist. He came balling through the wilderness prepare ye the [p. [205]]
A large assembly of the Saints met at the & was addressed by President Joseph Smith upon one of the most important & interesting subjects ever presented to the Saints & the principes presented were of the greatest importance to be understood it was as follows the work & calling & spirit of Elias, Elijah, and Mesiah The following is a synopsis of the discourse
Their is no difference between the spirit & office of Elias and Eligah it is the spirit of Elias I wish first to speak of. And in order to come at the subject I will bring some of the testimony from the scripture & give my own, in the first place suffice it to say I went into the woods to inquire of the Lord by prayer his will concerning me— & I saw an angel and he laid his hands upon my head & ordained me to be a priest after the order of Aaron & to hold the keys of this priesthood which office was to preach repentance & Baptism for the remission of sins & also to baptise but was informed that this office did not extend to the laying on of hands for the giving of the Holy Ghost that that office was a greater work & was to be given afterwards but that my ordination was a preparatory work or a going before which was the spirit of Elias for the spirit of Elias was a going before to prepare the way for the greater, which was the case with John the Baptist. He came balling through the wilderness prepare ye the [p. [205]]
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