Discourse, 2 July 1839, as Reported by Willard Richards

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Mercy &c.
Ever keep in exercise the prin[c]iple of mercy and be ready to forgive our brother on the first intimations of repentance & asking forgiveness & should we even forgive our brother or even our enemy before they repent or ask forgiveness our heavenly father would be equally as merciful unto us. Again let the & all saints be willing to confess all their sins & not keep back a part & let the Twelve be humble & not be exalted & beware of pride & not seek to excell one above another but act for each others good & pray for one & another & honor our brother or make honorable mention of his name. and not backbite & devour our brother. Why will not man learn wisdom by precept at this late age of the world when we have such a cloud of witnesses and examples before us and not be obliged to learn by sad experience every thing we know. Must the new ones that are chosen to fill the places of those that are fallen of the Quorum of the Twelve begin to exalt themselves until they exalt themselves so high that they will [p. 11]
Mercy &c.
Ever keep in exercise the prin[c]iple of mercy and be ready to forgive our brother on the first intimations of repentance & asking forgiveness & should we even forgive our brother or even our enemy before they repent or ask forgiveness our heavenly father would be equally as merciful unto us. Again let the & all saints be willing to confess all their sins & not keep back a part & let the Twelve be humble & not be exalted & beware of pride & not seek to excell one above another but act for each others good & pray for one & another & honor our brother or make honorable mention of his name. and not backbite & devour our brother. Why will not man learn wisdom by precept at this late age of the world when we have such a cloud of witnesses and examples before us and not be obliged to learn by sad experience every thing we know. Must the new ones that are chosen to fill the places of those that are fallen of the Quorum of the Twelve begin to exalt themselves until they exalt themselves so high that they will [p. 11]
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