Discourse, 20 March 1842, as Reported by Wilford Woodruff

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takes its flight for the realities of the eternal world are resting upon him in mighty power & when evry earthly support & prop fails him, he then sensibly feels the eternal truths of the immortality of the soul. *Also the doctrin of Baptizing Children or sprinkling them or they must welter in Hell is a doctrin not true not supported in Holy writ & is not consistant with the character of god The moment that children leave this world they are taken to the bosom of Abraham The ownly difference between the old & young dying is one lives longer in heaven & Eternal light & glory than the other & was freed a little sooner from this miserable wicked world Notwithstanding all this glory we for a moment loose sight of it & mourn the loss but we do not mourn as those without hope.* (We should take warning & not wait for the deathbed to repent) As we se[e] the infant taken away by death, so may the youth & middle as well as the infant suddenly be called into <a great> eternity, Let this then proove as a warning to all not to procrastinate repentance or wait till a death bed for it is the will of God that man should repent & serve him in health & in the strength & power of his mind in order to secure his blessings & not wait untill he is called to die.
“My intention (says the speaker) was to have treated upon the subject of Baptism, But having a case of death before, us I thought it proper to refer to that subject, I will now however say a few words upon that subject <Baptism> as intended God has made certain decreas which are fixed & unalterable for instance God set the sun, the moon, the stars in the heavens, & givn them their laws conditions, & bounds which they cannot pass except by his command, they all move in perfect harmony in there sphere & order & are as wonders, lights & signs unto us, The sea also has its bounds which it cannot pass God has set many signs in the earth as well as in heaven for instance the oaks of the forest, the fruit of the tree, the herd of the field all bear a sign that seed hath been planted there, [p. [135]]
takes its flight for the realities of the eternal world are resting upon him in mighty power & when evry earthly support & prop fails him, he then sensibly feels the eternal truths of the immortality of the soul. *Also the doctrin of Baptizing Children or sprinkling them or they must welter in Hell is a doctrin not true not supported in Holy writ & is not consistant with the character of god The moment that children leave this world they are taken to the bosom of Abraham The ownly difference between the old & young dying is one lives longer in heaven & Eternal light & glory than the other & was freed a little sooner from this miserable wicked world Notwithstanding all this glory we for a moment loose sight of it & mourn the loss but we do not mourn as those without hope.* (We should take warning & not wait for the deathbed to repent) As we see the infant taken away by death, so may the youth & middle as well as the infant suddenly be called into a great eternity, Let this then proove as a warning to all not to procrastinate repentance or wait till a death bed for it is the will of God that man should repent & serve him in health & in the strength & power of his mind in order to secure his blessings & not wait untill he is called to die.
“My intention (says the speaker) was to have treated upon the subject of Baptism, But having a case of death before, us I thought it proper to refer to that subject, I will now however say a few words upon Baptism as intended God has made certain decreas which are fixed & unalterable for instance God set the sun, the moon, the stars in the heavens, & givn them their laws conditions, & bounds which they cannot pass except by his command, they all move in perfect harmony in there sphere & order & are as wonders, lights & signs unto us, The sea also has its bounds which it cannot pass God has set many signs in the earth as well as in heaven for instance the oaks of the forest, the fruit of the tree, the herd of the field all bear a sign that seed hath been planted there, [p. [135]]
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