Discourse, 21 January 1844, as Reported by Wilford Woodruff

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Jan 21st Sunday
A large assembly of Saints met at the and herd an intersting discours deliverd By President Joseph Smith. The following is a synopsis of his discourse upon the occasion
When I consider the surrounding circumstances in which I am placed this day, standing in the open air with week lungs & somwhat out of health, I feel that I must have prayers & faith of my brethren that God may strengthen me & pour out his special blessings upon me if you get much from me this day.
Their are many people assembled here to day & throughout this & from various parts of the world who say that they have received to a certainty a portion of knowledge from God by revelation in the way that he has ordained & pointed out I shall take the broad ground then that if we have or can receive a portion of knowledge from God by immediate revelation by the same source we can receive all knowledge.
What shall I talk about today I know what wants me to speak about, he wants me to speak about the Comeing of Elijah in the last days I can see it in his eye, I will speak upon that subject then, The Bible says “I will send you Elijah before the great & dredful day of the Lord Come that he shall turn the hearts of the fathers to the Children & the hearts of the children to their fathers lest I come & smite the whole earth with a Curse,” Now the word turn here should be translated -[bind or seal]- But what is the object of this important mission or how is it to be fulfilled, The keys are to be deliverd the spirit of Elijah is to come, The gospel to be esstablished [p. [181]]
Jan 21st Sunday
A large assembly of Saints met at the and herd an intersting discours deliverd By President Joseph Smith. The following is a synopsis of his discourse upon the occasion
When I consider the surrounding circumstances in which I am placed this day, standing in the open air with week lungs & somwhat out of health, I feel that I must have prayers & faith of my brethren that God may strengthen me & pour out his special blessings upon me if you get much from me this day.
Their are many people assembled here to day & throughout this & from various parts of the world who say that they have received to a certainty a portion of knowledge from God by revelation in the way that he has ordained & pointed out I shall take the broad ground then that if we have or can receive a portion of knowledge from God by immediate revelation by the same source we can receive all knowledge.
What shall I talk about today I know what wants me to speak about, he wants me to speak about the Comeing of Elijah in the last days I can see it in his eye, I will speak upon that subject then, The Bible says “I will send you Elijah before the great & dredful day of the Lord Come that he shall turn the hearts of the fathers to the Children & the hearts of the children to their fathers lest I come & smite the whole earth with a Curse,” Now the word turn here should be translated -[bind or seal]- But what is the object of this important mission or how is it to be fulfilled, The keys are to be deliverd the spirit of Elijah is to come, The gospel to be esstablished [p. [181]]
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