Discourse, 9 October 1843, as Reported by Willard Richards

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Joseph preacheed funeral sermon of Gen .— All men know that all men must die.— What is the object of our coming into existence. then dying and falling away to be here no more? This is a subject we ought to study more than any other, which we ought to study day and night.— If we have any claim on our heavenly father for any thing it is for knowledge on this important subject— could we read and comprehend all that has been writtn from the days of Adam on the relation of man to God & angels. and the spirits of Just men in a future state. we should know very little about it. could you gaze in heaven 5 minute. you would know more— than you possibly would can know by read[ing] all that ever was writtn on the subject. We are one only capable of comprehedig [comprehending] that certain things exist. which we may acquire by certain fixed principles— If men would acquire salvation they have got to be subj[e]ct to certain rules. & principle which were fixed by an unalterable dercee [decree] before the world was. before they leave this wo[r]ld. what did they learn by coming to the spirits of just men made perfect? is it written. No!
The spir[i]ts of just men are made ministering servants to those who are sealed unto life eternal. & it is through them that the sealing power comes down— The spirit of now is <​now of​> the spirits of the just men made [perfect?]— and if revealed now. must be revealed in fire. And the glory could not be endured— Jesus. shewed himself to his disciples [p. [121]]
Joseph preacheed funeral sermon of Gen .— All men know that all men must die.— What is the object of our coming into existence. then dying and falling away to be here no more? This is a subject we ought to study more than any other, which we ought to study day and night.— If we have any claim on our heavenly father for any thing it is for knowledge on this important subject— could we read and comprehend all that has been writtn from the days of Adam on the relation of man to God & angels. in a future state. we should know very little about it. could you gaze in heaven 5 minute. you would know more— than you would by reading all that ever was writtn on the subject. We are one only capable of comprehedig [comprehending] that certain things exist. which we may acquire by certain fixed principles— If men would acquire salvation they have got to be subject to certain rules. & principle which were fixed by an unalterable dercee [decree] before the world was. before they leave this world. what did they learn by coming to the spirits of just men made perfect? is it written. No!
The spirits of just men are made ministering servants to those who are sealed unto life eternal. & it is through them that the sealing power comes down— now is now of the spirits of the just men made [perfect]— and if revealed now. must be revealed in fire. And the glory could not be endured— Jesus. shewed himself to his disciples [p. [121]]
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