Elders’ Journal, July 1838

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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mence among all people, unto the re storing of the house of Israel, saith the  Lord.
And thus prophesied Joseph—say ing, Behold, that seer will the Lord  bless, and they that seek to destroy  him shall be confounded. Behold I am  sure of the fulfillment of this promise,  and his name shall be called after me;  and it shall be after the name of his  father; and he shall be like unto me,  for the thing which the Lord shall bring  forth by his hand by the power of the  Father, shall bring my people unto sal vation.
Thus prophesied Joseph—I am sure  of this thing, even as I am sure of the  promise of Moses.’ 2nd Book of Ne phi, 2nd chapter.
And again, Jesus says, as recorded  in the book of Mormon, 526th page,  2nd edition, ‘Behold my servant shall  deal prudently; he shall be exalted,  and shall be esteemed, and be very  high. As many as were astonished at  thee, so shall he sprinkle many nations.  Kings shall shut their mouths at him,  for that which had been told them shall  they see; and that which they had not  heard shall they consider.’
Upon this servant is bestowed the keys of  the dispensation of the fullness of times.—  That from him, the priesthood of God,  through our Lord Jesus Christ, might be giv en to many, and the order of this dispensa tion established on the earth. And to the  church he has said by commandment—(See  book of Commandments, 46th section, 2nd  paragraph.) “Wherefore, meaning the church,  thou shalt give heed unto all his words, and  commandments, which he shall give unto you  as he receiveth them, walking in all holiness  before me: for his word ye shall receive as  from mine own mouth, in all patience and  faith, for by doing these things, the gates of  hell shall not prevail against you.
Now my readers, you can see in some de gree, the grace given to this man of God, to  us-ward. That we, by the great mercy of  God, should receive from under his hand, the  gospel of Jesus Christ; and having the prom ise of partaking of the fruit of the vine, on  the earth with him, and with the holy proph ets and patriarchs our fathers. For these ho ly men are angels now. And these are they,  who make the fullness of times complete with  us. And they who sin against this authority  given to him—(the before mentioned man of  God,)—sins not against him only, but against  Moroni, who holds the keys of the stick of  Ephraim. And also, with Elias, who holds  the keys of bringing to pass the restitution  of all things, or the restoration of all things.  And also John, the son of Zacharias which  Zacharias Elias visited, and give promise that  he should have a son, and his name should be  John, and he should be filled with the spirit  of Elias, which John I have sent unto you,  my servants Joseph Smith Jr. and , to ordain you to this first priest hood, even as Aaron. And also Elijah who  holds the keys of committing the power, to  turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,  and the hearts of the children to the fathers,  that the whole earth may not be smitten with  a curse.
And also Joseph, and Jacob, and Isaac,  and Abraham, your fathers, by whom the  promises remain. And also Michael, or Ad am, the father of all, the prince of all, the  ancient of days. And also, Peter, and James,  and John, whom I have sent unto you, by  whom I have ordained you, and confirmed  you to be apostles, and especial witnesses of  my name, and bear the keys of your ministry,  and of the same things I revealed unto them:  unto whom I have committed the keys of my  kingdom, and a dispensation of the gospel for  the last time, and for the fulness of times.—  In the which I will gather together in one all  things, both which are in heaven and which  are on earth.
Therefore, brethren, beware concerning  yourselves, that you sin not against the au thority of this dispensation, nor think lightly  of those whom God has counted worthy for  so great a calling, and for whose sake he hath  made them servants unto you, that you might  be made the heirs of God, to inherit so great  a blessing, and be prepared for the grand as sembly, and sit there with the ancient of  days, even Adam, our father, who shall come  to prepare you for the coming of Jesus Christ,  our Lord; for the time is at hand, therefore,  gather up your effects and gather together  upon the land which the Lord has appointed  for your safety.
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ELDERS’ JOURNAL.
JOSEPH SMITH jr. Editor.
, MO. JULY, 1838.
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In obedience to our promise, we give the  following answers to questions, which were  asked in the last number of the Journal.
Question 1st. Do you believe the bible?
Answer. If we do, we are the only people  under heaven that does. For there are none  of the religious sects of the day that do.
Question 2nd. Wherein do you differ from  other sects?
Answer. Because we believe the bible, and  all other sects profess to believe their inter pretations of the bible, and their creeds.
Question 3rd. Will every body be damned  but Mormons?
Answer. Yes, and a great portion of them,  unless they repent and work righteousness.
Question 4th. How, and where did you  obtain the book of Mormon?
Answer. Moroni, the person who deposited  the plates, from whence the book of Mormon [p. 42]
mence among all people, unto the restoring of the house of Israel, saith the Lord.
And thus prophesied Joseph—saying, Behold, that seer will the Lord bless, and they that seek to destroy him shall be confounded. Behold I am sure of the fulfillment of this promise, and his name shall be called after me; and it shall be after the name of his father; and he shall be like unto me, for the thing which the Lord shall bring forth by his hand by the power of the Father, shall bring my people unto salvation.
Thus prophesied Joseph—I am sure of this thing, even as I am sure of the promise of Moses.’ 2nd Book of Nephi, 2nd chapter.
And again, Jesus says, as recorded in the book of Mormon, 526th page, 2nd edition, ‘Behold my servant shall deal prudently; he shall be exalted, and shall be esteemed, and be very high. As many as were astonished at thee, so shall he sprinkle many nations. Kings shall shut their mouths at him, for that which had been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.’
Upon this servant is bestowed the keys of the dispensation of the fullness of times.— That from him, the priesthood of God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, might be given to many, and the order of this dispensation established on the earth. And to the church he has said by commandment—(See book of Commandments, 46th section, 2nd paragraph.) “Wherefore, meaning the church, thou shalt give heed unto all his words, and commandments, which he shall give unto you as he receiveth them, walking in all holiness before me: for his word ye shall receive as from mine own mouth, in all patience and faith, for by doing these things, the gates of hell shall not prevail against you.
Now my readers, you can see in some degree, the grace given to this man of God, to us-ward. That we, by the great mercy of God, should receive from under his hand, the gospel of Jesus Christ; and having the promise of partaking of the fruit of the vine, on the earth with him, and with the holy prophets and patriarchs our fathers. For these holy men are angels now. And these are they, who make the fullness of times complete with us. And they who sin against this authority given to him—(the before mentioned man of God,)—sins not against him only, but against Moroni, who holds the keys of the stick of Ephraim. And also, with Elias, who holds the keys of bringing to pass the restitution of all things, or the restoration of all things. And also John, the son of Zacharias which Zacharias Elias visited, and give promise that he should have a son, and his name should be John, and he should be filled with the spirit of Elias, which John I have sent unto you, my servants Joseph Smith Jr. and , to ordain you to this first priesthood, even as Aaron. And also Elijah who holds the keys of committing the power, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to the fathers, that the whole earth may not be smitten with a curse.
And also Joseph, and Jacob, and Isaac, and Abraham, your fathers, by whom the promises remain. And also Michael, or Adam, the father of all, the prince of all, the ancient of days. And also, Peter, and James, and John, whom I have sent unto you, by whom I have ordained you, and confirmed you to be apostles, and especial witnesses of my name, and bear the keys of your ministry, and of the same things I revealed unto them: unto whom I have committed the keys of my kingdom, and a dispensation of the gospel for the last time, and for the fulness of times.— In the which I will gather together in one all things, both which are in heaven and which are on earth.
Therefore, brethren, beware concerning yourselves, that you sin not against the authority of this dispensation, nor think lightly of those whom God has counted worthy for so great a calling, and for whose sake he hath made them servants unto you, that you might be made the heirs of God, to inherit so great a blessing, and be prepared for the grand assembly, and sit there with the ancient of days, even Adam, our father, who shall come to prepare you for the coming of Jesus Christ, our Lord; for the time is at hand, therefore, gather up your effects and gather together upon the land which the Lord has appointed for your safety.
.
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ELDERS’ JOURNAL.
JOSEPH SMITH jr. Editor.
, MO. JULY, 1838.
——————————
In obedience to our promise, we give the following answers to questions, which were asked in the last number of the Journal.
Question 1st. Do you believe the bible?
Answer. If we do, we are the only people under heaven that does. For there are none of the religious sects of the day that do.
Question 2nd. Wherein do you differ from other sects?
Answer. Because we believe the bible, and all other sects profess to believe their interpretations of the bible, and their creeds.
Question 3rd. Will every body be damned but Mormons?
Answer. Yes, and a great portion of them, unless they repent and work righteousness.
Question 4th. How, and where did you obtain the book of Mormon?
Answer. Moroni, the person who deposited the plates, from whence the book of Mormon [p. 42]
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