History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​July 3​> but repentance to this Generation” and leave the further mysteries of the Kingdom, till God shall tell you to preach them, which is not now. The horns of the beast, the toes of the image, the frogs, and the beast mentioned by John, are not going to save this generation, for if a man does not become acquainted with the first principles of the gospel, how shall he understand those greater mysteries, which the most wise cannot understand without revelation. These things therefore, have nothing to do with your Mission. We have heard of some foolish vagaries, and wild speculations, originating only in a disordered imagination, which are set forth by some, telling what occupation they had before they came into this world, and what they would be employed with after they leave this state of existence; those, and other vain imaginations, we would warn the Elders against, because if they listen to such things, they will fall into the snare of the devil, and when the trying time comes, they will be overthrown. We would also warn the Elders, according to previous Counsel not to go on to another’s ground without invitation to interfere with another’s privilege, for your mission is to the world and not to the Churches. We would also remark, that no man has a right to usurp authority or power over any Church, nor has any man power to preside over any Church, unless he is solicited and received by the voice of that Church to preside— Preach the first principles of the doctrine of Christ, faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, repentance towards God, baptism in the name of Jesus for the remission of sins, laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. When you go forth to preach, and the Spirit of God rests upon you giving you wisdom and utterance, and enlightening your understanding, be careful that you ascribe the glory to God, and not to yourselves; boast not of intelligence, of wisdom, or of power; for it is only that which God has imparted unto you, but be humble, be meek, be patient, and give glory to God. We would counsel all who have not received a recommend since the difficulties in , to obtain one of the authorities of the Church if they wish to be accounted as wise Stewards. We are glad, dear brethren, to see that spirit of enterprize and perseverance which is manifested by you in regard to preaching the gospel; [HC 3:396] and rejoice to know that neither bonds nor imprisonment, banishment nor exile, poverty or contempt, nor all the combined powers of earth and hell, hinder you from delivering your testimony to the world; and publishing those glad tidings which have been revealed from heaven by the ministering of angels, by the gift of the Holy Ghost, and by the power of God, for the salvation of the world in these last days. And we would say to you, that the hearts of the twelve, are with you, and they, with you, are determined to fulfil their mission, to clear their garments of the blood of this generation, to introduce the gospel to Foreign Nations, and to make known to the world, these great things which God has developed; they are now on the eve of their departure for England, and will start in a few days, they feel to pray for you, and to solicit an interest in your prayers, and in the prayers of the Church, that God, may sustain them [p. 960]
July 3 but repentance to this Generation” and leave the further mysteries of the Kingdom, till God shall tell you to preach them, which is not now. The horns of the beast, the toes of the image, the frogs, and the beast mentioned by John, are not going to save this generation, for if a man does not become acquainted with the first principles of the gospel, how shall he understand those greater mysteries, which the most wise cannot understand without revelation. These things therefore, have nothing to do with your Mission. We have heard of some foolish vagaries, and wild speculations, originating only in a disordered imagination, which are set forth by some, telling what occupation they had before they came into this world, and what they would be employed with after they leave this state of existence; those, and other vain imaginations, we would warn the Elders against, because if they listen to such things, they will fall into the snare of the devil, and when the trying time comes, they will be overthrown. We would also warn the Elders, according to previous Counsel not to go on to another’s ground without invitation to interfere with another’s privilege, for your mission is to the world and not to the Churches. We would also remark, that no man has a right to usurp authority or power over any Church, nor has any man power to preside over any Church, unless he is solicited and received by the voice of that Church to preside— Preach the first principles of the doctrine of Christ, faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, repentance towards God, baptism in the name of Jesus for the remission of sins, laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. When you go forth to preach, and the Spirit of God rests upon you giving you wisdom and utterance, and enlightening your understanding, be careful that you ascribe the glory to God, and not to yourselves; boast not of intelligence, of wisdom, or of power; for it is only that which God has imparted unto you, but be humble, be meek, be patient, and give glory to God. We would counsel all who have not received a recommend since the difficulties in , to obtain one of the authorities of the Church if they wish to be accounted as wise Stewards. We are glad, dear brethren, to see that spirit of enterprize and perseverance which is manifested by you in regard to preaching the gospel; [HC 3:396] and rejoice to know that neither bonds nor imprisonment, banishment nor exile, poverty or contempt, nor all the combined powers of earth and hell, hinder you from delivering your testimony to the world; and publishing those glad tidings which have been revealed from heaven by the ministering of angels, by the gift of the Holy Ghost, and by the power of God, for the salvation of the world in these last days. And we would say to you, that the hearts of the twelve, are with you, and they, with you, are determined to fulfil their mission, to clear their garments of the blood of this generation, to introduce the gospel to Foreign Nations, and to make known to the world, these great things which God has developed; they are now on the eve of their departure for England, and will start in a few days, they feel to pray for you, and to solicit an interest in your prayers, and in the prayers of the Church, that God, may sustain them [p. 960]
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