Journal, December 1841–December 1842

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly:[”] And as are the records on the earth in relation to your dead, which are truly made out; so also are the records in heaven. This, therefore, is the sealing and binding power; and in one sense of the word the keys of the kingdom, which consists in the key of knowledge.
And now my dearly and beloved brethren and sisters, let me assure me that these are principles in relation to the dead and the living; that cannot be lightly passed over, as pertaining to our salvation; for their salvation is necessary and essential to our salvation; as Paul says concerning the fathers, “That they without us, cannot be made perfect”; neither can we without our dead, be made perfect. And now, in relation to the baptism for the dead; I will give you another quotation of Paul, 1 Cor. 15 chap. verse 29 “Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead?” And again in connexion with this quotation I will give you a quotation from one of the prophets, which had his eye fix’d on the restoration of the Priesthood— the glories to be reveal’d in the last days, and in an especial manner, this most glorious of all subjects belonging to the everlasting Gospel, viz. the baptism for the dead; for Malachi says, last chap.— verses 5 & 6. “Behold I will send you Elijah the prophet, before the coming of the great and terrible dreadful day of the Lord; And he shall turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse”. I might have rendered a plainer translation to this, but it is sufficiently plain to suit my purpose, as it stands, It is sufficient to know in this case, that the earth will be smitten with a curse, unless there is a welding link of some kind or other, between the fathers and the children, upon some subject or other. And behold! what is that subject? It is the baptism for the dead. For we without them, cannot be made perfect; neither can they, without us, be made perfect. Neither can they or us, be made perfect without those who have died in the gospel also; for it is necessary in the ushering in of the dispensation of the fulness of times; which dispensation is now beginning to usher in, that a whole, and complete and perfect union, and welding together of dispensations and keys, and powers and glories should take place, and be reveal’d, from the days of Adam even to the present time; and not only this, but those things that never have been reveal’d from the foundation of the world; but have been kept hid from the wise and prudent; shall be revealed unto babes and sucklings, in this, the dispensation of the fulness of times.
Now what do we hear in the Gospel which we have received? A voice of gladness— a voice of mercy from heaven— a voice of truth out of the earth— glad tidings for the dead; a voice of gladness for the living and and the dead; glad tidings of great joy! How beautiful upon the mountains, are the feet of those that bring glad tidings of good things; and that say unto Zion, behold! thy God reigneth. As the dews of Carmel so shall the knowledge of God descend upon them. And again, [p. 199]
As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly:” And as are the records on the earth in relation to your dead, which are truly made out; so also are the records in heaven. This, therefore, is the sealing and binding power; and in one sense of the word the keys of the kingdom, which consists in the key of knowledge.
And now my dearly and beloved brethren and sisters, let me assure me that these are principles in relation to the dead and the living; that cannot be lightly passed over, as pertaining to our salvation; for their salvation is necessary and essential to our salvation; as Paul says concerning the fathers, “That they without us, cannot be made perfect”; neither can we without our dead, be made perfect. And now, in relation to the baptism for the dead; I will give you another quotation of Paul, 1 Cor. 15 chap. verse 29 “Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead?” And again in connexion with this quotation I will give you a quotation from one of the prophets, which had his eye fix’d on the restoration of the Priesthood— the glories to be reveal’d in the last days, and in an especial manner, this most glorious of all subjects belonging to the everlasting Gospel, viz. the baptism for the dead; for Malachi says, last chap.— verses 5 & 6. “Behold I will send you Elijah the prophet, before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord; And he shall turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse”. I might have rendered a plainer translation to this, but it is sufficiently plain to suit my purpose, as it stands, It is sufficient to know in this case, that the earth will be smitten with a curse, unless there is a welding link of some kind or other, between the fathers and the children, upon some subject or other. And behold! what is that subject? It is the baptism for the dead. For we without them, cannot be made perfect; neither can they, without us, be made perfect. Neither can they or us, be made perfect without those who have died in the gospel also; for it is necessary in the ushering in of the dispensation of the fulness of times; which dispensation is now beginning to usher in, that a whole, and complete and perfect union, and welding together of dispensations and keys, and powers and glories should take place, and be reveal’d, from the days of Adam even to the present time; and not only this, but those things that never have been reveal’d from the foundation of the world; but have been kept hid from the wise and prudent; shall be revealed unto babes and sucklings, in this, the dispensation of the fulness of times.
Now what do we hear in the Gospel which we have received? A voice of gladness— a voice of mercy from heaven— a voice of truth out of the earth— glad tidings for the dead; a voice of gladness for the living and and the dead; glad tidings of great joy! How beautiful upon the mountains, are the feet of those that bring glad tidings of good things; and that say unto Zion, behold! thy God reigneth. As the dews of Carmel so shall the knowledge of God descend upon them. And again, [p. 199]
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