Letter to the Elders of the Church, 2 October 1835

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to the women that resorted thither. And a  certain woman, named Lydia, a seller of pur ple, of the city of Thyatira, which worship ped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord  opened, that she attended unto the things  which were spoken of Paul. And when she  was , and her household, she besought  us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faith ful to the Lord, come into my house, and  abide there. And she constrained us. . . . . And at midnight Paul and Silas pray ed, and sang praises unto God: and the pris oners heard them. And suddenly there was  a great earthquake, so that the foundations of  the prison were shaken; and immediately all  the doors were opened, and every one’s bands  were loosed. And the keeper of the prison  awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the pris on doors open, he drew out his sword, and  would have killed himself, supposing that the  prisoners had been fled. But Paul cried with  a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm; for  we are all here. Then he called for a light,  and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell  down before Paul and Silas; and brought them  out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be sa ved? And they said believe on the Lord Je sus Christ, and thou shalt be saved and thy  house. And they spake unto him the word  of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.  And he took them the same hour of the night,  and washed their stripes, and was baptized,  he and all his, staightway. And when he  had brought them into his house, he set meat  before them, and rejoiced, believing in God  with all his house.”—Acts 16:13, 14, 15.—— 25, to 35.
“And it came to pass, that, while Apollos  was at Corinth, Paul, having passed through  the upper coasts, came to Ephesus; and find ing certain disciples, he said unto them, Have  ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?  And they said unto him, We have not so  much as heard whether there be any Holy  Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what  then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto  John’s baptism. Then said Paul, John veri ly baptized with the baptism of repentance,  saying unto the people, that they should be lieve on him which should come after him,  that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard  this, they were baptized in the name of the  Lord Jesus. And, when Paul had ; and they spake with tongues, and  prophesied.”—Acts 19:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
[“]And one Ananias, a devout man, according  to the law, having a good report of all the  Jews which dwelt there, Came unto me, and  stood, and said unto me, Brother Saul, re ceive thy sight. And the same hour I looked  up upon him. And he said, the God of our  fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldst  know his will, and see that Just One, and  shouldst hear the voice of his mouth. For  thou shalt be his witness unto all men, of  what thou hast seen and heard. And now  why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized,  and wash away thy sins, calling on the name  of the Lord.”—Acts 22:12, 13, 14, 15, 16.
“For, when for the time ye ought to be  teachers, ye have need that one teach you  again which be the first principles of the or acles of God; and are become such as have  need of milk, and not of strong meat. For  every one that useth milk, is unskilful in the  word of righteousness; for he is a babe. But  strong meat belongeth to them that are of full  age, even those who by reason of use, have  their senses exercised to discern both good  and evil.”—Heb. 5:12, 13, 14.
“Therefore, leaving the principles of the  doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfec tion; not laying again the foundation of re pentance from dead works, and of faith to wards God, of the doctrine of baptisms, and  of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of  the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this  will we do, if God permit. For it is impossi ble for those who were once enlightened, and  have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were  made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have  tasted the good word of God, and the powers  of the world to come, if they shall fall away,  to renew them again unto repentance; seeing  they crucify to themselves the Son of God  afresh, and put him to an open shame.”— Heb. 6:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
These quotations are so plain, in  proving the doctrine of repentance and  baptism for the remission of sins, I  deem it unnecessary to enlarge this let ter with comments upon them—but I  shall continue the subject in my next.
In the bonds of the ,
JOSEPH SMITH, jr.
, Esq. [p. 182]
to the women that resorted thither. And a certain woman, named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. And when she was , and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us. . . . . And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed. And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm; for we are all here. Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas; and brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes, and was baptized, he and all his, staightway. And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.”—Acts 16:13, 14, 15.——25, to 35.
“And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul, having passed through the upper coasts, came to Ephesus; and finding certain disciples, he said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And, when Paul had ; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.”—Acts 19:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
[“]And one Ananias, a devout man, according to the law, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt there, Came unto me, and stood, and said unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy sight. And the same hour I looked up upon him. And he said, the God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldst know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldst hear the voice of his mouth. For thou shalt be his witness unto all men, of what thou hast seen and heard. And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”—Acts 22:12, 13, 14, 15, 16.
“For, when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk, is unskilful in the word of righteousness; for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use, have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”—Heb. 5:12, 13, 14.
“Therefore, leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith towards God, of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this will we do, if God permit. For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, if they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.”—Heb. 6:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
These quotations are so plain, in proving the doctrine of repentance and baptism for the remission of sins, I deem it unnecessary to enlarge this letter with comments upon them—but I shall continue the subject in my next.
In the bonds of the ,
JOSEPH SMITH, jr.
, Esq. [p. 182]
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