Letterbook 2

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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us to be on the alert— to concentrate our energies, and that the best feelings should exist in our midst, and then by the help of the Almighty, we shall go on from victory to victory, and from conquest to conquest, our evil passions will be subdued, our prejudices depart, we shall find no room in our bosoms for hatred vice will hide its deformed head, and we shall stand approved in the sight of heaven, and be acknowledged “the Sons of God”. Let us realize that we are not to live to ourselves but to God by so doing, the greatest blessings will result rest upon us both in time and in Eternity
I presume the doctrine “of baptism for the dead” has ere this reached your ears and may have raised some inquiries in your mind, respecting the same. I cannot in this letter give you all the information you may desire on the subject, but aside from knowledge independant of the bible, I would say that it was certainly practiced by the Ancient Churches, and St Paul endeavours to prove the doctrine of the ressurrection from the same, and says, “else what shall they do who are baptized for the dead[”] &c &c[.] I first mentioned the doctrine in public, when preaching the funeral Sermon of , and have since then given general instructions to the church on the subject. The saints have privelege of being baptized for those of their relatives who are dead, who they believe would have embraced the gospel if they had been privileged with hearing it, and who have received the gospel in the spirit, through the instrumentality of those who have been commissioned to preach to them while in prison Without enlarging on the subject, you will undoubtedly see its consistency and reasonableness, and it presents the gospel of Christ in probably a more enlarged scale than some have immagined it. But as the performance of this right [rite] is more particularly confined to this place, it will not be necessary to enter into particulars, at the same time I allways feel glad to give all the information in my power, but my space will not allow me to do it
We had a letter from a few days ago, who is [in] and is expecting to leave for England <​as​> soon as reaches him. He requested to know if converted Jews are to go to or to come to Zion. I therefore wish you to inform him that converted Jews must come here.
&c &c
Joseph Smith [p. 196]
us to be on the alert— to concentrate our energies, and that the best feelings should exist in our midst, and then by the help of the Almighty, we shall go on from victory to victory, and from conquest to conquest, our evil passions will be subdued, our prejudices depart, we shall find no room in our bosoms for hatred vice will hide its deformed head, and we shall stand approved in the sight of heaven, and be acknowledged “the Sons of God”. Let us realize that we are not to live to ourselves but to God by so doing, the greatest blessings will rest upon us both in time and in Eternity
I presume the doctrine “of baptism for the dead” has ere this reached your ears and may have raised some inquiries in your mind, respecting the same. I cannot in this letter give you all the information you may desire on the subject, but aside from knowledge independant of the bible, I would say that it was certainly practiced by the Ancient Churches, and St Paul endeavours to prove the doctrine of the ressurrection from the same, and says, “else what shall they do who are baptized for the dead” &c &c. I first mentioned the doctrine in public, when preaching the funeral Sermon of , and have since then given general instructions to the church on the subject. The saints have privelege of being baptized for those of their relatives who are dead, who they believe would have embraced the gospel if they had been privileged with hearing it, and who have received the gospel in the spirit, through the instrumentality of those who have been commissioned to preach to them while in prison Without enlarging on the subject, you will undoubtedly see its consistency and reasonableness, and it presents the gospel of Christ in probably a more enlarged scale than some have immagined it. But as the performance of this right rite is more particularly confined to this place, it will not be necessary to enter into particulars, at the same time I allways feel glad to give all the information in my power, but my space will not allow me to do it
We had a letter from a few days ago, who is [in] and is expecting to leave for England as soon as reaches him. He requested to know if converted Jews are to go to or to come to Zion. I therefore wish you to inform him that converted Jews must come here.
&c &c
Joseph Smith [p. 196]
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