Discourse, 2 July 1839, as Reported by Unknown Scribe

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At ’s house in , Iowa, July 2, 1839.
Then Joseph arose and presented some precious things of the kingdom unto us in the power of the Holy Ghost; yea, precious principles that ought to be engraven upon our hearts and practised in our lives, some of which are as follows—
Ever keep in exercise the principles of mercy, and be ready to forgive our brother on the first intimations of repentance and asking forgiveness, and should we even forgive our brother or our enemy before they ask it, our Heavenly Father would be equally as merciful unto us. Also we ought to be willing to repent of and confess all of our own sins and keep nothing back. And let the be humble and not be exalted, and beware of pride, and not seek to excel one above another, but act for each other’s good, and honorably make mention of each other’s name in our prayers before the Lord and before men our fellow men, and not back bite and devour our brother. Why will not men learn wisdom by precept and example at this late age of the world, and not be obliged to learn everything we know by sad experience? Must the new ones that are chosen to fill the places of those that are fallen of the of the Twelve begin to exalt themselves until they get so high that they will tumble over and have a great fall, and go wallowing through the mud, mire, and darkness, Judas like, to the buffettings of Satan, as several of the Twelve have done, or will they learn wisdom and be wise? (O God! give them wisdom, and keep them humble, I pray.) [p. [1]]
At ’s house in , Iowa, July 2, 1839.
Then Joseph arose and presented some precious things of the kingdom unto us in the power of the Holy Ghost; yea, precious principles that ought to be engraven upon our hearts and practised in our lives, some of which are as follows—
Ever keep in exercise the principles of mercy, and be ready to forgive our brother on the first intimations of repentance and asking forgiveness, and should we even forgive our brother or our enemy before they ask it, our Heavenly Father would be equally as merciful unto us. Also we ought to be willing to repent of and confess all of our own sins and keep nothing back. And let the be humble and not be exalted, and beware of pride, and not seek to excel one above another, but act for each other’s good, and honorably make mention of each other’s name in our prayers before the Lord and before our fellow men, and not back bite and devour our brother. Why will not men learn wisdom by precept and example at this late age of the world, and not be obliged to learn everything we know by sad experience? Must the new ones that are chosen to fill the places of those that are fallen of the of the Twelve begin to exalt themselves until they get so high that they will tumble over and have a great fall, and go wallowing through the mud, mire, and darkness, Judas like, to the buffettings of Satan, as several of the Twelve have done, or will they learn wisdom and be wise? (O God! give them wisdom, and keep them humble, I pray.) [p. [1]]
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