Discourse, 20 March 1842, as Reported by Wilford Woodruff

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The Speaker read the 14 ch Revelations. And sayes “we have again the warning voice sounded in our midst which shows the uncertainty of human life. And in my leasure moments I have meditated upon the subject, & asked the question Why is it that, infant innocent children are taken away from us, esspecially those that seem to be most intelligent beings” Answer “This world is a vary wicked world & it is a proverb that the world grow weaker & wiser, but if it is the case the world grows more wicke[d] & corrupt. In the early ages of the world A richeoos [righteous] man & a man of God & intell[i]gence had a better chance to do good to be received & believed than at the present day, but in this these days such a man is much opposed & persecuted by most of the inhabitants of the earth & he has much sorrow to pass through, hence the Lord takes many away even in infancy that they may escape the envy of man, the sorrows & evils of this present world & they were two pure & to[o] lov[e]ly to live on Earth, Therefore if rightly considerd we have, instead of mo[u]rning we have reason to rejoice, as they are deliverd from evil & we shall soon have them again, What chanc[e] is their for infidelity when we are parting with our friends almost daily none at all The infidel will grasp at evry straw for help untill death stares him in the face & then his infidelity [p. [134]]
The Speaker read the 14 ch Revelations. And sayes “we have again the warning voice sounded in our midst which shows the uncertainty of human life. And in my leasure moments I have meditated upon the subject, & asked the question Why is it that, infant innocent children are taken away from us, esspecially those that seem to be most intelligent beings” Answer “This world is a vary wicked world & it is a proverb that the world grow weaker & wiser, but if it is the case the world grows more wicked & corrupt. In the early ages of the world A richeoos righteous man & a man of God & intelligence had a better chance to do good to be received & believed than at the present day, but in these days such a man is much opposed & persecuted by most of the inhabitants of the earth & he has much sorrow to pass through, hence the Lord takes many away even in infancy that they may escape the envy of man, the sorrows & evils of this present world & they were two pure & too lovely to live on Earth, Therefore if rightly considerd , instead of mourning we have reason to rejoice, as they are deliverd from evil & we shall soon have them again, What chanc[e] is their for infidelity when we are parting with our friends almost daily none at all The infidel will grasp at evry straw for help untill death stares him in the face & then his infidelity [p. [134]]
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