History, 1838–1856, volume D-1 [1 August 1842–1 July 1843]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​June 11​> President Joseph Smith remarked, I am a rough stone, the sound of the hammer and chizel was never heard on me, until the Lord took me in hand. I desire the learning and wisdom of heaven alone. I have not the least idea if Christ should come to the earth, and preach such rough things as he preached to the Jews.. but that this generation would reject him for being so rough.
He then took for his text 37th. verse of 23 chapter of Mathew, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the Prophets and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a Hen gathereth her chickens under her wings and ye would not.”
This subject was presented to me since I came to the stand, he then asked what was the object of gathering the Jews, or the people of God in any age of the World? I can never find much to say in expounding a Text. A man never has half as much fuss to unlock a door if he has a key, as though he had not, and had to cut it open with his Jack knife.
The main object was to build unto the Lord a house whereby he could reveal unto his people the ordinances of his house and the glories of his kingdom, and teach the people the way of Salvation, for there are certain ordinances and principles that when they are taught and practised must be done in a place or house built for that purpose.
It was the design of the Councils of heaven before the world was, that the principles and Laws of the Priesthood were predicated upon the gathering of the people in every age of the world. Jesus did everything possible to gather the people and they would not be gathered and he therefore poured out curses upon them. Ordinances instituted in the heavens before the foundation of the World in the Priesthood for the Salvation of men, are not to be altered or changed, all must be saved on the same principles. [HC 5:423]
It is for the same purpose that God gathers together his people in the last days to build unto the Lord a house to prepare them for the ordinances and endowments washings and anointings &c. One of the ordinances of the house of the Lord is baptism for the dead. God decreed before the foundation of the world that that ordinance should be administered in a font prepared for that purpose in the house of the Lord. “That is only your opinion Sir” say the Sectarians. When a man will go to Hell <​with his eyes open​> it is <​more than​> my meat and drink to help him to do as he wants to.
If a man gets a fulness of the Priesthood of God he has to get it in the same way that Jesus Christ obtained it, and that was by keeping all the commandments and obeying all the ordinances of the house of the Lord.
Where there is no change of Priesthood there is no change of ordinances <​says Paul​> if God has not changed the ordinances and Priesthood. Howl ye Sectarians. If he has, when and where has he revealed it, have ye turned revelators? then why deny revelation.
Many men will say I will never forsake you, but will stand by you at all times but the moment you teach them some of the mysteries of the kingdom of God that are retained in the heavens, and are to be revealed to the children of men, when [p. 1572]
June 11 President Joseph Smith remarked, I am a rough stone, the sound of the hammer and chizel was never heard on me, until the Lord took me in hand. I desire the learning and wisdom of heaven alone. I have not the least idea if Christ should come to the earth, and preach such rough things as he preached to the Jews.. but that this generation would reject him for being so rough.
He then took for his text 37th. verse of 23 chapter of Mathew, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the Prophets and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a Hen gathereth her chickens under her wings and ye would not.”
This subject was presented to me since I came to the stand, what was the object of gathering the Jews, or the people of God in any age of the World? I can never find much to say in expounding a Text. A man never has half as much fuss to unlock a door if he has a key, as though he had not, and had to cut it open with his Jack knife.
The main object was to build unto the Lord a house whereby he could reveal unto his people the ordinances of his house and the glories of his kingdom, and teach the people the way of Salvation, for there are certain ordinances and principles that when they are taught and practised must be done in a place or house built for that purpose.
It was the design of the Councils of heaven before the world was, that the principles and Laws of the Priesthood were predicated upon the gathering of the people in every age of the world. Jesus did everything possible to gather the people and they would not be gathered and he therefore poured out curses upon them. Ordinances instituted in the heavens before the foundation of the World in the Priesthood for the Salvation of men, are not to be altered or changed, all must be saved on the same principles. [HC 5:423]
It is for the same purpose that God gathers together his people in the last days to build unto the Lord a house to prepare them for the ordinances and endowments washings and anointings &c. One of the ordinances of the house of the Lord is baptism for the dead. God decreed before the foundation of the world that that ordinance should be administered in a font prepared for that purpose in the house of the Lord. “That is only your opinion Sir” say the Sectarians. When a man will go to Hell with his eyes open it is more than my meat and drink to help him to do as he wants to.
If a man gets a fulness of the Priesthood of God he has to get it in the same way that Jesus Christ obtained it, and that was by keeping all the commandments and obeying all the ordinances of the house of the Lord.
Where there is no change of Priesthood there is no change of ordinances says Paul if God has not changed the ordinances and Priesthood. Howl ye Sectarians. If he has, when and where has he revealed it, have ye turned revelators? then why deny revelation.
Many men will say I will never forsake you, but will stand by you at all times but the moment you teach them some of the mysteries of the kingdom of God that are retained in the heavens, and are to be revealed to the children of men, when [p. 1572]
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