Discourse, 16 April 1843, as Reported by Willard Richards

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Joseph read s letters to the Editor of “T[imes] & Seasons” concrning the death of . <​& remarked he read it because it was so appropriate to all who had died in the faith.—​> Almost all who have fallen in these last days, in the church, have fallen in a strange land, this is a strange land. to tho[s]e who have come from a distance.
we should cultivate sympathy for the afflicted. among us.
If there is a place on earth. where men should cultivate this spirit & pour in the oil & wine <​in the bosom of the afflicted​> it is this place.
<​and this spirit is manifest here—​> and although he is a stranger <​& afflicted.​> when he arrives, he finds. a brother— & friend ready to administer to his necessities.— [p. [139]]
another remark, I would esteem it one of the greatest blessings, if I am to be afflicted in this world, to have my lot cast where I can find breth[r]en & friends all arou[n]d me, <​but​> this is not. <​thing. I referred to is <​it​> is​> to have the privilige of having our dead buri[e]d on the land where god has appointd to gather his saints together,— & where there will be nothing but saints, where they may have the privelige of laying their bodies where <​the​> Son will make his appearance. & where they may hear the. sound of the trump that shall call them forth, to behold him, that in the morn of the resurrecti[o]n, they may come forth in a body. & come right up out of their graves. & strike hands <​immediately​> in eternal glory. <​& felicity rather​> than to be [p. [140]] scattered thousands of miles apart. There is something good. & sacred to me— <​in this thing.​> the place where a man is buried has been sacred to me.— <​this subjct is made mention of—​> In Book of Mormon & Scripturs. & <​to​> the aborigines <​regard​> the burying places of the<​ir​> fathers as <​is​> more sacred that than any thing else.
When I. heard of the death of our beloved bro <​ it would not have affected me so much​> if I had the opp[o]rtunity of burying him in the land of . I beleive, those who have buried their friends here their condition is enviable. Look at Joseph in Egypt how he required his friends to bury him in the tomb of his fathers,— see the expence & great company— & <​which attended the​> embalming. <​&c <​and​> the going up of the great company. to his burial.​>
It has always been considird a g[r]eat curse not to obtain an honorable buryal. <​& one of the gratest curses the anci[e]nt prophets could put on any one was. that he man should go without a burial.​> [p. [141]]
I have said, father, I desire to be burid here, & before I go home, but if <​this is not thy will​> not may I return, or find Some kind friend to bring me back, & gather my friends, who have fallen in foreign lands, & bring them up hither, that we may may all lie together.—
I will tell you what I want. if tomorrow I shall be calld to lay in yonder tombs. in the morning of the resurrecti[o]n, let me strike hand<​s​> with my , & cry, my father, & he will say my son, my Son,— as soon as the rock rends. & before we come out of our graves.
& may we contemplate these things so? [p. [142]] yes, if we learn how to live & how to die [blank]. when we lie down we contemplat how we may rise up in the morni[n]g and <​it is​> pleasing for friends to lie down together locked in the arms of love, to sleep, & wake in each others embrace <​& renew their conversation.​>
would you think it strange that I relate what I have seen in vision in relation.— this intere[s]ting theme.
Those who have died in Jesus christ, may expect to enter in to all that fruition of Joy when they come forth. which they have possessed here, [p. [143]]
so plain was the vision I actually saw men, before they had ascend[e]d from the tomb, as though they were getti[n]g up slowly, they tooke each othe[r] by the hand & it was my father & my Son. my mother & my daughter. <​my brother & my sister​> & when the voice calls, suppose I am laid by the side of my fathe[r].— what would be the first Joy of my heart? where is my fathr. my mother. my sister. they are by my side <​I embrace them. & they me.​>
It is my meditati[o]n all the day & more than my meat & drink to know how I shall make the saints of God to comprehe[n]d the visions that roll like <​an​> overflowing surge; to <​before​> my vision <​mind​>. [p. [144]]
O how I wo[u]ld delight to bring before you things which you never thought of. but poverty. & the cares of the world prevent. but I am glad I have the privilige of communicati[n]g to you some things, which if grasped closely a will be a help to you when the clouds <​are​> gath[eri]ng. & the storms <​are​> ready—— to bu[r]st up[o]n you like peals of thunder, lay hold of these things & let not you[r] knees tremble, <​nor your hearts faint.​> what can Earthequakes do. wars. & tornados do? nothing.— all your losses will be made up to you in the resurrecti[o]n provi[d]ed you continue faithful
by the vision of the almighty I have seen it.— [p. [145]] more painful to me the thoughts of annihilation & than death. if I had no expectation of seeing my mother Broth[ers] &c Sisters & fri[e]nds again my heart would burst in a moment. & I should go down to my grave. The expectati[o]n of seeing my f[r]iends in the morni[n]g of the resurrection cheers my soul. and make be bear up aginst the evils of life. it it is like their taking a long journey. & on their return we meet them with increasd joy.
God has reveald his son from the heavens. & the doctrine of the resurrection also. & we have a knowledge that those we bury here. God bring them up again. clothed upon, & quckend [quickened] by the spirit [p. [146]] of the great god. & what mattereth it whether we lay them down, or we lay down with them. when we can live keep them no longer
then let them sink down; like a ship in the storm. the mighty anchor holds the storm so let those thuths [truths] sink down in our hearts. that we may even here begin to enjoy. that which shall be in full hereafter.
Hosanna. Hosanna. Hosanna, to Almighty god that rays of light begin to bu[r]st fo[r]th upon us even now.
I cannot find words to express myself I am not learnd. but I have as good feelings as any man. O that I had the [p. [147]] the language of the archangel to express my feelings once to my frends. but I never expect to
when othe[r]s regoice I regoice. when I they mourn I would mourn—
to Marcellus Bates. let me admi[ni]ster comfort, you shall soon have the company of your companion in a wo[r]ld of glory— & the frends of .— & all the saints who are mourning, this has been a warning voice to us all. to be sober— & diligent— & lay aside mirth & vanity. & folly.—— & be prepard to die tomorrow [p. [148]]