Discourse, 2 July 1839, as Reported by Wilford Woodruff–A

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The following important items & plain & preciious principles were delivered unto the from Joseph in Ioway Territory July 1st [2nd] 1839
Ever keep in exercise the principle of mercy & be ready to forgive our brother on the first intimations of repentance & asking forgiveness, & should we even forgive our brother or Even our Enemy before they repent or ask forgiveness our heavenly father would be equally as merciful unto us. Again let the Twelve & all be willing to confess all there their Sins & not keep back a part & let the twelve be humble & not be exalted & beware of pride & not seek to excell one above another but act for each others good & pray for one & another & honour over our brother or make [p. [21]] honourable mention of his name & not backbite & devour our brother. why will not man learn wisdom by precept at this late agee of the world where we have such a cloud of witnesses & Examples before us & not be oblieged to learn by sad experianc [experience] every thing we know. must the new ones that are chosen to fill the places of those that are fallen of the begin to exalt themselves untill they exhalt themselves so high that they will soon tumble over & have a great fall & go wallowing through the mud & mire & darkness Judas like to the buffatings of as several of the quorum of the Twelve have done or will they learn wisdom & be wise. (O God give them wisdom & keep them humble I pray [p. [22]]
When the or any other witnesses stand before the Congragations of the Earth & they preach in the power & demonstratio[n] of the spirit of God & the people are asstonised [astonished] & confounded at the doctrin & say that that man has preached a powerful discours a great sermon then let that man or those men take care that they do not asscribe the glory unto themselves but be careful that they are humble & asscribe the praise & glory to God & the Lamb for it is by the power of the Holy & Holy Ghost they have power thus to speak: what art thou O man but dust & from wholm dost thou receive thy power & blessing but from God Then O ye Twelve notice this [drawing of a key] key & be wise for Christ-sake & your own sols sake [p. [23]]
Ye are not sent out to be taught but to teach. let every word be seasoned with grace be vigilent be sober. it is a day of warning <​[[exhorting]]​> & not of many words. act honest before God & man beware of Sophestry such as bowing & scraping unto men in whom you have no confiden[c]e be honset open & frank, in all your intercourse with mankind.
O ye & all profit by this important [drawing of a key] that in all your trials troubles, temptations; afflictions, bonds, imprisionments, & death see to it that you do not betray heaven, that you do not betray Jesus Christ, that you do not betray your Brethren, that you do not betray the Revelations of God, whether in the Bible Book of Mormon or Doctrins & Covenants or [p. [24]] any other that ever was or ever will be given & revealed unto man in this world or that which is to come, yea in all your kick[i]ng & floundering see to it that you do not this thing lest innocent Blood be found in your skirts & you go down to hell. all other sins are not to be compared to sining against the Holy Ghost & proving a traitor to thy brethren (A final [drawing of a key] delivered from Joseph in the following language.) I will give you one of the keys of the mysteries of the kingdom. It is an Eternal principle that has existed with God from all Eternity that that man who rises up to condemn others & finding fault with the saying that they are out of the way while he himself is righteous, then know assuredly that that man is in the high road [p. [25]] to apostacy & if he does not repent will apostatize as God live, the principle is as correct as the one that Jesus put forth in saying that that person he who seeketh after a sign is an adulterous person & that principle is <​Eternal​> undeviating & firm as the pillars of heaven for whenever you see a man seeking after a Sign you may set it down that he is an adulterous man. [p. [26]]

Footnotes

  1. 1

    See 1 Kings 8:50; Revelation, 11 Sept. 1831 [D&C 64:9]; and Revelation, 6 Aug. 1833 [D&C 98:39–45].  

  2. 2

    Instead of “before they repent or ask forgiveness,” Woodruff’s journal version has “before they ask it.” (Woodruff, Journal, 2 July 1839.)  

    Woodruff, Wilford. Journals, 1833–1898. Wilford Woodruff, Journals and Papers, 1828–1898. CHL. MS 1352.

  3. 3

    Instead of “again let all the twelve & all saints,” Woodruff’s journal version has “& also we ought to.” (Woodruff, Journal, 2 July 1839.)  

    Woodruff, Wilford. Journals, 1833–1898. Wilford Woodruff, Journals and Papers, 1828–1898. CHL. MS 1352.

  4. 4

    Instead of “be willing to confess all their Sins & not keep back a part,” Woodruff’s journal version has “be willing to repent of & confess all of our own sins & keep nothing back.” (Woodruff, Journal, 2 July 1839.)  

    Woodruff, Wilford. Journals, 1833–1898. Wilford Woodruff, Journals and Papers, 1828–1898. CHL. MS 1352.

  5. 5

    See Revelation, 23 July 1837 [D&C 112:10, 15].  

  6. 6

    See Revelation, Apr. 1830–A [D&C 23:1]; Revelation, July 1830–C [D&C 25:14]; and Revelation, 2 Jan. 1831 [D&C 38:39].  

  7. 7

    Instead of “pray for one & another & honour our brother or make honourable mention of his name,” Woodruff’s journal version has “honerably make mention of each other’s name in our prayrs before the Lord & before our fellow men.” (Woodruff, Journal, 2 July 1839; see also Romans 1:9; Ephesians 1:16; and 1 Thessalonians 1:2.)  

    Woodruff, Wilford. Journals, 1833–1898. Wilford Woodruff, Journals and Papers, 1828–1898. CHL. MS 1352.

  8. 8

    See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 114 [2 Nephi 28:30].  

  9. 9

    Hebrews 12:1.  

  10. 10

    Instead of “at this late agee of the world where we have such a cloud of witnesses & examples before us,” Woodruff’s journal version has “& example at this late age of the world.” (Woodruff, Journal, 2 July 1839.)  

    Woodruff, Wilford. Journals, 1833–1898. Wilford Woodruff, Journals and Papers, 1828–1898. CHL. MS 1352.

  11. 11

    A revelation JS dictated on 8 July 1838 appointed John E. Page, John Taylor, Wilford Woodruff, and Willard Richards to replace former quorum members William E. McLellin, Luke Johnson, John F. Boynton, and Lyman Johnson.a In a 16 January 1839 letter from the jail in Clay County, Missouri, JS named George A. Smith as a replacement for Thomas B. Marsh, who withdrew from the church in October 1838. George A. Smith was ordained an apostle in April 1839.b On 4 May 1839, William Smith and Orson Hyde were suspended from the Quorum of the Twelve; Smith was restored to the quorum on 25 May, and Hyde was restored on 27 June 1839.c  

    Woodruff, Wilford. Journals, 1833–1898. Wilford Woodruff, Journals and Papers, 1828–1898. CHL. MS 1352.

    (aRevelation, 8 July 1838–A [D&C 118:6].bLetter to Heber C. Kimball and Brigham Young, 16 Jan. 1839; Woodruff, Journal, 26 Apr. 1839.cSee Minutes, 4–5 May 1839; and Woodruff, Journal, 25 May and 27 June 1839.)
  12. 12

    See Psalms 66:7; 140:8.  

  13. 13

    Instead of “exhalt themselves,” Woodruff’s journal version has “get.” (Woodruff, Journal, 2 July 1839.)  

    Woodruff, Wilford. Journals, 1833–1898. Wilford Woodruff, Journals and Papers, 1828–1898. CHL. MS 1352.

  14. 14

    See Luke 22:47–48; and Mark 14:43–44.  

  15. 15

    See Revelation, 1 Mar. 1832 [D&C 78:12]; Revelation, 26 Apr. 1832 [D&C 82:21]; and Revelation, 23 Apr. 1834 [D&C 104:9].  

  16. 16

    Instead of “spirit of God,” Woodruff’s journal version has “Holy Ghost.” (Woodruff, Journal, 2 July 1839.)  

    Woodruff, Wilford. Journals, 1833–1898. Wilford Woodruff, Journals and Papers, 1828–1898. CHL. MS 1352.

  17. 17

    See Matthew 7:28.  

  18. 18

    See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 121 [2 Nephi 33:1]; and Revelation, 1 Nov. 1831–A [D&C 68:4].  

  19. 19

    See Genesis 2:7; and Romans 9:20–21.  

  20. 20

    See Revelation, Feb. 1831–A [D&C 43:15].  

  21. 21

    TEXT: Transliteration from Pitman shorthand: “k-s-o-r-t,” with the beginning “e” and the ending “ing” implied to render “exhorting.”  

  22. 22

    See Revelation, 30 Aug. 1831 [D&C 63:58].  

  23. 23

    Instead of “any other that ever was or ever will be given & revealed unto man in this world or that which is to come,” Woodruff’s journal version has “any of the word of God.” (Woodruff, Journal, 2 July 1839.)  

    Woodruff, Wilford. Journals, 1833–1898. Wilford Woodruff, Journals and Papers, 1828–1898. CHL. MS 1352.

  24. 24

    See Jeremiah 2:34.  

  25. 25

    Instead of “all other sins are not to be compared to sining against the Holy Ghost & proving a traitor to thy brethren,” Woodruff’s journal version has “we may ever know by this sign that there is danger of our being led to a fall & aposticy, when we give way to the devil so as to neglect the first known duty but whatever you do do not betray your Friend.” (Woodruff, Journal, 2 July 1839, underlining in original.)  

    Woodruff, Wilford. Journals, 1833–1898. Wilford Woodruff, Journals and Papers, 1828–1898. CHL. MS 1352.

  26. 26

    See Matthew 12:39; 16:4.  

  27. 27

    TEXT: Curlicued line, possibly written over illegible characters.