Discourse, 21 February 1843, as Reported by Willard Richards

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Joseph says well the pagan prophet has preached us a pretty good sermon thiss morni[n]g— to break off the yoke of oppressesion <​I dont know as I can better it much—​> and say what he is a mind to. [p. [202]]
for that the pagans and the pagan prophetts to feel more our prosperity is curious. I am almost converted to his doctrine, “he has prophecied if these buildings go down it will curse the place.” I verily know it is true. Let us build the templ. there may be some speculatins about Nauvoo house. say some— some say because we live on the hill we must build up this part on the hill. does that coat fit you ? pretty well! put it on then. this is the way people swell like the ox or toad.
They’l come down under the hill among little folks brother Joseph how I love you— and get up opposition. & sing names to strangers & scoundrels &c [p. [203]]
I want all men to feel for me. when I have shook the bush— & bore the burdn and if they do not—, I speak in authority
in the name the Lord <​god​> he shall be damnd,— people on the flats are aggrandiz[i]ng themselves. by the Nauvoo house.
who laid the foundation of the Temple. Bro Joseph in the name of the Lord. not for his aggrandizement but for the good of the whole
Our speculators say our poor folk on the flat are down & keep them down. How the Nauvoo house cheats this man & that man— say the speculators. they are fools ought to hide their heads in a hollow punkin & never take it out.— [p. [204]]
the fir[s]t principle brought into consideratio[n] is aggrandizement. some think it unlawful— but it is lawful while he has a disposition to aggrandize all around him. false principle, to aggrandize at the expence of another. every thing God does is to aggrandize his kingdom
how does he lay the foundation? build a temple to my great name. and call the attention of the great. but where shall we lay our heads an old log cabin
I will whip & and every body else over s head, instead of building the Nauvoo house build a great many little skeletons see s mammoth skeletons [p. [205]] of rising all over town but there is no flesh on them. personal aggrandizement. dont care how many bones— somebody may come along & clothe them.— elephants. crocodiles &c eaters. such as grog shop &c— card shops &c— those who live in glass houses should not throw stones. The building of N[auvoo] House is just as sacred in my view as the Temple.
I want the Nauvo[o] House bui[l]t it must be built, our salvation depends upon it. When men have done what they can or will for the temple. let them do what they can for the Nauvoo House. We never can accomplish our work at the expence [p. [206]] of another. There is a great deal of murmuring in the church— about me, but I dont care any thing about it. I like to hear it thunder. to hear the saints grumbling.— the growling dog get the sorest head. If any man is poor and afflicted. let him come and tell of it.— & not complain— or grumble
finishing Nauvoo House like a man finihig [finishing] a fight. if he gives up he is killd— if he holds out a little longer he may live— a story. a man who will whip his wife is a coward. & fought with a man who had whippd wife.—— still remembrd he was whipped his wife. & whipped him till he cried enough.— hang on to the [p. [207]] Nauvoo house thus & you will build it. & you will be on Pisagah [Pisgah] & the gr[e]at men who come will pile their gold & silver till you are weary of receivng them. & if you are not careful will be lifted up & fall and they will cover up & cloak all your former sins— & hide a multitude of sins. & shine forth fair as the sun &c
those who have labord & cannot get your pay be patient, if you take the means which are set apart let him he will destroy themselves, [p. [208]]
if any man is hungry let him come to me & I will feed him at my table.
if any are hungry or naked dont take away the brick &c but come & tell. I will divide. & then if he is not satisfied I will kill kick his back side
there cannot be some fire without some smoke. well if the stories about Jose[ph] Smith are true. then the stories of are true about the Ladies of . Ladies that the Releif society was organized of those who are to be wifes to Jos Smith. Ladies you know whithr it is true. no use of living among hogs without a snout. this biting an[d] devouri[n]g each other. [p. [209]] for Gods sake stop it.
one thing more, political economy. our duty to concentrate that all our influence to make popular that which is sound & good. & unpopular that which is unsou[n]d Tis right <​politically​> for a man who has influe[n]ce to use it as well as for a man to who has no influ[en]ce to use his. from henceforth I will maintain all the influe[n]ce I can get. in relation to politics I will speak as a man in religion in authority. if a man lifts a dagger to kill me, I will lift my tongue.— when I last preached. heard such a [p. [210]] groani[n]g I thought of the paddy’s. ell [eel] when he tried to kill him could not contrive any way so he put it [in] the water to drown him. and as he began to came to— see said he what pain he is in how he wigles his tail.— the banks are failing & it is the privilige to say what a curency we want. gold & silver to build the Temple & Nauvoo house. we want your old nose rings & finger rings & brass ket[t]les no longer. if you have old raggs— watches. guns go & peddle them. & bring the hard metal. if we will do this by popular opinion you will have a sound currency. [p. [211]] send home banks notes.— & take no paper money. & let every man write his neighbor before he starts to get gold and Silver.— I have contemplated these things a long time, but the time has not come till now. to speak till now.
I would not do as the Nauvoo House committee has done. sell stock for an old stone house where all the people who live die. & put that stock into a mans ha[n]ds to go east and purchace goods Rags to come here & build up Mamoth bones with.
as a political Man in the [p. [212]] name of Old Joe Smith I command the commitee not to sell a share in the N[auvoo] House without the Gold or Silver, excuse he was in . when they sold stock for stone house.— I leave it
the meeting was got up by N. Committe [Nauvoo House committee] the pagans. Roman Catholics. & Methodist & Baptist shall have peace in only they must be grou[n]d in Joe smiths mill.— I have been in their mill I was grou[n]d in . & States a presbyteri[a]n smut machine— & last machine was in & last of all I have been th[r]ough smut machine & those [p. [213]] who come here must go th[r]ough my smut machine & that is my tongue,
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Joseph[:] I thought I would make a coat. it dont fit the <​only in the P[ost] office​> if if it does fit any one let them put it on.
The bones are skeletons and as old Ezekiel said I command the flesh & the sinnews to come upon them. <​that they may be clothed.—​> [p. [215]]