Discourse, 27 March 1842

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction

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He [] was followed by Joseph the Seer who made some edifying remarks concerning for the dead, He said the Bible supported the doctrin, “why are ye Baptized for the dead if the dead rise not &c” if their is one word of the Lord that supports the doctrin it is enough to mik [make] it a true doctrin Again if we can baptize a man in the Name of the Father of the Son & of the Holy Ghost for the remission of sins it is Just as much our privilege to act as an agent & be baptized for the remission of sins for & in behalf of our dead kindred who have not herd the gospel or fulness of it [p. [139]]


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    Woodruff’s journal entry notes that Lyman “addressed the assembly & made many interesting remarks” but does not specify the topic of his sermon. (Woodruff, Journal, 27 Mar. 1842.)  

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

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    See 1 Corinthians 15:29.  

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    JS stated that his understanding of the doctrine was also partially influenced by “knowledg[e] independant of the Bible.” According to Vilate Murray Kimball, JS “received a more full explaination” of baptism for the dead “by Revelation.” (Letter to Quorum of the Twelve, 15 Dec. 1840; Vilate Murray Kimball, Nauvoo, IL, to Heber C. Kimball, 11 Oct. 1840, photocopy, Vilate Murray Kimball, Letters, 1840, CHL.)  

    Kimball, Vilate Murray. Letters, 1840. Photocopy. CHL.

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    See Matthew 28:19; Old Testament Revision 1, p. 16 [Moses 7:11]; Book of Mormon, 1840 ed., 464 [3 Nephi 11:25]; and Articles and Covenants, ca. Apr. 1830, in Revelation Book 1, p. 57 [D&C 20:73].