Discourse, 29 January 1843, as Reported by Willard Richards–A

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I feel thankful to Almigty God. for the privilege of stanndig [standing] before you this mor[n]ing it is necessary that the hearers should have good & honest heart as well as the speakers I rise to address you on the important subjct. of the Prodagal Son
2 Items I wish— to noticce Last sabbath.— 2 questions
saying of Jesus concerning John. a greater prophet. than Jonh [John]. [p. [153]]
2,— least in the kingdom of God Greater than he.—
some so blind they wont see. I dont expect I can wo[r]k mira[c]les enough to open
greatest propht. what constitudd him.—— no prop[h]et, if do no miracles John did no miracles.—
How is it John was considerd one of the Greatest of Prophe[t]s? 3 things
1st. he was trusted with a divine missoin [mission] of preparing the way before the face of the Lord.— [blank] Trust before or since? no man!—
2d. He was trusted & it was reqird at his ha[n]ds to baptize the son of Man. who evr did that? who [p. [154]] had so gr[e]at a privelige & glory?—
son of God into the waters of baptism & beholding the Holy Ghost.— in <​in the sign​> the form of a dove.— [blank]— [blank] with the sign of the dove. institutd before the creation Devil could not come in sign of a dove.— Holy Gh[o]st is a personage in the form of a personage.— does not confine itself to form of a dove.— but in sign of a dove.— No man holds the book more sacred than I do.—
3d. John at that time was the only legal admini[s]trator holding the of Power thr [there] was on Earth.
the keys the kingdm the power the glory from the Jews son of Zachari[a]h by the holy anoi[n]ting decree of heaven [p. [155]] these 3 constitutd him the greatest born of woman.
He that is least. in the Kingdom is gre[a]ter than he? who did the Jesus have refere[n]ce to?— Jesus. was looked up[o]n as the having the least claim in all gods kingdom.—
He that is considerd the least among you. is greater than John! that is myself.—
anothr qestin [question], Law. & prophts were until John. since which time the kingdom of heaven is preaching preachd & all men pass into it.—
additional proof— to what I offered you on the last sabbath. that that was the beginn[in]g of the Kingdom [p. [156]]
Prodigal Son.— when you have heard go & read your bible. if the things are not verily true.—
great deal of speculation. Subjct I never dwelt upon.— understood by many— to to one of the intricate subjects.— s in this church preach.— no rule of interpretation.— what is the rule of interpretati[o]n? Just no interpretati[o]n at all. understand precisely as it read.— I have Key by whi[c]h I understa[n]d the scripture—— I enqire [inquire] what was the question whi[c]h drew out the answer.——
nati[o]nal. Ab[r]aham. &c as some suppose 1st. place dig up the root— what drew out the saying out of Jesus? Pharises & scribes murmured? this man [p. [157]] recevess [receives] sinners & eatheth with them. this is the key word.— to answer the murmuring & qustioning of Saducees & Pharisee how is it this man <​is​> as great as he pretends to be. & eat with publican & sinners.—— Jesus not put to it so but he could have found somthing if the had discerned it for nations.— Men in an individaul capacity. all straining on this point is a bubblee.— Boy <​Boyys​> say ought to be hanged can tell it to you.
big folks Presbyterins. Methodists. Baptists &c. [blank] despise the ignorance & abomination of this world.—
this man reciveth sinners— he spoke this parable.— what man of you having an hundrd. sheep <​&c​> 100 saducees & Pharisees [p. [158]] If you pharisees & saduces [Sadducees] are in the sheepfold. I have no mission for you sent to look up sheep that are lost will back him up.— & make joy in heaven— hunting after a few individuals Laying it on his Shoulder— one publican you despise.— [blank] one piece of Silver— the piece which was lost.— Joy in presence of the angels over one sinner that repe[n]teth so rightous they will be damned any how you cannot save them. rain off f[r]om a gooses back— G[r]eat I. little you—
certain man had two sons.— &c
am a poor publican a sinner— humble themselves. spending their bread. & living— &c Ill return to my fathrs house. to Jesus you pharises so righteous you cannot [p. [159]] be touched.— I will arise &cclaim not be a pharisee or saducee. I claim not to be a son do not let me starve— nothing about. Eph[r]aim Abraham— is not mentind [mentioned]. all that is meet. is brought to bear upon the pharisee. saducee. the publican & sinner, Eldst son, pharisees & Saducees murmuring & complaini[n]g.— because Jesus sat with publicns & Sinners— father came out & entreated when John came baptizd all. when Jesus came they were angry & would not go in. [blank] dealing of God with individuals men always Righteous always have access to throne of God— eats in his fathers house If we interpret this to nationl. view. where is the eldest son?— [p. [160]]
likend the kingdom to an old womans milkpan— how could Jesus take the kingdom f[r]om them who bore no fruit & give it to another.— is an apple tree no longer a tree because it has no apples? parable of Prodigal son spoken to illustrate the sinner in— from the mome[n]t John’s voice was fir[s]t heard. he was the person on the earth entitld to salvation. on the earth.
Servants of God of the last day, my[s]elf & them I have . have the & a mission— to the publicans. & sinners.— & if the Presbyterins & [blank] are in the kingdom [p. [161]] if they are not righteous— what is the result. they are sinners & if they rej[e]ct our voice they shall be damnded.
If a man was going to hell I would not let any man disturb him.—
while we will be the last to oppress. we will be the last to be driven from our post.— peace. be still. bury the hatchet & the sword.— the sound of war is dredfull in my ear. any man who will not fight for his wife & childrn is a coward & a bastard
Mahometans. Presbyteria[n]s. &c. if ye will [p. [162]] not embrace our religion embrace our hospitalities.— [15 lines blank] [p. [163]]