Discourse, between circa 26 June and circa 4 August 1839–C, as Reported by Willard Richards

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  • Historical Introduction

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It is the privilige of the children of God to come to God & get Revelation. XIV John Let not your heart be troubled &c, There are a great many Mansions in my Father’s house. I am going to prepare one for you [p. 75] rather Better than common. It is the privilege of the sons of God to inherit the same Mansion &c. When any person receives a vision of Heaven, he Sees things that he never thought of before. if we should tell of different glories as Paul did. in my fathers house are many Mansions. every man that receives the Gospel receives that inheritance that the Apostles did. Every one that hath seen me hath Seen the Father. He that believeth, any person that believs the works that I do shall he do also & greater works. The Father could not be glorified in the Son on any other principle than we coming to God. asking. receiving. heavens open visions &c.— they are done away because of unbelief— I will pray the Father & he shall send you another Comforter. There is one Comforter & another Comforter to abide with you forever, reach to things within the vail. know that you are . If you get it, it will stand [p. 76] by you forever. How is it to be obtained? Keep my commandme[n]ts & I will pray &c.— It is a privilege to view the son of man himself, he dwelleth with you & Shall be in you. his Spirit shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless, I will come to you, abide with you forevever, Seal you up to Eternal life. yet a little while & ye shall see me no more, but ye see me.— He that hath my commandments & keepeth them. he it is that loveth me &c— I will manifest myself to him. If he does not he has not told the truth. I will put promises in your heart. that will not leave you but that will not Seal you up. we may come to the general assembly & , Spirits of Just men made perfect, unto Christ. The innumerable company of Angels are those that have been ressurrected from the dead. the Spirits of Just men made perfect are those without bodies. It is our privilege to pray for & obtain these things. [p. 77]
How wilt thou manifest thyself to us & not to the world? evidently knowing that it would be so that he would manifest himself.
There was no cholera, no mobs before this came. I told them that rejoiced in Mobs that they Should have them, they have since come in torrents. they did not receive the testimony of the Servants of God. If a man love me he will keep my words. & my father will love him. & we both me & my father will take our abode with him. There are certain characters that walked with God. saw him, conversed about heaven &c But the comforter that I will send. (not the other Comforter) shall teach you all things.— Who?— He that loveth me &c— This shall bring all things to remembrance whatsoever things I have said unto you. he shall teach you until ye come to me & my father. God is not a respecter of persons. we all [p. 78] have the Same privilige. Come to God weary him until he blesses you &c— we are entitled to the Same blessings. Jesus, Revelations, Just men, &c— Angels &c. &c. not Laying again the doctrine of Christ go on to perfection. Obtain that holy Spirit of promise— Then you can be to Eternal Life.— [2/3 page blank] [p. 79]


  1. 1

    See John 14:1–3.  

  2. 2

    See Isaiah 64:4; and Vision, 16 Feb. 1832 [D&C 76:10].  

  3. 3

    See 1 Corinthians 15:40.  

  4. 4

    See John 14:2.  

  5. 5

    See John 14:9.  

  6. 6

    See John 14:12.  

  7. 7

    See John 14:16.  

  8. 8

    The two Comforters are also discussed in another discourse that Richards copied into his “Pocket Companion.” (See Discourse, between ca. 26 June and ca. 2 July 1839.)  

  9. 9

    See John 14:17; and Revelation, 27–28 Dec. 1832 [D&C 88:50].  

  10. 10

    See John 16:16–17.  

  11. 11

    See Hebrews 12:22–23; Vision, 16 Feb. 1832 [D&C 76:67]; and Revelation, 27–28 Dec. 1832 [D&C 88:5].  

  12. 12

    See Hebrews 12:22–23.  

  13. 13

    The 1830s witnessed a rise in the frequency and intensity of riots and mob violence in the United States, a trend that continued through the Civil War. Vigilantes endeavored to expel groups such as abolitionists, free blacks, gamblers, and Latter-day Saints from communities. In 1833, vigilantes in Jackson County, Missouri, enumerated Latter-day Saint offenses and called for the Saints’ expulsion. In October 1833, opponents of the church in Ohio issued warrants “warning out” several Latter-day Saints residing in Kirtland, ostensibly for their impoverished condition but likely because of their unpopular religion. In 1836, Latter-day Saints were forced to leave Clay County, Missouri, where they had taken refuge after leaving Jackson County. In October 1838, Missouri governor Lilburn W. Boggs called for the expulsion of Latter-day Saints, backing efforts of Missouri vigilantes to drive the Latter-day Saints from the state. (Grimsted, “Rioting in Its Jacksonian Setting,” 361–368; Feldberg, Turbulent Era, 5–6; Historical Introduction to Letter from William W. Phelps, 6–7 Nov. 1833; “To His Excellency, Daniel Dunklin,” The Evening and the Morning Star, Dec. 1833, 114; Historical Introduction to Warrant, 21 Oct. 1833; Historical Introduction to Letter to John Thornton et al., 25 July 1836.)  

    Grimsted, David. “Rioting in Its Jacksonian Setting.” American Historical Review 77, no. 2 (Apr. 1972): 361–397.

    Feldberg, Michael. The Turbulent Era: Riot and Disorder in Jacksonian America. New York: Oxford University Press, 1980.

    The Evening and the Morning Star. Independence, MO, June 1832–July 1833; Kirtland, OH, Dec. 1833–Sept. 1834.

  14. 14

    See Vision, 16 Feb. 1832 [D&C 76:101]; and Minutes and Prayer of Dedication, 27 Mar. 1836 [D&C 109:41].  

  15. 15

    See John 14:23.  

  16. 16

    See Genesis 5:24; and Old Testament Revision 1, p. 13 [Moses 6:39].  

  17. 17

    See John 14:26.  

  18. 18

    See Acts 10:34.  

  19. 19

    See Hebrews 6:1.  

  20. 20

    See Ephesians 1:13; Vision, 16 Feb. 1832 [D&C 76:53]; and Revelation, 27–28 Dec. 1832 [D&C 88:3].