Discourse, circa 2 February 1841

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction

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Next Meeting— Joseph said the Lord said that we should build our to his Name that we might be [p. [8]] for the Dead— But if we Did it Not we should be Rejected & our Dead with us & this should Not be excepted [accepted] [p. [9]]


  1. 1

    JS first publicly taught the doctrine of baptism for the dead in August 1840. In a December 1840 letter to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, he further explained that the “saints have the priviledge of being baptized for those of their relatives who are dead, who they feel to believe would have embraced the gospel if they had been priviledged with hearing it, and who have received the gospel in the spirit through the instrumentality of those who may have been commissioned to preach to them while in the prison.” (Obituary for Seymour Brunson, Times and Seasons, Sept. 1840, 1:176; Jane Harper Neyman and Vienna Jaques, Statement, 29 Nov. 1854, Historian’s Office, JS History Documents, ca. 1839–1860, CHL; Letter to Quorum of the Twelve, 15 Dec. 1840.)  

    Times and Seasons. Commerce/Nauvoo, IL. Nov. 1839–Feb. 1846.

    Historian’s Office. Joseph Smith History Documents, 1839–1860. CHL. CR 100 396.

  2. 2

    See Revelation, 19 Jan. 1841 [D&C 124:32].