Instruction, 9 February 1843 [D&C 129], as Reported by William Clayton

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Thursday 9 . . . P. M At Josephs with & & others. Prest. Joseph related some of his history and gave us a key whereby we might know wether any administration was from God.
“There are two kinds of beings in heaven viz. <​1s[t]​> Angels who are resurrected personages having bodies of flesh and bones, for instances Jesus said ‘handle me and see for a spirit hath not flesh and bones as ye see me have[’] 2nd. The spirits of just men made perfect, they who are not resurrected [p. 53]
but inherit the same glory. When a messenger comes saying he has a message from God offer him your hand and request him to shake hands with you. If he be an Angel he will do so and you will feel his hand. If he be the spirit of a just man made perfect he will come in his glory for that is the only way he can appear. Ask him to shake hands with you, but he will not move, because it is contrary to the order of Heaven for a just man to deceive but he will still deliver his message
If it be the devil as an angel of light when you ask him to shake hands he will offer you his hand and you will not feel any thing, you may there fore detect him. These are the three grand keys whereby you may know wether any administration is from God.” [p. 54]
pres. Joseph also shewed from various circumstances that any man who would seek after a sign was an adulterer and mentioned several instances wherein he had detected men. [p. 55]