Book of Mormon, 1830

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them commandments, after having made known unto them the  plan of redemption, that they should not do evil, the penalty  thereof being a second death, which was an everlasting death  as to things pertaining unto righteousness; for on such the  plan of redemption could have no power, for the works of jus tice could not be destroyed, according to the Supreme good ness of God. But God did call on men, in the name of his  Son, (this being the plan of redemption which was laid,) say ing: If ye will repent, and harden not your hearts, then will I  have mercy upon you, through mine only begotten Son; there fore, whosoever repenteth, and hardeneth not his heart, he  shall have claim on mercy through mine only begotten Son,  unto a remission of their sins; and these shall enter into my  rest. And whosoever will harden his heart, and will do ini quity, behold, I swear in my wrath that they shall not enter  into my rest. And now my brethren, behold I say unto you,  That if ye will harden your hearts, ye shall not enter into the  rest of the Lord; therefore your iniquity provoketh him, that  he sendeth down his wrath upon you as in the first provocation,  yea, according to his word in the last provocation, as well as  in the first, to the everlasting destruction of your souls; there fore, according to his word, unto the last death, as well as the  first.
And now my brethren, seeing we know these things, and  they are true, let us repent, and harden not our hearts, that  we provoke not the Lord our God to pull down his wrath up on us in these his second commandments which he hath given  unto us; but let us enter into the rest of God, which is pre pared according to his word. And again: My brethren, I would  cite your minds forward to the time which the Lord God gave  these commandments unto his children; and I would that ye  should remember that the Lord God ordained Priests, after his  holy order, which was after the order of his Son, to teach  these things unto the people; and those Priests were ordained  after the order of his Son, in a manner that thereby the peo ple might know in what manner to look forward to his Son for redemption. And this is the manner after which they were  ordained, being called and prepared from the foundation of the  world, according to the foreknowledge of God, on account of  their exceeding faith and good works; in the first place being  left to choose good or evil; therefore they having chosen good,  and exercising exceeding great faith, are called with a holy  calling, yea, with that holy calling which was prepared with, [p. 258]
them commandments, after having made known unto them the plan of redemption, that they should not do evil, the penalty thereof being a second death, which was an everlasting death as to things pertaining unto righteousness; for on such the plan of redemption could have no power, for the works of justice could not be destroyed, according to the Supreme goodness of God. But God did call on men, in the name of his Son, (this being the plan of redemption which was laid,) saying: If ye will repent, and harden not your hearts, then will I have mercy upon you, through mine only begotten Son; therefore, whosoever repenteth, and hardeneth not his heart, he shall have claim on mercy through mine only begotten Son, unto a remission of their sins; and these shall enter into my rest. And whosoever will harden his heart, and will do iniquity, behold, I swear in my wrath that they shall not enter into my rest. And now my brethren, behold I say unto you, That if ye will harden your hearts, ye shall not enter into the rest of the Lord; therefore your iniquity provoketh him, that he sendeth down his wrath upon you as in the first provocation, yea, according to his word in the last provocation, as well as in the first, to the everlasting destruction of your souls; therefore, according to his word, unto the last death, as well as the first.
And now my brethren, seeing we know these things, and they are true, let us repent, and harden not our hearts, that we provoke not the Lord our God to pull down his wrath upon us in these his second commandments which he hath given unto us; but let us enter into the rest of God, which is prepared according to his word. And again: My brethren, I would cite your minds forward to the time which the Lord God gave these commandments unto his children; and I would that ye should remember that the Lord God ordained Priests, after his holy order, which was after the order of his Son, to teach these things unto the people; and those Priests were ordained after the order of his Son, in a manner that thereby the people might know in what manner to look forward to his Son forredemption. And this is the manner after which they were ordained, being called and prepared from the foundation of the world, according to the foreknowledge of God, on account of their exceeding faith and good works; in the first place being left to choose good or evil; therefore they having chosen good, and exercising exceeding great faith, are called with a holy calling, yea, with that holy calling which was prepared with, [p. 258]
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