Discourse, 7 April 1844, as Reported by Wilford Woodruff

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The soul the mind of man, whare did it come from<?> The learned says God made it in the beginning, but it is not so, I know better God has told me so, If you dont believe it, it wont make the truth without effect, God was a self exhisting being, man exhis<ts—> upon the same principle. God made a tabernacle & put a spirit in it and it became a Human soul, man exhisted in spirit & mind coequal with God himself, you who mourn the loss of friends, are ownly separated for a moment the spirit is separated for a little time, they are now conversant with each other as we are on the earth. I am dwelling on the immutibility of the spirit of man, is it logic to say the spirit of man had a begining & yet had no end, it does not have a begining or end, my ring is like the Exhistanc of man it has no beginning or end, if Cut into their would be a beginning & end, so with man if it had a beginning it will have an end, if I am right I might say God never had power to Create the spirit of man, God himself Could not create himself. Intelligence is Eternal & it is self exhisting, All mind that is susseptible of improvement the relationship we have with God places us in a situation to advance in knowledge. God has power to institute laws to instruct the weaker intelligences that they may be exhalted with himself this is good doctrin, it taste good, I can taste the principle of eternal life, so can you, they are given to me by the revelations of Jesus Christ and I know you believe it. All things <that> God sees fit to reveal to us in relation to us, reveals his Commandments to out spirits, and in saving our spirits we save the body, (the same as though we had no Body [p. [137]]
The soul the mind of man, whare did it come from? The learned says God made it in the beginning, but it is not so, I know better God has told me so, If you dont believe it, it wont make the truth without effect, God was a self exhisting being, man exhists— upon the same principle. God made a tabernacle & put a spirit in it and it became a Human soul, man exhisted in spirit & mind coequal with God himself, you who mourn the loss of friends, are ownly separated for a moment the spirit is separated for a little time, they are now conversant with each other as we are on the earth. I am dwelling on the immutibility of the spirit of man, is it logic to say the spirit of man had a begining & yet had no end, it does not have a begining or end, my ring is like the Exhistanc of man it has no beginning or end, if Cut into their would be a beginning & end, so with man if it had a beginning it will have an end, if I am right I might say God never had power to Create the spirit of man, God himself Could not create himself. Intelligence is Eternal & it is self exhisting, All mind is susseptible of improvement the relationship we have with God places us in a situation to advance in knowledge. God has power to institute laws to instruct the weaker intelligences that they may be exhalted with himself this is good doctrin, it taste good, I can taste the principle of eternal life, so can you, they are given to me by the revelations of Jesus Christ and I know you believe it. All things that God sees fit to reveal to us in relation to us, reveals his Commandments to out spirits, and in saving our spirits we save the body, (the same as though we had no Body [p. [137]]
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