Doctrine and Covenants, 1835

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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by the power of my Spirit, created I them: yea, all things  both spiritual and temporal: firstly spiritual, secondly tem poral, which is the beginning of my work: and again, firstly  temporal, and secondly spiritual, which is the last of my  work: speaking unto you, that you may naturally understand,  but unto myself my works have no end, neither beginning; but  it is given unto you, that ye may understand, because ye have  asked it of me and are agreed.
9 Wherefore, verily I say unto you, that all things unto me  are spiritual, and not at any time have I given unto you a  law which was temporal, neither any man, nor the children  of men: neither Adam your father, whom I created: behold  I gave unto him that he should be an agent unto himself; and  I gave unto him commandment, but no temporal command ment gave I unto him; for my commandments are spiritual;  they are not natural, nor temporal, neither carnal nor sensual.
10 And it came to pass, that Adam being tempted of the de vil, for behold the devil was before Adam, for he rebelled  against me saying, Give me thine honor, which is my power:  and also a third part of the hosts of heaven turned he away  from me because of their agency: and they were thrust down,  and thus came the devil and his angels; and behold, there is  a place prepared for them from the beginning, which place is  hell: and it must needs be that the devil should tempt the  children of men, or they could not be agents unto themselves,  for if they never should have bitter, they could not know the  sweet.
11 Wherefore, it came to pass, that the devil tempted Adam  and he partook the forbidden fruit, and transgressed the com mandment, wherein he became subject to the will of the dev il, because he yielded unto temptation. Wherefore, I the  Lord God caused that he should be cast out from the garden  of Eden, from my presence, because of his transgression;  wherein he became spiritually dead: which is the first death,  even that same death, which is the last death, which is spirit ual, which shall be pronounced upon the wicked when I shall  say, Depart ye cursed.
12 But behold I say unto you, that I the Lord God gave un to Adam and unto his seed, that they should not die as to the  temporal death, until I the Lord God should send forth an gels to declare unto them repentance and redemption, through  faith on the name of mine only begotten Son: and thus did  I the Lord God appoint unto man the days of his probation;  that by his natural death, he might be raised in immortality  unto eternal life, even as many as would believe, and they [p. 115]
by the power of my Spirit, created I them: yea, all things both spiritual and temporal: firstly spiritual, secondly temporal, which is the beginning of my work: and again, firstly temporal, and secondly spiritual, which is the last of my work: speaking unto you, that you may naturally understand, but unto myself my works have no end, neither beginning; but it is given unto you, that ye may understand, because ye have asked it of me and are agreed.
9 Wherefore, verily I say unto you, that all things unto me are spiritual, and not at any time have I given unto you a law which was temporal, neither any man, nor the children of men: neither Adam your father, whom I created: behold I gave unto him that he should be an agent unto himself; and I gave unto him commandment, but no temporal commandment gave I unto him; for my commandments are spiritual; they are not natural, nor temporal, neither carnal nor sensual.
10 And it came to pass, that Adam being tempted of the devil, for behold the devil was before Adam, for he rebelled against me saying, Give me thine honor, which is my power: and also a third part of the hosts of heaven turned he away from me because of their agency: and they were thrust down, and thus came the devil and his angels; and behold, there is a place prepared for them from the beginning, which place is hell: and it must needs be that the devil should tempt the children of men, or they could not be agents unto themselves, for if they never should have bitter, they could not know the sweet.
11 Wherefore, it came to pass, that the devil tempted Adam and he partook the forbidden fruit, and transgressed the commandment, wherein he became subject to the will of the devil, because he yielded unto temptation. Wherefore, I the Lord God caused that he should be cast out from the garden of Eden, from my presence, because of his transgression; wherein he became spiritually dead: which is the first death, even that same death, which is the last death, which is spiritual, which shall be pronounced upon the wicked when I shall say, Depart ye cursed.
12 But behold I say unto you, that I the Lord God gave unto Adam and unto his seed, that they should not die as to the temporal death, until I the Lord God should send forth angels to declare unto them repentance and redemption, through faith on the name of mine only begotten Son: and thus did I the Lord God appoint unto man the days of his probation; that by his natural death, he might be raised in immortality unto eternal life, even as many as would believe, and they [p. 115]
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