Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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forsaketh that evil one. Every spirit of man  was innocent in the beginning, and God hav ing redeemed man from the fall, men became  again in their infant state, innocent before  God. And that wicked one cometh and tak eth away light and truth, through disobedience,  from the children of men, and because of the  tradition of their fathers. But I have com manded you, to bring up your children in light  and truth: but verily I say unto you, my ser vant , you have con tinued under this condemnation; you have not  taught your children light and truth, accord ing to the commandments, and that wicked one  hath power, as yet, over you, and this is the  cause of your affliction. And now a command ment I give unto you, if you will be delivered,  you shall set in order your own house, for there  are many things that are not right in your  house.
7 Verily I say unto my servant , that in some things he hath not kept  the commandments, concerning his children:  therefore, firstly set in order thy house.
8 Verily I say unto my servant Joseph  Smith, jr. or, in other words, I will call you  friends, for you are my friends, and ye shall  have an inheritance with me. I called you  servants for the world’s sake, and ye are their  servants for my sake, and now verily I say  unto Joseph Smith, jr. you have not kept the  commandments, and must needs stand rebuk ed before the Lord. Your family must needs  repent and forsake some things, and give more  earnest heed unto your sayings, or be remov [p. 326]
forsaketh that evil one. Every spirit of man was innocent in the beginning, and God having redeemed man from the fall, men became again in their infant state, innocent before God. And that wicked one cometh and taketh away light and truth, through disobedience, from the children of men, and because of the tradition of their fathers. But I have commanded you, to bring up your children in light and truth: but verily I say unto you, my servant , you have continued under this condemnation; you have not taught your children light and truth, according to the commandments, and that wicked one hath power, as yet, over you, and this is the cause of your affliction. And now a commandment I give unto you, if you will be delivered, you shall set in order your own house, for there are many things that are not right in your house.
7 Verily I say unto my servant , that in some things he hath not kept the commandments, concerning his children: therefore, firstly set in order thy house.
8 Verily I say unto my servant Joseph Smith, jr. or, in other words, I will call you friends, for you are my friends, and ye shall have an inheritance with me. I called you servants for the world’s sake, and ye are their servants for my sake, and now verily I say unto Joseph Smith, jr. you have not kept the commandments, and must needs stand rebuked before the Lord. Your family must needs repent and forsake some things, and give more earnest heed unto your sayings, or be remov [p. 326]
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