Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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they have made is true. Then the general  church Recorder can enter the record on the  general church book, with the certificates and  all the attending witnesses, with his own state ment that he verily believes the above state ment and records to be true, from his knowl edge of the general character and appoint ment of those men by the church. And when  this is done on the general church book, the  record shall be just as holy, and shall answer  the ordinance just the same as if he had seen  with his eyes, and heard with his ears, and  made a record of the same on the general  church book.
5 You may think this order of things to be  very particular, but let me tell you that they  are only to answer the will of God, by con forming to the ordinance and preparation  that the Lord ordained and prepared before  the foundation of the world, for the salvation  of the dead, who should die without a knowl edge of the gospel.
6 And further, I want you to remember  that John the Revelator was contemplating  this very subject in relation to the dead, when  he declared, as you will find recorded in Rev elations, xx:12. “And I saw the dead, small  and great, stand before God; and the books  were opened; and another book was opened,  which was the book of life; and the dead  were judged out of those things which were  written in the books, according to their  works.”
7 You will discover in this quotation, that  the books were opened; and another book [p. 422]
they have made is true. Then the general church Recorder can enter the record on the general church book, with the certificates and all the attending witnesses, with his own statement that he verily believes the above statement and records to be true, from his knowledge of the general character and appointment of those men by the church. And when this is done on the general church book, the record shall be just as holy, and shall answer the ordinance just the same as if he had seen with his eyes, and heard with his ears, and made a record of the same on the general church book.
5 You may think this order of things to be very particular, but let me tell you that they are only to answer the will of God, by conforming to the ordinance and preparation that the Lord ordained and prepared before the foundation of the world, for the salvation of the dead, who should die without a knowledge of the gospel.
6 And further, I want you to remember that John the Revelator was contemplating this very subject in relation to the dead, when he declared, as you will find recorded in Revelations, xx:12. “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened; and another book was opened, which was the book of life; and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.”
7 You will discover in this quotation, that the books were opened; and another book [p. 422]
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