Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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was opened, which was the book of life; but  the dead were judged out of those things  which were written in the books, according  to their works: consequently the books spo ken of must be the books which contained  the record of their works; and refer to the  records which are kept on the earth. And  the book which was the book of life, is the  record which is kept in heaven; the principle  agreeing precisely with the doctrine which is  commanded you in the revelation contained  in the letter which I wrote to you previous to  my leaving my place, “that in all your record ings it may be recorded in heaven.”
8 Now the nature of this ordinance con sists in the power of the priesthood, by the  revelation of Jesus Christ; wherein it is  granted, that whatsoever you bind on earth,  shall be bound in heaven, and whatsoever you  loose on earth, shall be loosed in heaven. Or  in other words, taking a different view of the  translation, whatsoever you record on earth,  shall be recorded in heaven; and whatsoever  you do not record on earth, shall not be re corded in heaven: for out of the books shall  your dead be judged, according to their  works, whether they themselves have attend ed to the ordinances in their own propria per sona, or by the means of their own agents,  according to the ordinance which God has  prepared for their salvation from before the  foundation of the world, according to the re cords which they have kept concerning their  dead.
9 It may seem to some to be a very bold [p. 423]
was opened, which was the book of life; but the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works: consequently the books spoken of must be the books which contained the record of their works; and refer to the records which are kept on the earth. And the book which was the book of life, is the record which is kept in heaven; the principle agreeing precisely with the doctrine which is commanded you in the revelation contained in the letter which I wrote to you previous to my leaving my place, “that in all your recordings it may be recorded in heaven.”
8 Now the nature of this ordinance consists in the power of the priesthood, by the revelation of Jesus Christ; wherein it is granted, that whatsoever you bind on earth, shall be bound in heaven, and whatsoever you loose on earth, shall be loosed in heaven. Or in other words, taking a different view of the translation, whatsoever you record on earth, shall be recorded in heaven; and whatsoever you do not record on earth, shall not be recorded in heaven: for out of the books shall your dead be judged, according to their works, whether they themselves have attended to the ordinances in their own propria persona, or by the means of their own agents, according to the ordinance which God has prepared for their salvation from before the foundation of the world, according to the records which they have kept concerning their dead.
9 It may seem to some to be a very bold [p. 423]
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