History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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rock, the gates of hell shall not prevail against you.
2 Behold the world is ripening in iniquity, and it must needs be, that the children  of men are stirred up unto repentance, both the , and also the house of Israel:  wherefore, as thou hast been by the hand of my servant Joseph Smith Jr—  according to that which I have him, he hath fulfilled the thing which I  commanded him. And now marvel not that I have called him to my mine own  purpose; which purpose is known in me: wherefore if he shall be diligent in  keeping my commandments, he shall be blessed unto eternal life, and his name  is Joseph. 3 And now , I speak unto you, and also unto   by the way of commandment: for behold I command all men every  where to repent, and I speak unto you, even as unto Paul mine , for you are  called even with that same calling with which he was called. Remember the  worth of souls is great in the sight of God: for behold the Lord your Redeemer suffered  death in the flesh: wherefore he suffered the pain of all men, that all men might repent  and come unto him. And he hath risen again from the dead that he might  bring all men unto him on conditions of repentance. And how great is his joy in  his soul that repenteth.— Wherefore you are called to cry repentance unto this  people. And if it <so> be that you should labour all your days, in crying repen tance to this people, and bring save it be one soul unto me, how great shall  be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father.
4 And now if your joy will be great with one soul, that you have brought unto me  into the kingdom of my Father, how great will be your joy, if you should bring  many souls unto me? Behold you have my gospel before you, and my rock  and my salvation: ask the Father in my name in faith believing that you  shall receive, and you shall have the Holy Ghost which manifesteth all things  which is expedient unto the Children of men. And if you have not faith, hope  and charity, you can do nothing. Contend against no church, save it be the  Church of the devil. Take upon you the name of Christ, and speak the truth  in soberness, and as many as repent, and are baptized in my name, which is  Jesus Christ, and endure to the end, the same shall be saved. Behold, Jesus  Christ is the name <which is> given of the Father, and there is none other name given where by man can be saved: wherefore all men must take upon them the name  which is given of the Father, for in that name shall they be called at the last  day: wherefore if they know not the name by which they are called, they can  not have place in the kingdom of my Father.
5 And now behold there are others who are called to declare my gospel  both unto Gentile, and unto Jew: yea, even twelve: and the twelve shall be  my disciples, and they shall take upon them my name, with full purpose of  heart: and the twelve are they, who shall desire to take upon them my name  with full purpose of heart: and if they desire to take upon them my name [p. 28]
rock, the gates of hell shall not prevail against you.
2 Behold the world is ripening in iniquity, and it must needs be, that the children of men are stirred up unto repentance, both the , and also the house of Israel: wherefore, as thou hast been by the hand of my servant Joseph Smith Jr— according to that which I have him, he hath fulfilled the thing which I commanded him. And now marvel not that I have called him to mine own purpose; which purpose is known in me: wherefore if he shall be diligent in keeping my commandments, he shall be blessed unto eternal life, and his name is Joseph. 3 And now , I speak unto you, and also unto by the way of commandment: for behold I command all men every where to repent, and I speak unto you, even as unto Paul mine , for you are called even with that same calling with which he was called. Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God: for behold the Lord your Redeemer suffered death in the flesh: wherefore he suffered the pain of all men, that all men might repent and come unto him. And he hath risen again from the dead that he might bring all men unto him on conditions of repentance. And how great is his joy in his soul that repenteth.— Wherefore you are called to cry repentance unto this people. And if it so be that you should labour all your days, in crying repentance to this people, and bring save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father.
4 And now if your joy will be great with one soul, that you have brought unto me into the kingdom of my Father, how great will be your joy, if you should bring many souls unto me? Behold you have my gospel before you, and my rock and my salvation: ask the Father in my name in faith believing that you shall receive, and you shall have the Holy Ghost which manifesteth all things which is expedient unto the Children of men. And if you have not faith, hope and charity, you can do nothing. Contend against no church, save it be the Church of the devil. Take upon you the name of Christ, and speak the truth in soberness, and as many as repent, and are baptized in my name, which is Jesus Christ, and endure to the end, the same shall be saved. Behold, Jesus Christ is the name which is given of the Father, and there is none other name given whereby man can be saved: wherefore all men must take upon them the name which is given of the Father, for in that name shall they be called at the last day: wherefore if they know not the name by which they are called, they can not have place in the kingdom of my Father.
5 And now behold there are others who are called to declare my gospel both unto Gentile, and unto Jew: yea, even twelve: and the twelve shall be my disciples, and they shall take upon them my name, and the twelve are they, who shall desire to take upon them my name with full purpose of heart: and if they desire to take upon them my name [p. 28]
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