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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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would repent, but if they would not repent, they must suffer even as I: which suffer ing caused myself, even God, the greatest of all to tremble because of pain, and to bleed  at every pore, and to suffer both body and Spirit: and would that I might [not] drink the  bitter cup and shrink: nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished  my preparations unto the children of men: wherefore I you again to repent  lest I humble you by my almighty power, and that you confess your sins lest you  suffer these punishments of which I have spoken, of which in the smallest, yea, even  in the least degree you have tasted at the time I withdrew my Spirit. And I  command you that you preach nought but repentance; and show not these things unto  the world untill it is wisdom in me; for they cannot bear meat now, but milk they  must receive: wherefore, they must not know these things lest they perish: learn of me,  and listen to my words; walk in the meekness of my Spirit, and you shall have peace  in me: I am Jesus Christ: I came by the will of the Father, and I do his will.
3 And again: I command thee, that thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife. Nor  seek thy neighbor’s life. And again: I command thee, that thou shalt not covet thine  own property, but impart it freely to the printing of the book of Mormon, which contains  the truth and the word of God, which is my word to the , that soon it may go to  the jew, of whom the are a remnant: that they may believe the gospel, and  look not for a Messiah to come who has already come.
4 And again I command thee, that thou shalt pray vocally as well as in thy heart:  yea, before the world, as well as in secret; in public as well as in private. And thou  shalt declare glad tidings: yea, publish it upon the mountains, and upon every  high place, and among every people that thou shalt be permitted to see. And thou  shalt do it with all humility, trusting in me, reviling not against revilers. And  of tenets thou shalt not talk, but thou shalt declare repentance and faith on the Savior  and remission of sins of by and by fire; yea, even the Holy Ghost.
5 Behold this is a great, and the last commandment which I shall give unto you concerning  this matter: for this shall suffice for thy daily walk even unto the end of thy life. And  misery thou shalt receive, if thou wilt slight these counsels; yea, even destruction of thyself and  property. Impart a portion of thy property; yea, even part of thy lands and all save the  support of thy family. Pay the debt thou hast contracted with the printer. Release thyself  from bondage. Leave thy house and home, except when thou shalt desire to see thy  family. And Speak freely to all; yea, preach, exhort, declare the truth, even with a  loud voice; with a sound of rejoicing, crying hosanna! hosanna! blessed be the name  of the Lord God.
6 Pray always and I will pour out my Spirit upon you, and great shall be your bless ing: yea, even more than if you should obtain treasures of the earth, and corruptibleness  to the extent thereof. Behold, canst thou read this without rejoicing and lifting up thy heart  for gladness: or canst thou run about longer as a blind guide, or canst thou be meek and  humble and meek, and conduct thyself wisely before me; yea, come unto me thy Saviour.
Amen. [p. 36]
would repent, but if they would not repent, they must suffer even as I: which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and Spirit: and would that I might [not] drink the bitter cup and shrink: nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men: wherefore I you again to repent lest I humble you by my almighty power, and that you confess your sins lest you suffer these punishments of which I have spoken, of which in the smallest, yea, even in the least degree you have tasted at the time I withdrew my Spirit. And I command you that you preach nought but repentance; and show not these things unto the world untill it is wisdom in me; for they cannot bear meat now, but milk they must receive: wherefore, they must not know these things lest they perish: learn of me, and listen to my words; walk in the meekness of my Spirit, and you shall have peace in me: I am Jesus Christ: I came by the will of the Father, and I do his will.
3 And again: I command thee, that thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife. Nor seek thy neighbor’s life. And again: I command thee, that thou shalt not covet thine own property, but impart it freely to the printing of the book of Mormon, which contains the truth and the word of God, which is my word to the , that soon it may go to the jew, of whom the are a remnant: that they may believe the gospel, and look not for a Messiah to come who has already come.
4 And again I command thee, that thou shalt pray vocally as well as in thy heart: yea, before the world, as well as in secret; in public as well as in private. And thou shalt declare glad tidings: yea, publish it upon the mountains, and upon every high place, and among every people that thou shalt be permitted to see. And thou shalt do it with all humility, trusting in me, reviling not against revilers. And of tenets thou shalt not talk, but thou shalt declare repentance and faith on the Savior and remission of sins by and by fire; yea, even the Holy Ghost.
5 Behold this is a great, and the last commandment which I shall give unto you concerning this matter: for this shall suffice for thy daily walk even unto the end of thy life. And misery thou shalt receive, if thou wilt slight these counsels; yea, even destruction of thyself and property. Impart a portion of thy property; yea, even part of thy lands and all save the support of thy family. Pay the debt thou hast contracted with the printer. Release thyself from bondage. Leave thy house and home, except when thou shalt desire to see thy family. And Speak freely to all; yea, preach, exhort, declare the truth, even with a loud voice; with a sound of rejoicing, crying hosanna! hosanna! blessed be the name of the Lord God.
6 Pray always and I will pour out my Spirit upon you, and great shall be your blessing: yea, even more than if you should obtain treasures of the earth, and corruptibleness to the extent thereof. Behold, canst thou read this without rejoicing and lifting up thy heart for gladness: or canst thou run about longer as a blind guide, or canst thou be humble and meek, and conduct thyself wisely before me; yea, come unto me thy Saviour.
Amen. [p. 36]
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