History, 1838–1856, volume B-1 [1 September 1834–2 November 1838]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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it has been done for the express purpose of endeavoring to warn <Dcember 18 Joseph’s Letter Continued.> exhort, admonish, and rescue you from falling into difficulties, and sorrows which I foresaw you plunging into, by giving way to that wicked spirit, which you call your passions, which you should curb and break down, and put under your feet, which if you do not you never can be saved, in my view in the kingdom of God. God requires the will of his creatures to be swallowed up in his will. You desire to remain in the church, but forsake your Apostleship. This is the stratagem of the evil one. When he has gained one advantage he lays a plan for another; but by maintaining your apostleship, in rising up and making one tremendous effort, you may over[HC 2:342]come your passions, and please God; and by forsaking your apostleship, is not to be willing to make that sacrifice that God requires at your hands, and is to incur his displeasure; And without pleasing God do not think it will be any better for you. When a man falls one step, he must regain that step again, or fall another; he has still more to gain or eventually all is lost. I desire , that you will humble yourself, I freely forgive you, and you know my unshaken and unchangeable disposition. I know in whom I trust. I stand upon the rock; the floods cannot, no, they shall not overthrow me. You know the doctrine I teach is true, and you know that God has blessed me. I brought salvation to s house, as an instrument in the hand of God, when they were in a miserable situation. You know that it is my duty to admonish you, when you do wrong. This liberty I shall always take, and you shall have the same privilege. I take the liberty to admonish you, because of my birthright; and I grant you the privilege because it is my duty to be humble and receive rebuke and instruction from a brother or a friend. As it regards what course you shall pursue hereafter, I do not pretend to say: I leave you in the hands of God and his church. Make your own decision. I will do you good, although you mar me, or slay me. By so doing my garments shall be clear of your sins. And if at any time you should consider me to be an imposter, for heaven’s sake leave me in the hands of God, and not think to take vengeance on me yourself. Tyranny, usurpation, and to take men’s rights, ever has and ever shall be banished from my heart. David sought not to kill Saul, although he was guilty of crimes that never entered into my heart. And now may God have mercy upon ’s house; May God take away enmity from between me and thee; and may all blessings be restored, and the past be forgotten forever. May humble repentance bring us both to thee O God, and to thy power and protection, and a crown, to enjoy the society of , , , , , , , , , the Saints and all the Sanctified in peace forever, is the prayer. [p. 671]
it has been done for the express purpose of endeavoring to warn Dcember 18 Joseph’s Letter Continued. exhort, admonish, and rescue you from falling into difficulties, and sorrows which I foresaw you plunging into, by giving way to that wicked spirit, which you call your passions, which you should curb and break down, and put under your feet, which if you do not you never can be saved, in my view in the kingdom of God. God requires the will of his creatures to be swallowed up in his will. You desire to remain in the church, but forsake your Apostleship. This is the stratagem of the evil one. When he has gained one advantage he lays a plan for another; but by maintaining your apostleship, in rising up and making one tremendous effort, you may over[HC 2:342]come your passions, and please God; and by forsaking your apostleship, is not to be willing to make that sacrifice that God requires at your hands, and is to incur his displeasure; And without pleasing God do not think it will be any better for you. When a man falls one step, he must regain that step again, or fall another; he has still more to gain or eventually all is lost. I desire , that you will humble yourself, I freely forgive you, and you know my unshaken and unchangeable disposition. I know in whom I trust. I stand upon the rock; the floods cannot, no, they shall not overthrow me. You know the doctrine I teach is true, and you know that God has blessed me. I brought salvation to s house, as an instrument in the hand of God, when they were in a miserable situation. You know that it is my duty to admonish you, when you do wrong. This liberty I shall always take, and you shall have the same privilege. I take the liberty to admonish you, because of my birthright; and I grant you the privilege because it is my duty to be humble and receive rebuke and instruction from a brother or a friend. As it regards what course you shall pursue hereafter, I do not pretend to say: I leave you in the hands of God and his church. Make your own decision. I will do you good, although you mar me, or slay me. By so doing my garments shall be clear of your sins. And if at any time you should consider me to be an imposter, for heaven’s sake leave me in the hands of God, and not think to take vengeance on me yourself. Tyranny, usurpation, and to take men’s rights, ever has and ever shall be banished from my heart. David sought not to kill Saul, although he was guilty of crimes that never entered into my heart. And now may God have mercy upon ’s house; May God take away enmity from between me and thee; and may all blessings be restored, and the past be forgotten forever. May humble repentance bring us both to thee O God, and to thy power and protection, and a crown, to enjoy the society of , , , , , , , , , the Saints and all the Sanctified in peace forever, is the prayer. [p. 671]
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