History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<December 13> and the glory and honor and adornment of all her municipals, through the medium which God hath ordained— In the same revelation the command is, to “all the Saints from afar”, as well as those already gathered to this place; to arise with one consent and build the ; to prepare a place where the Most High may manifest himself to his people. No one is excepted who hath aught in his possession, for what have ye, that ye have not received? and I will require mine own with usury saith the Lord; so that those who live thousands of miles from this place, come under the same law, and are entitled to the same blessings and privileges as those who have already gathered. But some may say how can this be, I am not there, therefore I cannot meet in the ; cannot be baptized in the Font? The Command of heaven is to you, to all, gather; and when you arrive here, if it is found that you have previously sent up of your gold or your silver, or your substance, the tithings and consecrations which are required of you, for this building, you will find your names, tithings and consecrations written in the book of the Law of the Lord, to be kept in the , as a witness in your favor, showing that you are a proprietor in that building, and are entitled to your share of the privileges thereunto belonging. One of those privileges which is particularly attracting the notice of the Saints at the present moment, is baptism for the dead &c in the font, which is so far completed as to be dedicated, and several have already attended to this ordinance by which the sick have been made whole, and the prisoner set free; but while we have been called to administer this ordinance, we have been led to enquire into the propriety of baptizing those who have not been obedient, and assisted to build the place for Baptism, and it seems to us unreasonable to expect that the Great Jehovah will approbate such an administration; for if the Church must be brought under condemnation and rejected with her dead if she fail to build the , and its appurtenances, why should not individuals of the Church, who thus neglect, come under the same condemnation? For if they are to be rejected they may as well be rejected without baptism as with, for their baptism can be of no avail before God, and the time to baptize them may be appropriated to building the walls of the , and this is according to the understanding which we have received from him who is our Spokesman. Let it not be supposed that the sick and the destitute are to be denied the blessings of the ; God forbid; his eye is ever over them for good He that hath not, and cannot obtain, but saith in his heart if I had, I would give freely, is accepted as freely as he that gives of his abundance. The is to be built by tithing and consecration, and every one is at liberty to consecrate all they find in their hearts so to do; but the tythings required, is one tenth of all, any one possessed at the commencement of the building, and one tenth part of all his increase from that time till the completion of the same, whether it be money or whatever he may be blessed with. Many in this place, are laboring every tenth day for the , and this is the tything of their income, for they have nothing [p. 1262]
December 13 and the glory and honor and adornment of all her municipals, through the medium which God hath ordained— In the same revelation the command is, to “all the Saints from afar”, as well as those already gathered to this place; to arise with one consent and build the ; to prepare a place where the Most High may manifest himself to his people. No one is excepted who hath aught in his possession, for what have ye, that ye have not received? and I will require mine own with usury saith the Lord; so that those who live thousands of miles from this place, come under the same law, and are entitled to the same blessings and privileges as those who have already gathered. But some may say how can this be, I am not there, therefore I cannot meet in the ; cannot be baptized in the Font? The Command of heaven is to you, to all, gather; and when you arrive here, if it is found that you have previously sent up of your gold or your silver, or your substance, the tithings and consecrations which are required of you, for this building, you will find your names, tithings and consecrations written in the book of the Law of the Lord, to be kept in the , as a witness in your favor, showing that you are a proprietor in that building, and are entitled to your share of the privileges thereunto belonging. One of those privileges which is particularly attracting the notice of the Saints at the present moment, is baptism for the dead &c in the font, which is so far completed as to be dedicated, and several have already attended to this ordinance by which the sick have been made whole, and the prisoner set free; but while we have been called to administer this ordinance, we have been led to enquire into the propriety of baptizing those who have not been obedient, and assisted to build the place for Baptism, and it seems to us unreasonable to expect that the Great Jehovah will approbate such an administration; for if the Church must be brought under condemnation and rejected with her dead if she fail to build the , and its appurtenances, why should not individuals of the Church, who thus neglect, come under the same condemnation? For if they are to be rejected they may as well be rejected without baptism as with, for their baptism can be of no avail before God, and the time to baptize them may be appropriated to building the walls of the , and this is according to the understanding which we have received from him who is our Spokesman. Let it not be supposed that the sick and the destitute are to be denied the blessings of the ; God forbid; his eye is ever over them for good He that hath not, and cannot obtain, but saith in his heart if I had, I would give freely, is accepted as freely as he that gives of his abundance. The is to be built by tithing and consecration, and every one is at liberty to consecrate all they find in their hearts so to do; but the tythings required, is one tenth of all, any one possessed at the commencement of the building, and one tenth part of all his increase from that time till the completion of the same, whether it be money or whatever he may be blessed with. Many in this place, are laboring every tenth day for the , and this is the tything of their income, for they have nothing [p. 1262]
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