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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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another and honor our brother or make honorable mention of his name and not  backbite and devour our brother Why will not man learn wisdom by precept at this  late age of the world when we have such a cloud of witnesses and examples before us  and not be obliged to learn by sad experience every thing we know. Must the new  ones that are chosen to fill the places of those that are fallen of the Quorum of the  Twelve begin to exalt themselves until they exalt themselves so high that they will  soon tumble over and have a great fall and go wallowing through the mud and mire  and darkness Judas like to the buffettings of Satan as several of the Quorum have  done. or will they learn Wisdom and be wise (O God give them wisdom and keep  them humble I pray) When the Twelve or any other  witnesses stand before the Congregations of the earth and they preach in the power  and demonstration of the Spirit of God and the people are astonished and  confounded at the Doctrine and say that man has preached a powerful discourse  a great sermon, then let that man or those men take care that they do not  ascribe the glory unto themselves, but be careful that they are humble and ascribe  the praise and glory to God and the Lamb for it is by the Power of the Holy  Priesthood and Holy Ghost they have power thus to speak. What art thou O man  but dust and from whom dost thou recieve thy power and Blessings but from  God. Then O ye Twelve notice this Key and be wise for Christ’s sake and  your own souls sake Ye are not sent out to be taught but to teach, let  every word be seasoned with grace, be vigilant, be sober, It is a day of warning  and not of many words. act honest before God and man, beware of Gentile Sophistry  such as bowing and scraping unto men in whom you have no confidence. be  honest open and frank in all your intercourse with mankind  O ye Twelve and all saints profit by this important Key that in all your trials  troubles, temptations, afflictions, bonds, imprisonments and death see to it that  you do not betray Heaven that you do not betray Jesus Christ that you  do not betray your Brethren that you do not betray the Revelations of God  whither in the Bible Book of Mormon or Doctrines and Covenant or any  other that ever was or ever will be given and revealed unto man in this  world or that which is to come, Yea in all your kicking and flounderings  see to it that you do not this thing lest innocent blood be found in your  shirts and you go down to Hell, all other sins are not to be compared to  sinning against the Holy Ghost and proving a traitor to thy brethren.
I will give you one of the Keys of the mysteries of the Kingdom  It is an eternal principle that has existed with God from all eternity  that that man who rises up to condemn others, finding fault with the  church, saying that they are out of the way while he himself is righteous  then know assuredly that that man is in the high road to apostacy and  if he does not repent will apostatize as God lives. The principle is as  correct as the one that Jesus put forth in saying that he who seeketh a sign  is an adulterous person and that principle is eternal undeviating and  firm as the pillars of Heaven for whenever you see a man seeking after a  sign, you may set it down that he is an adulterous man [p. 10 [addenda]]
another and honor our brother or make honorable mention of his name and not backbite and devour our brother Why will not man learn wisdom by precept at this late age of the world when we have such a cloud of witnesses and examples before us and not be obliged to learn by sad experience every thing we know. Must the new ones that are chosen to fill the places of those that are fallen of the Quorum of the Twelve begin to exalt themselves until they exalt themselves so high that they will soon tumble over and have a great fall and go wallowing through the mud and mire and darkness Judas like to the buffettings of Satan as several of the Quorum have done. or will they learn Wisdom and be wise (O God give them wisdom and keep them humble I pray) When the Twelve or any other witnesses stand before the Congregations of the earth and they preach in the power and demonstration of the Spirit of God and the people are astonished and confounded at the Doctrine and say that man has preached a powerful discourse a great sermon, then let that man or those men take care that they do not ascribe the glory unto themselves, but be careful that they are humble and ascribe the praise and glory to God and the Lamb for it is by the Power of the Holy Priesthood and Holy Ghost they have power thus to speak. What art thou O man but dust and from whom dost thou recieve thy power and Blessings but from God. Then O ye Twelve notice this Key and be wise for Christ’s sake and your own souls sake Ye are not sent out to be taught but to teach, let every word be seasoned with grace, be vigilant, be sober, It is a day of warning and not of many words. act honest before God and man, beware of Gentile Sophistry such as bowing and scraping unto men in whom you have no confidence. be honest open and frank in all your intercourse with mankind O ye Twelve and all saints profit by this important Key that in all your trials troubles, temptations, afflictions, bonds, imprisonments and death see to it that you do not betray Heaven that you do not betray Jesus Christ that you do not betray your Brethren that you do not betray the Revelations of God whither in the Bible Book of Mormon or Doctrines and Covenant or any other that ever was or ever will be given and revealed unto man in this world or that which is to come, Yea in all your kicking and flounderings see to it that you do not this thing lest innocent blood be found in your shirts and you go down to Hell, all other sins are not to be compared to sinning against the Holy Ghost and proving a traitor to thy brethren.
I will give you one of the Keys of the mysteries of the Kingdom It is an eternal principle that has existed with God from all eternity that that man who rises up to condemn others, finding fault with the church, saying that they are out of the way while he himself is righteous then know assuredly that that man is in the high road to apostacy and if he does not repent will apostatize as God lives. The principle is as correct as the one that Jesus put forth in saying that he who seeketh a sign is an adulterous person and that principle is eternal undeviating and firm as the pillars of Heaven for whenever you see a man seeking after a sign, you may set it down that he is an adulterous man [p. 10 [addenda]]
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