History, 1838–1856, volume D-1 [1 August 1842–1 July 1843]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<August 27> given it, the child would have eaten it with a better appetite; and there would have  been no stripes; all the pleasures of the apple would have been secured, and the misery  of stealing lost. This principle will justly apply to all of God’s dealings with his  children. Everything that God gives us is lawful and right, and it is proper that  we should enjoy his gifts and blessings, whenever and wherever he is disposed to bestow;  but if we should seize upon those same blessings and enjoyments without law, without  revelation, without commandment, those blessings and enjoyments would prove  cursings and vexations in the end, and we should have to lie down in sorrow and  wailings of everlasting regret. But in obedience there is joy and peace unspotted,  unalloyed; and as God has designed our happiness, the happiness of all his creatures,  he never has, he never will, institue an ordinance, or give a commandment to his  people that is not calculated in its nature to promote that happiness which he has  designed, and which will not end in the greatest amount of good and glory to those  who become the recipients of his law and ordinances. Blessings offered, but rejected,  are no longer blessings, but become like the talent hid in the earth by the wicked  and slothful servant; the proffered good returns to the giver; the blessing is bestowed  on those who will receive, and occupy; for unto him that hath shall be given, and  he shall have abundantly, but unto him that hath not, or will not receive, shall be  taken away that which he hath, or might have had.
‘Be wise to day; ‘tis madness to defer!
Next day the fatal precedent may plead;
Thus on till wisdom is pushed out of time, into eternity.’
“Our Heavenly Father is more liberal in his views, and boundless in his  mercies and blessings, than we are ready to believe or receive, and, at the same time,  is more terrible to the workers of iniquity, more awful in the executions of his pun ishments, and more ready to detect every false way than we are apt to suppose him  to be; he will be inquired of by his children; he says, ‘Ask and ye shall receive,  seek and ye shall find; but, if ye will take that which is not your own, or which  I have not given you, you shall be rewarded according to your deeds; but no good  thing will I withold from them who walk uprightly before me, and do my will  in all things; who will listen to my voice, and to the voice of my servant whom  I have sent; for I delight in those who seek diligently to know my precepts, and  abide by the laws of my Kingdom; for all things shall be made known unto them  in mine own due time, and in the end they shall have joy’”
Addenda • 22 January 1843
<January 22 Page 1457> “Some say the kingdom of God was not set up on the earth until the day   of Pentecost, and that John did not preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of  sins, but I say in the name of the Lord, that the kingdom of God was set up on the earth  from the days of Adam to the present time, whenever there has been a righteous man on  earth unto whom God revealed his word and gave power and authority to administer  in his name: and where there is a priest of God, a minister who has power and authority  from God to administer in the ordinances of the Gospel, and officiate in the Priesthood of God,  there is the kingdom of God, and in consequence of rejecting the gospel of Jesus Christ and  the Prophets whom God hath sent, the judgments of God have rested upon people, cities  and nations in various ages of the world, which was the case with the cities of Sodom  and Gomorrah, which were destroyed for rejecting the Prophets. Now I will give my testimony [p. 4 [addenda]]
August 27 given it, the child would have eaten it with a better appetite; and there would have been no stripes; all the pleasures of the apple would have been secured, and the misery of stealing lost. This principle will justly apply to all of God’s dealings with his children. Everything that God gives us is lawful and right, and it is proper that we should enjoy his gifts and blessings, whenever and wherever he is disposed to bestow; but if we should seize upon those same blessings and enjoyments without law, without revelation, without commandment, those blessings and enjoyments would prove cursings and vexations in the end, and we should have to lie down in sorrow and wailings of everlasting regret. But in obedience there is joy and peace unspotted, unalloyed; and as God has designed our happiness, the happiness of all his creatures, he never has, he never will, institue an ordinance, or give a commandment to his people that is not calculated in its nature to promote that happiness which he has designed, and which will not end in the greatest amount of good and glory to those who become the recipients of his law and ordinances. Blessings offered, but rejected, are no longer blessings, but become like the talent hid in the earth by the wicked and slothful servant; the proffered good returns to the giver; the blessing is bestowed on those who will receive, and occupy; for unto him that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundantly, but unto him that hath not, or will not receive, shall be taken away that which he hath, or might have had.
‘Be wise to day; ‘tis madness to defer!
Next day the fatal precedent may plead;
Thus on till wisdom is pushed out of time, into eternity.’
“Our Heavenly Father is more liberal in his views, and boundless in his mercies and blessings, than we are ready to believe or receive, and, at the same time, is more terrible to the workers of iniquity, more awful in the executions of his punishments, and more ready to detect every false way than we are apt to suppose him to be; he will be inquired of by his children; he says, ‘Ask and ye shall receive, seek and ye shall find; but, if ye will take that which is not your own, or which I have not given you, you shall be rewarded according to your deeds; but no good thing will I withold from them who walk uprightly before me, and do my will in all things; who will listen to my voice, and to the voice of my servant whom I have sent; for I delight in those who seek diligently to know my precepts, and abide by the laws of my Kingdom; for all things shall be made known unto them in mine own due time, and in the end they shall have joy’”
Addenda • 22 January 1843
January 22 Page 1457 “Some say the kingdom of God was not set up on the earth until the day of Pentecost, and that John did not preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins, but I say in the name of the Lord, that the kingdom of God was set up on the earth from the days of Adam to the present time, whenever there has been a righteous man on earth unto whom God revealed his word and gave power and authority to administer in his name: and where there is a priest of God, a minister who has power and authority from God to administer in the ordinances of the Gospel, and officiate in the Priesthood of God, there is the kingdom of God, and in consequence of rejecting the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Prophets whom God hath sent, the judgments of God have rested upon people, cities and nations in various ages of the world, which was the case with the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, which were destroyed for rejecting the Prophets. Now I will give my testimony [p. 4 [addenda]]
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