Journal, December 1841–December 1842

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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What do we hear? Glad tidings from Cumorah! Moroni, an angel  from heaven, declaring the fulfilment of the prophets— the book to be  reveal’d! A voice of the Lord in the wilderness of , Seneca  County, declaring the three witnesses to bear record of the Book, The voice  of Michael on the banks of the Susquehanna, detecting the devil when he  appeared as an angel of light. The voice of Peter, James & John, in the  wilderness, between , Susquehanna County, and , Broom  County, on the Susquehanna river; declaring themselves as having possessing the  keys of the kingdom, and of the dispensation of the fulness of times,  And again, the voice of God in the chamber of old in  , Seneca County, and at sundry times, and in divers places,  through all the travels and tribulations, of this Church of Jesus Christ of  Latter Day Saints. And the voice of Michael the archangel— the voice of  Gabriel, and of Raphael, and of divers angels, from Michael or Adam,  down to the present time; all declaring, each one their dispensation,  their rights, their keys, their honors, their majesty & glory, and the  power of their Priesthood; giving line upon line; precept upon precept;  here a little and there a little: giving us consolation by holding forth  that which is to come and confirming our hope.
Brethren, shall we not go on in so good <great> a cause? Go forward  and not go backward. Courage, brethren! and on to the victory. Let  your hearts rejoice and be exceeding glad. Let the earth break forth  into singing. Let the dead speak forth anthems of eternal praise to  the king Immanuel, who hath ordain’d before the world was, that which  would enable us to redeem them out of their prisons; for the prisoner  shall go free. Let the mountains shout for joy, and all ye vallies, cry  aloud; and all ye seas and dry lands tell the wonders of your eternal  king: And ye rivers, and brooks, and rills, flow down with gladness.  Let the woods and all the trees of the field praise the Lord: and ye  solid rocks, leap for joy. And let the sun, moon, and the morning  stars sing together; and let all the sons of God, shout for joy: And  let the eternal creations declare his name forever and ever.
And again, I say, how glorious is the voice we hear from heaven  proclaiming in our ears, glory and salvation, and honor, and immortality  and eternal life. Kingdoms, principals principalities and powers! behold! the  great day of the Lord is at hand, and who can abide the day of his  coming, and who can stand when he appeareth? for he is like a  refiner’s fire, and like fuller’s soap: and he shall sit as a refiner  and purifier of silver, and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge  them as gold and silver; that they may offer unto the Lord  an offering in righteousness. And let us, present in his holy Temple,  when it is finished, a Book, containing the Records of our dead, which  shall be worthy of all acceptation.
Brethren, I have many  things to say to you on the subject; but shall now close for the  present, and continue the subject another time. [p. 200]
What do we hear? Glad tidings from Cumorah! Moroni, an angel from heaven, declaring the fulfilment of the prophets— the book to be reveal’d! A voice of the Lord in the wilderness of , Seneca County, declaring the three witnesses to bear record of the Book, The voice of Michael on the banks of the Susquehanna, detecting the devil when he appeared as an angel of light. The voice of Peter, James & John, in the wilderness, between , Susquehanna County, and , Broom County, on the Susquehanna river; declaring themselves as possessing the keys of the kingdom, and of the dispensation of the fulness of times, And again, the voice of God in the chamber of old in , Seneca County, and at sundry times, and in divers places, through all the travels and tribulations, of this Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. And the voice of Michael the archangel— the voice of Gabriel, and of Raphael, and of divers angels, from Michael or Adam, down to the present time; all declaring, each one their dispensation, their rights, their keys, their honors, their majesty & glory, and the power of their Priesthood; giving line upon line; precept upon precept; here a little and there a little: giving us consolation by holding forth that which is to come and confirming our hope.
Brethren, shall we not go on in so great a cause? Go forward and not go backward. Courage, brethren! and on to the victory. Let your hearts rejoice and be exceeding glad. Let the earth break forth into singing. Let the dead speak forth anthems of eternal praise to the king Immanuel, who hath ordain’d before the world was, that which would enable us to redeem them out of their prisons; for the prisoner shall go free. Let the mountains shout for joy, and all ye vallies, cry aloud; and all ye seas and dry lands tell the wonders of your eternal king: And ye rivers, and brooks, and rills, flow down with gladness. Let the woods and all the trees of the field praise the Lord: and ye solid rocks, leap for joy. And let the sun, moon, and the morning stars sing together; and let all the sons of God, shout for joy: And let the eternal creations declare his name forever and ever.
And again, I say, how glorious is the voice we hear from heaven proclaiming in our ears, glory and salvation, and honor, and immortality and eternal life. Kingdoms, principalities and powers! behold! the great day of the Lord is at hand, and who can abide the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fuller’s soap: and he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver; that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. And let us, present in his holy Temple, when it is finished, a Book, containing the Records of our dead, which shall be worthy of all acceptation.
Brethren, I have many things to say to you on the subject; but shall now close for the present, and continue the subject another time. [p. 200]
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