Discourse, 12 May 1844, as Reported by Thomas Bullock

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Minutes <​Synop[s]is​> of a discourse, preached by the Prophet Joseph Smith on <​the morning of​> Sunday 12th. of May 1844 <​as reported by Elder .​>
The Savior has the words of Eternal life— nothing else can profit us— there is no salvation in believing an evil <​report​> against our neighbor— I advise all to go on to perfection and search deeper <​and deeper​> into the mysteries of Godliness— a man can do nothing for himself <​unless God direct him in the right way, and the Priesthood is revealed for that purpose—​>— the last time I spoke <​on this stand,​> it was on the resurrection of the dead; when I promised to continue <​my remarks upon​> that <​subject​> I still feel a desire to say something on this subject— let us this very day begin anew, and now say <​with all our hearts,​> we will <​forsake our sins &​> be righteous— I shall read the 24th. ch of Matthew and give it a literal rendering & reading, and when <​it is​> rightly understood <​it​> will be edifying (he <​then read &​> translated it from the German) I thought the very oddity of its rendering would be edifying any how— “And it will preached be, the Gospel of the Kingdom in the whole world, to a witness over all people, and then will the end come”. I will now read it in German— (several persons<​which he did, and many Germans who were present,​> said he translated it correct) the Savior said, when those tribulations should take place, it should be commited to a man, who should be a witness over the whole world, the keys of knowledge, power, and revelations, should be revealed to a witness who should hold the testimony to the world; it has always been my province to dig up hidden mysteries, new things, for my hearers— just at the time when some men think that I have no right to the keys <​of the Priesthood,​> just at that time, I have the greatest right— the Germans are an exalted people, the old German translators is are the most correct, most honest <​of any of the translators,​> and therefore I get testimony to bear me out in the revelations that I have preached for the last 14 years— the old German, Latin, Greek and Hebrew <​translations​> all say it is true, they cannot be impeached, and <​therefore​> I am in good company— all the testimony is, that the Lord in the last days would commit the keys <​of the Priesthood​> to a witness over all people— has the Gospel of the Kingdom commenced in the last days,? and will God take it from the man, until he takes him himself,? I have read it precisely as the words flowed from the lips of Jesus Christ— John the Revelator saw and angel flying thro’ the midst of heaven, having the everlasting Gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, &c. The Scripture is ready to be fulfilled when great wars, famines, pestilence, <​great distress,​> judgments &c are ready to be poured out on the Inhabitants of the Earth— John saw the angel having the <​holy​> priesthood who should preach <​the everlasting gospel to all nations,​>— God had an angel, <​a special messenger,​> ordained, & prepared for that purpose in the last days— Woe! Woe! be to that man, or set of men, who lift up their hands against God and his Witness in these last days.— for they shall deceive almost the very chosen ones— my <​apostate​> enemies say <​that​> I have been a true prophet— & I had rather be a fallen true prophet, than a false prophet; when a man goes about prophesying and commands men to obey him <​his​> <​teachings​>, he must be either a true or false prophet— false prophets always arise to oppose the true prophets, and <​they will prophesy so very near the truth that they​> will deceive almost the very chosen ones— the doctrine of eternal judgments belong to the 1st. principles of the Gospel in the last days— in relation to the Kingdom of God— the devil always sets up his Kingdom at the very same time <​in opposition to God,​>— every man who has a calling <​to minister to the Inhabitants of​> to the world, was ordained to that very purpose in the grand Council of Heaven <​before this world was—​>— I suppose that I was ordained to this very office in that grand Council— it is the testimony that I want, that I am God’s servant, and this people his people— <​the Ancient Prophets declared​> in the last days the God of Heaven shall set up a Kingdom <​which should never be destroyed, nor left to other people,​> & the very time that was calculated on, this people was struggling to bring it out— he that arms himself with Gun, sword, or Pistol <​except in the defence of truth,​> will some time be sorry for it— I never carry any thing <​weapon with me,​> bigger than my Pen Knife— when I was dragged before the Cannon and muskets in , I was unarmed, God will always protect me <​until my mission is fulfilled,​>
I calculate to be one of the Instruments of setting up the Kindgdom of Daniel, by the word of the Lord, and I intend to lay a <​foundation that will​> revoluntionize the whole world— I once offered my life to the Mob as a sacrifice for my people— and here I am— it will not be by Sword or Gun that this Kingdom will roll on—. <​the power of truth is such, that​> all nations will be under the necessity of obeying the Gospel— the prediction is that army will be against army— it may be that the Saints will have to beat their Ploughs into <​Swords​> [p. [1]]
Synopsis of a discourse, preached by the Prophet Joseph Smith on the morning of Sunday 12th. of May 1844 as reported by Elder .
The Savior has the words of Eternal life— nothing else can profit us— there is no salvation in believing an evil report against our neighbor— I advise all to go on to perfection and search deeper and deeper into the mysteries of Godliness— a man can do nothing for himself unless God direct him in the right way, and the Priesthood is revealed for that purpose—— the last time I spoke on this stand, it was on the resurrection of the dead; when I promised to continue my remarks upon that subject I still feel a desire to say something on this subject— let us this very day begin anew, and now say with all our hearts, we will forsake our sins & be righteous— I shall read the 24th. ch of Matthew and give it a literal rendering & reading, and when it is rightly understood it will be edifying (he then read & translated it from the German) I thought the very oddity of its rendering would be edifying any how— “And it will preached be, the Gospel of the Kingdom in the whole world, to a witness over all people, and then will the end come”. I will now read it in German— (which he did, and many Germans who were present, said he translated it correct) the Savior said, when those tribulations should take place, it should be commited to a man, who should be a witness over the whole world, the keys of knowledge, power, and revelations, should be revealed to a witness who should hold the testimony to the world; it has always been my province to dig up hidden mysteries, new things, for my hearers— just at the time when some men think that I have no right to the keys of the Priesthood, just at that time, I have the greatest right— the Germans are an exalted people, the old German translators are the most correct, most honest of any of the translators, and therefore I get testimony to bear me out in the revelations that I have preached for the last 14 years— the old German, Latin, Greek and Hebrew translations all say it is true, they cannot be impeached, and therefore I am in good company— all the testimony is, that the Lord in the last days would commit the keys of the Priesthood to a witness over all people— has the Gospel of the Kingdom commenced in the last days,? and will God take it from the man, until he takes him himself,? I have read it precisely as the words flowed from the lips of Jesus Christ— John the Revelator saw and angel flying thro’ the midst of heaven, having the everlasting Gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, &c. The Scripture is ready to be fulfilled when great wars, famines, pestilence, great distress, judgments &c are ready to be poured out on the Inhabitants of the Earth— John saw the angel having the holy priesthood who should preach the everlasting gospel to all nations,— God had an angel, a special messenger, ordained, & prepared for that purpose in the last days— Woe! Woe! be to that man, or set of men, who lift up their hands against God and his Witness in these last days.— for they shall deceive almost the very chosen ones— my enemies say that I have been a true prophet— & I had rather be a fallen true prophet, than a false prophet; when a man goes about prophesying and commands men to obey his teachings, he must be either a true or false prophet— false prophets always arise to oppose the true prophets, and they will prophesy so very near the truth that they will deceive almost the very chosen ones— the doctrine of eternal judgments belong to the 1st. principles of the Gospel in the last days— in relation to the Kingdom of God— the devil always sets up his Kingdom at the very same time in opposition to God,— every man who has a calling to minister to the Inhabitants of the world, was ordained to that very purpose in the grand Council of Heaven before this world was—— I suppose that I was ordained to this very office in that grand Council— it is the testimony that I want, that I am God’s servant, and this people his people— the Ancient Prophets declared in the last days the God of Heaven shall set up a Kingdom which should never be destroyed, nor left to other people, & the very time that was calculated on, this people was struggling to bring it out— he that arms himself with Gun, sword, or Pistol except in the defence of truth, will some time be sorry for it— I never carry any weapon with me, bigger than my Pen Knife— when I was dragged before the Cannon and muskets in , I was unarmed, God will always protect me until my mission is fulfilled,
I calculate to be one of the Instruments of setting up the Kindgdom of Daniel, by the word of the Lord, and I intend to lay a foundation that will revoluntionize the whole world— I once offered my life to the Mob as a sacrifice for my people— and here I am— it will not be by Sword or Gun that this Kingdom will roll on—. the power of truth is such, that all nations will be under the necessity of obeying the Gospel— the prediction is that army will be against army— it may be that the Saints will have to beat their Ploughs into Swords [p. [1]]
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