Discourse, [5 January 1841], as Reported by Unknown Scribe–A

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Observation of the Sectarian God, by Joseph Smith.
That which is without body or parts is nothing. There is no other God in heaven but that God who has flesh & bones. John V, 26, As the Father hath life in himself, even so hath He given to the Son to have life in Himself. God the Father took life unto himself precisely as Jesus did. The first step in the salvation of man is the laws of eternal principles. Spirits are eternal, As the first organization in heaven, we were all present and saw the Savior chosen and appointed, and the plan of salvation made, and we sanctioned it. We came to this earth that we might have a body, and present it pure before God in the . The great principle of happiness consists in having a body. The devil has no body, and herein is his punishment. He is pleased when he can obtain the tabernacle of man, and when cast out by the Savior he asked to go into the herd of swine, showing that he would prefer a swine’s body to having none. All beings who have bodies, have power over those who have not. The devil has no power over us only as we permit him. The moment we revolt at anything that comes from God, the devil takes power.
This earth will be rolled back into the presence of God, and crowned with celestial glory. [p. [1]]
Observation of the Sectarian God, by Joseph Smith.
That which is without body or parts is nothing. There is no other God in heaven but that God who has flesh & bones. John V, 26, As the Father hath life in himself, even so hath He given to the Son to have life in Himself. God the Father took life unto himself precisely as Jesus did. The first step in the salvation of man is the laws of eternal principles. Spirits are eternal, As the first organization in heaven, we were all present and saw the Savior chosen and appointed, and the plan of salvation made, and we sanctioned it. We came to this earth that we might have a body, and present it pure before God in the . The great principle of happiness consists in having a body. The devil has no body, and herein is his punishment. He is pleased when he can obtain the tabernacle of man, and when cast out by the Savior he asked to go into the herd of swine, showing that he would prefer a swine’s body to having none. All beings who have bodies, have power over those who have not. The devil has no power over us only as we permit him. The moment we revolt at anything that comes from God, the devil takes power.
This earth will be rolled back into the presence of God, and crowned with celestial glory. [p. [1]]
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