History, 1838–1856, volume B-1 [1 September 1834–2 November 1838]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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until you are endowed with power from on high. You <​February 21.​> need a fountain of wisdom, knowledge, and inteligence such as you never had.
<​Charge to the Twelve​> Relative to the endowment I make a remark or two that there be no mistake. The world cannot receive the things of God. He can endow you without worldly pomp or great parade. He can give you that wisdom, that inteligence, and that power, which characterized the ancient saints, and now characterizes the inhabitants of the upper world. The greatness of your commission consists in this; you are to hold the keys of this ministry. You are to go to the nations afar off, nations that sit in darkness. The day is coming when the work of God must be done. Israel shall be gathered. The seed of Jacob shall be gathered from their long dispersion. There will be a feast to Israel the Elect of God. It is a sorrowful tale but the gospel must be preached, and God’s ministers be rejected. But where can Israel be found and receive your testimony, and not rejoice? No where! The prophecies are full of great things that are to take place in the last days. After the Elect are gathered out, Destruction shall come on the inhabitants of the earth. All nations shall feel the wrath of God after they have been warned by the saints of the most High. If you will not warn them others will and you will lose your crowns. You must prepare your minds to bid a long farewell to , even till the great day come. You will see what you never expected to see. You will read the mind of Enoch or Elijah, and the faith of the brother of Jared. You must be prepared to walk by faith however appaling the prospect to human view. You, and each of you, should feel the force of the imperious mandate. Son, go labor in my vineyard, and cheerfully receive what comes, but in the end you will stand while [HC 2:197] others will fall. You have read in the Revelation concerning ordination. Beware how you ordain, for all nations are not like this nation. They will willingly receive the ordinances at your hands to put you out of the way. There will be times when nothing but the angels of God can deliver you out of their hands. We appeal to your inteligence, we appeal to your understanding, that we have so far discharged our duty to you. We consider it one of the greatest condesentions of our heavenly Father in pointing you out to us. You will be stewards over this ministry. You have a work to do that no other men can do. You must proclaim the gospel in its Simplicity and purity, and we commend you to God and the word of of his grace. [p. 574]
until you are endowed with power from on high. You February 21. need a fountain of wisdom, knowledge, and inteligence such as you never had.
Charge to the Twelve Relative to the endowment I make a remark or two that there be no mistake. The world cannot receive the things of God. He can endow you without worldly pomp or great parade. He can give you that wisdom, that inteligence, and that power, which characterized the ancient saints, and now characterizes the inhabitants of the upper world. The greatness of your commission consists in this; you are to hold the keys of this ministry. You are to go to the nations afar off, nations that sit in darkness. The day is coming when the work of God must be done. Israel shall be gathered. The seed of Jacob shall be gathered from their long dispersion. There will be a feast to Israel the Elect of God. It is a sorrowful tale but the gospel must be preached, and God’s ministers be rejected. But where can Israel be found and receive your testimony, and not rejoice? No where! The prophecies are full of great things that are to take place in the last days. After the Elect are gathered out, Destruction shall come on the inhabitants of the earth. All nations shall feel the wrath of God after they have been warned by the saints of the most High. If you will not warn them others will and you will lose your crowns. You must prepare your minds to bid a long farewell to , even till the great day come. You will see what you never expected to see. You will read the mind of Enoch or Elijah, and the faith of the brother of Jared. You must be prepared to walk by faith however appaling the prospect to human view. You, and each of you, should feel the force of the imperious mandate. Son, go labor in my vineyard, and cheerfully receive what comes, but in the end you will stand while [HC 2:197] others will fall. You have read in the Revelation concerning ordination. Beware how you ordain, for all nations are not like this nation. They will willingly receive the ordinances at your hands to put you out of the way. There will be times when nothing but the angels of God can deliver you out of their hands. We appeal to your inteligence, we appeal to your understanding, that we have so far discharged our duty to you. We consider it one of the greatest condesentions of our heavenly Father in pointing you out to us. You will be stewards over this ministry. You have a work to do that no other men can do. You must proclaim the gospel in its Simplicity and purity, and we commend you to God and the word of of his grace. [p. 574]
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