History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​March 20 Letter of Joseph Smith in ​> deadly poison— a frank and an open rebuke provoketh a good man to emulation and in the hour of trouble, he will be your best friend, but on the other hand it will draw out all the corruption of a corrupt heart. And lying and the poison of Asps shall be under their tongues, and they do cause the pure in heart to be cast into prison, because they want them out of their way, A fanciful and flowery and heated imagination be aware of, because the things of God are of deep import, and time and experience, and careful and ponderous and solemn thoughts can only find them out, thy mind O Man, if thou wilt lead a soul into Salvation must stretch as High as the utmost Heavens, and search into and contemplate the lowest considerations of the darkes<​t​> abyss, and expand upon the broad <​expanse of eternity. Thou​> considerations of Eternity’s Expance, he must commune with God, how much more dignified and noble are the thoughts of God, than the vain imaginations of the human heart, none but fools, will trifle with the souls of men, how vain and trifling have been our Spirits, our conferences, our [HC 3:295] councils, our meetings, our private as well as public conversations, too low, too mean, too vulgar, too condescending, for the dignified Characters of the called and chosen of God, according to the purposes of his will from before the foundation of the world, to hold the keys of the mysteries of those things that have been kept hid from the foundation <​of the world​> until now, of which some have tasted a little, <​of these things​> and on which many <​of​> of them <​which​> are to be poured down from heaven upon the heads of babes, yea the weak, obscure, and despisable ones of the Earth, therefore we beseech of you brethren, that you bear with those, who do not feel themselves more worthy than yourselves, while we exhort one another, to a reformation with one and all, both old and young, teachers and taught, both high and low, rich and poor, bond and free, Male and Female, let honesty, and sobriety, and candor, and solemnity, and virtue, and pureness, and meekness, and simplicity crown our heads in every place, and in fine become as little children without malice, guile or hypocrisy— and now Brethren after your tribulations, if you do these things and exercise fervent prayer, and faith in the sight of God always, he shall give unto you knowledge by his holy Spirit, yea by the unspeakable gift of the Holy Ghost, that has not been revealed since the world was until now, which our forefathers have waited with anxious expectation to be revealed in the last times which their minds were pointed to, by the angels as held in reserve for the fulness of their glory, a time to come, in the which nothing shall be withheld whether there be one God or many Gods they shall be manifest all thrones and dominions, principalities and powers, shall be revealed and set forth upon all who have endured valiantly for the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and also if there be bounds set to the Heavens, or to the Seas, or to the Dry Land, or to the Sun Moon or Stars, all the times of their revolutions, all the appointed days, months and years, and all the days of their days, months and years, and all their glories, laws, and set times shall be revealed in the days of the dispensation of the fulness of times according to that which was ordained [p. 904[b]]
March 20 Letter of Joseph Smith in deadly poison— a frank and an open rebuke provoketh a good man to emulation and in the hour of trouble, he will be your best friend, but on the other hand it will draw out all the corruption of a corrupt heart. And lying and the poison of Asps shall be under their tongues, and they do cause the pure in heart to be cast into prison, because they want them out of their way, A fanciful and flowery and heated imagination be aware of, because the things of God are of deep import, and time and experience, and careful and ponderous and solemn thoughts can only find them out, thy mind O Man, if thou wilt lead a soul into Salvation must stretch as High as the utmost Heavens, and search into and contemplate the darkest abyss, and expanse of eternity. Thou must commune with God, how much more dignified and noble are the thoughts of God, than the vain imaginations of the human heart, none but fools, will trifle with the souls of men, how vain and trifling have been our Spirits, our conferences, our [HC 3:295] councils, our meetings, our private as well as public conversations, too low, too mean, too vulgar, too condescending, for the dignified Characters of the called and chosen of God, according to the purposes of his will from before the foundation of the world, to hold the keys of the mysteries of those things that have been kept hid from the foundation of the world until now, some have tasted a little, of these things many of which are to be poured down from heaven upon the heads of babes, yea the weak, obscure, and despisable ones of the Earth, therefore we beseech of you brethren, that you bear with those, who do not feel themselves more worthy than yourselves, while we exhort one another, to a reformation with one and all, both old and young, teachers and taught, both high and low, rich and poor, bond and free, Male and Female, let honesty, and sobriety, and candor, and solemnity, and virtue, and pureness, and meekness, and simplicity crown our heads in every place, and in fine become as little children without malice, guile or hypocrisy— and now Brethren after your tribulations, if you do these things and exercise fervent prayer, and faith in the sight of God always, he shall give unto you knowledge by his holy Spirit, yea by the unspeakable gift of the Holy Ghost, that has not been revealed since the world was until now, which our forefathers have waited with anxious expectation to be revealed in the last times which their minds were pointed to, by the angels as held in reserve for the fulness of their glory, a time to come, in the which nothing shall be withheld whether there be one God or many Gods they shall be manifest all thrones and dominions, principalities and powers, shall be revealed and set forth upon all who have endured valiantly for the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and also if there be bounds set to the Heavens, or to the Seas, or to the Dry Land, or to the Sun Moon or Stars, all the times of their revolutions, all the appointed days, months and years, and all the days of their days, months and years, and all their glories, laws, and set times shall be revealed in the days of the dispensation of the fulness of times according to that which was ordained [p. 904[b]]
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