History, 1838–1856, volume E-1 [1 July 1843–30 April 1844]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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11 July 1843 • Tuesday
<​July 11​> I rode out with my family in the carriage.
12 July 1843 • Wednesday
<​July 12​> I received the following revelation in [HC 5:500] the presence of my brother and Elder .
“Verily thus saith the Lord, unto you my servant Joseph, that inasmuch as you have enquired of my hand, to know and understand wherein I the Lord justified my servants, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; as also Moses, David, and Solomon, my servants, as touching the principle and doctrine of their having many wives, and concubines; Behold! and Lo, I am the Lord thy God, and will answer thee as touching this matter: therefore, prepare thy heart to receive and obey the instructions which I am about to give unto you; for all those, who have this law revealed unto them, must obey the same; for behold! I reveal unto you a new and an Everlasting Covenant, and if ye abide not that Covenant, then are ye damned; for no one can reject this covenant, and be permitted to enter into my glory for all who will have a blessing at my hands, shall abide the Law which was appointed for that blessing, and the conditions thereof, as was instituted from before the foundation of the world: and as pertaining to the New and everlasting covenant, it was instituted for the fulness of my glory; and he that receiveth a fulness thereof, must, and shall abide the Law, or he shall be damned, saith the Lord God.
And verily I say unto you, that the conditions of this Law are these: all Covenants, contracts, bonds, obligations, oaths, vows, performances, connections, associations, or <​expectations, that are not made,​> and entered into, and sealed, by the Holy Spirit of promise, of him who is anointed, both as well for time and for all eternity, and that too most holy, by revelation and commandment, through the median of mine anointed, whom I have appointed on the earth to hold power, (and I have appointed unto my servant Joseph to hold this power in the last days, and there is never but one on the earth at a time, on whom this power and the keys of this Priesthood are conferred,) are of no efficacy, virtue, or force, in and after the resurrection from the dead; for all contracts that are not made unto this end, have an end when men are dead.
Behold! mine house is a house of order, saith the Lord God, and not a house of confusion. Will I accept of an offering, saith the Lord, that is not made in my name! Or, will I receive at your hands, that which I have not appointed! And will I appoint unto you, saith the Lord, ex[HC 5:501]cept it be by law, even as I and my father ordained unto you, before the world was! I am the Lord thy God, and I give unto you this commandment, that no man shall come unto the Father, but by me, or by my word, which is my law, saith the Lord; and every thing that is in the world, whither it be ordained of men, by thrones, or principalities, or powers, or things of name, whatsoever they may be, that are not by me, or by my word, saith the Lord, shall be thrown down, and shall not remain after men are dead, neither in nor after the resurrection, saith the Lord your God: for whatsoever things remaineth, are by me; and whatsoever things are not by me, shall be shaken and destroyed.
Therefore, if a man marry him a wife in the world, and he marry [p. 1669]
11 July 1843 • Tuesday
July 11 I rode out with my family in the carriage.
12 July 1843 • Wednesday
July 12 I received the following revelation in [HC 5:500] the presence of my brother and Elder .
“Verily thus saith the Lord, unto you my servant Joseph, that inasmuch as you have enquired of my hand, to know and understand wherein I the Lord justified my servants, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; as also Moses, David, and Solomon, my servants, as touching the principle and doctrine of their having many wives, and concubines; Behold! and Lo, I am the Lord thy God, and will answer thee as touching this matter: therefore, prepare thy heart to receive and obey the instructions which I am about to give unto you; for all those, who have this law revealed unto them, must obey the same; for behold! I reveal unto you a new and an Everlasting Covenant, and if ye abide not that Covenant, then are ye damned; for no one can reject this covenant, and be permitted to enter into my glory for all who will have a blessing at my hands, shall abide the Law which was appointed for that blessing, and the conditions thereof, as was instituted from before the foundation of the world: and as pertaining to the New and everlasting covenant, it was instituted for the fulness of my glory; and he that receiveth a fulness thereof, must, and shall abide the Law, or he shall be damned, saith the Lord God.
And verily I say unto you, that the conditions of this Law are these: all Covenants, contracts, bonds, obligations, oaths, vows, performances, connections, associations, or expectations, that are not made, and entered into, and sealed, by the Holy Spirit of promise, of him who is anointed, both as well for time and for all eternity, and that too most holy, by revelation and commandment, through the median of mine anointed, whom I have appointed on the earth to hold power, (and I have appointed unto my servant Joseph to hold this power in the last days, and there is never but one on the earth at a time, on whom this power and the keys of this Priesthood are conferred,) are of no efficacy, virtue, or force, in and after the resurrection from the dead; for all contracts that are not made unto this end, have an end when men are dead.
Behold! mine house is a house of order, saith the Lord God, and not a house of confusion. Will I accept of an offering, saith the Lord, that is not made in my name! Or, will I receive at your hands, that which I have not appointed! And will I appoint unto you, saith the Lord, ex[HC 5:501]cept it be by law, even as I and my father ordained unto you, before the world was! I am the Lord thy God, and I give unto you this commandment, that no man shall come unto the Father, but by me, or by my word, which is my law, saith the Lord; and every thing that is in the world, whither it be ordained of men, by thrones, or principalities, or powers, or things of name, whatsoever they may be, that are not by me, or by my word, saith the Lord, shall be thrown down, and shall not remain after men are dead, neither in nor after the resurrection, saith the Lord your God: for whatsoever things remaineth, are by me; and whatsoever things are not by me, shall be shaken and destroyed.
Therefore, if a man marry him a wife in the world, and he marry [p. 1669]
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