Discourse, 23 July 1843, as Reported by Willard Richards

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Law and prophets were until John &c 15 16 luke. 16 v— Joseph prea[c]hed— introduction— It has gone ab[r]oad that I was no longer a prophet.— I said it Ironically. I supposd you would all understand. I was not that I would renounce the idea of being a prophet. but that I would renou[n]ce the idea of procla[i]ming myself such. and saying. that I bear the testimony of Jesus.
No greater love than that a man lay down his life for his finds [friends]. I discover 100s & 1000s ready to do it for me [p. [11]]
In the midst of business— &— find the spirit willing but the flesh is weak subject to like passions with other men.—
although I am under the necessity of bearing the infirmities of other men. &c——
on the other hand the same characters when th[e]y discover a weakness in brothr Joseph. blast his character. &c—
all that law. &c th[r]ough him to the church.—
he cannot be borne with a moment.
men mouth my troubles. wh[e]n <​I​> have trouble they forget it all [p. [12]]
I beli[e]ve in a principle of reciprociprocity [reciprocity]— if we live in a devilish world— &c—
I see no faults in the chirch.— let me be resurrected with the saints whethr to heaven or helll or any other good place—
good society. what do we care if the soc[i]ety is good?——
dont care what an a character is if he’s my frie[n]d.—— a fri[e]nd a true friend. & I will be a f[r]iend to him frie[n]dship is the grand fundamental prin[c]iple of Mormonism.
to revolutin [revolutionize?] civilize the world.— pour forth love.
fredship [friendship] like Blacksmith [p. [13]] shop.— I do not dwell upon you[r] faults. you shall not upon mine— after you have covered up all the faults among you— the prettyest thing is have no faults at all— meek. qui[e]t. &c— Presbyteri[a]n or any truth. emb[ra]ce that. Baptist. Methodist. &c— get all the good in the world. come out a pure mormon.
Last monday morni[n]g cert[a]in men cam[e] to me— Bro Joseph is no propht. he cant lead the chu[r]ch— you must lead the Chu[rc]h— if you resign I. felt curious— & said— here we lea[r]n in a priesthood after th[e] order of Melchisedek— Propht [p. [14]] priest & king— & I will adva[n]ce f[ro]m prophet to pri[e]st & then to King not to the kingdoms of this earth but of the most high god.
If I should would there be a great many disappoitd [disappointed] in ?
Law & prop[h]ets. &c— suffereth violenc[e] & the viol[e]nt taketh it by force— heavens and earth shall pass away. &c says christ. he was the rock &c—— gave the law 30 Ex. 30.31.— and thou shalt anoint A[a]ron &c. last chap Ex 15.— and thou shalt anoint. them &c.— a tittle of law which must be fulfilled.— provend hereditary.— fixed on the head of aron— down to Zachariahe— the father of John.—— Zachariah had no child— <​had not​> god gave him a son? [p. [15]] sent his angel to declare a son henc[e] John. with the keys.——
John king and— lawgiver
The Kingdom of heavn suffereth volenc [violence] &— The kingdm of heavn continuith in auth[o]rity. beareth suffereth violinc. until John. the authority taketh it by absolute power. John having the power— took the kingdom by authority.—
How do you know all this g[rea]t knowledge—? by the gift of the H.G. [Holy Ghost] arrested [wrested] the kingdom fr[o]m the Jews of these stony these dogs to raise up childrn unto Abraham [p. [16]]
John I must be baptized by you. why to answer my decreess.— John refusees— Jesus had no legal admin[is]trator before John.
No Salvation between the two lids of the bible without a legal administrator
Tis contrary to a Governors oath to send a man to . where he is prescribed in his religious opinions.—
Jesus was then the legal administrator.— & ordaind his apostles.
I will resume the subject at some futur[e] time.—— [p. [17]]