Discourse, circa 28 March 1841

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Next Meeting Meeting on sunday Joseph Reads the 38th. Ch— of Job. in the book he says is a great Display of human Nature— it is very Natureal for a man when he sees his fellow man afflicted his Natureal conclusion is that he is suffering the Rath of an angry God & turn from him in haste not knowing the purposes of God
he says the spirit or the inteligence of men are self Existant principles before the foundation this Earth— & quotes the Lords question to Job “where wast thou when I [p. [17]] Laid the foundation of the Earth” Evedencing that Job was <​in​> Existing somewhere at that time he says God is Good & all his acts is for the benefit of infereir [inferior] inteligences— God saw that those inteligences had Not power to Defend themselves against those that had a tabernicle therefore the Lord Calls them together in Counsel & agrees to form them tabernicles so that he might Gender the spirit & the tabernicle togather so as to create sympathy for their fellow man— for it is a Natureal thing with those spirits that has the most power to bore down on those of Lesser power so we see the Devil is without a tabernicle & the Lord has set bands to all Spirits.— & hence came the saying Jesus thou son of David why art thou come to torment us before the time, & Jesus Comanded him to Come out of the Man & the Devil besought him that he might enter in a herd of swine Near by (for the Devil knew they were a Coveitous people & if he could Kill their Hogs that would Drive Jesus out of their coasts & he then <​would​> have tabernicle enough) & Jesus permitted him to Enter into the swine [p. [18]]


  1. 1

    See Job 22:1–10; and Discourse, 29 Sept. 1839.  

  2. 2

    Job 38:4.  

  3. 3

    Meaning “engender.”  

  4. 4

    In an 1839 letter to the church written while he was in jail at Liberty, Missouri, JS lamented that “we have learned by sad experiance that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men as soon as they get a little authority as they suppose they will imediately begin to xercise unritious dominion.” (Letter to Edward Partridge and the Church, ca. 22 Mar. 1839.)  

  5. 5

    See Matthew 8:28–32. JS had previously referenced the account of the swine of Gergesa in a sermon given in January 1841. In that discourse he reportedly taught: “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 swines body to having none. All beings who have bodies have power over those who have not.” (Accounts of Meeting and Discourse, 5 Jan. 1841; see also “The Book of Abraham,” Times and Seasons, 15 Mar. 1842, 3:720 [Abraham 3:26–28].)  

  6. 6

    See Matthew 8:34; and Mark 5:17.  

  7. 7

    See Mark 5:13; and Matthew 8:32.