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atives; the ordinances of the Gospel which were laid out before the foundation of the world have thus been fulfilled by them, and we may be baptized for those whom we have much friendship for; but it must first be revealed to the man of God, lest we should run too far. “As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." All shall be raised from the dead. The Lamb of God hath brought to pass the resurrection, so that all shall rise from the dead.—History of the Church, Vol. 6,
Salvation for the Dead—There is never a time when the spirit is too old to approach God. All are within the reach of pardoning mercy, who have not committed the unpardonable sin, which hath no forgiveness, neither in this world, nor in the world to come. There is a way to release the spirits of the dead; that is by the power and authority of the Priesthoodby binding and loosing on earth. This doctrine appears glorious, inasmuch as it exhibits the greatness of divine compassion, and benevolence in the extent of the plan of human salvation.
This glorious truth is well calculated to enlarge the understanding, and to sustain the soul under troubles, difficulties and distresses. For illustration, suppose the case of two men, brothers, equally intelligent, learned, virtuous and lovely, walking in uprightness and in all good conscience, so far as they have been able
to discern duty from the muddy stream of tradition, or from the blotted page of the book of nature.
One dies and is buried, having never heard the Gospel of reconciliation; to the other the message of salvation is sent, he hears and embraces it, and is made the heir of eternal life. Shall the one become the partaker of glory and the other be consigned to hopeless perdition? Is there no chance for his escape? Sectarianism answers “none." Such an idea is worse than atheism. The truth shall break down and dash in pieces all such bigoted Pharisaism; the sects shall be sifted, the honest in heart brought out, and their priests left in the midst of their corruption. *
This doctrine presents in a clear light the wisdom and mercy of God in preparing an ordinance for the salvation of the dead, being baptized by proxy, their names recorded in heaven and they judged according to the deeds done in the body. This doctrine was the burden of the scriptures. Those Saints who neglect it in behalf of their deceased relatives, do it at the peril of their own salvation. The dispensation of the fullness of times will bring to light the things that have been revealed in all former dispensations; also other things that have not been before revealed. He shall send Elijah, the Prophet, &c., and restore all things in Christ. History of the Church, Vol. 4, p. 425.
Salvation for the Dead-See Baptism for the Dead.
Scripture Correction—“The Spirit maketh intercession for us with groanings and cannot be uttered.” It would be better thus:-“The Spirit maketh intercession for us with striving which cannot be expressed.”—History of the Church, Vol. 5, p. 264.
The 7th verse of the 2nd chapter of Genesis ought to read—God breathed into Adam his spirit [i. e. Adam's spirit] or breath of life; but when the word "rauch" applies to Eve, it should be translated lives.-History of the Church, Vol. 5, p. 392.
Genesis 6:6, “It repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth;" also Numbers 23:19, “God is not a man that he should lie; neither the son of man that he should repent;" which I do not believe. But it ought to read, “It repented Noah that God made man.” This I believe, and then the other quotation stands fair.—History of the Church, Vol. 6, p. 57.
The first principles of the gospel, as I believe, are faith, repentance, baptism for the remission of sins, with the promise of the Holy Ghost. Look at Hebrews 6:1 for contradictions—"Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrines of Christ, let us go on unto perfection.” If man leaves the principles of the doctrine of Christ how can he be saved in the principles? This is a contradiction, I don't believe it. I will render it as it should be"Therefore not leaving the principles of the
doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection.” -History of the Church, Vol. 6, p. 57.
Jesus said, “There are many mansions in my Father's house, and I will go and prepare a place for you." "House" here named should have been translated kingdom; and any person who is exalted to the highest mansion has to abide a celestial law, and the whole law too.History of the Church, Vol. 6, p. 184.
The Bible says, “I will send you Elijah the Prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord; and he shall turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to the fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. Now, the word “turn” here should be translated "bind” or “seal.”—History of the Church, Vol. 6, p. 183.
Scripture Explanation-Elder Jedediah M. Grant enquired of me the cause of my turning pale and losing strength last night while blessing children. I told him that I saw that Lucifer would exert his influence to destroy the children that I was blessing, and I strove with all the faith and spirit that I had to seal upon them a blessing that would secure their lives upon the earth; and so much virtue went out of me into the children, that I became weak, from which I have not yet recovered; and I referred to the case of the woman touching the hem of the garment of Jesus. (Luke 8th chapter.) The virtue here referred to is the spirit of life;
and a man who exercises great faith in administering to the sick, blessing little children, or confirming, is liable to become weakened.History of the Church, Vol. 5, p. 303.
Scriptures Expounded–The subject I intend to speak upon this morning is one that I have seldom touched upon since I commenced my ministry in the Church. It is a subject of great speculation, as well amongst the elders of this Church, as amongst the divines of the day: it is in relation to the beasts spoken of by John the Revelator. I have seldom spoken from the revelations; but as my subject is a constant source of speculation amongst the elders, causing a division of sentiment and opinion in relation to it, I now do it in order that division and difference of opinion may be done away with, and not that correct knowledge on the subject is so much needed at the present time.
It is not very essential for the elders to have knowledge in relation to the meaning of beasts, and heads and horns, and other figures made use of in the revelations; still, it may be necessary, to prevent contention and division and do away with suspense. If we get puffed up by thinking that we have much knowledge, we are apt to get a contentious spirit, and correct knowledge is necessary to cast out that spirit.
The evil of being puffed up with correct (though useless) knowledge is not so great as the evil of contention. Knowledge does away with darkness, suspense and doubt; for these cannot exist where knowledge is.