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Discourse, 16 May 1841, as Reported by Times and Seasons

Discourse, 16 May 1841, as Reported by Times and Seasons

Sunday Morning, May 16th, 1841.
The indications of the morning prom ised a beautiful day. At 10 o’clock  A. M. a large concourse of the saints  assembled on the meeting ground and  were addressed by Pres. Joseph Smith,  who spoke at considerable length. He  commenced his observations by remar king that the kindness of our Heaven ly Father, called for our heartfelt grat itude. He then observed that satan  was generally blamed for the evils  which we did, but if he was the cause  of all our wickedness, men could not be  condemned. The devil cannot compel  mankind to evil, all was voluntary.—  Those who resist the spirit of God, are  liable to be led into temptation, and then  the association of heaven is withdrawn  from those who refuse to be made par takers of such great glory—God would  not exert any compulsory means and  the Devil could not; and such ideas as  were entertained by many were absurd.  The creature was made subject to van ity, not willingly, but Christ subjected  the same in hope—we are all subject  to vanity while we travel through the  crooked paths, and difficulties which  surround us. Where is the man that is  free from vanity? None ever were [p. 429]
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JS, Discourse, Nauvoo, IL, 16 May 1841; in Times and Seasons, 1 June 1841, 2:429–430.

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