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Discourse, 19 December 1841, as Reported by Wilford Woodruff

Discourse, 19 December 1841, as Reported by Wilford Woodruff

Joseph the Seer arose & read a  chapter in the New Testiment containing the parable  of the vine & its branches & explained it much to our edif ication & said “if we kept the commandments of  God we should bring forth fruit & be the friends of  God & know what our Lord did, “Some say Joseph is  a fallen Prophet because he does not bring forth more  of the word of the Lord” “Why does he not do it ” are we able to receive it No (says he) not one in this  room, He then chastized us for our wickedness  & unbelief knowing that whom the Lord loveth he  chasteneth & scourgeth evry son & daughter whom  He receiveth & if we do not receive chastizement then  are we Bastards & not Sons. On Revelation He  said “A man would command his son to dig  potatoes, saddle his horse but before he had done  either tell him to do somthing els, this is all consider  right “But as soon as the Lord gives a command ment & revokes that decree & commands somthing  els then the prophet is considerd fallen &c”  Because we will not receive chastizment at the  hand of the Prophet & Apostles the Lord chast izeth us with sickness & death “Let not any man  publish his own righteousness for others can do that  for him.” sooner let him confess his sins & then he  will be forgiven & he will bring forth more fruit [p. [115]]
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JS, Discourse, Nauvoo, IL, 19 Dec. 1841; in Wilford Woodruff, Journal, pp. [115]–[116]; handwriting of Wilford Woodruff; CHL.

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