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Discourse, 20 March 1842, as Reported by Wilford Woodruff

March 20th. Sunday. Sermon of Joseph the Seer
A large assembly of Saints gather together at an early hour to hear a discours deliverd upon the subject of Baptism by Joseph the Seer, but as a young child was dead & his Corpes presented in the assembly it called forth many remarks from The speaker upon death & the resurrection which were in the highest degree interesting & his remarks upon Baptism was truly glorious to the believer in Jesus Christ The following is a brief synopsis of some of the items presented in the discours
The Speaker read the 14 ch Revelations. And so yes “we have again the warning voice sounded in our midst which shows the uncertainty of human life. And in my leasure moments I have meditated upon the subject, & asked the question Why is it that, infant innocent children are taken away from us, esspecially those that seem to be most intelligent beings” Answer “This world is a vary wicked world & it is a proverb that the world grow weaker & wiser, but if it is the case the world grows more wicked & corrupt. In the early ages of the world A richeoos righteous man & a man of God & intellgence had a better chance to do good to be received & believed than at the present day, but in these days such a man is much opposed & persecuted by most of the inhabitants of the earth & he has much sorrow to pass through, hence the Lord takes many away even in infancy that they may escape the envy of man, the sorrows & evils of this present world & they were two pure & to lovly to live on Earth, Therefore if rightly considerd , instead of morning we have reason to rejoice, as they are deliverd from evil & we shall soon have them again, What chance is their for infidelity when we are parting with our friends almost daily none at all The infidel will grasp at evry straw for help untill death stares him in the face & then his infidelity [p. [134]]
March 20th. Sunday. Sermon of Joseph the Seer
A large assembly of Saints gather together at  an early hour to hear a discours deliverd upon the  subject of Baptism by Joseph the Seer, but as a  young child was dead & his Corpes presented in the  assembly it called forth many remarks from The  speaker upon death & the resurrection which were  in the highest degree interesting & his remarks  upon Baptism was truly glorious to the believer  in Jesus Christ The following is a brief synopsis  of some of the items presented in the discours
The Speaker read the 14 ch Revelations. And so yes  “we have again the warning voice sounded in our midst  which shows the uncertainty of human life. And  in my leasure moments I have meditated upon the  subject, & asked the question Why is it that, infant  innocent children are taken away from us, esspeci ally those that seem to be most intelligent beings”  Answer “This world is a vary wicked world &  it is a proverb that the world grow weaker &  wiser, but if it is the case the world grows more wicke[d]  & corrupt. In the early ages of the world A rich eoos [righteous] man & a man of God & intellgence had a better  chance to do good to be received & believed than at  the present day, but in these days such a man is  much opposed & persecuted by most of the inh abitants of the earth & he has much sorrow to pass  through, hence the Lord takes many away even in  infancy that they may escape the envy of man,  the sorrows & evils of this present world & they were  two pure & to lovly to live on Earth, Therefore if  rightly considerd we have, instead of morning we  have reason to rejoice, as they are deliverd from evil  & we shall soon have them again, What chance  is their for infidelity when we are parting with  our friends almost daily none at all The  infidel will grasp at evry straw for help untill  death stares him in the face & then his infidelity [p. [134]]
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