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Discourse, 26 December 1841, as Reported by Willard Richards

Discourse, 26 December 1841, as Reported by Willard Richards

December 26th. The public meeting of the saints was at President Joseph Smiths  house, on Sunday evening Dec 26th. and after Patriarch Hyram [Hyrum Smith]  & Elder Brigham [Young] had spoken on the principles of faith and the  gifts of the spirit. President Joseph read the 13th. chap of 1st corinthians  and a part of the 14 chap, and remarked that the gift of Tongues was necessary  in the church; <but> That if satan could not speak in tongues he could not tempt  a Dutchman, or any other nation, but the English, for he can tempt the Englishman,  for he has tempted me, & I am an Englishman; but the Gift of Tongues, by the power  of the Holy Ghost, in the church, is for the benefit of the servants of God to preach  to unbelievers, as on the days of Pentecost. when devout men from evry nation  shall assemble to hear of the things of God. let the <elders> preach to them in their  own Mother tongue. whither it is German, French, Spanish or Irish. or any  other. & let those interpret who understand the tongue <Language> spoken. in their mother  tongue. & this is what the Apostle meant. in 1s[t] corinthians 14.27. [p. 39]
JS, Discourse, Nauvoo, IL, 26 Dec. 1841; in Book of the Law of the Lord, p. 39; handwriting of Willard Richards; CHL.

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