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Discourse, 7 April 1844, as Reported by Thomas Bullock

I do not calulate to please your ears with oratory with much leang but I calculate to edify you with simple truths from Heaven— I wish to go back to the begin: of creation— it is necessary to know the mind decree & ordinatn. of the great Eloe beging. at the creatn. & it is necy. for us to have an understandg. of God in the beging. if we start right it is very easy for us to go right all the time but if we start wrong it is hard to get right there are very few who understand rightly the character of God— they do not comprehend any thing that is past or that which is to come & com: but little more than the brute beast if as man learns know nothing more than to eat, drink, sleep, & does not comprehend any of the desns. of God the Beast can the same thing eats drin sleeps— noes nothing more & how are we to do it by no or. way then the Inspr of A God I want to go back to the begin & so get you into a more lofty splen than what the human being generally understands I want to ask this cong: every man wom: & child to ansr. the questn. in their own heart what kind of a being is God I agn. rept. the questn. what kind of a being is God does any man or woman know have any of you seen, him heard him, communed with him, here is the questn. that will peradventure from this time henceforth occupy your attentn.— the Apos: says this is Eternal life to know God & J. C Jesus Christ who he has sent— that is eternl. life if any man enquire what kind of a being is God if he will search deligently his own heart that unless he knows God he has no eternal life— my first object is to find out the character of the true God & if I shod. be the man to com: the God & I com: them to your heart let every man & woman henceforth shut their mouths & never say anything agst. the man of God & If I do not do it I have no right to revn. inspn. if all are pretension to God they will all be as bad off as I am they will all say I ought to be d d damned there is not a man or wom who wod not breath out an anathema on my head & some wod. feel authd to take away my life— if any man is authd. to take away my life who say I am a false teacher so I shod. have the same right to all false teacher & where wod. be the end of the blood & there is no law in the heart of God that wod. allow any one to interfere with the rights of man every man has a right to be a false as well as a true prophet— if I shew verily that I have the truth of God & shew that [p. 15]
I do not calulate to please your ears with oratory with much leang  but I calculate to edify you with simple truths from Heaven— I wish to go  back to the begin: of creation— it is necessary to know the mind decree  & ordinatn. of the great Eloe beging. at the creatn. & it is necy. for us to have  an understandg. of God in the beging. if we start right it is very easy for us  to go right all the time but if we start wrong it is hard to get right  there are very few who understand rightly the char[acter] of God— they do not  comprehend any thing that is past or that which is to come & com: but  little more than the brute beast if as man learns know nothing more  than to eat, drink, sleep, & does not comprehend any of the desns. of God  the Beast can the same thing eats drin sleeps— noes nothing more  & how are we to do it by no or. way then the Inspr of A God  I want to go back to the begin & so get you into a more lofty splen  than what the human being generally understands I want to ask this  cong: every man wom: & child to ansr. the questn. in their own heart what  kind of a being is God I agn. rept. the questn. what kind of a being is God  does any man or woman know have any of you seen, him heard him,  communed with him, here is the questn. that will peradventure from  <this time> henceforth occupy your attentn.— the Apos: says this is Eternal life to  know God & J. C [Jesus Christ] who he has sent— that is eternl. life if any man enquire  what kind of a being is God if he will search deligently his own heart  that unless he knows God he has no eternal life— my first object is to  find out the character of the true God & if I shod. be the man to  com: the God & I com: them to your heart let every man & woman  henceforth shut their mouths & never say anything agst. the man of God  & If I do not do it I have no right to revn. inspn. if all are pretension  to the God they will all be as bad off as I am they will all say I ought  to be d d [damned?] there is not a man or wom who wod not breath out an anathema  on my head & some wod. feel authd to take away my life— if any man is  authd. to take away my life who say I am a false teacher so I shod. have the  same right to all false teacher & where wod. be the end of the blood  & there is no law in the heart of God that wod. allow any one to interfere  with the rights of man every man has a right to be a false as well as a  true prophet— if I shew verily that I have the truth of God & shew that [p. 15]
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