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Discourse, 7 April 1844, as Reported by Wilford Woodruff

to eat drink and sleep, & this is all man knows about God or his exhistance, except what is given by the inspiration of the Almighty. go then to the beginning that you may understand. I ask this congregation what kind of a being is God? turn your thoughts in your hearts, & say have any of you seen or herd him, or communed with him? this is a question that may occupy your attention The scriptures inform us that this is eternal life to know the ownly wise God & Jesus Christ whom He has sent. If any inquire what kind of a being God is— I would say If you dont know God you have not eternal life, go back & find out what kind of a being God is. If I am the man that shows you what kind of a being God is, then let evry man & woman sit in silence and never lift up his hand against me again, if I do not do it, I will not make any further pretentions to inspiration or to be a prophet, I would be like the rest of the world, fals teachers & you would want to take my life. But you might just as well take the lives of other fals teachers as mine if I was fals, But meddle not with any man for his religion, evry goverment ought to permit evry man to enjoy his religion, I will show the world is wrong by showing what God is. I am going to inquire after God so that you may know God, that persecution may cease Concerning me, I go back to the beginning to show what kind of a being God, was, I will tell you & hear it O Earth! God who sits in yonder heavens is a man like yourselves That God if you were to see him to day that holds the worlds you would see him like a man in form, like yourselves. Adam was [p. [134]]
to eat drink and sleep, & this is all man knows  about God or his exhistance, except what is given  by the inspiration of the Almighty. go then to  the beginning that you may understand. I ask  this congregation what kind of a being is God?  turn your thoughts in your hearts, & say have any  of you seen or herd him, or communed with him<?>  this is a question that may occupy your attention  The scriptures inform us that this is eternal life  to know the ownly wise God & Jesus Christ whom  He has sent. If any inquire what kind of a  being God is— I would say If you dont know God  you have not eternal life, go back & find out  what kind of a being God is. If I am the man  that shows you what kind of a being God  is, then let evry man & woman sit in silence  and never lift up his hand against me again,  if I do not do it, I will not make any further  pretentions to inspiration or to be a prophet,  I would be like the rest of the world, fals teachers  & you would want to take my life. But you  might just as well take the lives of other fals teachers  as mine if I was fals, But meddle not with  any man for his religion, evry goverment ought  to permit evry man to enjoy his religion, I will  show the world is wrong by showing what God is.  I am going to inquire after God so that you  may know God, that persecution may cease  Concerning me, I go back to the beginning to  show what kind of a being God, was, I will  tell you & hear it O Earth! God who sits  in yonder heavens is a man like yourselves  That God if you were to see him to day that  holds the worlds you would see him like a  man in form, like yourselves. Adam was [p. [134]]
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, IL, 7 Apr. 1844; in Wilford Woodruff, Diary, pp. [133]–[140]; handwriting of Wilford Woodruff

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