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Discourse, 7 April 1844, as Reported by Wilford Woodruff

made in his image and talked with him & walked with him. In order to understand the dead for the Consolation of those that mourn, I want you to understand God and how he comes to be God. We suppose that God was God from Eternity, I will refute that Idea, or I will do away or take away the veil so you may see. It is the first principle to know that we may convers with him and that he once was a man like us, and the Father was once on an earth like us, And I wish I was in a suitable place to tell it The scriptures inform us mark it that Jesus Christ Said As the Father hath power in himself so hath the son power in himself to do what the father did even to lay down my body & take it up again do you believe it, if not, dont believe the bible, I defy all Hell and earth to refute it. And you have got to learn how to make yourselves God, king and priest, by going from a small capacity to a great capacity to the resurrection of the dead, to dwelling in everlasting burnings, I want you to know the first principle of this law, how consoling to the mourner when they part with a friend to know that though they lay down this body it will rise & dwell with everlasting burnings to be an heir of God & joint heir with Jesus Christ enjoying the same rise exhaltation & glory untill you arive at the station of a God. What did Jesus Christ do, the same thing as I see the Father do, see the father do what, work, out a kingdom, when I do so to I will give to the father which will add to his glory, He will take a Higher exhaltation & I will take his place and am also exhalted. These are the first principles of the gospel. It will take a long time after the grave to understand the whole If I should say anything but what was in the bible the cry of treason would be herd. I will then go to the bible, [p. [135]]
made in his image and talked with him <&> walked  with him. In order to understand the dead for  the Consolation of those that mourn, I want  you to understand God and how he comes to to be  God. We suppose that God was God from  Eternity, I will refute that Idea, or I will do  away or take away the veil so you may see. It is  the first principle to know that we may convers  with him and that he once was <a> man like us,  and the Father was once on an earth like us,  And I wish I was in a suitable place to tell it  The scriptures inform us mark it that Jesus Christ  Said As the Father hath power in himself so hath  the son power in himself to do what the father  did even to lay down my body & take it up again  do you believe it, if not, dont believe the bible,  I defy all Hell and earth to refute it. And you  have got to learn how to make yourselves God, king  and priest, by going from a small capacity  to a great capacity to the resurrection of the dead,  to dwelling in everlasting burnings, I want you  to know the first principle of this law, how cons oling to the mourner when they part with a friend  to know that though they lay down this body  it will rise & dwell with everlasting burnings to  be an heir of God & joint heir of <with> Jesus Christ  enjoying the same rise exhaltation & glory untill  you arive at the station of a God. What did Jesus  Christ do, the same thing as I se[e] the Father do,  see the father do what, work, out a kingdom, when  I do so to I will give to the father which will add to  his glory, He will take a Higher exhaltation & I  will take his place and am also exhalted. These  are the first principles of the gospel. It will take  a long time after the grave to understand the whole  If I should say anything but what was in the bible  the cry of treason would be herd. I will then  go to the bible, [p. [135]]
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