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Discourse, 7 April 1844, as Reported by Willard Richards

Discourse, 7 April 1844, as Reported by Willard Richards

3¼ P.M.— Joseph commenced speaking  on the subject of the Dead— relative to the  death of elder King Follet[t] to who who was crushed  in a well. by the falling of a tub of rock on  him.—
If men do not compreh[e]nd the character  of God they do not comprehe[n]d themselves..  what kind of a being is God?— Eternal life is to know  God.— if man does not know God. has not  Eternal life.— if I am so fortunate as to comprehe[n]d  and explain the— [blank] let eve[r]y one sit in  silenc[e] and never lift your voice again[s]t the  servants of God again.
Every man has a right to be a false  prophet. as well as a true prophet.—
in the beginning. befor the world was.— Is a man  like one of yourselves— sh[o]uld you see  him to day, you would see a man in  fashion and in form. Adam was formd  in his likeness.——
refute the Idea that God was God from all  eternity— Jesus said as the father Had power  in himself even so hath the son power to do  what the fathr did.— Lay down his body. &  take it up again.—— you have got to learn how  to make you[r]selves Gods Kings. Prie[s]ts.— &— by going from a small to g[r]eat capacity. . . Till  they are able to dwell in evelastig [everlasting] burni[n]g &  everlasti[n]g power.—
how consoling when calld to part with a dear  frie[n]ds. to know their ve[r]y being will rise  to dwell in everlasti[n]g bunig [burning].— heirs of God. [p. [67]]
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JS, Discourse, Nauvoo, IL, 7 Apr. 1844; in JS, Journal, 1 Mar. 1844–22 June 1844, pp. 67–71; handwriting of Willard Richards; JS Collection, CHL.

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