ly, until it shall be finished, from the corner stone thereof unto the top thereof; untill there shall not any thing remain that is not finished.
Verily I say unto you, let not my servant Joseph, neither my servant , neither my servant , get in debt any more for the building an unto my name.— But let my be built unto my name ac cording to the pattern which I will show un to them, and if my people build it not accor ding to the pattern which I shall show unto their presidency; I will not accept it at their hands. But if my people do build it accord ing to the pattern which I show unto their presidency, even my servant Joseph and his counsellors; then I will accept it at the hands of my people.
And again: Verily I say unto you, it is my will that the City should be built up speedily by the gathering of my saints; and also that other places should be appoint ed for stakes in the regions round about as they shall be manifested unto my servant Jo seph from time to time. For behold I will be with him, and I will sanctify him before the people; for unto him have I given the keys of this ministry. even so amen.
TO THE SAINTS ABROAD.
In order that the object for which the saints are gathered together in the last days, as spoken of by all the holy prophets since the world began, may be obtained, it is essentially necessary, that they should all be gathered in to the Cities appointed for that pur pose; as it will be much better for them all, in order that they may be in a sit uation to have the necessary instruc tion, to prepare them for the duties of their callings respectively.
The advantages of so doing are nu merous, while the disadvantages are few, if there are any. As intelligence is the great object of our holy religion, it is of all things important, that we should place ourselves in the best situ ation possible to obtain it. And we wish it to be deeply impressed on the minds of all, that to obtain all the knowledge which the circumstances of man will admit of, is one of the princi ple objects the saints have in gather ing together. Intelligence is the re sult of education, and education can only be obtained by living in compact society; so compact, that schools of all kinds can be supported, and that while we are supporting schools, we, without any exception, can be benefited there by.
It matters not how advanced many who embrace the gospel, be in life, the true object of their calling, is to in crease their intelligence; to give them knowledge and understanding in all things which pertain to their happiness and peace, both here and hereafter.— And it is therefore required, that they place themselves in a situation accord ingly.
Vain are the hopes of those who em brace the gospel, and then suppose, like the ignorant sectarians of the day, they have nothing more to do, but hold on to what they have gotten. Oh in deed! they think, or at least some of them do, that it is very well to have their priest educated, as well as they can; but for the people, they can serve God as well in ignorance as any other way: they can say their prayers, whether there is sense in them or not; and sing Psalms, it matters not wheth er they are suited to their condition or not; and thus in the most profound ig norance, with a learned blockhead, at their head, blunder on, until they blun der into heaven. But this stupid ignor ance cannot exist among the saints.— It will do well enough, for creatures that know not God, and have not obey ed the gospel. But for saints it will not do. The great God when he be gan to work for his name’s glory, nev er thought of doing so, by raising up a society of ignoramuses, but of men and women of intelligence; of first intelli gence. Of intelligence as high as hu man nature was susceptable; and by this means glorify himself.
One of the principal objects then, of our coming together, is to obtain the advantages of education; and in order to do this, compact society is absolute ly necessary: it cannot be obtained without it, at most only by the few, to the exclusion of the many; which is a principle, at war with the principles of the church of Christ; for the princi ple of the church is, that what one has, all have; and equal privileges must be granted to all, or else it is not the church of Christ. And if those, on whom the important duty of regulating this matter devolves, should neglect to do their duty in this matter, they will be found transgressors.
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