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History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

October 19 may be perfected, and prepared to meet the Lord Jesus Christ when he shall appear in great glory: can I rely on your prayers to our Heavenly Father on my behalf and on all the prayers of all my brethren and sisters in England (whom having not seen yet I love) that I may be enabled to escape every stratagem of Satan, surmount every difficulty and bring this people to the enjoyment of those blessings which are reserved for the righteous? I ask this at your hands in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let the Saints remember, that great things depend on their individual exertion, and that they are called to be coworkers with us and the Holy Spirit, in accomplishing the great work of the last days, and in consideration of the extent, the blessings and glories of the same, let every selfish feeling, be not only buried, but annihilated; and let love to God and man, predominate and reign triumphant in every mind, that their hearts may become like unto Enoch’s of old, and comprehend all things, present, past, and future, and come behind in no gift waiting for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. The work in which we are unitedly engaged is one of no ordinary kind the enemies we have to contend against are subtle and well skilled in manoeuvreing, it behooves us to be on the alert to concentrate our energies, and that the best feelings should exist in our midst, and then by the help of the Almighty, we shall go on from victory to victory, and from conquest to conquest, our evil passions will be subdued, our prejudices depart, we shall find no room in our bosoms for hatred, vice will hide its deformed head, and we shall stand approved in the sight of heaven and be acknowledged “the Sons of God”. Let us realize that we are not to live to ourselves, but to God, by so doing the greatest blessings wil rest upon us both in time and in Eternity. I presume the doctrine of “baptism for the dead,” has ere this reached your ears, and may have raised some inquiries in your minds, respecting the same. I cannot in this letter give you all the information you may desire on the subject, but aside from knowledge independent of the Bible, I would say that it was certainly practised by the Ancient Churches, and St. Paul endeavors to prove the doctrine of the resurrection from the same, and says “else what shall they do who are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead?” I first mentioned the doctrine in public, when preaching the funeral sermon of brother Seymour Brunson

1 Dec. 1798–10 Aug. 1840. Farmer. Born at Plattsburg, Clinton Co., New York. Son of Reuben Brunson and Sally Clark. Served in War of 1812. Married Harriet Gould of Hector, Tompkins Co., New York, ca. 1823. Baptized into LDS church by Solomon Hancock, Jan....

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, and have since then given general instructions to the Church on the subject. The Saints have the privilege of being baptized for those of their relatives who are dead, who they believe would have embraced the gospel, if they had been privileged with hearing it, and who have received the gospel in the Spirit, through the instrumentality of those who have been commissioned to preach to them while in prison. Without enlarging on the subject, you will undoubtedly see its consistency and reasonableness and it presents the Gospel of Christ in probably a more enlarged scale than some have imagined it. But as the performance of this rite is more particularly confined to this place, it will not be necessary to enter into particulars, at the same time I always feel glad to give all the information in my power, but my space will not allow me to do it. We had [p. 1118]
<October 19> may be perfected, and prepared to meet the Lord Jesus Christ when he shall  appear in great glory: can I rely on your prayers to our Heavenly Father on  my behalf and on all the prayers of all my brethren and sisters in England  (whom having not seen yet I love) that I may be enabled to escape every stratagem  of Satan, surmount every difficulty and bring this people to the enjoyment of  those blessings which are reserved for the righteous? I ask this at your hands in  the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let the Saints remember, that great things  depend on their individual exertion, and that they are called to be coworkers with  us and the Holy Spirit, in accomplishing the great work of the last days, and in  consideration of the extent, the blessings and glories of the same, let every selfish  feeling, be not only buried, but annihilated; and let love to God and man,  predominate and reign triumphant in every mind, that their hearts may become  like unto Enoch’s of old, and comprehend all things, present, past, and future,  and come behind in no gift waiting for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.  The work in which we are unitedly engaged is one of no ordinary kind the  enemies we have to contend against are subtle and well skilled in manoeuvreing,  it behooves us to be on the alert to concentrate our energies, and that the best feelings  should exist in our midst, and then by the help of the Almighty, we shall go  on from victory to victory, and from conquest to conquest, our evil passions will be  subdued, our prejudices depart, we shall find no room in our bosoms for hatred,  vice will hide its deformed head, and we shall stand approved in the sight of  heaven and be acknowledged “the Sons of God”. Let us realize that we are not to  live to ourselves, but to God, by so doing the greatest blessings wil rest upon us  both in time and in Eternity. I presume the doctrine of “baptism  for the dead,” has ere this reached your ears, and may have raised some  inquiries in your minds, respecting the same. I cannot in this letter  give you all the information you may desire on the subject, but aside  from knowledge independent of the Bible, I would say that it was  certainly practised by the Ancient Churches, and St. Paul endeavors to prove  the doctrine of the resurrection from the same, and says “else what shall they do  who are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then  baptized for the dead?” I first mentioned the doctrine in public, when preaching  the funeral sermon of brother <Seymour> Brunson

1 Dec. 1798–10 Aug. 1840. Farmer. Born at Plattsburg, Clinton Co., New York. Son of Reuben Brunson and Sally Clark. Served in War of 1812. Married Harriet Gould of Hector, Tompkins Co., New York, ca. 1823. Baptized into LDS church by Solomon Hancock, Jan....

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, and have since then given general  instructions to the Church on the subject. The Saints have the privilege of being  baptized for those of their relatives who are dead, who they believe would have  embraced the gospel, if they had been privileged with hearing it, and who  have received the gospel in the Spirit, through the instrumentality of those who  have been commissioned to preach to them while in prison. Without  enlarging on the subject, you will undoubtedly see its consistency and reasonableness  and it presents the Gospel of Christ in probably a more enlarged scale  than some have imagined it. But as the performance of this rite is  more particularly confined to this place, it will not be necessary to enter  into particulars, at the same time I always feel glad to give all the information  in my power, but my space will not allow me to do it. We had [p. 1118]
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JS, History, 1838–1856, vol. C-1, created 24 Feb. 1845–3 July 1845; handwriting of Thomas Bullock, Franklin D. Richards

2 Apr. 1821–9 Dec. 1899. Carpenter, businessman, newspaper editor. Born at Richmond, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of Phinehas Richards and Wealthy Dewey. Raised Congregationalist. Baptized into LDS church by Phinehas Richards, 3 June 1838, at Richmond...

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, Jonathan Grimshaw, and Leo Hawkins; 512 pages, plus 24 pages of addenda; CHL. This is the third volume of a six-volume manuscript history of the church. This third volume covers the period from 2 November 1838 to 31 July 1842; the remaining five volumes, labeled A-1, B-1, D-1, E-1 and F-1, continue through 8 August 1844.

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