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Letter to Isaac Galland, 22 March 1839

unto them go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature, and he that believeth and is baptized

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shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be damned.” Hear you will see the doctrine of faith: and again, Acts 2nd chap. 28 verse, “Then Peter said unto them repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” Hear you see the doctrine of repentance and baptism for the remission of sins, and the gift of the Holy Ghost, connected by the promise inseperably. Now I want you to consider the high standing of Peter; he was now being endowed

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with power from on high and held the keys

Authority or knowledge of God given to mankind. In the earliest records, the term keys primarily referred to JS’s authority to unlock the “mysteries of the kingdom.” Early revelations declared that both JS and Oliver Cowdery held the keys to bring forth “...

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of the kingdom of heaven. Mathew 16th chap. 19th verse, and I will give unto you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” This was the character, Sir, that made the glorious promise of the gift of the Holy Ghost, predicated upon the baptism for the remission of sins: and he did not say that it was confined to that generation, but see further: Acts 2nd chap. 39th verse, “for the promise is unto you, and your children, and to all who are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” Then, Sir, if the callings of God extend unto us, we come within the perview of Peter’s promise. Now where is the man who is authorized to put his finger on the spot and say, thus far shalt thou go and no farther: there is no man. Therefore let us receive the whole, or none. And again, concerning the doctrine of the laying on of hands

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. Act 8th chap. 14th to 17th verse. Now when the apostles, which were at Jerusalem, heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John; who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost; for as yet he was fallen upon none of them, only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.— Then laid they their hands upon them, and they received the Holy Ghost.— Acts 19th chap. 5th–6th verses.— When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.— And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues and prophesied. We discover by these, the doctrine of the laying on of the hands.— And for the doctrine of the resurrection of the dead and of eternal judgment: Hebrews 6th chap. 2nd verse, of the doctrine of baptism, and of laying on of the hands, and of reserrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. I consider these to be some of the leading items of the gospel, as taught by Christ and his apostles, and as received by those whom they taught. I wish you would look at these, carefully and closely, and you will readily perceive that the difference between me and other religious teachers, is in the bible; and the bible and them for it: and as far as they teach the gospel of Jesus Christ, as it is verily written, and are inspired, and called as was Aaron, I feel myself bound to bow with all defference to their mandates and teachings; but see Gallations, 1st chap. 6th to 10th verse. I marvel that you are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ, unto another Gospel; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. Further, the 11–12 verses. But, I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man; for I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Please Sir, to pardon me for having obtruded thus lengthy upon your feelings, as you are a stranger to me; and I know nothing of you, only what I have read in your letter, and from that I have taken the liberty which I have. Be assured Sir, that I have the most liberal sentiments, and feelings of charity towards all sects, parties, and denominations; and the rights and liberties of concience, I hold most sa [p. 55]
unto them go ye into all the world and  preach the gospel to every creature,  and he that believeth and is baptized

An ordinance in which an individual is immersed in water for the remission of sins. The Book of Mormon explained that those with necessary authority were to baptize individuals who had repented of their sins. Baptized individuals also received the gift of...

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 shall be saved, but he that believeth  not shall be damned.” Hear you will  see the doctrine of faith: and again,  Acts 2nd chap. 28 verse, “Then Peter  said unto them repent and be baptized  every one of you in the name of Jesus  Christ for the remission of sins, and  ye shall receive the gift of the Holy  Ghost.” Hear you see the doctrine of  repentance and baptism for the remis sion of sins, and the gift of the Holy  Ghost, connected by the promise insep erably. Now I want you to consider  the high standing of Peter; he was now  being endowed

The terms endow, endowed, and endowment—as well as endued and enduement—were used to describe the bestowal of spiritual blessings upon the Latter-day Saints. In common usage, these terms meant essentially the same thing: to clothe, to put on, to furnish, ...

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with power from on  high and held the keys

Authority or knowledge of God given to mankind. In the earliest records, the term keys primarily referred to JS’s authority to unlock the “mysteries of the kingdom.” Early revelations declared that both JS and Oliver Cowdery held the keys to bring forth “...

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of the kingdom  of heaven. Mathew 16th chap. 19th  verse, and I will give unto you the keys  of the kingdom of heaven, and what soever thou shalt bind on earth shall be  bound in heaven, and whatsoever  thou shalt loose on earth shall be loos ed in heaven.” This was the char acter, Sir, that made the glorious prom ise of the gift of the Holy Ghost, pre dicated upon the baptism for the re mission of sins: and he did not say that  it was confined to that generation, but  see further: Act[s] 2nd chap. 39th verse,  “for the promise is unto you, and your  children, and to all who are afar off,  even as many as the Lord our God  shall call.” Then, Sir, if the callings  of God extend unto us, we come within  the perview of Peter’s promise. Now  where is the man who is authorized to  put his finger on the spot and say, thus  far shalt thou go and no farther: there  is no man. Therefore let us receive  the whole, or none. And again, con cerning the doctrine of the laying on  of hands

A practice in which individuals place their hands upon a person to bestow the gift of the Holy Ghost; ordain to an office or calling; or confer other power, authority, or blessings, often as part of an ordinance. The Book of Mormon explained that ecclesiastical...

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. Act 8th chap. 14th to 17th  verse. Now when the apostles, which  were at Jerusalem, heard that Samaria  had received the word of God, they  sent unto them Peter and John; who,  when they were come down, prayed  for them, that they might receive the  Holy Ghost; for as yet he was fallen  upon none of them, only they were bap tized in the name of the Lord Jesus.—  Then laid they their hands upon them,  and they received the Holy Ghost.—  Acts 19th chap. 5th–6th verses.—  When they heard this, they were bap tized in the name of the Lord Jesus.—  And when Paul had laid his hands up on them, the Holy Ghost came on them;  and they spake with tongues and proph esied. We discover by these, the doc trine of the laying on of the hands.—  And for the doctrine of the resurrec tion of the dead and of eternal judg ment: Hebrews 6th chap. 2nd verse,  of the doctrine of baptism, and of lay ing on of the hands, and of reserrec tion of the dead, and of eternal judgment.  I consider these to be some of the leading  items of the gospel, as taught by Christ  and his apostles, and as received by  those whom they taught. I wish you  would look at these, carefully and  closely, and you will readily perceive  that the difference between me and  other religious teachers, is in the bible;  and the bible and them for it: and as  far as they teach the gospel of Jesus  Christ, as it is verily written, and are  inspired, and called as was Aaron, I  feel myself bound to bow with all def ference to their mandates and teach ings; but see Gallations, 1st chap. 6th  to 10th verse. I marvel that you are  so soon removed from him that called  you into the grace of Christ, unto an other Gospel; but there be some that trou ble you, and would pervert the gospel of  Christ. But though we, or an angel  from heaven, preach any other gospel  unto you than that which we have  preached unto you, let him be accurs ed. As we said before, so say I now  again, if any man preach any other  gospel unto you than that ye have re ceived, let him be accursed. For do I  now persuade men or God? or do I  seek to please men? for if I yet pleased  men, I should not be the servant of  Christ. Further, the 11–12 verses.  But, I certify you, brethren, that the gos pel which was preached of me is not  after man; for I neither received it  of man, neither was I taught it, but  by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Please Sir, to pardon me for having  obtruded thus lengthy upon your feel ings, as you are a stranger to me;  and I know nothing of you, only what  I have read in you[r] letter, and from  that I have taken the liberty which I  have. Be assured Sir, that I have the  most liberal sentiments, and feelings  of charity towards all sects, parties,  and denominations; and the rights and  liberties of concience, I hold most sa [p. 55]
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15 May 1791–27 Sept. 1858. Merchant, postmaster, land speculator, doctor. Born at Somerset Co., Pennsylvania. Son of Matthew Galland and Hannah Fenno. Married first Nancy Harris, 22 Mar. 1811, in Madison Co., Ohio. Married second Margaret Knight, by 1816....

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, 22 Mar. 1839; Times and Seasons, Feb. 1840, pp. 51–56.

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