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Letter to Noah C. Saxton, 4 January 1833

the Apostolic platform, and who can look at this, and not exclaim in the language of Isaiah, [“]the earth is defiled under the inhabitants thereof because they have transgressed the Laws; changed the ordinances and broken the everlasting covenant”
The plain fact is this, the power of God begins to fall upon the Nations, and the light of the latter day glory begins to break forth through the dark atmosphere of sectarian wickedness and their iniquity rools [rolls] up into view and the Nations of the Gentiles

Those who were not members of the House of Israel. More specifically, members of the church identified gentiles as those whose lineage was not of the Jews or Lamanites (understood to be the American Indians in JS’s day). Certain prophecies indicated that ...

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are like the waves of the sea casting up mire and dirt or all in commotion and they hastily are preparing to act the part allotted them when the Lord rebukes the nations, when he shall rule them with a rod of iron & break them in peaces like a potters vessel, The Lord has declared to his servants some Eighteen months since that he was then withdrawing his spirit from the earth, and we can see that such is the fact for not only the churches are dwindling away, but there are no conversions, or but very few, and this is not all, the governments of the earth are thrown into confusion & division, and distruction to the eye of the spiritual beholder seemes to be writen by the finger of an invisable hand in Large capitals upon almost evry thing we behold——
And now what remains to be done under circumstances like these, I will proceed to tell you what the Lord requires of all people high and Low, rich and poor, male and female, ministers & people professors of religeon, and nonproffessors in order that they may enjoy the holy spirit of God to a fulness, and escape the Judgments of God which are almost ready to burst upon the nations of the earth— Repent of all your sins and be baptized in water

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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for the remission of them, in the name of the father, and of the son, and of the Holy Ghost, and receive the ordinance

A religious rite. JS taught that ordinances were covenants between man and God, in which believers could affirm faith, gain spiritual knowledge, and seek blessings. Some ordinances were considered requisite for salvation. The manner in which ordinances were...

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of the laying on of the 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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of him who is ordained

The conferral of power and authority; to appoint, decree, or set apart. Church members, primarily adults, were ordained to ecclesiastical offices and other responsibilities by the laying on of hands by those with the proper authority. Ordinations to priesthood...

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and sealed

To confirm or solemnize. In the early 1830s, revelations often adopted biblical usage of the term seal; for example, “sealed up the testimony” referred to proselytizing and testifying of the gospel as a warning of the approaching end time. JS explained in...

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unto this power, that ye may receive the holy spirit of God, and this according to the holy scriptures, and of the Book of Mormon; and [p. 16]
the Apostolic platform, and who can look at this, and and not exclaim  in the language of Isaiah, [“]the earth is defiled under the inhabitants  thereof because they have transgressed the Laws; changed the ordinances  and broken the everlasting covenant”
The plain fact is this, the power of  God begins to fall upon the Nations, and the light of the latter  day glory begins to break forth through the dark atmosphere of  sectarian wickedness and their iniquity rools [rolls] up into view  and the Nations of the Gentiles

Those who were not members of the House of Israel. More specifically, members of the church identified gentiles as those whose lineage was not of the Jews or Lamanites (understood to be the American Indians in JS’s day). Certain prophecies indicated that ...

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are like the waves of the sea casting  up mire and dirt or all in commotion and they hastily are  preparing to act the part allotted them when the Lord rebukes  the nations, when he shall rule them with a rod of iron &  break them in peaces like a potters vessel, The Lord has  declared to his servants some Eighteen months since that  he was then withdrawing his spirit from the earth, and  we can see that such is the fact for not only the churches are  dwindling away, but there are no convers[i]ons, or but very  few, and this is not all, the governments of the earth are  thrown into confusion & division, and distruction to  the eye of the spiritual beholder seemes to be writen by  the finger of an invisable hand in Large capitals upon  almost evry thing we behold——
And now what remains to be done  under circumstan[c]es like these, I will proce[e]d to tell you  what the Lord requires of all people high and Low, rich  and poor, male and female, ministers & people professors  of religeon, and nonproffessors in order that they may  enjoy the holy spirit of God to a fulness, and escape the Judg ments of God which are almost ready to burst upon the nations  of the earth— Repent of all your sins and be baptized  in water

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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for the remission of them, in the name of the  father, and of the son, and of the Holy Ghost, and receive  the ordinance

A religious rite. JS taught that ordinances were covenants between man and God, in which believers could affirm faith, gain spiritual knowledge, and seek blessings. Some ordinances were considered requisite for salvation. The manner in which ordinances were...

View Glossary
of the laying on of the 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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of him who  is ordained

The conferral of power and authority; to appoint, decree, or set apart. Church members, primarily adults, were ordained to ecclesiastical offices and other responsibilities by the laying on of hands by those with the proper authority. Ordinations to priesthood...

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and sealed

To confirm or solemnize. In the early 1830s, revelations often adopted biblical usage of the term seal; for example, “sealed up the testimony” referred to proselytizing and testifying of the gospel as a warning of the approaching end time. JS explained in...

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unto this power, that ye may  receive the holy spirit of God, and this according to  the holy scriptures, and of the Book of Mormon; and [p. 16]
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