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Letter to the Elders of the Church, 2 October 1835

remission of sins should be preached unto all nations.
“Then Peter said unto them, repent, and be baptized

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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. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”—Acts 2:38,39.
By this we learn, that the promise of the Holy Ghost, is unto as many as the doctrine of repentance was to be preached, which was unto all nations. And we discover also, that the promise was to extend by lineage: for Peter says, “not only unto you, but unto your children, and unto all that are afar off.” From this we infer that it was to continue unto their children’s children, and even unto as many generations as should come after, even as many as the Lord their God should call.—We discover here that we are blending two principles together, in these quotations. The first is the principle of repentance, and the second is the principle of remission of sins. And we learn from Peter, that remission of sins is obtained by baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ; and the gift of the Holy Ghost follows inevitably: for, says Peter, “you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” Therefore we believe in preaching the doctrine of repentance in all the world, both to old and young, rich and poor, bond and free, as we shall endeavor to show hereafter—how and in what manner, and how far it is binding upon the consciences of mankind, making proper distinctions between old and young men, women and children, and servants.
But we discover, in order to be benefitted by the doctrine of repentance, we must believe in obtaining the remission of sins. And in order to obtain the remission of sins, we must believe in the doctrine of baptism, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. And if we believe in baptism for the remission of sins, we may expect a fulfilment of the promise of the Holy Ghost: for the promise extends to all whom the Lord our God shall call. And hath he not surely said, as you will find in the last chapter of Revelations:
“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth, say, Come. And let him that is athirst, come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” Rev. 22:17.
Again the Savior says:
“Come unto me, all ye that labor, and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”—Math. 11:28,29,30.
Again Isaiah says:
“Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. Surely, shall one say, in the Lord have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed.”—Isaiah 45:22,23,24.
And to show further connections in proof of the doctrine above named, we quote the following scriptures:
“Him hath God exalted with his right hand, to be a Prince and a Savior, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.”—Acts 5:31,32.
“But when they believed Philip, preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Then Simon himself believed also; and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done. Now when the apostles

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, 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 on them, and they received the Holy Ghost. * * * And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water; and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?—And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. And, when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing. But Philip was found at Azotus: and, passing through, he preached in all the cities, till he came to Cesarea.”—Acts 8:12,13,14,15,16,17,——36, to the end.
“While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision, which believed, were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles

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also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost: for they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.”—Acts 10:44,45,46,47,48.
“And on the Sabbath, we went out of the city, by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake un [p. 181]
remission of sins should be preached  unto all nations.
“Then Peter said unto them, repent, and  be baptized

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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. For  the promise is unto you, and to your children,  and to all that are afar off, even as many as  the Lord our God shall call.”—Acts 2:38,39.
By this we learn, that the promise  of the Holy Ghost, is unto as many as  the doctrine of repentance was to be  preached, which was unto all nations.  And we discover also, that the promise  was to extend by lineage: for Peter  says, “not only unto you, but unto  your children, and unto all that are afar  off.” From this we infer that it was  to continue unto their children’s chil dren, and even unto as many genera tions as should come after, even as ma ny as the Lord their God should call.— We discover here that we are blending  two principles together, in these quota tions. The first is the principle of re pentance, and the second is the princi ple of remission of sins. And we learn  from Peter, that remission of sins is  obtained by baptism in the name of the  Lord Jesus Christ; and the gift of the  Holy Ghost follows inevitably: for,  says Peter, “you shall receive the gift  of the Holy Ghost.” Therefore we  believe in preaching the doctrine of re pentance in all the world, both to old  and young, rich and poor, bond and  free, as we shall endeavor to show  hereafter—how and in what manner,  and how far it is binding upon the con sciences of mankind, making proper  distinctions between old and young men,  women and children, and servants.
But we discover, in order to be ben efitted by the doctrine of repentance, we  must believe in obtaining the remission  of sins. And in order to obtain the re mission of sins, we must believe in the  doctrine of baptism, in the name of the  Lord Jesus Christ. And if we believe  in baptism for the remission of sins,  we may expect a fulfilment of the prom ise of the Holy Ghost: for the promise  extends to all whom the Lord our God  shall call. And hath he not surely  said, as you will find in the last chap ter of Revelations:
“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come.  And let him that heareth, say, Come. And  let him that is athirst, come. And whosoev er will, let him take the water of life freely.”  Rev. 22:17.
Again the Savior says:
“Come unto me, all ye that labor, and are  heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take  my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am  meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find  rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy,  and my burden is light.”—Math. 11:28,29,30.
Again Isaiah says:
“Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the  ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is  none else. I have sworn by myself, the word  is gone out of my mouth in righteousness,  and shall not return, that unto me every knee  shall bow, every tongue shall swear. Surely,  shall one say, in the Lord have I righteous ness and strength: even to him shall men  come; and all that are incensed against him  shall be ashamed.”—Isaiah 45:22,23,24.
And to show further connections in  proof of the doctrine above named, we  quote the following scriptures:
“Him hath God exalted with his right  hand, to be a Prince and a Savior, for to give  repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.  And we are his witnesses of these things; and  so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath  given to them that obey him.”—Acts 5:31,32.
“But when they believed Philip, preaching  the things concerning the kingdom of God,  and the name of Jesus Christ, they were bap tized, both men and women. Then Simon  himself believed also; and when he was bap tized, he continued with Philip, and wonder ed, beholding the miracles and signs which  were done. Now when the apostles

A title indicating one sent forth to preach; later designated as a specific ecclesiastical and priesthood office. By 1830, JS and Oliver Cowdery were designated as apostles. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church explained that an “apostle is an elder...

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, 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 on them, and they  received the Holy Ghost. * * * And as they  went on their way, they came unto a certain  water; and the eunuch said, See, here is wa ter; what doth hinder me to be baptized?— And Philip said, If thou believest with all  thine heart thou mayest. And he answered  and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the  Son of God. And he commanded the chari ot to stand still: and they went down both  into the water, both Philip and the eunuch;  and he baptized him. And, when they were  come up out of the water, the Spirit of the  Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch  saw him no more: and he went on his way  rejoicing. But Philip was found at Azotus:  and, passing through, he preached in all the  cities, till he came to Cesarea.”—Acts 8:12,13, 14,15,16,17,——36, to the end.
“While Peter yet spake these words, the  Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the  word. And they of the circumcision, which  believed, were astonished, as many as came  with Peter, because that on 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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also  was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost:  for they heard them speak with tongues, and  magnify God. Then answered Peter, Can  any man forbid water, that these should not  be baptized, which have received the Holy  Ghost as well as we? And he commanded  them to be baptized in the name of the Lord.  Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.” —Acts 10:44,45,46,47,48.
“And on the Sabbath, we went out of the  city, by a river side, where prayer was wont  to be made; and we sat down, and spake un [p. 181]
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