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Times and Seasons, 15 March 1842

Olea, which is the moon. And he said unto me, Kokaubeam, which signifies stars, or all the great lights, which were in the firmament of heaven. And it was in the night time when the Lord spake these words unto me, I will multiply thee, and thy seed after thee, like unto these; and if thou canst count the number of sands so shall be the number of thy seeds.
20. And the Lord said unto me, Abraham, I shew these things unto thee, before ye go into Egypt, that ye may declare all these words. If two things exist, and there be one above the other, there shall be greater things above them; therefore, Kolob is the greatest of all the Kokaubeam that thou hast seen, because it is nearest unto me: now if there be two things, one above the other, and the Moon be above the earth, then it may be that a planet, or a star may exist above it, and there is nothing that the Lord thy God shall take in his heart to do, but what he will do it: Howbeit that he made the greater star, as, also, if there be two spirits, and one shall be more intelligent than the other, yet these two spirits, notwithstanding one is more intelligent than the other, yet they have no beginning, they existed before; they shall have no end, they shall exist after, for they are Gnolaum, or Eternal.
21. And the Lord said unto me, these two facts do exist, that there are two spirits, one being more intelligent than the other, there shall be another more intelligent than they: I am the Lord thy God, I am more intelligent than they all. The Lord thy God sent his angel to deliver thee from the hands of the Priest of Elkenah. I dwell in the midst of them all; I, now, therefore, have come down unto thee, to deliver unto thee the works which my hands have made, wherein my wisdom excelleth them all, for I rule in the heavens above, and in the earth beneath, in all wisdom and prudence, over all the intelligencies thine eyes have seen from the beginning; I came down in the beginning in the midst of all the intelligencies thou hast seen.
22. Now the lord had shewn unto me, Abraham, the intelligences that were organized before the world was; and among all these there were many of the noble and great ones, and God saw these souls that they were good, and he stood in the midst of them, and he said, these, I will make my rulers; for he stood among those that were spirits, and he saw that they were good; and he said unto me, Abraham, thou art one of them, thou wast chosen before thou wast born. And there stood one among them that was like unto God, and he said unto those, who were with him, we will go down, for there is space there, and we will take of these materials, and we will make an Earth whereon these may dwell; and we will prove them herewith, to see if they will do all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them; and they, who keep their first estate, shall be added upon; and they, who keep not their first estate, shall not have glory in the same kingdom, with those who keep their first estate; and they, who keep their second estate, shall have glory added upon their heads forever and ever.
23. And the Lord said, who shall I send? And one answered like unto the Son of Man, here am I, send me. And another answered and said, here am I, send me. And the Lord said, I will send the first. And the second was angry, and kept not his first estate, and, at that day, many followed after him. And then the Lord said, let us go down; and they went down at the beginning, and they organized and formed, (that is, the Gods,) the heavens and the earth. And the earth, after it was formed, was empty and desolate; because they had not formed anything but the earth: and darkness reigned upon the face of the deep, and the spirit of the Gods was brooding upon the faces of the water.
24. And they said, the Gods, let there be light, and there was light. And they, the Gods, comprehended the light, for it was bright; and they divided the light, or caused it to be divided from the darkness, and the Gods called the light day, and the darkness they called night. And it came to pass that from the evening until morning, they called night; and from the morning until the evening, they called day: and this was the first, or the beginning of that which they called day and night.
25. And the Gods also said let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and it shall divide the waters from the waters. And the Gods ordered the expanse, so that it divided the waters which were under the expanse, from the waters which were above the expanse: and it was so, even as they ordered. And the Gods called the expanse, heaven. And [p. 720]
Olea, which is the moon. And he said  unto me, Kokaubeam, which signifies  stars, or all the great lights, which were  in the firmament of heaven. And it was  in the night time when the Lord spake  these words unto me, I will multiply thee,  and thy seed after thee, like unto these;  and if thou canst count the number of  sands so shall be the number of thy seeds.
20. And the Lord said unto me, Abra ham, I shew these things unto thee, be fore ye go into Egypt, that ye may de clare all these words. If two things ex ist, and there be one above the other, there  shall be greater things above them; there fore, Kolob is the greatest of all the Ko kaubeam that thou hast seen, because it  is nearest unto me: now if there be two  things, one above the other, and the Moon  be above the earth, then it may be that a  planet, or a star may exist above it, and  there is nothing that the Lord thy God  shall take in his heart to do, but what he  will do it: Howbeit that he made the great er star, as, also, if there be two spirits,  and one shall be more intelligent than the  other, yet these two spirits, notwithstand ing one is more intelligent than the other,  yet they have no beginning, they existed  before; they shall have no end, they shall  exist after, for they are Gnolaum, or Eter nal.
21. And the Lord said unto me, these  two facts do exist, that there are two  spirits, one being more intelligent than  the other, there shall be another more  intelligent than they: I am the Lord thy  God, I am more intelligent than they all.  The Lord thy God sent his angel to de liver thee from the hands of the Priest  of Elkenah. I dwell in the midst of them  all; I, now, therefore, have come down  unto thee, to deliver unto thee the works  which my hands have made, wherein my  wisdom excelleth them all, for I rule in  the heavens above, and in the earth be neath, in all wisdom and prudence, over  all the intelligencies thine eyes have seen  from the beginning; I came down in the  beginning in the midst of all the intelli gencies thou hast seen.
22. Now the lord had shewn unto me,  Abraham, the intelligences that were or ganized before the world was; and among  all these there were many of the noble and  great ones, and God saw these souls that  they were good, and he stood in the midst  of them, and he said, these, I will make  my rulers; for he stood among those that  were spirits, and he saw that they were  good; and he said unto me, Abraham,  thou art one of them, thou wast chosen be fore thou wast born. And there stood  one among them that was like unto God,  and he said unto those, who were with  him, we will go down, for there is space  there, and we will take of these materials,  and we will make an Earth whereon  these may dwell; and we will prove them  herewith, to see if they will do all things  whatsoever the Lord their God shall com mand them; and they, who keep their  first estate, shall be added upon; and they,  who keep not their first estate, shall not  have glory in the same kingdom, with  those who keep their first estate; and they,  who keep their second estate, shall have  glory added upon their heads forever and  ever.
23. And the Lord said, who shall I  send? And one answered like unto the  Son of Man, here am I, send me. And  another answered and said, here am I,  send me. And the Lord said, I will send  the first. And the second was angry,  and kept not his first estate, and, at that  day, many followed after him. And then  the Lord said, let us go down; and they  went down at the beginning, and they or ganized and formed, (that is, the Gods,)  the heavens and the earth. And the earth,  after it was formed, was empty and des olate; because they had not formed any thing but the earth: and darkness reign ed upon the face of the deep, and the spir it of the Gods was brooding upon the  faces of the water.
24. And they said, the Gods, let there  be light, and there was light. And they,  the Gods, comprehended the light, for it  was bright; and they divided the light, or  caused it to be divided from the darkness,  and the Gods called the light day, and the  darkness they called night. And it came  to pass that from the evening until morn ing, they called night; and from the morn ing until the evening, they called day: and  this was the first, or the beginning of that  which they called day and night.
25. And the Gods also said let there be  an expanse in the midst of the waters,  and it shall divide the waters from the  waters. And the Gods ordered the ex panse, so that it divided the waters which  were under the expanse, from the waters  which were above the expanse: and it  was so, even as they ordered. And the  Gods called the expanse, heaven. And [p. 720]
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