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Sermon delivered at Nauvoo, Ill. on Sunday, March 28, 1841
Source: McIntire Minute Book

Hardship not Evidence of Wickedness

Next Meeting Meeting on sunday Joseph Reads the 38th Ch--of Job. in the book he says is a Great Display of human Nature--it is very Natureal for a man when he sees his fellow man afflicted his Natureal conclusion is that he is suffering the Rath of an angry God & turn from him in haste not knowing the purpose of God

Spirit of Man Eternal - Meaning of Abr. 3:22

he says the spirit or the intelligence of men are self Existent principles he before the foundation this Earth--& quotes the Lords question to Job "where wast thou when I laid the foundation of the Earth" Evidence that Job was in Existing somewhere at that time 1 he says God is Good & all his acts is for the benifit of infereir intelligences-- God saw that those inteligences had Not power to Defend themselves against those that had a tabernicle therefore the Lord Calls them togather in Counsel & agrees to form them tabernicles so that he might Gender the Spirit & the tabernicle togather so as to create sympathy for their fellowman--

More Powerful Spirits Overcome Lesser

for it is a Natureal thing with those spirits that has the most power to bore down on those of Lesser power so we see the Devil is without a tabernicle & the Lord as set bonds to all Spirits & hence

Why Devil Wanted to Go into Swine - Matt. 8

Come the Saying thou son of David why art thou Come to torment us before the time, & Jesus Comanded him to Come out of the Man & the Devil besought him that he might Enter in a herd of swine Near by (for the Devil knew they were a Coveitous people & if he Could Kill their Hogs that would Drive Jesus out of their Coasts & he then would have tabernicle enough) & Jesus-- permitted him to Enter into the swine.


1. Once again the yet to be published Book of Abraham forms the central theme of one of Joseph Smith's sermons. Here with the quotation from Job and Matthew, Joseph Smith clearly intends to convey the idea that when he says "spirit" or "intelligence" in this context he means a personality, and not some abstraction. By self- existent he seems to mean necessary existence. This is perhaps a conclusion from the text of Abr. 3:18.

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