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Sermon delivered at Nauvoo temple grounds on Sunday August 27, 1843
Sources: Joseph Smith diary (Willard Richards), Franklin D. Richards "Scriptural Items," William Clayton diary, James Burgess notebook and the Levi Richards diary
Smith Diary"Scriptural Items" Clayton DiaryBurgess NotebookRichards Diary
Sidney Rigdon - Conspiracy?

10 A M. President Marks prayed.--

Joseph said 2 weeks to day something said about Elder Rigdon--vote taken to take away his license. on account of a report brought by Elder Hyde from Quincy.--

The letter is one of the most evasive things.--and carries with it a design to hide the truth . . . .

in answer to S. Rigdon of the 15. inst Thom Carlin.--Has any man been concerned in a conspiracy to deliver Joseph Smith to Mo? if so who?-- 1

A.M. at the Grove. Pres.t J. preached on Hebrews c 7. After reading a letter from Thos. Carlin to S. Rigdon and making some remarks about it. 27 Aug attended meeting at Temple Grove--Letter from Governor Calin to Sidney Rigdon read by Joseph Smith attended with remarks on it by J. Smith who afterwards preached from Hebrews 7
Remarks on Hebrews Chapter 7

Read 7th Hebrews. Salem is designed for a hebrew term. it should be Shiloam--which signifies Righteousness & peace. as it is, it is nothing, neither Hebrew, Greek, Latin french or any other To all those who are disposed to say to set up stakes for the almighty--will come short of the glory of god. To becom a joint heir of the heirship of the son he must put away all his traditions.

I bear record this morning that all the combined powers of earth & hell shall not over come this boy.--

If I have sinned I have sinned outwardly--but secretly I have contemplated the things of God.

told an anecdote of the Episcopalian priest--who said he had the priesthood of Aron--but not of Melichisedek--and bore this testimony that

A sermon of Josephs Heb 7 chap Salem is Shiloam He shewed that the word "Salem" is a wrong translation it should be "Shalome" signifying peace.
Book of Abraham Reference

Those who limit the designs of God as concerted by the grand council of H cannot obtain the Knowledge of God & I do not know but I may say they will drink in the Damnation of their souls--

I Prophecy that all the powers of Earth & Hell shall never be able to overthrow this Boy for I have obtained it by promise--

He prophecied that "not all the powers of hell or earth combined can ever overthrow this boy" for he had a promise from the eternal God .

Never Found Anyone to Claim Melchizedek Priesthood

I never have found the man who claimed the priesthood of Melchisidek.

The law was given under Aaron for the purpose of pouring out Judments and destructions.

The sectarian world are going to hell--by 100's 1000's 1,000,000!

Melchizedek - Calling and Election as an Ordinance

3 grand orders of priesthood referred to here. 2

1st. King of Shiloam--power & authority over that of Abraham holding the key & the power of endless life.--angels desire to look into it, but they have set up to many stakes. 3 god cursed the children of Israel because they would not receive the last law from Moses.--

by the offering of Isaac.--if a man would attain--he must sacrifice all to attain to the keys of the kingdom of an endless life

What was the power of Melchisedick twas not P. of Aaron &c. a king & a priest to the most high God. a perfect law of Theocracy holding keys of power & blessings. stood as God to give laws to the people. administering endless lives to the sons and daughters of Adam kingly powers. of anointing.--Abram says Melchisedek.-- away I have a priesthood.--

Salvation could not come to the world without the mediation of Jesus Christ.

how shall god come to the rescue of this generation. he shall send Elijah law revealed to Moses in Horeb--never was revealed to the C. of Israel and he shall reveal the covenants to seal the hearts of the fathers to the children and the children to the fathers.-- anointing & sealing--called elected and made sure without father &c. a priesthood which holds the priesthood by right from the Eternal Gods.--and not by descent from father and mother

Patriarchal - Endowment - Tokens - Abraham

2d Priesthood, patriarchal authority finish that temple and god Will fill it with power.

Levitical Priesthood without an Oath

3d Priesthood. Levitical

Priests made without an oath but the Priesthood of Melchisedek is by oath and covenant. Holy Ghost.

jesus christ--men have to suffer that they might come up on Mt. Zion. exalted above the heavens--I know a man that has been caught up to the 3d heaven--& saw.

There are 3 grand principles or orders of Priesthood portrayed in this chapter

1st Levitical which was never able to administer a Blessing but Only to bind heavy burdens which neither they nor their father able to bear

2 Abrahams Patriarchal power which is the greatest yet experienced in this church

Must have Ordinance to be with God

3d That of Melchisedec who had still greater power even power of an endless life of which was our Lord Jesus Christ which also Abraham obtained by the offering of his son Isaac which was not the power of a Prophet nor apostle nor Patriarch only but of King & Priest to God to open the windows of Heaven and pour out the peace & Law of endless Life to man & No man can attain to the Joint heirship with Jesus Christ with out being administered to by one having the same power & Authority of Melchisedec

Holy Ghost in Probationary State

Joseph also said that the Holy Ghost is now in a state of Probation which if he should perform in righteousness he may pass through the same or a similar course of things that the Son has. 4

He spoke concerning the priesthood of Melchisedek shewing that the sectarians never proposed to have it consequently never could save any one and would all be damned together. He showed that the power of the Melchisek P'd was to have the power of an "endless lives." he showed that the everlasting covenants could not be broken, and by the sacrifice requeired of Abraham the fact that when God offers a blessing or knowledge to a man and he refuses to receive it he will be damned.--mentioning the case of the Israelites praying that God would speak to Moses & not to Them-- in consequense of which he cursed them with a carnal law. Paul is here treating of three different preisthoods, namely the preisthood of Aron, Abraham, and Melchizedeck, Abraham's preisthood was of greater power than Levi's and Melchizedeck's was of greater power than that of Abraham. The priesthood of Levi consisted of cursings and blessing carnal commandments and not of blessings and if the preisthood of this generation has no more power than that of Levi or Aron or of a bishhoprick it administers no blessings but cursings for it was an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. I ask was there any sealing power attending this priesthood. Oh no that would admit a man into the presence of God. Oh no, but Abraham's was a more exalted power or preisthood he could talk and walk with God and yet consider how great this man was when even this patriarch Abraham gave a tenth part of all his spoils and then received a blessing under the hands of Melchesideck even the last law or a fulness of the law or preisthood which constituted him a king and preist after the order of Melchesideck or an endless life Now if Abraham had been like the sectarian world and would not have received any more revelation, what would have been the consequence it would have damned him. Book of Covenants. The levitical priesthood was an appendage to the Melchesideck priesthood or the whole law of God when in full face or power in all its parts and bearings on the earth. It is understood by many by reading this chapter that Melchesedeck was king of some country or nation on the earth, but it was not so, In the original it reads king of Shaloam which signifies king of peace or righteousness and not of any country or nation.

Malachi says that the sons of Levi shall in the last days offer an offering in righteousness.

Men will set up stakes and say thus far will we go and no farther, did Abraham when called upon to offer his son, did the Saviour, no, view him fulfilling all righteousness again on the banks of jordon,

Savior Receives Ordinance on Mount

also on the Mount transfigured before Peter and John there receiving the fulness of preisthood or the law of God, setting up no stake but coming right up to the mark in all things here him after he returned from the Mount, did ever language of such magnitude fall from the lips of any man, hearken him. All power is given is given unto me both in heaven and the earth. Offering's sacrifice's and carnal commandments, was added in consequence of transgression and they that did them should live by them. View him the Son of God at saying it behoveth me to fulfil all righteousness also in a garden saying if it be possible let this cup pass from me nevertheless thy will be done.

Purpose of Man - to be as God

What was the design of the Almighty in making man,5 it was to exalt him to be as God, the scripture says yet [ye] are Gods and it cannot be broken, heirs of God and joint heirs I with Jesus Christ equal with him possessing all power &c. The mystery power and glory of the preisthood is so great and glorious that the angels desired to understand it and cannot: why, because of the tradition of them and their fathers in setting up stakes and not coming up to the mark in their probationary state. J Smith the Prophet.

upon the priesthood Aaronic, Patriarchal, & Melchisedek.


1. See note at 13Aug43 sermon.

2. The Smith diary numbers the "three priesthoods" in reverse order from the Franklin Richards and Burgess records. The term "priesthood" is used in a different sense here rather than just "ordained" priesthood office. Here the meaning refers to blessings associated with the priesthood as well as authority "pools" like Aaronic Priesthood, etc.

3. The general theme is the temple ordinances, the culmination of which he is about to pass on to his most trusted group of Church members in Nauvoo. See end of Burgess record.

4. The statement evidently refers to the fact that the Holy Ghost has yet to receive a mortal body. The word "probationary" referring to all who have not received the resurrection. See end of Burgess record. Also 16Jun44

5. See 21May43.

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