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Sermon delivered at the Nauvoo temple grounds on Sunday July 9, 1843
Sources: Joseph Smith diary (Willard Richards), Levi Richards diary and James Burgess notebook
Smith DiaryBurgess notebook Richards diary
Forgive Others to Obtain Forgiveness

Joseph remarked that all was well between him and the heavens that he had no enmity against any one. and as the prayer of Jesus or his pattern so prayed Joseph. Father forgive me my trespasses as I forgive those who trespass against me. for I freely forgive all men.--if we would secure & cultivate the love of others we must love others, even our enemies--as well as friends

Sun 9t. July A. M. attended Meeting at the Temple stand--
Joseph Holds His Followers by His Love and Concern for Them

"why is it this babbler gains so many followers. & retains them"? because I possess the principle of love, All I can offer the world a good heart & a good hand. Mormons can testify whether I am willing to lay down my life for a Mormon; If it has been demonstrated that I have been willing to die for a Mormon I am bold to declare before heaven that I am just as ready to die for a presbyterian. a baptist or any other denomination.--

Love of Liberty - Common Ground with Other Denominations

It is a love of liberty which inspires my soul, civil and religious liberty-- were diffused into my soul by my grandfathers. while they dandled me on their knees--and shall I want friends? no!
¶ "Wherein do you differ from other in your religious views?" In reality & essence we do not differ so far in our religious views but that we could all dring into one principle of love One the grand fundamental principles of Mormonism is to receive truth let it come from where it may. -we belive in the great Elohiem. who sits enthroned in yonder heavens.--so do the presbyterians. If as a skillful mechanic In taking a welding heat I use a borax & alum &c. an succeed In welding you all together shall I not have attained a good object.

¶ if I esteem mankind to be in error shall I bear them down? no! I will lift them up. & in his own way if I cannot persuade him my way is better! & I will ask no man to believe as I do. Do you believe in Jesus Christ &c? So do I. Christians should cultivate the friendship of each other & [I] will do it.

Infant Baptism

¶ "Do you believe in the baptism of infants"? says the presbyterians.-- No.--"Why." because it is no where written in the book [Bible]. communion is not Baptism. Baptism is for remission of sins. children have no sins.--He Jesus blessed them--do what you have seen me do--all made alive in christ.

¶ faith & repentance.--we are agreed.--baptism. yes by immersion. the Hebrew is the root.--to bury immerse?--Do you believe this no. I believe in being convert converted.--I believe in this tenaciously

¶ Holy Ghost by laying on of hands [is] Evidance [meaning only a non-infant could receive this].

Baptism by Water of no Effect without Gift of Holy Ghost

Peter on days of Pentecost. might as well be baptize a bag of sand as a man if not done in view of the getting of the Holy Ghost.--baptism by water is but 1/2 a baptism--& is good for nothing with the other, the Holy Ghost. 1

Testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy

Remarks on is there to be no more Prophets. John the Revelator says that the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophicy. Now if any man has the testimony of Jesus has he not the spirit of prophecy and if he has the spirit of prophicy I ask is he not a prophet and if a prophet will he can receive revalation

Man is Damned without Revelation

And any man that does not receive revelation for himself must be damned for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophicy for Christ says ask and you shall receive. And if he happens to receive anything I ask will it not be a revelation. And if any man has not the testimony of Jesus or the spirit of God he is none of his Christ's namely And if not his he must be damn'd

What is a Prophet?

What are we to understand by a Prophet lt is his character to predict things that are in the future. I ask what right has any man or set of men or preist or set of preists to say if a man will not do so and so he shall be damn'd. Is he not takeing upon himself or assuming the character of a Prophet consequently he must either be a true or false Prophet.

How is an Embodied God Omnipresent?

¶ In answer to a question asked by a Sectarian priest namely. How is that you Mormons hold that God is an omnipresent being when at the same time he is a personage of Tabernacle.

¶ After God had created the Heavens and the Earth. He came down and on the sixth day said let us make man in our own image. In whose image. ln the image of Gods created they them. Male and female: innocent harmless and spotless bearing the same character and the same image as the Gods. And when man fell he did not lose his image but his character still retaining the image of his maker Christ who is the image of man is also the express image of his fathers person so says Paul. For in him Christ dwelt the fulness of the Godhead bodily. Why because He was the brightness of his glory; and the express image of his person. Ques. What person Gods person. Hebrews 1st chap 3 verse And through the atonement of Christ and the resurrection and obediance in the Gospel we shall again be conformed to the image of his Son Jesus Christ, then we shall have attained to the image glory and character of God. What part of God is omnipresent read the 37 chap of Ezekel. It is the Spirit of god which proceeds from him consequently God is in the four winds of Heaven and when man receives intelligence is it not by the spirit of God J S Prophet 2

heard Pres Joseph Smith preach shewing the difference between the Latter Day Saints & the Mormons. Sectarians. A conciliatory address to Strangers & all--
I am free to day--messenger has returned with offers of peace from the governor

¶ except a man be born again. of water & of the spirit can in no wise enter into the Kingdom.

¶ Though we or an angel from heaven preach any other gospel. 3


1. The argument here against infant baptism consists of showing that receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost is an essential part of baptism. Hence, delaying it (as was the typical Protestant practice) until later childhood meant that the infant baptism was without effect in any case. Added to this is that baptism must be done by immersion and the doctrine of conversion before baptism as in the NT. Subtle reference to the Book of Mormon is made as well (Moroni 8).

2. The topics the Burgess notebook mentions are different from those of the other two records. It is possible that the date given in the Burgess notebook is not correct, but also that he simply chose a complimentary section of the discourse.

3. The last two sentences are evidently NT references to texts addressed in the sermon for which the remarks were not recorded. They would constitute further argument against the baptism of infants.

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