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Passages in plenty to corroborate the statement in the text could be extracted from the official books of the sect - some so irreverent in their language, as to make their transference to these pages an impossibility To shew
that the old animus is unchanged, a few references to the : speeches delivered at the last Conference, may be allowed.
The President Young remarked—“ I expect if I am faithful with yourselves, that I shall see the time with yourselves, that we shall know how to prepare to organize an earth like this; how to people that earth, how to redeem it, how to sanctify it, and how to glorify it, with those who live upon it, who hearken to our counsel. The Father and the Son have attained to this point already: I AM ON THE WAY, and so are you, and every faithful servart of God !!'_“After men have got their exaltations and their crowns, have become Gods even the Sons of God--are made Kings of kings and Lords of lords, &c." “We are born for the express purpose of growing up from the low estate of manhood, to become Gods like our Father in heaven. That is the truth about it, just as it is."
Mr. Orson Pratt spoke equally intelligible blasphemy, and disposes of the fiction that the Mormors resemble Christians in retaining the doctrine of the Adorable Trinity. “In one sense of the word there are more Gods than one; and in another sense there is but one God. The Scriptures speak of more Gods than one. All these beings of course are one, the same as the Father and the Son are one. The Son is called God, and so is the Father; and in some places the Holy Ghost is called God. They are one in power, in wisdom, in knowledge, and in the inheritance of celestial glory; they are one in their works; they possess all things and all things are subject to them; they act in unison; and if one has power to become the Father of spirits, so has another ; if one God can propagate his species and raise up spirits after his own image and likeness and call them his sons and daughters, so can aLL OTHER Gods that become like him do the same thing; consequently there will be many Fathers, and there will be many families, and many sons and daughters; and they will be the children of those glorified celestial beings that are counted worthy to be Gods."
“ Towards the close of a fine summer's day, a farmer,
in one of the States, found a respectable looking man at his gate, who requested permission to pass the night under his roof. The hospitable farmer readily complied : the stranger was invited into the house, and a warm and substantial supper set before him. After he had eaten, the farmer who appeared to be a jovial, warm-hearted, humorous, and withal, shrewd old man, passed several hours in pleasant conversation with his guest, who seemed to be very ill at ease both in body and mind; yet, as if desirous of pleasing his entertainer replied courteously and agreeably to whatever was said to him. Finally he pleaded fatigue and illness as an excuse for retiring to rest, and was conducted by the farmer to an upper chamber, where he went to bed. About the middle of the night, the farmer and his family were awakened by the most dreadful groans, which they soon ascertained proceeded from the chamber of the traveller. On going to investigate the matter, they found that the stranger was dreadfully ill, suffering the most acute pains, and uttering the most dreadful cries, apparently without any consciousness of what was passing around him. Every thing that kindness and experience could suggest was done to relieve the sick man; but all efforts were in vain, and to the consternation of the farmer and his family, their guest expired in the course of a few hours. In the midst of their trouble and anxiety, at an early hour in the morning, two travellers came to the gate, and requested entertainment. The farmer told them that he would willingly offer them hospitality, but that just now his household was in the greatest confusion, on account of the death of a stranger-the particulars of which he proceeded to relate to them. They appeared to be much surprised and grieved at the poor's man's calamity, and politely requested permission to see the corpse. This of course the farmer readily granted and conducted them to the chamber in which the dead body lay. They looked at it for a few minutes in silence, and then the elder of the pair quietly told the farmer that they were elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and were empowered by God to perform miracles, even to the extent of raising the dead; and that they felt quite assured they could bring to life the dead man before them. The farmer was of course con
siderably astonished by the quality and powers of the persons who addressed him, and rather incredulously asked, if they were quite sure that they could perform all they professed. O, certainly! not a doubt of it. The Lord has commissioned us expressly to work miracles, in order to prove the truth of the prophet Joseph Smith, and the inspiration of the books and doctrines revealed to him. Send for all your neighbours, that in the presence of a multitude we may bring the dead man to fife, and that the Lord and his church may be glorified to all men.' The farmer, after a little consideration, agreed to let the miracle-workers proceed, and as they desired, sent his children to his neighbours; who attracted by the expectation of a miracle, flocked to the house in considerable numbers. The Mormon elders commenced their task by kneeling and praying before the body with uplifted hands and eyes, and with most stentorian lungs. Before they had proceeded far with their prayer, a sudden idea struck the farmer, who quietly quitted the house for a few minutes, and then returned, and patiently waited by the bedside until their prayer was finished and the elders ready to perform their miracle. Before they began he respectfully said to them that with their permission, he wished to ask them a few questions, upon the subject of their miracle. They replied that they had no objection. The farmer then asked, “You are quite certain that you can bring this man to life again ? We are.' 'How do you know that you can? We have just received a revelation from the Lord informing us that we can.' • Are you quite sure that the revelation was from the Lord ?' Yes; we cannot be mistaken about it.' 'Does your power to raise this man to life again depend upon the particular nature of his disease, or could you now bring any dead man to life?' • It makes no difference to us, we could bring any corpse to life.' • Well, if this man had been killed and one of his arms cut off, could you bring him to life, and restore to him his arm ?' *Certainly; there is no limit to the power given us by the Lord. It would make no difference to us even if both his arms and lags were cut off.' Could you restore him if his head had been cut off ? Certainly, we could.' Well,' said the farmer, with a quiet smile upon his features, I do not doubt the truth of what such holy men assert, but I am desirous that my neighbours should be fully converted by having the miracle performed in the completest manner possible; so by your leave, if it makes no difference whatever, I will proceed to cut off the head of the corpse ! Accordingly he produced a huge and well-sharpened broad axe, from beneath his coat, which he swung above his head, and was apparently about to bring it down upon the neck of the corpse—when lo and behold !-to the amazement of all present, the dead man started up in great agitation, and swore he would not have his head cut off for any consideration whatever. The company immediately seized the Mormons, and soon made them confess that the pretended dead man was also a Mormon elder, and that they had sent him to the farmer's house with directions to die there at a particular hour, when they would drop in, as if by chance, and perform a miracle that would astonish every body. The farmers after giving the impostors a severe chastisement, let them depart, to practise their imposition in some other quarter." which is my law, and it is sealed unto them by the Holy Spirit of promise, by him who is anointed, unto whom I have appointed this power, and the keys of this Priesthood, and it shall be said unto them, ye shall come forth in the first resurrection; and if it be after the first resurrection, in the next resurrection; and shall inherit thrones, kingdoms, principalities, and powers, dominions, all heights, and depths—and they shall pass by the angels, and the Gods, which are set there, to their exaltation and glory in all things, as hath been sealed upon their heads, which glory shall be a fulness and a continuation of the seeds for ever and ever.
The substance and salient points of this Revelation are subjoined. The Christian reader will be justly horrified at the abominable parodies which are several times made of the Redeemer's sacred words, to whom, indeed, hardly a viler insult could be offered, than ascribing to Him such a farrago of folly.
“If a man marry him a wife in the world, and he marry her not by me, nor by my word; and he covenant with her, so long as he is in the world, and she with him, their covenant and marriage is not of force when they are dead, and when they are out of the world; therefore, they are not bound by any law when they are out of the world; therefore, when they are out of the world, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are appointed angels in heaven, which angels are ministering servants, to minister for those who are worthy of a far more, and an exceeding, and an eternal weight of glory; for these angels did not abide my law, therefore they cannot be enlarged, but remain separately and singly, without exaltation, in their saved condition, to all eternity, and from henceforth are not Gods, but are angels of God for ever and ever.
" And again, if a man marry a wife by my word,
“ Now, as touching the law of the Priesthood, there are many things pertaining thereunto. Verily, if a man be called of my Father, as was Aaron, by mine own voice, and by the voice of him that sent me: and I have endowed him with the keys of the power of this Priesthood, if he do anything in my name, and according to my law, and by my word, he will not commit sin, and I will justify him. Let no one, therefore, set on my servant Joseph; for I will justify him; for he shall do the sacrifice which I require'at his hands, for his transgressions, saith the Lord your God.
"And again, as pertaining to the law of the Priesthood : If any man espouse a virgin, and desire to espouse another, and the first give her consent; and if he esponse the second, and they are virgins, and have vowed to no other man, then is he justified; he cannot commit adultery, for they are given unto him ; for he cannot commit adultery with that that belongeth unto him and to none else ; and if he have ten virgins given unto him by this law, he cannot commit adultery, for they belong to him, and they are given unto him; therefore is he justified.
" And again, verily, verily I say unto you, if any man have a wife who holds the keys of this power, and he teaches unto her the law of my Priesthood, as pertaining to these things, then shall she believe, and administer unto him, or she shall be destroyed, saith the Lord your God; for I will destroy her; for I will magnify my name upon all those who receive and abide in my law. Therefore, it shall be lawful in me, if she receive not this law, for him to receive all things, whatsoever I, the Lord his God, will give unto him, because she did not believe and administer unto him according to my word; and she