Article by William W. Phelps, Messenger and Advocate, Vol. 1, No. 9, p. 130; June 1835.
New light is occasionally bursted into our minds, of the sacred scriptures, for which I am truly thankful. We shall by
and by learn that we were with God in another world, before the foundation of the world, and had our agency; that we
came into this world and have our agency, in order that we may prepare ourselves for a kingdom of glory; become
archangels, even the sons of God where the man is neither without the woman nor the woman without the man in the Lord:
A consummation of glory, and happiness, and perfection so greatly to be wished, that I would not miss of it for the fame
of ten worlds.
History of the Church, 6:51, Joseph Smith, Sunday, October 8th 1843; TPJS, p. 325.
Spirits can only be revealed in flaming fire or glory. Angels have advanced further, their light and glory being
tabernacled; and hence they appear in bodily shape. The spirits of just men are made ministering servants to those who
are sealed unto life eternal, and it is through them that the sealing power comes down.
Patriarch Adams is now one of the spirits of the just men made perfect; and if revealed now, must be revealed in fire;
and the glory could not be endured. Jesus showed Himself to His disciples, and they thought it was His spirit, and they
were afraid to approach His spirit. Angels have advanced higher in knowledge and power than spirits.
Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, May 6, 1833.
For if you keep my commandments you shall receive of his fullness, and be glorified in me as I am in the Father;
therefore, I say unto you, you shall receive grace for grace. And now, verily I say unto you, I was in the abeginning
with the Father, and am the Firstborn; And all those who are begotten through me are partakers of the glory of the
same, and are the church of the Firstborn. Ye were also in the beginning with the Father; that which is Spirit, even
the Spirit of truth; And truth is knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come; And
whatsoever is more or less than this is the spirit of that wicked one who was a liar from the beginning. The Spirit
of atruth is of God. I am the Spirit of truth, and John bore record of me, saying: He received a fullness of truth,
yea, even of all truth; And no man receiveth a fulness unless he keepeth his commandments. He that keepeth his
commandments receiveth btruth and light, until he is glorified in truth and knoweth all things. Man was also in the
beginning with God. Intelligence, or the light of truth, was not created or made, neither indeed can be. All truth
is independent in that sphere in which God has placed it, to act for itself, as all intelligence also; otherwise there
is no existence. Behold, here is the agency of man, and here is the condemnation of man; because that which was from
the beginning is plainly manifest unto them, and they receive not the light. And every man whose spirit receiveth not
the alight is under condemnation. For man is spirit. The elements are eternal, and spirit and element, inseparably
connected, receive a fulness of joy; And when separated, man cannot receive a fulness of joy. The elements are the
tabernacle of God; yea, man is the tabernacle of God, even temples; and whatsoever temple is defiled, God shall
destroy that temple. The glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth. Light and truth forsake
that evil one. Every spirit of man was innocent in the beginning; and God having redeemed man from the fall, men
became again, in their infant state, innocent before God. And that wicked one cometh and taketh away light and
truth, through disobedience, from the children of men, and because of the tradition of their fathers. But I have
commanded you to bring up your children in blight and truth.
Historian"s Office Journal, p. 106; Church Archives under date and page given. CR/100/1/Reel #1. [Note: The words in
parenthesis are transcribed Pitman shorthand entries that I am sure of the transcription. Portions of words in brackets
are filled out as context seems to intend. Shorthand entries I could not transcribe are indicated by (sh). Once in the
text I have (s) because the shorthand indicated merely the letter s. It should not be considered a mistake in typing (s)
instead of (sh). It is not a short-form either for a word I could fit into the context or one with which I am familiar.
The blank space after the first time the word Adam appears is in the original. Typed as in the original with no
punctuation or capitalization supplied.]
Sunday 14 March 1852 * * * * 11 am WT Appleby O Pratt (present) 2 pm W W. OP. (and) H C K (present) * * * (At) 4 p m
BY, HCK, WR OP WW GAS TB EH DH Wells TOA. WWO. (met) (in) (the) (temple) rooms (and) prayed T B. O Pratt (sh) mouths
conversed about O Pratt"s discourse (in) (the) endowment rooms yesterday B Y rolled out rev.n (upon) rev.n (in) regard
(to) (the) crea(tion).n (sic) (of) (the) world Adam came (to) (the) E[arth] when (he) assisted (to) form (it) (sh) (he)
then partook (of) (the) fruits (of) (the) E[arth] (and) Became Earthy (and) (they) (which) are (the) (s) (after) (sh)
rece[ive] our resurrected bodies (and) (shall) (all) (have) (the) priv[ilege] (of) going (as) Adam"s form (an) E[arth]
(and) do likewise
The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, Arise, and go down to the apotter’s house, and there I will cause
thee to hear my words. Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the
vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to
the potter to make it. Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this
apotter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel. At
what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to apull down, and to destroy
it; If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, aturn from their evil, I will brepent of the evil that I thought to
do unto them. And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant
it; If it do aevil in my sight, that it bobey not my voice, then I will crepent of the dgood, wherewith I said I would
benefit them. Now therefore go to, speak to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith
the Lord; Behold, I frame evil against you, and devise a device against you: return ye now every one from his evil way,
and make your ways and your doings good. And they said, There is no ahope: but we will bwalk after our own devices,
and we will every one do the imagination of his evil heart. Therefore thus saith the Lord; Ask ye now among the
heathen, who hath heard such things: the virgin of Israel hath done a very horrible thing. Will a man leave the snow
of Lebanon which cometh from the rock of the field? or shall the cold flowing waters that come from another place be
forsaken? Because my people hath aforgotten me, they have burned incense to bvanity, and they have caused them to
stumble in their ways from the ancient paths, to walk in cpaths, in a way not cast up; To make their land adesolate, and
a perpetual hissing; every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished, and bwag his head. I will scatter them as with
an aeast wind before the enemy; I will shew them the bback, and not cthe face, in the day of their calamity. Then said
they, Come, and let us adevise devices against Jeremiah; for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from
the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, and let us smite him with the tongue, and let us not give heed to any of
his words. Give heed to me, O Lord, and hearken to the voice of them that contend with me. Shall evil be recompensed
for good? for they have digged a pit for my soul. Remember that I stood before thee to speak good for them, and to turn
away thy wrath from them. Therefore deliver up their children to the famine, and pour out their blood by the force of
the sword; and let their wives be bereaved of their children, and be widows; and let their men be put to death; let
their young men be slain by the sword in battle. Let a cry be heard from their houses, when thou shalt bring a troop
suddenly upon them: for they have digged a pit to take me, and hid snares for my feet. Yet, Lord, thou knowest all
their counsel against me to slay me: forgive not their iniquity, neither blot out their sin from thy sight, but let
them be overthrown before thee; deal thus with them in the time of thine anger.
Journal of Wilford Woodruff; April 9 1852; Quoting Brigham Young.
Our Father begot all the spirits that were before any tabernacle was made. When our Father came into the Garden He came
with his Celestial body & brought one of his wives with him and ate of the fruit of the Garden until He could beget a
Tabernacle. And Adam is Michael God and all the God that we have anything to do with. They ate of this fruit & formed
the first Tabernacle that was formed. And when the Virgin Mary was begotten with child it was by the Father and in no
other way only as we were begotten. I will tell you the truth as it is in God. The world don"t know that Jesus Christ
our Elder Brother was begotten by our Father in Heaven. Handle it as you please, it will either seal the damnation or
salvation of man. He was begotten by the Father & not by the Holy Ghost.