Mormon History, Aug 27, 1843

-- Aug 27, 1843
During a sermon Joseph Smith refers to the succession promise to his son Joseph III. (1)

-- Aug 27, 1843 (Sunday Morning)
[Joseph Smith Sermon] (Location: Temple Grove, Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, USA

Source: Franklin D. Richards "Scriptural Items" -Words of Joseph Smith, 245) A sermon of Josephs Heb 7 chap Salem is Shiloam

Those who limit the designs of God as concerted by the grand council [DEL: of H :DEL] cannot obtain the Knowledge of God & I do not know but I may say they will drink in the Damnation of their soulsâ€"

I Prophecy that all the powers of Earth & Hell shall never be able . to overthrow this Boy for I have obtained it by promiseâ€"

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

3d That of Melchisedek 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 Melchisedek

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. (2)

[Joseph Smith Sermon] (Location: Temple Grove, Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, USA

Source: James Burgess Notebook -Words of Joseph Smith, 245-47) Hebrewes 7 chap. Paul is here treating of three different preisthoods, namely the preisthood of Aron, Abraham, and Melchizedek, Abraham's priesthood was of greater power than Levi's and Melchizedek's was of greater power than that of Abraham. The priesthood of Levi consisted of cursings and [DEL: blessings :DEL] carnal commandments and not of blessings and if the priesthood of this generation has no more power than that of Levi or Aron or of a bishoprick 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 preisthood. [DEL: Oh no :DEL] that would admit a man into the presence of God. Oh no, but Abraham's was a more exalted power or priesthood 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 han
ds of Melchizedek even the last law or a fullness of the law or

priesthood which constituted him a king and preist after the order of Melchizedek 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 preisthood was an appendage to the Melchisedek preisthood 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 Melchesedek 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, also on the Mount transfigured before Peter and John there receiving the fullness of priesthood 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 [DEL: him :DEL] 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. What was the design of the Almighty in making man, it was to exalt him to be as God, the scrip

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 priesthood 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. (2)

[Joseph Smith Sermon] (Location: Temple Grove, Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, USA

Source: Levi Richards Diary -Words of Joseph Smith, 247) 27 Aug attended meeting at Temple Grove--Letter from Governor Ca[r]lin to Sidney Rigdon read by Joseph Smith [DEL: attended with :DEL] remarks on it by J. Smith who afterwards preached from Hebrews 7 Hebrews 7 chapter upon the priesthood Aaronic, Patriarchal, & Melchizedek. (2)

-- Aug 27, 1843. Sunday.
[William Clayton Journal] A.M. at the Grove. President Joseph preached on Hebrews c[hapter] 7. After reading a letter from Tho[ma]s Carlin to S[idney] Rigdon and making some remarks about it. He shewed the word "Salem" is a wrong translation it should be "Shalome" signifying peace. 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. He spoke concerning the priesthood of Melchisedek shewing that the sectarians never professed to have it consequently never could save any one and would all be damned together. He showed that the power of the Melchisedek P[riesthoo]d was to have the power of an "endless lives." He showed that the everlasting covenants could not be broken, and by the sacrifice required 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 Israelite praying that God would speak to Moses an
d not to them, in consequence of which he curse them with a carnal law. P.M. I went to Sister Booths and talked with her and Mary Aspen. (3)

1 - Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47"
2 - The Woodland Institute,
3 - George D. Smith, An Intimate Chronicle; The Journals of William Clayton, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1995

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