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Sermon delivered on September 29, 1839 (Sunday)
Given at the Smith homestead, first residence of Joseph Smith in Nauvoo, Ill.
Source: Joseph Smith Diary, kept by James Mullholland
Advice on Preaching
Meeting at own house (After others had spoken I spoke and explained concerning
uselessness of preaching to the world about great judgements but rather to preach the
Explained concerning the coming of the Son of Man &c that all will be raised to
meet him, but the righteous will remain with him in the cloud whilst all the proud
and all that do wickedly will have to return to the earth and suffer his vengeance
which he will take upon them this is the second death &c &c
Righteous and Wicked Suffer
¶ Also it is a false idea that the saints will escape all the judgements whilst the
wicked suffer--for all flesh is subject to suffer-- and "the righteous shall hardly
escape" still many of the Saints will escape--for the just shall live by faith--Yet
many of the righteous shall fall a prey to disease to pestilence &c by reason of the
weakness of the flesh and yet be saved in the Kingdom of God
Suffering not a Sign of Wickedness
So that it is an unhallowed principle to say that such and such have transgressed
because they have been preyed upon by disease or death for all flesh is subject to
death and the Saviour has said--"Judge not" lest ye be judged."
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