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Sermon delivered at Nauvoo, Ill. on Sunday May 1, 1842
Source: Manuscript History of the Church

Signs, Key Words - Detecting Devil - Knowing God

I preached in the grove on the keys of the Kingdom, Charity &c The keys are certain signs and words1 by which false spirits and personages may be detected from true, which cannot be revealed to the Elders till the Temple is completed--The rich can only get them in the Temple, the poor may get them on the mountain top as did Moses. The rich cannot be saved without charity, giving to feed the poor when and how God requires, as well as building. There are signs in heaven, earth and hell: the Elders must know them all, to be endowed with power, to finish their work and prevent imposition. The devil knows many signs, but does not know the sign of the Son of Man, or Jesus.

Calling and Election - John 17 - Temple

No one can truly say he knows God until he has handled something, and this can only be in the holiest of holies.


1. The reference to the temple here links to a theme that runs through much of the Nauvoo period discourses. See 1Apr42, 28Apr42, 27Jun39, 9Feb43 and further notes there; compare George Laub journal December 12, 1845, D&C 128:20 and facsimile no. 2 of the Book of Abraham.

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