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Sermon delivered at the Nauvoo temple grounds on Sunday July 9, 1843
Sources: Joseph Smith diary (Willard Richards), Levi Richards diary (see also James Burgess diary June-July 1843 Also compare the June 11, 1843 sermon.
Smith Diary Richards diary
Forgive Others to Obtain Forgiveness

Joseph remarked that all was well between him and the heavens that he had no enmity against any one. and as the prayer of Jesus or his pattern so prayed Joseph. Father forgive me my trespasses as I forgive those who trespass against me. for I freely forgive all men.--if we would secure & cultivate the love of others we must love others, even our enemies--as well as friends

Sun 9t. July A. M. attended Meeting at the Temple stand--
Joseph Holds His Followers by His Love and Concern for Them

"why is it this babbler gains so many followers. & retains them"? because I possess the principle of love, All I can offer the world a good heart & a good hand. Mormons can testify whether I am willing to lay down my life for a Mormon; If it has been demonstrated that I have been willing to die for a Mormon I am bold to declare before heaven that I am just as ready to die for a presbyterian. a baptist or any other denomination.--

Love of Liberty - Common Ground with Other Denominations

It is a love of liberty which inspires my soul, civil and religious liberty-- were diffused into my soul by my grandfathers. while they dandled me on their knees--and shall I want friends? no!
¶ "Wherein do you differ from other in your religious views?" In reality & essence we do not differ so far in our religious views but that we could all dring into one principle of love One the grand fundamental principles of Mormonism is to receive truth let it come from where it may. -we belive in the great Elohiem. who sits enthroned in yonder heavens.--so do the presbyterians. If as a skillful mechanic In taking a welding heat I use a borax & alum &c. an succeed In welding you all together shall I not have attained a good object.

¶ if I esteem mankind to be in error shall I bear them down? no! I will lift them up. & in his own way if I cannot persuade him my way is better! & I will ask no man to believe as I do. Do you believe in Jesus Christ &c? So do I. Christians should cultivate the friendship of each other & [I] will do it.

Infant Baptism

¶ "Do you believe in the baptism of infants"? says the presbyterians.-- No.--"Why." because it is no where written in the book [Bible]. communion is not Baptism. Baptism is for remission of sins. children have no sins.--He Jesus blessed them--do what you have seen me do--all made alive in christ.

¶ faith & repentance.--we are agreed.--baptism. yes by immersion. the Hebrew is the root.--to bury immerse?--Do you believe this no. I believe in being convert converted.--I believe in this tenaciously

¶ Holy Ghost by laying on of hands [is] Evidance [meaning only a non-infant could receive this].

Baptism by Water of no Effect without Gift of Holy Ghost

Peter on days of Pentecost. might as well be baptize a bag of sand as a man if not done in view of the getting of the Holy Ghost.--baptism by water is but 1/2 a baptism--& is good for nothing with the other, the Holy Ghost. 1

heard Pres Joseph Smith preach shewing the difference between the Latter Day Saints & the Mormons. Sectarians. A conciliatory address to Strangers & all--
I am free to day--messenger has returned with offers of peace from the governor

¶ except a man be born again. of water & of the spirit can in no wise enter into the Kingdom.

¶ Though we or an angel from heaven preach any other gospel. 3


1. The argument here against infant baptism consists of showing that receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost is an essential part of baptism. Hence, delaying it (as was the typical Protestant practice) until later childhood meant that the infant baptism was without effect in any case. Added to this is that baptism must be done by immersion and the doctrine of conversion before baptism as in the NT. Subtle reference to the Book of Mormon is made as well (Moroni 8).

2. The last two sentences are evidently NT references to texts addressed in the sermon for which the remarks were not recorded. They would constitute further argument against the baptism of infants.

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