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Answers to Gospel Questions 1:169; “If Abraham, Joseph, and Moses had married Negro wives their descendants would have been denied the priesthood according to the word of the Lord to Abraham. (Abraham 1:21-27.) Had such a thing happened the Lord would not have called Israel as a chosen people, neither would he have chosen the Prophet Joseph Smith and given him the keys of authority for the Dispensation of the Fulness of Times, as he was a descendant of Joseph and of Abraham.” – Joseph Fielding Smith

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Today in Mormon History

“175 Years Ago Today – February 13, 1843. At Orson Hyde’s house Joseph Smith says that those who come to Nauvoo but don’t buy their land through the church “must be cut off.” At this time Joseph Smith is chief land agent for the Church, and had contracted debt associated with land purchases. William Law is now competing with Joseph Smith.”

 

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Proverbs 17:28; “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.”

The proverb above is an ad hoc version from the KJV, but still worthy of consideration. I’ve no doubt it was thought of many times in the days of Joseph Smith. It’s a shame not everyone has applied it to their own livs…

In today’s Mormon topic, we’re looking at three types of people. The first group consists of the vast majority of humanity. More times than not, people come and go in this life without leaving a sign they were here on earth. Still others, are bound and determined to have their voices heard, whether good, or bad. Such was the case with Smith, who even prophesied as much.

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And just when you thought you’d heard it all…

The majority of Mormons will never know about Willard Richards, let alone he was Joe Smith’s human lap dog.

At one time, Richards would’ve gone to the ends of the earth and back just to be in his shadow.

In September 1838, his loyalty paid off when he was called to be Smith’s private secretary, and historian for the building of the Nauvoo Temple. Today members can read his works in History of the Church, edited by BH Roberts.

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TodayinMormonHistory.com; “– 50 years ago today – Nov 27,1967 — New York Metropolitan Museum of Art gives to LDS church the original Egyptian papyri upon which Joseph Smith based “Book of Abraham” in Pearl of Great Price. Scholars and church officials authenticate papyri as the same used by Smith. Apostle N. Eldon Tanner states the discovery of the papyri will finally prove Joseph Smith could translate ancient documents.

Unfortunately, Egyptologists, LDS and non-LDS, verify that these papyri are typical “Book of Breathings” in form and content.

Church officials begin repressing the story that the original papyri have been discovered and are in their possession. –– Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power, Appendix 5, Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1848-1996.”

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Life of Joseph the Prophet, pp 436-437; “ Adam The Patriarchal God of The Earth— … “The priesthood was first given to Adam; he obtained the first presidency, and held the keys of it from generation to generation. He obtained it in the creation, before the world was formed, as in Genesis 1:20, 26, 28. He had dominion given him over every living creature. He is Michael the archangel, spoken of in the Scriptures. Then to Noah, who is Gabriel. He stands next in authority to Adam in the priesthood. He was called of God to this office, and was the father of all living in his day, and to him was given the dominion. These men held keys first on earth and then in heaven. …

“The priesthood is an everlasting principle, and existed with God from eternity, and will to eternity, without beginning of days or end of years. The keys have to be brought from heaven whenever the gospel is sent. When they are revealed from heaven it is by Adam’s authority. Daniel vii., 7, speaks of the Ancient of Days. He means the oldest man, our father Adam, Michael…” * * * – Edward W. Tullidge, 1878

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Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 256; “That which is wrong under one circumstance, may be, and often is, right under another. God said, ‘Thou shalt not kill’; at another time He said, ‘Thou shalt utterly destroy.’ This is the principle on which the government of heaven is conducted—by revelation adapted to the circumstances in which the children of the kingdom are placed. Whatever God requires is right, no matter what it is, although we may not see the reason thereof till long after the events transpire.” – 11 April 1842

 

 

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