There is one principle which is eternal; it is the duty of all men to protect their lives and the lives of the household, whenever necessity requires, and no power has a right to forbid it, should the last extreme arrive...
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Our heavenly Father is more liberal in His views, and boundless in His mercies and blessings, than we are ready to believe or receive; and at the same time more terrible to the workers of iniquity, more awful in the executions of His punishments, and more ready to detect in every false way, than we are apt to suppose Him to be...Smith, Joseph, Jr.
There has been a great difficulty in getting anything into the heads of this generation. It has been like splitting hemlock knots with a corn-dodger for a wedge and a pumpkin for a beetle.Smith, Joseph, Jr.
"No man is a minister of Jesus Christ without being a prophet,"Smith, Joseph, Jr.
Sidney is not as used to it as I amSmith, Joseph, Jr.
I thank God that I have got this old book; but I thank him more for the gift of the Holy Ghost. I have got the oldest book in the world; but I have got the oldest book in my heart, even the gift of the Holy Ghost. I have all the four Testaments.Smith, Joseph, Jr.
We may come to Jesus and ask Him; He will know all about it; if He comes to a little child, he will adapt himself to the language and capacity of a little child.Smith, Joseph, Jr.
A fanciful and flowery and heated imagination beware of; because the things of God are of deep import; and time, and experience, and careful and ponderous and solemn thoughts can only find them out. Thy mind, O man! if thou wilt lead a soul unto salvation, must stretch as high as the utmost heavens, and search into and contemplate the darkest abyss, and the broad expanse of eternity thou must commune with God.Smith, Joseph, Jr.
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.'Smith, Joseph, Jr.
The best way to obtain truth and wisdom is not to ask from books, but to go to God in prayer, and obtain divine teaching.Smith, Joseph, Jr.
God hath not revealed anything to Joseph, but what he will make known unto the Twelve, and even the least Saint may know all things as fast as he is able to bear them...Smith, Joseph, Jr.
There is no such thing as immaterial matter. All spirit is matter, but is more fine or pure, and can only be discerned by purer eyes. We cannot see it, but when our bodies are purified, we shall see that it is all matter.Smith, Joseph, Jr.
Mormonism, is the pure doctrine of Jesus Christ; of which I myself am not ashamed.Smith, Joseph, Jr.
Truth is Mormonism. God is the author of it.Smith, Joseph, Jr.
[I]t is not always wise to relate all the truth. Even Jesus, the Son of God, had to refrain from doing so, and had to restrain His feelings many times for the safety of Himself and His followers, and had to conceal the righteous purposes of His heart in relation to many things pertaining to His Father's kingdom.Smith, Joseph, Jr.
Our missionaries are going forth to different nations, and in Germany, Palestine, New Holland, the East Indies, and other places, the standard of truth has been erected: no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing, persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished and the great Jehovah shall say the work is done.Smith, Joseph, Jr.
What is the damnation of hell? To go with that society who have not obeyed His [the Lord's] commands.Smith, Joseph, Jr.
Nothing is so much calculated to lead people to forsake sin as to take them by the hand, and watch over them with tenderness. When persons manifest the least kindness and love to me, O what power it has over my mind, while the opposite course has a tendency to harrow up all the harsh feelings and depress the human mind.Smith, Joseph, Jr.
If you expect perfection out of me, then I will expect it from you.Smith, Joseph, Jr.
No, I am not afraid; the Lord said he would protect me, and I have full confidence in His word.Smith, Joseph, Jr.
Some have supposed that Brother Joseph could not die; but this is a mistake: it is true there have been times when I have had the promise of my life to accomplish such and such things, but, having now accomplished those things, I have not at present any lease of my life, I am as liable to die as other men.Smith, Joseph, Jr.
If my life is of no value to my friends it is of none to myself.Smith, Joseph, Jr.
If you go back I will go with you, but we shall be butchered.Smith, Joseph, Jr.
Your name shall be known for good and evil throughout the world.Smith, Joseph, Jr.
I teach them correct principles and they govern themselves.Smith, Joseph, Jr.
The greatest responsibility in this world that God has laid upon us, is to seek after our dead...They without us cannot be made perfect.Smith, Joseph, Jr.
"Brethren, if I were to tell you all I know of the kingdom of God, I do know that you would rise up and kill me." Brigham arose and said, "Don't tell me anything that I can't bear, for I don't want to apostatize."Smith, Joseph, Jr.
The heads of the Gods appointed one God for us; and when you take that view of the subject, it sets one free to see all the beauty, holiness and perfection of the Gods.Smith, Joseph, Jr.
Men of the present time testify of heaven and hell, and have never seen either.Smith, Joseph, Jr.