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terrestrial and fallen beings, are now is God, can dwell in a countless numgreatly increased and perfected which ber of such temples in the same moserve to swell their souls with feel. ment. When we worsbip the Father, ings of rapturous delight, and un- we do not merely worship His per. bounded love towards each other, son, but we worship the truth which and with joys that are everlasting. dwells in His person.

When we How beautiful-how interesting- worship the Son, we do not merely how inexpressibly lovely will they worship His body, but we worship appear in each others eyes! Full of truth which resides in Him. So, virtue and goodness, knowledge and likewise, when we worship the Holy intelligence, affection and love, - Ghost, it is not the substance which they shine forth in all the brilliancy we alone worship, but truth which and glory of these Godlike attributes, dwells in that substance. Take away inspiring each other, and all Heaven, truth from either of these beings, and with a fulness of Eternal joys. their persons or substance would not

22. All these Gods are equal in be the object of worship. It is truth, power, in glory, in dominion, and in light, and love that we worship and the possession of all things; each adore ; these are the same in all possesses a fulness of truth, of knowl. worlds; and as these constitute God, edge, of wisdom, of light, of intelli. He is the same in all worlds ; and gence; each governs himself in all hence, the inhabitants of all worlds things by his own attributes, and is are required to worship and adore the filled with love, goodness, mercy, and same God. Because God dwells in justice towards all. The fulness of many temples, He frequently speaks to all these attributes is what constitutes us, as though there were many Gods : God. "God is Light.” «God is this is true when reference is made Love.” “God is Truth.” The Gods to the number of His dwelling places; are one in the qualities and attributes. but it is not true, and cannot be true, Truth is not a plurality of truths, be in any other sense. Therefore, in cause it dwells in a plurality of per. all our future statements and reason. sons, but it is one truth, indivisible, ings, when we speak of a plurality of though it dwells in millions of per. Gods, let it be distinctly understood,

Each person is called God, that we have reference alone to a not because of his substance, neither plurality of temples wherein the same because of the shape and size of the truth or God dwells. And also when substance, but because of the quali. we speak of only one God, and state ties which dwell in the substance. that He is eternal, without beginning Persons are only tabernacles or tem. or end, and that He is in all worlds ples, and TRUTH is the God, that at the same instant, let it be distinctly dwells in them. If the fulness of remembered, that we have no refer. truth, dwells in numberless millions ence to any particular person or subof persons, then the same one indi. stance, but to truth dwelling in a vast visible God dwells in them all. As variety of substances. Wherever truth can dwell in all worlds at the you find a fulness of wisdom, knowl. same instant; therefore, God who is edge, truth, goodness, love, and such truth can he in all worlds at the same like qualities, there you find God in instant. A temple of inmortal flesh, all His glory, power, and majesty, and bones, and spirit, can only be in therefore, if you worship these adora. one place at a time, but truth, which ble perfections you worship God.

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(Continued.) The first great commandment being, capable of eternal happiness which God gave unto mankind, as or of eternal misery; they have been recorded in the scriptures, was, to entrusted with the protection and in. “ Be fruitful, and multiply, and re. struction of a being in the image and plenish the earth.(Gen. 1: 28.) and likeness of God who, by proper The principal object was to people training, may soar aloft in wisdom, this creation with myriads of intelli

. and knowledge, and power, and God. gent moral beings, after His own im. like majesty to the realms of immor. age and likeness, endowed with God. tality and everlasting light; they have like capacities, and capable of pro. been entrusted with a treasure in. gressing in the grand scale of know. finitely more valuable than all the ledge and happiness, until they should riches and honors of this world—a receive a fulness, and become like treasure which, by their mismanage. God, and be glorified in Him, and He ment may be lost-eternally lost—a in them, that they might be one in treasure for which they are account. glory, and in power, and in dominion. able in the great judgment of quick Herein is God glorified, because and dead. O, how great will be the there are millions of beings who glory and happiness of that man and eventually become like Himself

, with woman who have obeyed that great whom He can associate, and who first commandment to Multiply,” are capable of understanding and ap. and have trained up themselves and preciating all the fulness of His their children unto life and immor. glorious attributes, and of acting with tality! On the other hand, what Him in the most perfect harmony in wretchedness and misery, will be in. all the magnificent works of Creation. Alicted upon those who have been in. Herein are the dominions of the Al. struments of unlawful connections, mighty enlarged, by the accession of whose illegitimate children will re. new worlds, peopled with beings in main as a standing curse, both in His own form and of His own order. time and in eternity, to testify loudly And herein joy, and gladness, and of the unvirtuous associations of their happiness, reign in the bosom of the guilty parents! O, how fearful the great Creator, in all their fulness and responsibilities, resting upon mankiud perfection, because He exercises His in regard to this momentous subject ! infinite goodness in the formation of It is because of the infinitely imnumberless worlds, peopled with be. portant consequences, involved in the ings upon whom, if obedient, He be. multiplication of the human species, stows all the fulness of His own great that God has regulated the same by perfections.

the strictest kind of laws. He has Il, then, the multiplication of human not permitted an indiscriminate interbeings adds to the dominions of the course between the sexes, as among Almighty, glorifies His name, and the dumb brutes; but He has ordain. gives Him an opportunity of display. ed Marriage as the only justifiable ing His infinite goodness, it is rea. means through which the sexes can sonable to suppose that He would legally "multiply and replenish the give laws unto mankind, regulating earth." All connections out of the them upon so important a subject-a marriage covenant, are unlawful in subject fraught with consequences the sight of God; and all who are that are eternal. Think, for one guilty of such crimes will be severely moment, of the great responsibilities, punished for the same. In ancient resting upon the father and mother times persons committing adulteries, of an infant child: they have been fornications, and unvirtuous connec. instruments, in giving existence to a tions, were punished with death, according to the law of God, which all the congregation of the children reads as follows:

of Israel, who were weeping before “If a man be found lying with a the door of the tabernacle of the conwoman married to an husband, then gregation. And when Phinehas, the they shall both die, both the man that son of Eleazer, the son of Aaron, the lay with the woman, and the woman : priest, saw it, he rose up from among so shalt thou put away evil from Israel. The congregation and took a javelin in If a damsel that is a virgin be be. his hand; and he went after the man trothed unto an husband, and a man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both find her in the city, and lie with her; of them through. * * * So the plague then

ye sball bring them both out un. was stayed from the children of Israel. to the gate of that city, and ye shall And those that died in the plague stone them with stones that they die ; were twenty and four thousand. And the damsel, because she cried not, the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, being in the city; and the man, be. Phinehas, the son of Eleazer, the son cause he hath humbled his neigh. of Aaron, the priest, hath turned my hour's wife : su shalt thou put away wrath away from the children of Israel evil from among you. But if a man while he was zealous für my sake find a betrothed damsel in the field, among them, that I consumed not the and the man force her, and lie with children of Israel in my jealousy. her: then the man only that lay with Wherefore, say, behold, I give unto ber shall die.” (Deuteronomy, 22: him my covenant of peace: and he 22, 25.

shall have it, and his seed after him, The great abhorence which the even the covenant of an everlasting Lord manifested towards all unvir. priesthood; because he was zealous tuous connections, may be clearly for his God, and made an atonement seen from the following:

for the children of Israel.” (Num. “ If any man take a wife, and go bers, 25: 6-13.) in unto her, and bate her, and give Why was the Lord so displeased occasions of speech against her, and with the sexes that he would punish bring up an evil name upon her, and them with death for unvirtuous con. say, I took this woman, and when I duct? It was, because He had or. came to her, I found her not a maid." dained marriage as the only lawful And, " if this thing be true, and the way of multiplying the human race. tokens of virginity be not found The direful effects which follow un. for the damsel : then they shall bring virtuous associations, can easily be out the damsel to the door of her perceived, even though there were no father's house, and the men of her law of God against such evils. First, city shall stone her with stones that illegitimate children are thrown upon she die; because she hath wrought the world without any lawful protector folly in Israel, to play the whore in to look after their temporal welfare. her father's house : so shalt thou put Secondly, these children have not the evil away from among you.” (Deut. moral advantages, which should be 22: 13, 14, 20, 21.

derived from the teachings and es. It was pleasing to the Lord to bave amples of lawful parents, and, consesuch wicked characters put to death. quently, are in greater danger of losing Phinebas, the grandson of Aaron, was their eternal salvation. And lastly, greatly blessed of the Lord, for put. an indiscriminate intercourse between ting to death a man and woman who the sexes would break up

all family were guilty of unlawful connections : associations, and destroy the harmony we give the history of this event in and peace, enjoyed in the domestic the words of scripture.

circle ; fathers would not know their "And, behold, one of the children own children, and children could not, of Israel came and brought onto bis with confidence, say who were their brethren a Midianitish woman in the fathers: such an order of things would sight of Moses, and in the sight ofl be deplorable, and would strike a dea."y blow at the foundation of all this people shall keep my command. domestic happiness. Many other ments, saith the Lord of Hosts, or dreade! consequences might also be cursed be the land for their sake3. named, as the result of licentiousness, For if I will, saith the Lord of Hosts, such as jealousies, want of confidence, raise up seed unto me, I will com. Joathsome diseases transferred to pos. mand my people; otherwise, they terity, all of which evils are abhorent shall hearken unto these things. to the feelings of every good man. For behold, I, the Lord, have seen It is for this reason, that God has en. the sorrow, and heard the mourning acted strict laws in regard to all these of the daughters of my people in the crimes. It is for this reason, that He land of Jerusalem; yea, and in all punishes with such heavy penalties the lands of my people because of those who violate these sacred laws. the wickedness and abominations of

Adulterers, and unvirtuous persons their husbands. And I will not suffer, were not only to be punished tempo. saith the Lord of Hosts, that the cries rally, but also spiritually, after this of the sair daughters of this people, life. Hence, the Lord says, “The which I have led out of the land of fearful, and unbelieving, and the Jerusalem, shall come up unto me, abominable,and murderers and whore. against the men of my people, saith mongers,

and sorcerers, and idolators, the Lord of Hosts; for they shall not and all liars, shall have their part in lead away captive the daughters of the lake which burneth with fire and my people, because of their tender. brimstone: which is the second ness, save I shall visit them with a death.” (Rev. 21: 8.) Punishment sore curse, even unto destruction : by a temporal death is not sufficient for they shall not commit whoredoms, to satisfy the demands of justice: they like unto them

of old, saith the Lord must suffer the penalties of the se- of Hosts." (Book of Jacob, 2: 6 ) ond death also.

When Jesus appeared unto the an. The same strictness against all cient Nephites, in the northern part unvirtuous conduct is taught in the of what we call South America, He book of Mormon, as may be seen taught them, concerning adultery in from the following quotations:

these words : “O the wise, and the learned, and “Behold, it is written by them of the rich, that are puffed up in the old time, that thou shalt not commit pride of their hearts, and all those adultery; but I say unto you, that who preach false doctrines, und ull whosoever looketh on a woman, to those who commit whoredoms, and per. lust after her, hath committed adultery vert the right way of the Lord; wo, already in his heart. Behold, I give wo, wo be unto them, saith the Lord unto you a commandment, that ye God Almighty, for they shall be thrust suffer none of these things to enter down to hell.(2 Nephi 12: 2.) into your heart; for it is better that

The prophet Alma, in speaking to ye should deny yourselves of these his son on this same subject, says, things, wherein ye will take up your “Know ye not, my son, that these cross, than that ye should be cast into things are an abomination in the hell.” (Book of Nephi, page 460, sight of the Lord; yea, most abomi. chap. 5 : 10.) nable above all sins, save it be the The same doctrine is taught in the shedding of innocent blood, or deny. revelations and commandments, given ing the Holy Ghost.” (Alma 19: 1.) through Joseph, the Seer, unto this

In another place, the Lord says to church. In February, 1831, the the ancient inhabitants of America, Lord spake thus : as follows:

“ Thou shalt love thy wife with all “ I, the Lord God, delight in the thy heart, and shalt cleave unto her chastity of women. And whoredoms and none else ; and he that looketh are an abomination before me; thus upon a woman to lust after her, shall saith the Lord of Hosts. Wherefore, deny the faith, and shall not have the Spirit, and if he repents not, he shall “ There were among you adulter. be cast out. Thou shalt not commit ers and adulteresses; some of whom adultery; and he that committeth adul. have turned away


and others tery and repenteth not, sball be cast remain with you, that hereafier shall out ; but he that has committed adul. be revealed. Let such beware and tery and repents with all his heart, repent speedily, lest judgments shall and forsaketh it, and doeth it no more, come upon them as a snare, and their thou shalt forgive ; but if he doeth it folly shall be made manifest, and their again, he shall not be forgiven, but works shall follow them in the

eyes shall be cast out.” (Book of Cove of the people. And, verily, I say nants, sec. 13, par. 7.)

unto you, as I have said before, he “And if any man or woman shall that looketh on a woman to lust after commit adultery, he or she shall be her, or if any shall commit adultery tried before two elders of the church in their hearts, they shall not have or more, and every word shall be es. the Spirit, but shall deny the faith, tablished against him or her by two and shall fear: wherefore, I, the witnesses of the church, and not of Lord, have said that the fearful, and the enemy; but if there are more the unbelieving, and all liars, and than two witnesses it is better. But whosoever loveth and maketh a lie, he or she shall be condemned by the and the whoremonger, and the sor. mouth of two witnesses, and the eld. cerer, shall have their par: in that ers shall lay the case before the lake which burneth with fire and church, and the church shall lift up brimstone, which is the second death. their hands against him or her, that Verily I say, that they shall not have they may be dealt with according to part in the first resurrection. And, the law of God. And if it can be, it now, I, the Lord, say unto is necessary that the bishop is pre. you, that ye are not justified, because sent also. And thus ye shall do in these things are among you; never. all cases which shall come before theless, he that endureth in faith, and you." (Sec. 13, par. 22.)

doeth my will, the same shall over: The saints are prohibited, by reve. come, and shall receive an inheri. lation, to receive certain persons into tance upon the earth, when the day the church. The Lord says: of transfiguration shall come.” (Sec.

“Behold, verily I say unto you, 20, par. 4, 5, 6.) that whatever persons among you, In all these quotations from ancient having put away their companions and modern revelations, every one for the cause of fornication, or in can see the dreadful consequences, other words, if they shall testify be. arising from the least indulgence of fore you in all lowliness of heart that these sinful lusts. this is the case, ye shall not cast who suffer unvirtuous thoughts to them out from among you ; but if ye come into their hearts, and cherish sball find that any persons have left them there for one moment will find their companions for the sake of adul- themselves under condemnation; they tery, and they themselves are the have broken the law of God; they offenders, and their companions are have become defiled by their wicked living, they shall be cast out from thoughts, and unless they repent, the among you. And again I say unto Spirit will depart from them; for the you, that ye shall be watchful and Holy Ghost dwelleth not in un boly careful, with all inquiry, that ye re. temples, and they will be left in dark. ceive none such among you, if they ness, and their faith will die away, are married ; and if they are not and they will be filled with fear, and married, they shall repent of all finally be cast down to hell. their sins, or ye shall not receive The Latter-Day Saints are under them.” (Sec. 13, par. 20.) greater obligations than any other

And again, the word of the Lord people on the whole earth, to keep came unto Joseph, the Seer, in Au. themselves pure and virtuous before gust, 1831, saying :

the Lord to refrain from adulteries,

Those persons

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