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MORMON TEACHINGS - ADAM-GOD DOCTRINE

SELF-GOVERNMENT - MYSTERIES - RECREATION AND AMUSEMENTS, NOT IN THEMSELVES SINFUL - TITHING - ADAM, OUR FATHER AND OUR GOD
A SERMON DELIVERED BY PRESIDENT BRIGHAM YOUNG, IN THE TABERNACLE, GREAT SALT LAKE CITY, APRIL 9, 1852
1:46
It is my intention to preach several discourses this evening, but how many I do not know.

(In the first of these discourses, Brigham Young preaches to the `Elders'. We see these elders throughout the cities of the world, traveling by twos, generally on a bicycle, and going door to door on their “missionary journey”. Their badges proclaim them to be “Elder so-and-so”.  No self respecting Mormon elder would argue with any of the points that Brigham Young makes in this discourse: )

I will in the first place bear testimony to the truth of many remarks made by brother Hunter, and especially his exhortation to the Seventies and Elders, and those men who wish to go on missions. I wish also to urge the necessity of your proceeding on your missions immediately, and of going to the place of your destination full of the Holy Ghost, preaching righteousness to the people; and while you do this, live up to the principles you preach , that you may teach also by your example, as well as by precept. Go, ye Elders, and now consider yourselves from this time forth missionaries. If the Gospel is in you like a flaming fire, to be poured upon the people, gather your neighbors together, and give your brethren an invitation to your house, and set before them the duties of man; and preach, if you can speak but for five minutes, occupying that time to the best advantage. Continue to preach, study, and learn, by faith and prayer, until your minds and mouths are opened, and you understand most perfectly the love of Christ.

It is not uncommon for Elders to say, "If I could have a mission, and be sent among strangers, I could speak to them, because they have not been instructed in the way of life and salvation: I could lay before them the principles of the Gospel, which have been taught to me, without that diffidence of feeling, and fear, which I experience while speaking to my brethren." It is very true that the first principles of the Gospel taught by the Elders of this Church are easy to be understood, compared with what it is to preach them to our families, or to our neighborhood, and to govern and control ourselves by the principles of righteousness which the Gospel inculcates.

Again, to gather the Saints, to preach the Gospel to the world, and convince them of the truth, are much easier tasks than to convince men that you can master yourself, and practise the moral principles inculcated by your religion. That is a small portion of the duty required of you in order to obtain crowns of glory, immortality, and eternal lives. I will here remark, that it is natural for the people to desire to know a great deal of the MYSTERIES; this, however, is not universally the case, though it is so with a great many of the Elders of Israel.

 I do not suppose it will apply to those who compose this congregation; your object in being here this evening is not to hear some great mystery of the Kingdom, which you never understood before. The greatest mystery a man ever learned, is to know how to control the human mind, and bring every faculty and power of the same in subjection to Jesus Christ; this is the greatest mystery we have to learn while in these tabernacles of clay. It is more necessary for the Elders to learn and practise upon this lesson in the midst of the Saints at head quarters than in the world; for their facilities for learning are much greater, and I will tell you wherein.

Let a Bishop, a High Priest, a President of any Stake or Quorum, any who are Elders in Israel, or any individual Saint from the first to the last of them, fall into error, and it is at once made manifest; he cannot pursue that course any further, for he is where he can learn his duties, and know how to walk straight in the paths of righteousness.

(NOTE: JESUS CHRIST IS THE ONLY HIGH PRIEST A CHRISTIAN HAS TO DO ANY THING WITH.

Heb 4:
14     Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
15     For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
16     Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

CHAPTER 5

1     For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:
2     Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.
3     And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.
4     And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.
5     So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.
6     As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
7     Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;
8     Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
9     And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
10     Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec

AT THIS POINT I WOULD LIKE TO BRING TO THE READER'S ATTENTION THAT THE MORMON CHURCH ALSO HAS THOSE WHO ARE APPOINTED TO THE "MELCHISEDEC PRIESTHOOD." WE WILL POSSIBLY LOOK AT THIS DOCTRINE LATER ON (IF THE LORD PERMITS), BUT LET ME POINT OUT HERE THAT IN DOING SO, THEY ACTUALLY MAKE A MOCKERY OF WHO JESUS CHRIST IS, RELEGATING HIS POSITION IN THE CHURCH AS SOMETHING THAT IS COMMON, MAKING JESUS CHRIST  MERELY ONE OF SEVERAL WHO HOLD THAT SAME POSITION... THERE IS ONLY ONE WHO IS CALLED OF GOD, AND HIGH PRIEST AFTER THE ORDER OF MELCHISEDEC.

Heb 4:14-5:10
14     Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
15     For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
16     Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

CHAPTER 5

1     For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:
2     Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.
3     And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.
4     And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.
5     So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.
6     As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
7     Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;
8     Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
9     And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
10     Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.
(KJV)

Heb 10:19-22
19     Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
20     By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
21     And having an high priest over the house of God;
22     Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
(KJV)

TO ASSUME THAT WE NEED ANOTHER HIGH PRIEST OTHER THAN JESUS CHRIST, OR THAT ANYONE BUT JESUS CHRIST COULD ENTER INTO THE MELCHISEDEC PRIESTOOD, IT TO MAKE A MOCKERY OF THEETERNAL PLAN OF GOD ALMIGHTY)

 Here is the place for you to teach great mysteries to your brethren, because here are those who can correct you. This fault the Elders of Israel do not fall into in this Tabernacle, although they may in private houses and neighborhoods. When a man is capable of correcting you, and of giving you light, and true doctrine, do not get up an altercation, but submit to be taught like little children, and strive with all your might to understand.  

(I underlined this statement, to emphasize the ONE point made by Brigham Young that should be heeded by any Mormons who are viewing this page. You are currently being corrected, recieving true light as based on the Word of God, the Holy Bible, and it would do well for you to strive to understand the truths presented on this web page in regard to the false and blasphemous doctrines of the Mormon church! I say this only out of love and concern for your soul, and not through a desire to argue or to hurt anyone)

The privileges of those who dwell here are greater than the privileges of those who are abroad. When your duties call you into foreign lands, and you there exhaust your stock of knowledge and wisdom, and you are not in possession of the keys to obtain that instruction which you desire It is because you are far from the right fountain-far from the body, where all the members are in lively operation-where the eye can see, the ear hear, the nose smell, and the mouth speak, and so forth. When your face is turned from the body, let mysteries alone, for this is the only place for you to be corrected if wrong.  (BRIGHAM YOUNG IS EXALTING THE SALT LAKE CITY TABERNACLE AND TEMPLE, WITH IT'S ELDERS AND LEADERS WHO COMPRISE THE QUORUM OF LEADERSHIP IN THE MORMON CHURCH AS THE SUBSTITUE FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT HERE. JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES AND OTHER CULTS ALSO USE SIMILAR TACTICS TO KEEP THEIR PEOPLE FROM SEEKING THE LORD FOR THE TRUTH ON THEIR OWN. BUT LET'S SEE WHAT THE WORD OF GOD SAYS ABOUT WHO WILL LEAD US INTO TRUTH:

I Jn 2:27     But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
John 16:13     Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.)
Preach the simple, unadorned truth; work out your salvation with diligence, and do that which will guarantee you a warranted deed, an undeniable title to eternal lives.
If you feel prayer in you, pray; and if you feel the spirit of preaching in you, preach; call in your brethren, and read the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Book of Covenants, and the other revelations of God to them; and talk over the things contained in those books, and deal them out to your brethren and neighbors; pray with them, and teach them how to control themselves; and let your teachings be sustained by your own example. Teach your families how to control themselves; teach them good and wholesome doctrine, and practice the same in your own lives. This is the place for you to become polished shafts in the quiver of the Almighty. This will answer for one sermon.

BRIGHAM YOUNG'S DISCOURSE ON AMUSEMENT

I feel much inclined to talk to the brethren: I have not had the privilege of preaching much for some time, because of the inconvenience of our former meeting place. Now, as we have a good, convenient place to meet in, and my health will serve me, I expect to improve the time. I love to preach at home with the Saints. I love to meet with them, and look upon their happy countenances, lit up with the joys of eternity. In short, I love the society of all good men, and to preach salvation to them.
You may consider what I shall now lay before you a small matter; but I think it of some importance. When the Elders of Israel leave this place, and go forth among the wicked, it is not their privilege to mingle with them in any of their worldly exercises; for if they do, the devil will obtain an advantage over them, and succeed in drawing them away from the path of their duty. For instance-suppose you and I, with many more of the brethren, meet together in a convenient place in the Valley, and dance to the sweet strains of the violin: we could do so with a perfect good will: but if we should be called to England, and there have an invitation to join with the wicked in their pastimes and recreations, and we in our feelings bow down to this, and suffer our spirits to be subject to their commandments, we suffer ourselves to be ruled over by them, and at once become their servants. While I am here, I am in the midst of the Priesthood of heaven, and in the centre of the kingdom of God. We are before the Lord, where every hand I shake is the hand of a Saint, and every face I see, when I look upon the assembled thousands, is the countenance of a Saint. I am the controller and master of affairs here, under Heaven's direction; though there are those who do not believe this. I invite those who are not subject to me as their President, not to contaminate my friends; for were I and my friends to become subject to those who object to us, we are then on the ground of the devil, and subject ourselves to him they serve.
(I think  the above statement needs to be commented on. Brigham Young asserts himself to be the CONTROLLER AND MASTER OF AFFAIRS, UNDER HEAVEN'S DIRECTION. No doubt such a man's words would carry great weight and authority in the hearts and the minds of the people that he controls and that he is master over. With the exception of the splinter groups (Strangites, Reorganized Church of Latter Day Saints, Church of Jesus Christ, and Church of Christ [Temple Lot] ) that left the mainstream church, which eventually settled in Salt Lake City, none challenged Brigham Young's authority as the CONTROLLER AND MASTER OF AFFAIRS, UNDER HEAVEN'S DIRECTION.)
Never suffer yourselves to mingle in any of those recreations that tend to sin and iniquity, while you are away from the body of the Church, where you cannot so fully control yourselves. Let the Elders who are going out from this place carry this instruction with them into the other portions of the earth. Whatever a man does, let him do it in the name of the Lord- let him work in the name of the Lord, let all his acts through life be in the name of the Lord; and if he wants light and knowledge, let him ask in that name.
You are well aware that the wickedness of the world, or the apostacy of the Church, is so great, that those who now profess religion cannot enjoy their own natural privileges in the world. In many places their folly and superstition are so great that they would consider they had committed the sin of blasphemy if they happened to hear a violin.
The whole world could not hire a good, honest, sound Presbyterian, of the old fashion and cut, to look into a room where a company of young men and women were dancing, lest they should sin against the Holy Ghost.
This over-righteous notion is imbibed by the generality of professors of religion, but it is because they themselves have made it a sin. Let us look at the root of the matter. In the first place, some wise being organized my system, and gave me my capacity, put into my heart and brain something that delights, charms, and fills me with rapture at the sound of sweet music. I did not put it there; it was some other being. As one of the modern writers has said, "Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast."
 It has been proved that sweet music will actually tame the most malicious and venomous beasts, even when they have been stirred up to violent wrath, and make them docile and harmless as lambs. Who gave the lower animals a love for those sweet sounds, which with magic power fill the air with harmony, and cheer and comfort the hearts of men, and so wonderfully affect the brute creation? It was the Lord, our Heavenly Father, who gave the capacity to enjoy these sounds, and which we ought to do in His name, and to His glory. But the greater portion of the sectarian world consider it sacrilege to give way to any such pleasureas even to listen to sweet music, much more to dance to its delightful strains. This is another short sermon.
(THE NEXT SUBJECT BRIGHAM YOUNG PREACHES ON IN HIS DISCOURSE IS TITHING. THERE WOULD BE FEW MORMONS WHO WOULD ARGUE WITH THIS SERMON AS WELL. WE ARE AWARE THAT THE TITHE IS IMPORTANT TO THE MORMON CHURCH, AND MORMONS ARE MORE FAITHFUL AND WILLING TO TITHE THAN CHRISTIANS IN GENERAL.)
I wish now to say a few words to the brethren upon the subject of tithing. It is well known to the majority of this Conference what transpired, last Conference, upon the stand in the old Bowery. At that Conference I had good cause to find fault with the Bishops, and I took the liberty to brush them down a little.
From that day to this there has been more accomplished by our Bishops in the short space of seven months, than was accomplished by them for the space of years previously. This gives me great satisfaction. The Bishops have done was well as men could do: their conduct in fulfilling the duties of their calling has truly been praiseworthy, and I feel to bless them, and pray the Lord to bless them all the day long, for they have done first rate.
When we consider the ignorance of the world, their unbelief in God, and realize that the vail of the covering is over the face of all nations, and remember the ignorance we were once in ourselves, having to commence like babes at the rudiments of learning, knowing also how faltering men are in their faith, and then look at what this people have accomplished, we are led to exclaim, "It is marvellous in our eyes!" Were I to say, "Elders of Israel, you that feel to put your all upon the alter ,rise upon your feet," who would be left? (All present rose up simultaneously.) Where is there another people upon the earth who would have done this? I have no tithing, but all-all I have is the Lord's.
You know the word sacrifice: as brother Banks said to-day, it is a mere burlesque-a nonsensical term. No man ever heard me say I had made a sacrifice. I possess nothing but what my heavenly Father has been pleased to give me, or, in other words, He has loaned it to me while I remain here in this mortal flesh.
It is not marvellous, considering the weakness of man, to see the willingness of this whole people to die if necessary for the truth? How do you suppose it makes me feel? Though I may sometimes chastise my brethren, and speak to them in the language of reproof, there is not a father who feels more tenderly towards his offspring, and loves them better than I love this people; and my Father in heaven loves them; my heart yearns over them with all the emotions of tenderness, so that I could weep like a child; but I am careful to keep my tears to myself.
 If you do wrong, it grieves my heart, and it also grieves the heart of my heavenly Father. I feel continually to urge my brethren to cease from all evil, and learn to do well.
The fulness of the heavens and the earth is the Lord's-the gold and the silver, the wheat, and fine flour, and the cattle upon a thousand hills; and when we fully understand His works, we shall know that He is in all the earth, and fulfils His will among the children of men, exalting and debasing them according to His pleasure; for the systems, creeds, thrones, and kingdoms of the world are all under His control. "Shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord hath not done it"-or that He doth not control? The Lord controls the whole; and in the end, you will find He has regulated all things right, for all will be consummated to His glory.
The children of men are made as independent in their sphere as the Lord is in His, to prove themselves, pursue which path they please, and choose the evil or the good. For those who love the Lord, and do His will, all is right, and they shall be crowned, but those who hate His ways shall be damned, for they choose to be damned.
As I was meditating on the philosophy of the day, it occurred to my mind how visible it must appear to all eyes that the Lord does indeed work, that it is He who blesses this people; and yet it seems as though they cannot see His hand.
(HERE WE CAN SEE THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM: THE LEADERS OF THE MORMON CHURCH HAVE HISTORICALLY BEEN PHILOSOPHERS, PRESENTING THEIR THOUGHTS AND IDEAS TO THEIR FOLLOWERS AS THE GOSPEL TRUTH.
Col 2:8     Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
Mary Baker Eddy [Christian Science], Charles Taze Russel [Jehovah's witnesses], Ellen G. White [Seventh Day Adventists],  Herbert W. Armstrong [World Wide Church of God], to name a few, are examples of those who have formed their own perverted brand of Christianity because of their philosophical notions concerning Christianity. Brigham Young continues: )
The Lord fills the immensity of space. What saith the Psalmist? "Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there; if I make my bed in hell, behold thou art there; if I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there shall thy hand lead me. "I was trying to think of the place where God is not, but it is impossible, unless you can find empty space; and there I believe He is not. If you can find such a place, it will become useful for a hiding place to those who wish to hide themselves from the presence of the Lord, in the great day of accounts. I will close this sermon, as I intend to preach another before I present the subject I more particularly wish to speak upon.
BRIGHAM YOUNG NOW PROCEEDS TO TEACH THE ADAM-GOD DOCTRINE, WHICH WE WILL SEE IS EVEN NOW EMBRACED (ALBEIT NOT OPENLY) BY THE MORMON CHURCH THROUGH TEACHINGS FOUND IN THE DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS.

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