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Prince’s Research Excerpts: Temples & Mormonism – 1860

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TEMPLES, 1860.

1860:  5 Jan.:  Angels do not receive Celestial glory.

Angels are those beings who have been on an earth like this, and have passed through the same ordeals that we are now passing through.  They have kept their first estate far enough to preserve themselves in the Priesthood.  They did not so violate the law of the Priesthood and condemn themselves to the sin agaisnt the Holy Ghost as to be finally lost.  They are not crowned with the celestial ones.  They are persons who have lived upon an earth, but did not magnify the Priesthood in that high degree that many others have done who have become Gods, even the sons of God.  Human being that pertain to this world, who do not magnify or are not capable of magnifying their high calling in the Priesthood and receive crowns of glory, immortality, and eternal lives, will also, when they again receive their bodies, become angels and will receive a glory.  They are single, without families or kingdoms to reign over.  All the difference between men and angels is, men are passing through the day of trial that angels have already passed through.  They belong to the same family that we do; but they have proven themselves worthy only of an exaltation to the state of angels, whereas we have the privilege of obtaining not only the same exaltation they enjoy, but of going further until we become Gods, even the sons of God.”  (Brigham Young, 4 Jan., 1860; JD 9:102-103)

4 Jan.:  Not all capable of achieving highest degree.

“Is every man and woman capable of receiving the highest glory of God?  No.  We are surrounded with circumstances that control us to a certain degree.”  (Brigham Young, 4 Jan., 1860; JD 9:104)

4 Jan.:  How many degrees of glory are there?

“There is a great difference in the individual capacity of people.  Some can receive much more than others can: hence we read of different degrees of glory.  How many kingdoms of glory there are, I know not; and how many degrees of glory there are in these kingdoms, I know not; but there are multitudes of them.  Paul speaks of three, Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon saw three, and multitudes more have we seen by the Spirit of revelation, according to the capacity of our understandings.  Can we so live and direct ourselves as to receive glory, immortality, and eternal lives?  We can.  Then love not the world, nor the things of the world.  Desire not that which is not for us, but desire only that which God has ordained for our benefit and advancement in the science of eternal life; then can we advance with accelerated speed in the things of God.”  (Brigham Young, 4 Jan., 1860; JD 9:106-107)

22 Jan.:  Part of Masonry is to keep a secret. 

“What is spoken in a prayer Circle should never be Named out of the Circle not [to] a wife or anybody Els.  If there is any thing to be said I will say it.  I Could preach all about the Endowments in Public and the world know Nothing about it.  I Could preach all about Masonry & None but a mason know any thing about it.  And the mane part of Masonry is to keep a secret.”  (Brigham Young, in Wilford Woodruff diary, 22 Jan., 1860)

21 Feb.:  Endowments on Thursday of each week.

“There is again an opportunity for receiving endowments, and I wish you and your wife to be here by tomorrow week, Wednesday, the 24th inst. in readiness to receive your endowments on Thursday, March l.  If not convenient for yourself and wife to be here at the time above written, you can consult your convenience by being here on Wednesday of the week following, as it is contemplated giving endowments on Thursday of each week, beginning on the 1st of March next.”  (Brigham Young to Elder George Beebee, Provo, Utah, 21 Feb., 1860)

20 May:  To become king of kings.

“This is a world in which we are to prove ourselves.  The lifetime of man is a day of trial, wherein we may prove to God, in our darkness, in our weakness, and where the enemy reigns, that we are our Father’s friends, and that we receive light from him and are worthy to be leaders of our children–to become lords of lords, and kings of kings,–to have perfect dominion over that portion of our families that will be crowned in the celestial kingdom with glory, immortality, and eternal lives.  If we are crowned to become lords of lords and kings of kings, it will be to rule and reign over our own posterity pertaining to this flesh–these tabernacles–this commencement in our finite state or being.  When I reign king of kings and lord of lords over my children, it will be when my first, second, third, fourth, and so on, son rises up and counts thousands and millions of his posterity, and is king over them; then I am a king of these kings.  Our Father, who is Lord of all, will reign a King of kings and Lord of lords over all his children.”  (Brigham Young, 20 May, 1860; JD 8:61)

24 Jun.:  Prayer circles to ask for speedy Parousia.

“In conclusion, I feel to bless this land, these valleys, mountains, waters, also our herds and flocks; I feel to bless all the righteous, and predict judgments upon the wicked.  Let the Elders who meet to pray after the holy order of the Priesthood ask the Father to hasten the consummation of his work, that the Saints may inherit the earth.”  (Heber C. Kimball, 24 Jun., 1860; JD 9:78)

26 Aug.:  We must receive same endowments as ancients.

“If we obtain the glory that Abraham obtained, we must do so by the same means that he did.  If we are ever prepared to enjoy the society of Enoch, Noah, Melchizedek, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, or of their faithful children, and of the faithful Prophets and Apostles, we must pass through the same experience, and gain the knowledge, intelligence, and endowments that will prepare us to enter into the celestial kingdom of our Father and God.”  (Brigham Young, 26 Aug., 1860; JD 8:150)

26 Aug.:  3 Degrees Brigham’s most important subject.

“I do not know that I have any particular desire to dwell upon this any more than any other subject of the Gospel, although this subject, in the abstract, occupies more of my affection, adoration, and heartfelt gratitude to our Father and God than any other that has ever been revealed to my knowledge, from the days of Adam to the present.”  (Brigham Young, 26 Aug., 1860; JD 8:152-153)

9 Sep.:  We give endowments because devils are needed.

“Do you query why we give endowments to A., B., and C?  It is to make devils of those who will deny the faith, for that is also necessary, as a host of devils will be needed.  We also want Saints, angels, holy ones, and those that are exalted to the highest glory–we want them to inherit kingdoms that number millions on millions.”  (Brigham Young, 9 Sep., 1860; JD 8:179)

23 Sep.:  Sealed up to eternal life when set apart.

“Was blessed and set apart for my mission under the hands of the Twelve, Orson Hyde being mouth. . . . ‘We conform all thy former blessings and ordinances, with the gifts and blessings of the Holyi Spirit.  And we seal thee up to eternal life, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.'”  (23 Sep., 1860; The Journal of Jesse Nathaniel Smith, Provo, Jesse N. Smith Family Organization, 1970; pp. 37-38)

8 Oct.:  Temple for priesthood to receive instructions.

“We have often told you that we want to build a Temple, but not for convening promiscuous congregations.  I inform you, long before you see the walls reared and the building completed, that it will be for the purposes of the Priesthood, and not for meetings of the people: we shall not hold public meetings in it.  I should like to see the Temple built, in which you will see the Priesthood in its order and true organization, each Quorum in its place.  If we want a larger building than this Tabernacle for public exercises, here is the ground already planned, and has been for years.  We can, if we choose, build a Tabernacle that will accommodate fifteen thousand people.  The Temple will be for the endowments–for the organization and instruction of the Priesthood.  If you want to build a Temple on these conditions, you can have the privilege.  But I never again want to see one built to go into the hands of the wicked.  I have asked my Father to give me power to build a Temple on this block, but not until I can for ever maintain my rights in it.  I would rather see it burnt than to see it go into the hands of devils.  I was thankful to see the Temple in Nauvoo on fire.  Previous to crossing the Mississippi river, we had met in that Temple and handed it over to the Lord God of Israel; and when I saw the flames, I said “good, Father, if you want it to be burned up.’  I hoped to see it burned before I left, but I did not.  I was glad when I heard of its being destroyed by fire, and of the walls having fallen in, and said, ‘Hell, you cannot now occupy it.’  When the Temple is built here, I want to maintain it for the use of the Priesthood: if this cannot be, I would rather not  see it built, but go into the mountains and administer there in the ordinances of the holy Priesthood, which is our right and privilege.  I would rather do this than to build a Temple for the wicked to trample under their feet.”  (Brigham Young, 8 Oct., 1860; JD 8:202-203)

“Bro Brigham made a few remarks on the building of the Temple.  It was for the use of the Priesthood, for them to receive instructions in.  He said we were but babes and sucklings in the things of God.  Said He wished to build a Temple to the Holiness of the Lord and not for every corruptable mean curse to enter its Holy walls.  The spirrit of God was poured out upon the People.”  (Charles L. Walker diary, 8 Oct., 1860)

“President B. Young made a few remarks on the duties and responsibilities of the Trustee in Trust.  In relation to the public hands he said: ‘My policy is to let the men who labor hard have the beef, and those who sit in their easy chairs and do nothing, can do very well with lighter food.  Said he wished to build the Temple, not for the people to meet in, but for the priesthood to meet in and receive instruction in the things of God.”  (Minutes of the Semi-Annual Conference, 8 Oct., 1860; DN 10(32):253, 10 Oct., 1860)

“I will give you a few words of doctrine, upon which there has been much inquiry, and with regard to which considerable ignorance exists. Br. Watt will write it, but it is not my intention to have it published; therefore pay good attention, and store it up in your memories. * * *

Woman must atone for sins committed by the volition of her own choice, but she will never become an angel to the devil, and sin so far as to place herself beyond the reach of mercy. * * *

I wish to say to my young sisters, if you can go into the hands of a man, that will lead you into the kingdom of heaven, and exalt you there to become an Eve–a queen of heaven–the wife of a god; and you can remain with that man whom your soul delights.”  (Unpublished discourse by Pres. Brigham Young, entitled: “A Few Words of Doctrine”; Ms/d/1234/Bx 49/fd 8/Church Historians Office; Delivered in the Salt Lake Tabernacle, October 8, 1861, in the morning. Reported by G. D. Watt.  Bergera collection.)

21 Oct.:  Resurrected beings and the temples.

“Our bodies are now mortal.  In the resurrection there will be a reunion of the spirits and bodies, and they will walk, talk, eat, drink, and enjoy.  Those who have passed these ordeals are society for angels–for the Gods, and are the ones who will come into the Temple of the Lord that is to be built in the latter days, when saviours shall come up upon Mount Zion, and will say, ‘Here, my children, I want this and this done.  Here are the names of such and such ones, of our fathers, and mothers–our ancestors; we will bring them up.  Go forth, you who have not passed the ordeals of death and the resurrection–you who live in the flesh, and attend to the ordinances for those who have died without the law.’  Those who are resurrected will thus dictate in the Temple.  When the Saints pass through death, they cannot officiate in this sinful world, but they will dictate those who are here.  ‘Go, now, and be baptized for the honourable–for those who would have received the law of God and the true religion, if they had lived; be baptized for the heathen–for all who were honest; officiate for them, and save them, and bring them up.  Be baptized for them, anointed for them, washed and sealed for them, and fulfil all the ordinances which cannot be dispensed with.’  They will all be performed for the living and the dead upon Mount Zion.”  (Brigham Young, 21 Oct., 1860; JD 8:225)

18 Nov.:  Garden of Eden was on Independence temple lot.

“President Brigham Young, reviewed his first interview with br. Gibson, said that Elder Gibson was ging forth fully authorized to negotiate with all the nations of this world who would obey the gospel of Christ; if br. Gibson would magnify his calling he would do more good than he ever anticipated doing.  To him it was always pleasant to contemplate the great future.  Right where the Prophet Joseph laid the foundation of the Temple, in the center stake of Zion, was where God commenced the garden of Eden, and there he will end or consumate his work, and the law will go forth from Zion that will govern every nation under the heavens.”  (“Tabernacle,” DN 10(38):297, 21 Nov., 1860)

24 Nov.:  Seals infant daughter up to eternal life.

“Soon after we moved to Ogden City, Sarah Lucy was born, November 24, 1860.  When eight days old I took her in my arms and gave her the following blessing:

Sarah Lucy, in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, I take you up in my arms and bless you by the authority of the holy priesthood, according to the order of the gospel of the Son of God.  I bless you with health and life upon the earth until you shall have accomplished your work on the earth that you shall live to be a mother in Israel and live to inherit the blessings of the pure in heart in Zion; that you may live to see Zion redeemed and the glory of the Lord on Mount Zion, the destruction of the wicked, the coming of the Messiah, and be caught up with Saints and be crowned with the sanctified of the earth and inherit all the glory, power, and priesthood which you inherit through the gospel belonging to your condition (or sex).  You shall have a husband which shall be a man of God, bearing the everlasting priesthood, and your children shall be many, who shall be a blessing to you in life and shall rise up and call you blessed.

Behold, thy name is Sarah, and like Sarah of old, be a mother of a numerous posterity, a royal seed whom the Lord shall delight to honor.  These blessings I seal upon your head in the name of Jesus Christ and by virtue of priesthood patriarchal and I ask God to give them to you in due time.  I seal you up unto eternal life in the name of Jesus Christ.  Amen.–Given and written by Ethan Barrows at Ogden City, Utah Territory, December 2, 1860.

I spent the winter in Ogden until April conference, when I settled up my business and moved to the city, being well satisfied with country life and resolved to be more content with the changes of living in the city.  This year, 1861, I succeeded in gathering some fruit from the trees I had succeeded in raising in my garden, both apples and peaches; a large amount of currants and some plums.  This being the second time that I had raised by peach orchard to bearing, we felt very grateful for these blessings.

On October 18 Sarah Lucy died, after an illness of two or three weeks, being nearly eleven months old.  She was a lovely child and hear death was severely regretted.  Her disease was cholera infantum, with dropsy of the brain.”  (“Journal of Ethan Barrows,” Journal of History 15:329-330, Jul., 1922)

16 Dec.:  Celestial law.

“[Meeting in the Tabernacle] Pres. Young spoke of the sermon delivered by Elder Ross in the morning, who quoted the Scripture ‘I have other sheep which are not of this fold, etc.’  He said it was not a correct translation.  It should read, ‘I have other sheep of this fold’ for there is but one fold and one shepherd.  He said no one understood all the principles of the Gospel.  The Gospel was like a cotton factory or paper mill–a person must understand the whole machinery in order to know how a cloth or paper was made.  He spoke of the Celestial Law and said we should not have it revealed to us until we arrived in the Celestial Kingdom–there is a law belonging to every Kingdom.  What Kingdom are we in now?  Not even in a telestial Kingdom.  The let us not talk about keeping a Celestial Law until we get into a Celestial Kingdom, or at least until we can keep the Law of the Gospel perfectly here.”  (JH 16 Dec., 1860)