CALLINGS (Teachings of Joseph Smith)

Members Instructed to Patiently Magnify Their Callings — Nauvoo Relief Society Minutes (April 28, 1842)

He continued to read the Chap and give instructions respecting the different offices, and the necessity of every individual acting in the sphere allotted him or her; and filling the several offices to which they were appointed — Spoke of the disposition of man, to consider the lower offices in the church dishonorable and to look with jealous eyes upon the standing of others — that it was the nonsense of the human heart, for a person to be aspiring to other stations than appointed of God — that it was better for individuals to magnify their respective callings, and wait patiently till God shall say to them come up higher.

Nauvoo Relief Society Minute Book, p. 35, The Joseph Smith Papers.

Saints Unwilling to Give up Traditions — Wilford Woodruff Account (January 21, 1844)

. . . I have tried for a number of years to get the minds of the Saints prepared to recieve the things of God, but we freequently see some of them after suffering all they have for the work of God will fly to peaces like glass as soon as any thing comes that is contrary to their traditions, they cannot stand the fire at all, How many will be able to abide a celestial law & go through & recieve their exhaltation I am unable to say but many are called & few are chosen

Discourse, 21 January 1844, as Reported by Wilford Woodruff, p. 183, The Joseph Smith Papers; brackets in original.

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