ORDINANCES (Teachings of Joseph Smith)

Being Born Again Comes by the Spirit of God through Ordinances ( circa June 26 & August 4, 1839)

Willard Richards

Being born again comes by the Spirit of God through ordinances.

Discourse, between circa 26 June and circa 4 August 1839-A, as reported by Willard Richards, p. 72, The Joseph Smith Papers.

Franklin D. Richards

Being born again comes by the Spirit of God through Ordinances.

History, 1838–1856, volume C-1, p. 13, The Joseph Smith Papers.

All Ordinances Required for a Fullness of Salvation — Wilford Woodruff (January 21, 1844)

The question is freequently asked can we not be saved without going through with all thes ordinances &c I would answer No not the fulness of salvation, Jesus said their was many mansions in his fathers house & he would go & prepare a place for them. House here named should have been translated [kingdom] & any person who is exhalted to the highest mansion has to abide a celestial law & the whole law to, But their 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 & a pumpkin for a beetle; Even the Saints are slow to understand 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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