Excerpt from a talk by Lorenzo Snow, Delivered in the Tabernacle, Great Salt Lake City, January 4, 1857: 1
In regard to being one I will say that if ever there was a day when it was necessary for us to be one, D&C 38:27 now is the time, now is the day and the hour that we are called upon to be one, as Jesus and His Father are one; John 17:21-22 it is for us to be one together, as brother Brigham and brother Kimball are one, that we may be one indeed.
The Twelve are determined to be one, and to be inspired by the same Holy Ghost, and that we may all have the same spirit continually, and that we may echo the same feeling and intelligence unto the people that exists in brother Brigham, that we may be one with him in all things, and that we carry out his sayings at the expense of our all, our property, our wives and children, that we may stand up with them, and be inspired by the same Spirit, that inasmuch as they walk in the light of eternity and in the wisdom of the Holy Ghost, that we may have the same spirit, and that inasmuch as they are determined to lay down everything for the work of purging out iniquity, we may do likewise.
In this way we, the Twelve, are resolved to lay down everything that would draw our attention from the path of duty, that we may be one as the Presidency are one, and be bound together by the principle of love that binds the Son of God with the Father. It is an impossibility for a man to love another unless he has the same Holy Spirit that is in himself.
Excerpt from a talk by Brigham Young, in the Bowery, Salt Lake City, August 19, 1866: 2
“I have endeavored to give you a few items relating to the celestial kingdom of God and to the other kingdoms which the Lord has prepared for his children. The Lamanites or Indians are just as much the children of our Father and God as
we are. So also are the Africans. But we are also the children of adoption through obedience to the Gospel of his Son. Why are so many of the inhabitants of the earth cursed with a skin of blackness? It comes in consequence of their fathers rejecting the power of the Holy Priesthood, and the law of God. They will go down to death. And when all the rest of the children have received their blessings in the Holy Priesthood, then that curse will be removed from the seed of Cain, and they will then come up and possess the priesthood, and receive all the blessings which we now are entitled to. The volition of the creature is free; this is a law of their existence, and the Lord cannot violate his own law; were he to do that, he would cease to be God. He has placed life and death before his children, and it is for them to choose. If they choose life, they receive the blessings of life; if they chose death, they must abide the penalty. This is a law which has always existed from all eternity, and will continue to exist throughout all the eternities to come. Every intelligent being must have the power of choice, and God brings forth the results of the acts of his creatures to promote his kingdom and subserve his purposes in the salvation and exaltation of his children. If the Lord could have his own way, he would have all the human family to enter into his church and kingdom, receive the Holy Priesthood and come into the celestial kingdom of our Father and God, by the power of their own choice.
May the Lord bless you. Amen.”
|1||Lorenzo Snow, The Saints Have not Magnified Their Calling, January 4, 1857 – http://scriptures.byu.edu/#:t9c61&Be%20one:st&&1857&1857&gjt&r&[email protected]$Be%20one|
|2||Journal of Discourses 11:272 – https://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/digital/collection/JournalOfDiscourses3/id/4487|