On Sunday morning, Aug. 28, 1859, Elder Orson Pratt spoke of the importance of the Elders qualifying themselves to preach the gospel, by storing their minds with useful knowledge, with ancient and modern revelation, not only with the things of the earth, but with things that are in the heavens.  Read the 5th verse of the last chapter of Malachi, and spoke of the mission of Elijah the Prophet in this generation; described the nature of this dispensation, and the greatness of the work in which we are engaged; treated on the subject of baptism for the dead, in support of which, he quoted the 29th verse of the 15th chapter of First Corinthians, also the saying of Peter relative to Jesus going to preach to the spirits in prison.  Alluded to the order of the church and kingdom of God, the enjoyments of the righteous and the torment of the wicked, and the reasons why the Almighty did not reveal the gospel 500 or 1000 years ago.

[Deseret News, Aug. 31, 1859]

[transcribed and proofread by David Grow, Aug. 2006]

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