On Sunday, Dec. 11, at 11 a.m., Elder Orson Pratt read a part of a revelation given to Joseph Smith, jun., May, 1833, after which he preached on the necessity of the people understanding the character of the Being they worship; reasoned on the attributes of God and directed the attention of the congregation to Jesus Christ as an example for his people and quoted the text, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God.”  Showed that Jesus was made an example of humility, being born in a manger, cradled in poverty, and raised by parents of low degree; that in his birth he descended below all things, but in progress of time he advanced in knowledge, grew from grace to grace and from strength to strength, even till he exceeded Enoch in information and knowledge pertaining to eternal life; argued that we are in possession of the same powers of progress, but that these lie dormant, that they require to be exercised by the power and inspiration of the Holy Ghost.  Exhorted the Saints to be diligent in the discharge of all their duties, until, like Jesus, they attained to a fullness of the knowledge of God, and became able to see him face to face.

[Deseret News, Dec. 14, 1859]

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

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