I would like to share some words from the Prophet Brigham Young of April 9, 1852:
|......"As I was meditating on the philosophy of the
day, it occurred to my mind how visible it must appear to all eyes that
the Lord does indeed work, that it is He who blesses this people; and
yet it seems as though they cannot see His hand. The Lord fills the
immensity of space. What saith the Psalmist? "Whither shall I go from
thy Spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up
into heaven, thou art there; if I make my bed in hell, behold thou art
there; if I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost
parts of the sea, even there shall thy hand lead me." I was trying to
think of the place where God is not, but it is impossible, unless you
can find empty space; and there I believe He is not. If you can find
such a place, it will become useful for a hiding place to those who wish
to hide themselves from the presence of the Lord, in the great day of
accounts. I will close this sermon, as I intend to preach another before
I present the subject I more particularly wish to speak upon.
My next sermon will be to both Saint and sinner. One thing has remained a mystery in this kingdom up to this day. It is in regard to the character of the well-beloved Son of God upon which subject the Elder of Israel have conflicting views. Our God and Father in heaven, is a being of tabernacle, or, in other words, He has a body, with parts the same as you and I have; and is capable of showing forth His words to organized beings, as, for instance, in the world in which we live, it is the result of the knowledge and infinite wisdom that dwell in His organized body. His son Jesus Christ has become a personage of tabernacle, and has a body like his father. The Holy Ghost is the Spirit of the Lord, and issues forth from Himself, and may properly be called God's minister to execute His will in immensity; being called to govern by His influence and power; but He is not a person of tabernacle as we are, and as our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ are. The question has been, and is often, asked, who it was that begat the Son of the Virgin Mary. The infidel world have concluded that if what the Apostles wrote about his father and mother be true, and the present marriage discipline acknowledged by Christendom be correct, then Christians must believe that God is the father of an illegitimate son, in the person of Jesus Christ ! The infidel fraternity teach that to their disciples. I will tell you how it is. Our Father in Heaven begat all the spirits that ever were, or ever will be, upon this earth ; and they were born spirits in the eternal world. Then the Lord by His power and wisdom organized the mortal tabernacle of man. We were made first spiritual, and afterwards temporal.
Now hear it, O inhabitants of the earth, Jew and Gentile, Saint and sinner ! When our father Adam came into the garden of Eden, He came into it with a celestial body, and brought Eve, one of his wives, with him. He helped to make and organize this world. He is Michael, the Arch-angel, and Ancient of Days ! about whom holy men have written and spoken -- He is our Father and our God, and the only God with whom we have to do. Every man upon the earth, professing Christians or non-professing, must hear it, and will know it sooner or later. They came here, organized the raw material, and arranged in their order the herbs of the field, the trees, the apple, the peach, the plum, the pear, and every other fruit that is desirable and good for man; the seed was brought from another sphere, and planted in this earth. The thistle, the thorn, the brier, and the obnoxious weed did not appear until after the earth was cursed. When Adam and Eve had eaten of the forbidden fruit, their bodies became mortal from its effects, and therefore their offspring were mortal. When the Virgin Mary conceived the child Jesus, the Father had begotten him in his own likeness. He was not begotten by the Holy Ghost. And who is the Father? He is the first of the human family ; and when he took a tabernacle, it was begotten by his Father in heaven, after the same manner as the tabernacles of Cain, Abel, and the rest of the sons and daughters of Adam and Eve ; from the fruits of the earth, the first earthly tabernacles were originated by the Father, and on in succession. I could tell you much more about this ; but were I to tell you the whole truth, blasphemy would be nothing to it, in the estimation of the superstitious and over- righteous of mankind. However, I have told you the truth as far as I have gone."...............