What about salvation?

"Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added [unto them] about three thousand souls. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles." Acts 2:37-41
Note: Any so-called "minister" (i.e. Billy Graham or the Pope) which contradicts the pattern above, saith the Lord, that man is an imposter, a counterfeit. Wo! Wo! unto those who pervert the right way of the Lord. The ordinances set forth in the passage above must be performed by the legal administrative authority of the heavens, i.e. the Apostlehip, as anciently, saith Israel's God or it is not recognized by the same; for the Lord will not receive that which he did not send. And how are they sent? By revelation to a prophet, and Apostle as anciently, for God, my God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the same, yesterday, today, and forever. Selah.

Section 40, The Revelations of Jesus Christ

Section 40, The Revelations of Jesus Christ, pg 2

Volume 1

Brigham Young, January 16, 1853


A discourse delivered by President Brigham Young, in theTabernacle,

Great Salt Lake City, January 16, 1853.

Journal of Discourses, Vol.1, Pg.1, Brigham Young, January 16,1853

The plan of salvation, or, in other words, the redemption of fallen
beings, is a subject that should occupy the attention of all intelligence
that pertains to fallen beings. I do not like the term fallen
beings, but I will say, subjected intelligence, which term suits
me better--subjected to law, order, rule, and government. All
intelligences are deeply engaged in this grand object; not, however,
having a correct understanding of the true principle thereof,
they wander to and fro, some to the right, and some to the left.
There is not a person in this world, who is endowed with a common
share of intellect, but is laboring with all his power for salvation.
Men vary in their efforts to obtain that object, still their individual
conclusions are, that they will ultimately secure it. The merchant,
for instance, seeks with unwearied diligence, by night and by
day, facing misfortunes with a determined and persevering resistance,
enduring losses by sea and by land, with an unshaken patience,
to amass a sufficient amount of wealth to enable him to settle
calmly down in the midst of plenty in some opulent city, walk
in the higher classes of society, and perchance receive a worldly
title, or worldly honor, and enjoy a freedom from all anxiety
of business, and constraint by poverty, throughout the remainder
of his life. He then supposes he has obtained salvation.

Descend from the busy, wealth-seeking middle classes, to the humbler
grade of society, and follow them in their various occupations
and pursuits, and each one of them is seeking earnestly that which
he imagines to be salvation. The poor, ragged, trembling mendicant,
who is forced by hunger and cold to drag his feeble body from
under some temporary shelter, to seek a bit of bread, or a coin
from his more fortunate fellow-mortal, if he can only obtain a
few crusts of bread to satisfy the hunger-worm that gnaws his
vitals, and a few coppers to pay his lodgings, he has attained
to the summit of his expectations, to what he sought for salvation,
and he is comparatively happy, but his happiness vanishes with
the shades of night, and his misery comes with the morning light.
From the match-maker up to the tradesman, all have an end in view,
which they suppose will bring to them salvation. King, courtier,
commanders, officers, and common soldiers, the commodore, and
sailor before the mast, the fair-skinned Christian, and the dark-skinned
savage, all, in their respective grades and spheres of action,
have a certain point in view, which, if they can obtain, they
suppose will put them in possession of salvation.

The Latter-day Saint, who is far from the bosom of the Church,
whose home is in distant climes, sighs, and earnestly prays each
day of his life for the Lord to open his way, that he may mingle
with his brethren in Zion, for he supposes that his happiness
would then be complete, but in this his expectations will be in
a measure vain, for happiness that is real and lasting in its
nature cannot be enjoyed by mortals, for it is altogether out
of keeping with this transitory state.

If a man's capacity be limited to the things of this world, if
he reach no further than he can see with his eyes, feel with his
hands, and understand with the ability of the natural man, still
he is as earnestly engaged in securing his salvation, as others
are, who possess a superior intellect, and are also pursuing the
path of salvation, in their estimation, though it result in nothing
more than a good name, or the honors of this world. Each, according
to his capacity--to the natural organization of the human system,
which is liable to be operated upon by the circumstances and influences
by which it is surrounded, is as eager to obtain that which he
supposes is salvation, as I am to obtain salvation in the Eternal

The object of a true salvation, correctly and minutely understood,
changes the course of mankind. Persons who are taught by their
teachers, friends, and acquaintances, are traditionated, from
their youth up, into the belief that there is no God, or intelligent
beings, other than those that they see with the natural eye, or
naturally comprehend; that there is no hereafter; that at death,
all life and intelligence are annihilated. Such persons are as
firm in their belief, and as strenuous in argument, in support
of those doctrines, as others are in the belief of the existence
of an Eternal God. The early customs and teachings of parents
and friends, to a greater or less degree, influence the minds
of children, but when they are disposed to inquire at the hands
of Him who has eternal intelligence to impart to them, when their
understandings are enlarged, when their minds are enlightened
by the Spirit of truth, so that they can see things that are unseen
by the natural eye, they may then be corrected in their doctrine
and belief, and in their manner of life, but not until then.

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