"For the word of the Lord is truth, and whatsoever is truth is light..."
September 18, 2006

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Seeing that the Lord has never given the world to understand by anything heretofore revealed that he has ceased forever to speak to his creatures when sought unto in a proper manner, why should it be thought a thing incredible that he should be pleased to speak again in these last days for their salvation? Perhaps you may be surprised at this assertion that I should say ‘for the salvation of his creatures in these last days’ since we have already in our possession a vast volume of his word [the Bible] which he has previously given. But you will admit that the word spoken to Noah was not sufficient for Abraham…Isaac, the promised seed, was not required to rest his hope upon the promises made to his father Abraham, but was privileged with the assurance of [God’s] approbation in the sight of heaven by the direct voice of the Lord to him…I have no doubt but that the holy prophets and apostles in the ancient days were saved in the kingdom of God…I may believe that Enoch walked with God. I may believe that Abraham communed with God and conversed with angels…And have I not an equal privilege with the ancient saints? And will not the Lord hear my prayers, and listen to my cries as soon [as] he ever did to theirs, if I come to him in the manner they did? Or is he a respecter of persons? — Joseph Smith Jr, Personal Writings of Joseph Smith, rev. ed.. ed. Dean C. Jessee, p. 321-324, spelling and puncnuation corrected