B — You have got to Learn How to be Gods Yourselves
B1 — Aaronic
a. In order to understand the subject of the dead, [and to speak*] for [the*] consolation of those who mourn for the loss of their friends, it is necessary we should understand the character and being of God and how he came to be so;
b. for I am going to tell you how God came to be God [and what sort of being He is*]. We have imagined and supposed that God was God from [the beginning of*] all eternity. I will refute that idea, and take away the veil, so that you may see. [Truth is the touchstone.*] These are incomprehensible ideas to some, but they are simple.
b. It is the first principle of [truth and of*] the Gospel to know for a certainty the character of God, and to know that we may converse with him [the same*] as one man converses with another,
c. and that he was once a man like [one of*] us; yea, that God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ himself did [in the flesh and like us*]; and I will show it from the Bible.
d. I wish I was in a suitable place to tell it, and that I had the trump of an archangel, [If I had the privilege*] so that I could tell the story in such a manner that persecution would cease for ever.
d. What did Jesus say? (Mark it, Elder Rigdon!) The Scriptures inform us that Jesus said, As the Father hath power in Himself, even so hath the Son power [in Himself*] — To do what? Why, what the Father did. The answer is obvious — [even*] in a manner to lay down His body and take it up again. Jesus, what are you going to do? To lay down my life as my Father [laid down His body that I might*] did, and take it up again.
d. Do [you*] we believe it? If you do not believe it, you do not believe the Bible. The Scriptures say it, and I defy all [hell — all*] the learning and [learned*] wisdom [and records*] and all the combined powers of earth and hell together to refute it!
e. Here, then, is eternal life – to know the only wise and true God; and you have got to learn how to be [make yourselves*] Gods yourselves, [in order to save yourselves*]
e. and to be kings and priests to God,
f. the same as all Gods have done before you, namely,
(a.) by going from one small degree to another,
(b.) and from a small capacity to a great one [capacity*];
(c.) from grace to grace,
(d.) from exaltation to exaltation,
(e.) until you attain to the resurrection of the dead, and [– till you*] are able to dwell in everlasting burnings,
(f.) and to sit in [everlasting power and*] glory, as do those who [have gone before*] sit enthroned in everlasting power.
B2 — Melchizedek
a. And I want you to know that God in the last days, while certain individuals are proclaiming his name, is not trifling with you or me. These are the first principles of consolation. How consoling to the mourners
b. when they are called to part with a husband, wife, father, mother, child, or dear relative, [or friend]
c. to know that, although the earthly tabernacle is laid down and [all earthly tabernacles shall be*] dissolved,
d. they [their very being*] shall rise again
e. to dwell in everlasting burnings in immortal glory,
(a.) not to sorrow, suffer, or die any more; [And not only that, but to contemplate the saying that*]
(b.) but they shall be heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ.
(c.) What is it?
(d.) To inherit [and enjoy*] the same power, the same glory and the same exaltation,
(e.) until you arrive at the station of a God,
(f.) and ascend the throne of eternal power, the same as those who have gone before.
a. What did Jesus do?
b. Why; I do the things I saw my Father do when worlds come rolling into existence. [Saw the Father do what?*]
c. [I saw*] My Father worked out his kingdom with fear and trembling, and I must do [am doing*] the same;
d. and when I get my kingdom, I shall present [give*] it to my Father, so that he may obtain kingdom upon kingdom,
e. and it will [add to and*] exalt him in [His*] glory.
(a.) He will then take a higher exaltation, and I will take his place,
(b.) and thereby become exalted myself.
(c.) So that Jesus treads in the tracks of his Father [as He had gone before*],
(d.) and inherits what God did before;
(e.) and God is thus glorified and exalted in the salvation and exaltation of all his children.
(f.) It is plain beyond disputation [comprehension*], and you thus learn [that these are*] some of the first principles of the Gospel, about which so much hath been said.
B1 — Aaronic
a. to understand the subject of the dead . . . for consolation of those who mourn
a. it is necessary we should understand the character and being of God and how he came to be so
b. It is the first principle of the Gospel to know for a certainty the character of God
c. that God . . . dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ himself did
d. to lay down His body and take it up again
e. you have got to learn how to be Gods yourselves
f. the same as all Gods have done before you
f. until you attain to the resurrection of the dead
f. as do those who sit enthroned in everlasting power
B2 – Melchizedek
a. the first principles of consolation
a. How consoling to the mourners
b. when they are called to part
c. the earthly tabernacle is laid down and dissolved
d. they shall rise again
e. to dwell in everlasting burnings in immortal glory
f. until you arrive at the station of a God
f. and ascend the throne of eternal power
f. the same as those who have gone before
a. What did Jesus do?
b. I do the things I saw my Father
c. My Father worked out his kingdom with fear and trembling
d. so that he may obtain kingdom upon kingdom,
e. it will exalt him in glory
f. He will then take a higher exaltation
f. Jesus treads in the tracks of his Father
f. God is thus glorified and exalted in the salvation and exaltation of all his children