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King Follett Discourse -- F

F — Man, Self-Existent

a. I have another subject to dwell upon, which is calculated to exalt man; but it is impossible for me to say much on this subject. I shall therefore just touch upon it, for time will not permit me to say all.    

b. It is associated with the subject of the resurrection of the dead, ­­namely, the soul –­­ the mind of man ­­– the immortal spirit. Where did it come from?

c. All learned men and doctors of divinity say that God created it in the beginning; but it is not so: the very idea lessens man in my estimation.

d. I do not believe the doctrine; I know better. Hear it, all ye ends of the world; for God has told me so; and if you don’t believe me, it will not make the truth without effect. I will make a man appear a fool before I get through; if he does not believe it. I am going to [boldly*] tell of things more noble.

e. We say that God himself is a self­-existent being. Who told you so?

f. It is correct enough; but how did it get into you heads?

e. Who told you that man did not exist in like manner upon the same principles

f. Man does exist upon the same [independent*] principles.  

d. God made a tabernacle and put a spirit into it, and it became a living soul. (Refers to the old Bible.) How does it read in the Hebrew?  

c. It does not say in the Hebrew that God created the spirit of man. It says “God made man out of the earth and put into him Adam’s spirit, and so became a living body.”     

b. [[T]he immortal spirit.**] The mind or the intelligence which man possesses is co­equal with God himself

a. I know that my testimony is true; hence, when I talk to these mourners, what have they lost? Their relatives and friends are only separated from their bodies for a short season: their spirits which existed with God have left the tabernacle of clay only for a little moment, as it were; and they now exist in a place where they converse together the same as we do on the earth. [Does not this give you satisfaction?***] 

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Summary outline:

a. another subject . . . calculated to exalt man
 b. the soul –­­ the mind of man –­­ the immortal spirit. Where did it come from? 

  c. All learned men and doctors of divinity say that God created it in the beginning; but it is not so:
   d. I am going to tell of things more noble.

    e. We say that God himself is a self­-existent being.   
     f. It is correct enough.
    e. Who told you that man did not exist in like manner upon the same principles?  
     f. Man does exist upon the same principles.  

   d. God made a tabernacle and put a spirit into it, and it became a living soul.
  c. It does not say in the Hebrew that God created the spirit of man.

 b. The mind or the intelligence which man possesses is co­equal with God himself.
a. their spirits which existed with God have left the tabernacle of clay only for a little moment, as it were;

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