Eerie Joseph Smith Quote


Journal of Discourses 6:7

LDS Apostle George F. Richards, of the Quorum of the Twelve, stated something interesting in his Conference Report (pp. 22-25) in the section “The Importance of Genealogical and Temple Work.” He states,

“In the time allotted to me to speak on this occasion, I have thought to speak upon a subject, the most glorious of all gospel subjects, in which is involved one of the greatest, if not the greatest, responsibilities that God has placed upon us as a people, that of looking after our kindred dead.

I call your attention to the statements of the Prophet Joseph to the Saints, recorded in the D&C, and known as the 128th section. In the 17th verse of that section He speaks of baptism for the dead, and says: “This most glorious of all subjects belonging to the everlasting gospel, namely, the baptism for the dead” (D&C 128:17). And as you know, brethren, baptism and confirmation are necessary to man’s salvation — the door into the kingdom. There are other sacred, saving ordinances of the gospel that we might say are on a par in necessity for men’s salvation; they are for the living and for the dead. We are not called upon as members of the Church to do genealogical research and temple ordinance work — as we are called to go out into the world to preach the gospel, but we have the responsibility pertaining to our kindred dead, and we are urged to do our duty to them, as we are urged by those in authority, to attend to our other religious duties — the payment of our tithes and the keeping of the Word of Wisdom, the attending of our sacrament meetings, our quorum meetings, to our prayers, etc. This responsibility is one that the Lord has placed upon us.

To seek after our dead means to find them out by genealogical research, to obtain the information regarding them that will identify them from all other people bearing the same name. A perfect identification is to have the individual’s full name, also the day, month, and year of his birth; the town, county, and state where he was born; the date of his death; the name of his father and mother; and, if it is a married man, his wife’s name; and, if it is a married woman, her husband’s name. We regard this as complete identification.

However, we do work for people where we are not able to obtain complete information. As you know, brethren, this information must be had concerning our dead before we can go into the temple and do the work for them. It places the principle of genealogical research, so far as our dead are concerned, on a par in importance with the temple work which we do for them. And when the Prophet says, “The greatest responsibility in this world that God has placed upon us is to seek after our dead,” it means the responsibility of finding them out by genealogical research and then going into the temple and receiving for them those saving ordinances.”


This speaks for itself. Messing with the dead is not something that Christians should be practicing. The deceased have passed on, and it is not our responsibility to save them. We are not their saviors, as Mormonism claims. The gospel means “good news.” We are not to be fixated on researching our dead ancestors, we should be focusing on what is going on with those we know who are living and not yet saved by the blood of Jesus Christ.

Jesus was also right when he said, “Let the dead bury their own dead.” Luke 9:60, ASV.

In other words, don’t focus on such things as the dead.

Focus on the Light and life.


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