Celestial Family Union and a Perfect Law of Theocracy

Celestial Family Union and a Perfect Law of Theocracy as Taught and Practiced by the Prophet Joseph Smith

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INTRODUCTION

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During the Nauvoo period, the Prophet Joseph Smith began to introduce some of his most trusted disciples to new concepts and a higher understanding and order of the Kingdom of God. As he envisioned it, this new order was the Celestial Kingdom of God on Earth — it was the earthly counterpart of the Church of the Firstborn. At the heart of this Celestial Order was a new form of human government — a government which was predicated upon the “Perfect Law of a Celestial Theocracy”. Intrinsic to this Celestial Order was a fundamental “Principle” which became the Keystone or Hub around which all else revolved.

So central and vital was this “Principle” that in accordance with the Prophet’s doctrine, no Family could exist on an eternal basis without it. Yet incredible though it may be, notwithstanding the central position and importance of this Principle, the whole essence of it has been utterly lost to the Saints of our day. Indeed, to date it has never been written on or recognized for what it is!

The whole context of this Principle is integrally connected to the Celestial Family, and in practice cannot exist outside it. This being the case, the Eternal Marriage and Adoption Covenant are essential to its existence, and together they become the vehicle through which it lives. In essence the personal relationship which is established in the Marriage and Adoption covenant become the body or tabernacle of the life giving “Principle”, and to do away with either ordinance is to emasculate the body by amputating its limbs.

This then is the theme and focus of this work — to resurrect the “Celestial Principle” in the whole context of its natural setting in the Eternal Family Unit. In so doing, the Marriage and Adoption Covenant will be illustrated and reconstructed in accordance with the Celestial Doctrine as it was originally taught and established by the Prophet. Through this means, a clear understanding of the Adoption and Marriage covenant becomes the by-product of a higher purpose — to reveal the nature and reality of the Celestial Kingdom and the Church of the Firstborn as they were established here on Earth by the Prophet Joseph Smith at Nauvoo.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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INTRODUCTION: III
TABLE OF CONTENTS: IV – V
PRIESTHOOD IS THE CHANNEL: VI
A PERFECT LAW OF THEOCRACY AND
THE LAW OF THE FULNESS OF THE PRIESTHOOD: 1
REGARDING THE UNION OF THE FAMILY
AN ARTICLE WRITTEN BY APOSTLE PARLEY P. PRATT: 49
THE HIGHEST LAW: TEACHINGS OF PRESIDENT YOUNG ON UNION: 53
A SPEECH BY PARLEY P. PRATT ON
THE THEOCRATIC GOVERNMENT OF THE PRIESTHOOD
GIVEN IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY
AT SALT LAKE CITY ON 5 DECEMBER 1852: 57
A NEW AMALGAMATED TEXT OF JOSEPH’S
16 JUNE 1844 SPEECH ON THE PLURALITY OF GODS: 65

PRESIDENT YOUNG:
REGARDING THE THEOCRATIC POWER OF HIS PRIESTHOOD: 79
A PROPHECY REGARDING THOSE WHO REJECT
THE LAW OF THE FULNESS OF THE PRIESTHOOD: 80

REGARDING THE UNION OF THE CELESTIAL FAMILY:
A SPEECH BY FRED COLLIER: 81
REVELATIONS REGARDING THE UNION OF THE SAINTS: 110
A STATEMENT FROM PRESIDENT YOUNG ON
PRIESTCRAFT AND THE IMPORTANCE OF UNION: 112
A PROPHECY REGARDING THE LAW OF THE FULNESS OF THE PRIESTHOOD
AND THE FATE OF SCOFFERS: NEW TEXT OF ISAIAH 51:1– 8: 114

RESTORATION OF THE LAW OF THE FULNESS OF THE PRIESTHOOD AND
THE EVERLASTING COVENANT THEREOF:
NEW TEXT OF MALACHI 4:1– 6: 115
THIS IS ETERNAL LIFE TO KNOW GOD — TO KNOW CHRIST AND OURSELVES
THE FAMILY OF MAN HAVE CLAIM UPON THE HERITAGE OF GOD
– HEIRS OF EVERY BLESSING IN THE HEAVENS – 116
OUR UNIQUE INDIVIDUALITY PRESERVED FOREVER
EACH FATHER TO REMAIN IN SUBJECTION TO HIS FATHER FOREVER
A MAN IS KING, DICTATOR, FATHER, LORD, AND  GOD TO HIS SONS 117

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THE FULNESS OF THE PRIESTHOOD AND A PERFECT LAW OF THEOCRACY: 118
THE PROPHET JOSEPH SMITH WARNS THE SAINTS: 118
CHRIST PRAYS FOR UNION AMONG HIS DISCIPLES: JOHN 17: 119

PARABLES OF JESUS:
REGARDING THE LAW OF THE FULNESS OF THE PRIESTHOOD: 120

THE PRECIOUS PEARL:
A REVELATION REGARDING THE UNION OF CELESTIAL FAMILY: 121
THE DAY OF PROBATION: 121
THE EVERLASTING COVENANT OF THE PRIESTHOOD: 122
THE REVELATION OF THE CHURCH OF THE FIRSTBORN: 123
THE DIVINE CHARGE TO HUSBANDS, WIVES AND PARENTS: 125
THE RESTORATION OF THE FATHER’S PRIESTHOOD: 126
GODS MANY & LORDS MANY BUT ONLY ONE GOD TO US: 127
THE TRUE ORDER OF WORSHIP: 128
IF THE MAN DISHONOR HIS WIFE: 128
IF THE WOMAN DISHONOR HER HUSBAND: 129
IF THE CHILDREN DISHONOR THEIR PARENTS: 129
THE DAUGHTERS OF EVE REDEEMED FROM THE CURSE OF THE FALL: 129
THE GATHERING OF THE ELECT FAMILY OF THE FATHER: 130
EXCEPT YE BECOME AS ONE OF THESE LITTLE ONES: 131
THE TWO GREAT LAWS AND THE POWERS OF HEAVEN: 132
THE ULTIMATUM OF THE FATHER: 132

AND NOW AS PERTAINING TO THE NEW AND EVERLASTING COVENANT —
I WILL REVEAL MORE UNTO YOU, HEREAFTER: 134

HEBER C. KIMBALL:
A STATEMENT ON THE CHURCH OF THE FIRSTBORN 136

BRIGHAM YOUNG:
A STATEMENT ON THE CHURCH OF THE FIRSTBORN 136
THE PRICE OF BEING A TRUE CHRISTIAN 137
GOOD MASTER WHAT MUST I DO TO INHERIT ETERNAL LIFE? 143

ORDER FORM 147


THE PRIESTHOOD IS THE CHANNEL
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[THE] PRIESTHOOD  . . . is the channel  through which ALL KNOWLEDGE , DOCTRINE , THE PLAN OF SALVATION and every important matter is revealed from heaven.  . . . . . IT IS THE CHANNEL through which  THE ALMIGHTY commenced revealing HIS GLORY  at the beginning of the creation of the earth,  and through which  HE HAS CONTINUED  TO REVEAL HIMSELF to the children of men to the present time,  and through which  HE WILL MAKE KNOWN HIS PURPOSES to the end of time.  (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith  166 –167)

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