The Essential Joseph Smith
Foreword by Marvin S. Hill
“He Was Not Like Other Men,” A Sermon Delivered on 13 August 1843
(from Scott H. Faulring, ed., An American Prophet’s Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith [Salt Lake City: Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, 1987], pp. 403-405)
[p.202][S]aid he was not like other men. His mind was continually occupied with the business of the day, and he had to depend entirely upon the Living God for everything he said on such occasions.
The great thing for us to know is to comprehend what God did institute before the foundation of the world. Who knows it?
It is the constitutional disposition of mankind to set up stakes and set bounds to the works and ways of the Almighty.
We are called thus [to] mourn this morning the death of a good man, a great man and a mighty man. It is a solemn idea that man has no hope of seeing a friend after he has lost him, but I will give you a more painful thought. The thought is simple and I never design to communicate no ideas but what are simple, for to this end I am sent. Suppose we have an idea of a resurrection &c. &c. and yet know nothing at all of the gospel and could not comprehend one principle of the orders of Heaven, but found yourselves disappointed. Yes, at last find yourselfs disappointed in every hope or anticipation when decisions goes forth from the lips of the almighty at last. Would not this be a greater disappointment. A more painful thought than annihilation.
Had I inspiration, Revelation, and lungs to communicate what my soul has contemplated in times past there is not a soul in this congregation but would go to their homes and shut their mouths in everlasting silence on religion till they had learned something.
Why be so certain that you comprehend the things of God when all things with you are so uncertain. You are welcome to all the knowledge.
I do not grudge the world of all the religion the[y] have got. They are welcome to all the knowledge they possess.
[p.203]The sound saluted my ears. We are come unto Mt. Zion &c. What could profit us to come unto the spirits of just men but to learn and come to the knowledge of spirits of the Just.
Where has Judge Higby gone? Who is there that would not give all his goods to feed the poor and pour out his gold and silver to the four winds to come where Judge Higby has gone.
That which hath been hid from before the foundation of the world is revealed to babes and sucklings in the last days.
The world is reserved unto burning in the last days. He shall send Elijah the prophet and he shall reveal the covenants of the fathers in relation to the children and the covenants of the children in relation to the fathers.
Four destroying angels holding power over the 4 quarters of the earth until the servants of God are sealed in their foreheads. What is that seal? Shall I tell you? No.
Doctrine [of] Election [and] Sealing of the servants of God on the top of their heads tis not the cross as the Catholics would have it. Doctrine of Election to Abraham was in relation to the Lord. A man wishes to be embraced in the covenant of Abraham. A man [like] Judge Higby in world of spirits, is sealed unto the throne, and [the] doctrine of Election [is] sealing the father and children together.
To the mourner, do as the husband and the father would instruct you. [Then] You shall be reunited.
I have been acquainted with Judge Higby a long time. I never knew a more tender hearted man.