Recorded Wednesday, February 7, 1877
(Dairy of L. John Nuttall)
At St. George, Utah Territory
When we got our washings and anointings under the hands of the Prophet Joseph Smith at Nauvoo, we had only one room to work in, with the exception of a little side room or office where we were washed and anointed, had our garments placed upon us, and received our new name.
And after he had performed these ceremonies, he gave the key words, signs, tokens and penalties.
Then after we went into the large room over the store in Nauvoo, Joseph divided up the room the best that he could, hung up the veil, marked it, gave us our instructions as we passed along from one department to another, giving us signs, tokens, penalties, with the key words pertaining to these signs.
And after we had got through, Brother Joseph turned to me and said, "Brother Brigham, this is not arranged right, but we have done the best we could under the circumstances in which we are placed; and I wish you to take this matter in hand and organize and systematize all these ceremonies, with the signs, tokens, penalties and key words.
I did so, and each time I got something more, so that when we went through the Temple at Nauvoo I understood and knew how to place them there. We had our ceremonies pretty correct.
In the creation the Gods entered into an agreement about forming this earth, and putting Michael or Adam upon it.
These things of which I have been speaking are what are termed the mysteries of godliness, but they will enable you to understand the expression of Jesus, made while in Jerusalem;
"This is Life Eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent."
We were acquainted with the Gods, and lived with them, but we had the privilege of taking upon us flesh that the spirit might have a house to dwell in.
We did so, and forgot all, and came into the world not recollecting anything of which we had previously learned.
We have heard a great deal about Adam and Eve, how they were formed and so forth. Some think he was made like an adobe and the LORD breathed into him the breath of life, for we read, From dust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt return."
Well, he was made of the dust of the earth, but not of this earth. He was made just the same way you and I are made, but on another earth.
Adam was an immortal being when he came to this earth; he had lived on an earth similar to ours; he had received the priesthood and the keys thereof;
And had been faithful in all things, and gained his resurrection and his exaltation, and was crowned with glory, immortality, and Eternal Lives, and was numbered with the gods-- for such he became through his faithfulness.
And had begotten all the spirits that were to come to this earth.
And Eve, our common mother, who is the mother of all living, bore those spirits in the Celestial world.
And when this earth was organized by Eloheim, Jehovah, and Michael, who is Adam our common father, Adam and Eve had the privilege to continue the work of progression.
Consequently, they came to this earth and commenced the great work of forming tabernacles for these spirits to dwell in;
And when Adam and those that assisted him had completed this kingdom, our earth, he came to it, and slept and forgot all, and became like an infant child.
It is said by Moses the historian that the LORD caused a deep sleep to come upon Adam and took from his side a rib, and formed the woman that Adam called Eve--
This should be interpreted that the man Adam, like all other men, had the seed within him to propagate his species, but not the woman.
She conceives the seed, but she does not produce it; consequently she was taken from the side or bowels of her father. This explains the mystery of Moses' dark sayings in regard to Adam and Eve.
Adam and Eve, when they were placed on this earth, were immortal beings with flesh, bones and sinews. But upon partaking of the fruits of the earth while in the garden, and cultivating ground, their bodies became changed from immortal to mortal beings, with the blood coursing through their veins as the action of life.
Adam was not under transgression until after he partook of the forbidden fruit; this was necessary that they might be together, that man might be. The woman was found in transgression, not the man.
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Now in the law of Sacrifice, we have the promise of a Savior, and man had the privilege and showed forth his obedience by offering of the first fruits of the earth, and the firstlings of the flocks; this as a showing that Jesus would come and shed his blood.