Pres[iden]t Woodruff said Oliver Cowdery was with Jos[eph] Smith when he received the manifestations of God through Moses &c. he was a powerful man. yet he apostatized through not sustaining the Priesthood'David Whitmer had many manifestations & testimonies. he apostatized and died out of the Church. In the Apostacy at Kirtland [Ohio] many of the leading Elders apostatized and denied the faith and died out of the Church'I have received the administration of angels'When the Lord sends Angels it has been for a purpose and to accomplish something which cannot be done otherwise'In the Kirtland [Ohio] Temple many personages appeared and it was necessary for them to do so. Peter, James & John appeared to the Prophet Joseph Smith. Was it necessary for Angels to appear in the Temple now to impart the same things which have been given to the Church? When Joseph Smith gave his last address, he stood, upon his feet for three ours, the place was filled with the Spirit of God. You want the Holy Ghost to leave & guide you. You do not need the administration of Angels. There is not a man who has the Holy Ghost that the adversary can make him do anthing wrong'You teach the people to get the Holy Ghost and the Spirit of the Lord, and keep it with you and you will prosper. President [Brigham] Young & others have come to me in vision'While in Arizona they came to me in a splendid conveyance'The visions made to me during the dedication of this Temple have been marvelous in the union of the Saints'The Lord is desirous that this people shall rise. There will be union among us and we will not do as we have been doing.
[L. John Nuttall, Diary, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]
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