27 March 1842 (Sunday). Grove Near Temple

Wilford Woodruff Diary[1]

Sunday 27 This was an interesting day A large assembly met in the grove near the Temple Br Amisa Lyman [2] addressed the assemby & made many interesting remarks. He was followed by Joseph the Seer who made some edifying remarks concerning Baptism for the dead. He said the Bible supported the doctrine "why are ye Baptized for the dead if they dead rise not &c" [3] if their is one word of the Lord that supports the doctrin it is enough to make it a true doctrin Again if we can baptize a man in the name of the Father of the Son & of the Holy Ghost for the remission of sins it is just as much our privilege to act as an agent & be baptized for the remission of sins for & in behalf of our dead kindred who have not herd the gospel or fulness of it.

—27 March 1842


[1] See History of the Church, 4:568-69, and Teachings, p. 201. The Wilford Woodruff Diary account is the source for the entries in History of the Church and Teachings.

[2] Amasa Lyman (1813-77) was baptized in 1832 and ordained an apostle in 1842.

[3] 1 Corinthians 15:29.