April 10th, 1916
Received by James Padgett
I am here, Luke.
I desire to make some corrections in my message of last night, and will thank you to receive them.
I desire to say, that when I spoke of the sins of the parents being visited upon the children at the time of conception and birth, I meant that these sins, by the influence which they have upon the spiritual nature of the child, became, as it were, a visitation. I did not mean that any part of the real sin of the parents became a part of the spiritual nature of the child, but only that the influence of the parent’s sins upon the child is sufficient to give the spiritual desires and tendencies of the child an inclination towards that which is evil; and this influence is continuous with the child for years after its birth according as the child and parents are closely associated together in their earth lives.
Let this point be made plain so that man may not quibble about the meaning of what I wrote.
Otherwise the message is true and just as I intended it should convey to you the truth of the meaning of the text.
I will not delay you longer tonight, but with my love and blessings say,
I am your brother in Christ,