Behold, I say unto you that all old covenants have I caused to be done away in this thing; and this is a new and an everlasting covenant, even that which was from the beginning.
Okay, read that back and tell me how it makes sense. The old covenants are gone. This is a new covenant, which existed previously, from the beginning. So...it's not new then? Or is it?
Wherefore, although a man should be baptized an hundred times it availeth him nothing, for you cannot enter in at the strait gate by the law of Moses, neither by your dead works.For it is because of your dead works that I have caused this last covenant and this church to be built up unto me, even as in days of old.
Wherefore, enter ye in at the gate, as I have commanded, and seek not to counsel your God. Amen.
Damn, Elohim just dropped the mic.
Apparently Joseph didn't like the way some of his converts were approaching the concept of baptism. This isn't like a driver's license, people, you can't just cross denominational lines and keep using what you came with. You gotta take the driver's test all over again when you join this church.
I suppose counseling God on this issue would have been pretty tempting for the early Saints, though. It seems reasonable that if you were baptized into Christianity you wouldn't think a Mormon baptism to be necessary. But this scripture sounds like something Oaks would whip out when confronted with Ordain Women, Any Opposed, or anyone pushing for sincere acceptance of LGBT members. It is frustrating to be in a position of authority over people who relentlessly challenge your actions.
But it would help if your actions weren't so awful. People are less likely to question things that aren't awful—which is a lesson Joseph would learn too late, if at all.