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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 163 pages of information about Added Upon.

“I know all about such teachings,” said Signe, as she went for her Bible.  “They were drilled into me in the old country.”

“Now,” continued he, “I see that such doctrines lower man, who is, in fact, a child of God.  I cannot perceive that an Allwise Parent would thus take away the agency of His children.  We have a motto in school which says:  ‘Self effort educates,’ and I believe that to be the only principle upon which we can safely grow, if we are to become like unto our Eternal Father.”

“Yes,” answered Signe, “but you must remember one thing, that ’as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.’  The resurrection from the dead comes through Christ without any effort on our part.  We were not responsible for Adam’s transgression, therefore we are redeemed from its effects through the atonement of Christ, all mankind are, both good and bad—­all will arise and stand before God to be judged by the deeds done in the body.”

“Yes; I admit all that; but it is hardly plain to me what we must do to be freed from our individual sins.  We are in the midst of sin.  We are in a mortal state and partake of our surroundings.  Now, there must be a plan by which we may be rid of these imperfections, for if we are ever to live in the presence of God, it seems to me that we must be pure and holy, without sin.”

Signe had her book open.  “I will read here an answer to your question,” she said.  “You remember that on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was given, Peter preached to a large crowd of people.  Many of them believed, and being pricked in their hearts, they said:  ’Men and brethren, what shall we do?’ You know they are not the only ones who have asked that question.”

“No, you are right.”

“’And Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.’  That’s plain enough, isn’t it?  Words can make it no clearer.  When Peter saw that they had faith, he told them to repent, then be baptized for the remission of their sins, then they would get the Holy Ghost.”

“And the promise was to them and to their children and to them that were afar off.  Signe, is it not to us also?” Rupert asked, eagerly, “why shouldn’t it be?”

“The promise is not limited—­it is to you and to me.  I, Rupert, have obeyed Peter’s word, and have received the promise.  You may do the same, and the same blessings will follow.  The gospel is a law, a natural law, and oh, such a beautiful one!”

“Why haven’t I heard this before?” exclaimed he.  “Why isn’t it written in our books, and taught us in our childhood?  Signe, I am a bit bewildered yet.”

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