THE DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS

SECTION 129

Ramus, Illinois, April 2, 1843

Is it an angel, a spirit, or the devil? Only a handshake will tell
Absurdity129:1-9

1 There are two kinds of beings in heaven, namely: Angels, who are resurrected personages, having bodies of flesh and bones

There are two kinds of beings in heaven: Angels, who are resurrected men, having flesh and bones.

2 For instance, Jesus said: Handle me and see, for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.

Jesus, for example, said,

Handle me and see. A spirit doesn't have flesh and bones, but I do. [1]

3 Secondly: the spirits of just men made perfect, they who are not resurrected, but inherit the same glory.

Secondly, there are the spirits of just men made perfect.

They're not resurrected, but have the same glory.

4 When a messenger comes saying he has a message from God, offer him your hand and request him to shake hands with you.

When a messenger comes to you saying he has a message from God, ask to shake his hand.

5 If he be an angel he will do so, and you will feel his hand.

If he's an angel, he will shake your hand, and you'll feel his hand.

6 If he be the spirit of a just man made perfect he will come in his glory; for that is the only way he can appear—

If he is the spirit of a just man made perfect, he will come in all his glory.

7 Ask him to shake hands with you, but he will not move, because it is contrary to the order of heaven for a just man to deceive; but he will still deliver his message.

Ask him to shake hands. 

He will refuse to shake your hand, because it's against the law in heaven to deceive.

But he'll still deliver his message.

8 If it be the devil as an angel of light, when you ask him to shake hands he will offer you his hand, and you will not feel anything; you may therefore detect him.

If it's the devil pretending to be an angel of light, ask him to shake hands. 

He will shake hands with you, but you won't feel anything, and you'll detect him.

9These are three grand keys whereby you may know whether any administration is from God.

These are the three grand keys whereby you can tell if a messenger is from God.