John Corrill, A Brief History of the Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1839

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with the decrees of Heaven, and detrimental to the peace and welfare  of the community.
In a council some three or four years ago, it was agreed that the  church should bear the name of “the church of Christ of Latter Day  Saints.”
Thus I have given a brief sketch of the church, and now, with a few  remarks to the church, I will close.
I have left you, not because I disbelieve the bible, for I believe in God,  the Saviour, and religion the same as ever; but when I retrace our  track, and view the doings of the church for six years past, I can see  nothing that convinces me that God has been our leader; calculation  after calculation has failed, and plan after plan has been overthrown,  and our prophet seemed not to know the event till too late. If he said  go up and prosper, still we did not prosper; but have labored and  toiled, and waded through trials, difficulties, and temptations, of various  kinds, in hope of deliverance. But no deliverance came. The prom ises failed, and time after time we have been disappointed; and still  were commanded, in the most rigid manner, to follow him, which the  church did, until many were led into the commission of crime; have  been apprehended and broken down by their opponents, and many  have been obliged to abandon their country, their families, and all they  possessed, and great affliction has been brought upon the whole church.  What shall we say to these things? Did not your prophet proclaim  in your ears that the day was your own, and you should overcome;  when in less than a week you were all made prisoners of war, and you  would have been exterminated, had it not been for the exertions and  influence of a few dissenters, and the humane and manly spirit of a  certain officer?
But where now may you look for deliverance? You may say, in  God; but I say, in the exercise of common sense and that sound rea son with which God has endowed you; and my advice is to follow that,  in preference to those pretended visions and revelations which have  served no better purpose than to increase your trouble, and which  would bind you, soul and body, under the most intolerable yoke.

To the Reader

TO THE READER.
It is stated in the foregoing narrative that Smith translated the scriptures. The  following is a specimen of the manner in which he performed that work. It is the  twenty-fourth chapter of Matthew, but in order to shew the connection, I will com mence with the last verse of the twenty-third chapter, viz.: “For I say unto you, ye  shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, blessed is he that cometh in the name of  the Lord.” Chap. 24. “Then understood his disciples that he should come again on  the earth, after that he was glorified and crowned on the right hand of God. And  Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and his disciples came to him for to  hear him, saying, Master, shew us concerning the buildings of the temple, as thou  hast said, they shall be thrown down and left unto you desolate. And Jesus said un to them, see ye not all these things and do ye not understand; then, verily I say unto [p. 48]
with the decrees of Heaven, and detrimental to the peace and welfare of the community.
In a council some three or four years ago, it was agreed that the church should bear the name of “the church of Christ of Latter Day Saints.”
Thus I have given a brief sketch of the church, and now, with a few remarks to the church, I will close.
I have left you, not because I disbelieve the bible, for I believe in God, the Saviour, and religion the same as ever; but when I retrace our track, and view the doings of the church for six years past, I can see nothing that convinces me that God has been our leader; calculation after calculation has failed, and plan after plan has been overthrown, and our prophet seemed not to know the event till too late. If he said go up and prosper, still we did not prosper; but have labored and toiled, and waded through trials, difficulties, and temptations, of various kinds, in hope of deliverance. But no deliverance came. The promises failed, and time after time we have been disappointed; and still were commanded, in the most rigid manner, to follow him, which the church did, until many were led into the commission of crime; have been apprehended and broken down by their opponents, and many have been obliged to abandon their country, their families, and all they possessed, and great affliction has been brought upon the whole church. What shall we say to these things? Did not your prophet proclaim in your ears that the day was your own, and you should overcome; when in less than a week you were all made prisoners of war, and you would have been exterminated, had it not been for the exertions and influence of a few dissenters, and the humane and manly spirit of a certain officer?
But where now may you look for deliverance? You may say, in God; but I say, in the exercise of common sense and that sound reason with which God has endowed you; and my advice is to follow that, in preference to those pretended visions and revelations which have served no better purpose than to increase your trouble, and which would bind you, soul and body, under the most intolerable yoke.

To the Reader

TO THE READER.
It is stated in the foregoing narrative that Smith translated the scriptures. The following is a specimen of the manner in which he performed that work. It is the twenty-fourth chapter of Matthew, but in order to shew the connection, I will commence with the last verse of the twenty-third chapter, viz.: “For I say unto you, ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.” Chap. 24. “Then understood his disciples that he should come again on the earth, after that he was glorified and crowned on the right hand of God. And Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and his disciples came to him for to hear him, saying, Master, shew us concerning the buildings of the temple, as thou hast said, they shall be thrown down and left unto you desolate. And Jesus said unto them, see ye not all these things and do ye not understand; then, verily I say unto [p. 48]
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