John Fletcher Darby Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

John Corrill, “Brief History,” Manuscript, circa 1838–1839

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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the Lord will send many fishers, and  many hunters, and they shall fish them  and hunt them from every mountain,  <and> hill, and from the holes of the rocks in  every land whither they have been driven,  and bring them again into the land that  he gave to their farthers. (Jer 16. 14–16) Not  <only> is the house of Israel to be gatherd; but  God hath purposed that in the dispensation  of the fullness of times, he will gather all  things whether in Heaven or in Earth.  (Eph 1. 9, 10) Hence, after after considering  all these scriptural declarations, and many  others that might be named, I came to the  conclusion that it was not unreasonable  to believe that there was to be a gathering  in the last days.

Chapter 8

Chap. 8th.
New religion compared with the Bible. Mode  of admission into the church. Effects.
The morality and effects of the new  religion. I found that the book of  Mormon taught all the morality,  piety, virtue, honesty, righteousness  and Godliness that the Bible did, and  even condemned the whoredoms of  David, Solomon and others, and strictly  enjoined family and secret prayer,  and that too in great faith, that our  prayers may be answered; and, in order  to be admitted into the church a person  must manifest faith in Christ and a  hearty repentanc[e] of all their sins.  Baptism, by Immersion, they believed  was for the remission of sins. And the [p. 21]
the Lord will send many fishers, and many hunters, and they shall fish them and hunt them from every mountain, and hill, and from the holes of the rocks in every land whither they have been driven, and bring them again into the land that he gave to their farthers. (Jer 16. 14–16) Not only is the house of Israel to be gatherd; but God hath purposed that in the dispensation of the fullness of times, he will gather all things whether in Heaven or in Earth. (Eph 1. 9, 10) Hence, after considering all these scriptural declarations, and many others that might be named, I came to the conclusion that it was not unreasonable to believe that there was to be a gathering in the last days.

Chapter 8

Chap. 8th.
New religion compared with the Bible. Mode of admission into the church. Effects.
The morality and effects of the new religion. I found that the book of Mormon taught all the morality, piety, virtue, honesty, righteousness and Godliness that the Bible did, and even condemned the whoredoms of David, Solomon and others, and strictly enjoined family and secret prayer, and that too in great faith, that our prayers may be answered; and, in order to be admitted into the church a person must manifest faith in Christ and a hearty repentance of all their sins. Baptism, by Immersion, they believed was for the remission of sins. And the [p. 21]
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