John Whitmer, History, 1831–circa 1847

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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he was hired by Smith to kill — Now  the foregoing I have given to show that this  secret band did still exist among the leaders  of the church. even in Smith the Prophit & Seeer  & Revelator[.] had it not been upheld by him  the church would not have suffered in the way  it did. for example look at the children of Isreal  in the days of King Saul for his transgression  the Kingdom was wrent from him, and given  to another more worthy. and the Children of Is rael suffered much in consequence thereof.
Now as I said before the Lord began to  prosper them in , and as soon as they  began to prosper they began to be lifted up in  pride, and behaved vilely towards the people  in Illinois in which Co. was Situated as also to the people in the  Counties round about. So that the people began  to threaten them again and raised mobs to driv[e]  the Saints, (as they called themselves,) from their  homes. The Mormons at the same time would  steal for some came to and stole some  horses, and we heard much complaint from the  people of for the Mormons would steal  from them many things, and indeed the Mor mons would Justify themselves in this wick edness by saying We are the Lords, and  the earth is the Lords & the fullness thereof.  therefore these things are ours. also, God has  said by the mouths of the Prophets that he  would consecrate the riches of the Gentiles  to the House of Israel and we are the House  of Israel &c. &. Now say they when these  things are placed before our eyes go and [p. 91]
he was hired by Smith to kill — Now the foregoing I have given to show that this secret band did still exist among the leaders of the church. even in Smith the Prophit & Seeer & Revelator. had it not been upheld by him the church would not have suffered in the way it did. for example look at the children of Isreal in the days of King Saul for his transgression the Kingdom was wrent from him, and given to another more worthy. and the Children of Israel suffered much in consequence thereof.
Now as I said before the Lord began to prosper them in , and as soon as they began to prosper they began to be lifted up in pride, and behaved vilely towards the people in Illinois in which Co. was Situated as also to the people in the Counties round about. So that the people began to threaten them again and raised mobs to drive the Saints, (as they called themselves,) from their homes. The Mormons at the same time would steal for some came to and stole some horses, and we heard much complaint from the people of for the Mormons would steal from them many things, and indeed the Mormons would Justify themselves in this wickedness by saying We are the Lords, and the earth is the Lords & the fullness thereof. therefore these things are ours. also, God has said by the mouths of the Prophets that he would consecrate the riches of the Gentiles to the House of Israel and we are the House of Israel &c. &. Now say they when these things are placed before our eyes go and [p. 91]
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