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John Whitmer, History, 1831–circa 1847

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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God is not intending to give it himself but you are agents, and these things are before you go and help yourselves &c.
Now these Scriptures would they quote to excuse themselves that they might steal and Rob their Neighbour according to their wicked desires lusting after those things which were forbidden them in the Scriptures.
After the mormons had their city Chartered by the state Legislature they had all their officers, and when any Stole they would flee to . to seek protection, and behold they were protected and uphe[l]d so that the guilty could not be punished according to the Law of the land. Now had the Leaders been willing to bring the guilty to Justice they could not have escaped but must have been punished, but here is the bad affect of secret combinations such as have ever destroyed the church of God because those who were leaders in the church were partakers of these cain institutions which were handed down by the devil—
In the mean while the Twelve were Preaching in England and else where and built up many churches. the gathering continued, and many who were born again and came to and beheld the things that were there conducted, sickened in their hearts, others were pleased with those things for they were pleasing to the carnal mind, espessially when an assurance was held forth for their protection by the [p. 92]
God is not intending to give it himself but you are agents, and these things are before you go and help yourselves &c.
Now these Scriptures would they quote to excuse themselves that they might steal and Rob their Neighbour according to their wicked desires lusting after those things which were forbidden them in the Scriptures.
After the mormons had their city Chartered by the state Legislature they had all their officers, and when any Stole they would flee to . to seek protection, and behold they were protected and upheld so that the guilty could not be punished according to the Law of the land. Now had the Leaders been willing to bring the guilty to Justice they could not have escaped but must have been punished, but here is the bad affect of secret combinations such as have ever destroyed the church of God because those who were leaders in the church were partakers of these cain institutions which were handed down by the devil—
In the mean while the Twelve were Preaching in England and else where and built up many churches. the gathering continued, and many who were born again and came to and beheld the things that were there conducted, sickened in their hearts, others were pleased with those things for they were pleasing to the carnal mind, espessially when an assurance was held forth for their protection by the [p. 92]
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