“Latter Day Saints,” 1844

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LATTER DAY SAINTS.
 
BY JOSEPH SMITH.
, illinois.
 
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, was founded  upon direct revelation, as the true church of God has ever been, ac cording to the scriptures (Amos, iii. 7, and Acts i. 2.) And through  the will and blessings of God, I have been an instrument in his hands,  thus far, to move forward the cause of Zion. Therefore, in order to  fulfil the solicitation of your letter of July last, I shall commence with  my life.
I was born in the town of Sharon, Windsor county, Vermont, on  the 23d of December, A. D. 1805. When ten years old, my parents  removed to , New York, where we resided about four years,  and from thence we removed to the town of , a distance  of six miles.
My was a farmer, and taught me the art of husbandry. When  about fourteen years of age, I began to reflect upon the importance of  being prepared for a future state; and upon inquiring the place of  salvation, I found that there was a great clash in religious sentiment;  if I went to one society they referred me to one place, and another to  another; each one pointing to his own particular creed as the “sum mum bonum” of perfection. Considering that all could not be right,  and that God could not be the author of so much confusion, I deter mined to investigate the subject more fully, believing that if God had  a church, it would not be split up into factions, and that if he taught  one society to worship one way, and administer in one set of ordi nances, he would not teach another principles which were diametri cally opposed. Believing the word of God, I had confidence in the  declaration of James, “If any man lack wisdom let him ask of God,  who giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not, and it shall be  given him.”
I retired to a secret place in a grove, and began to call upon the [p. 404]
LATTER DAY SAINTS.
 
BY JOSEPH SMITH.
, illinois.
 
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, was founded upon direct revelation, as the true church of God has ever been, according to the scriptures (Amos, iii. 7, and Acts i. 2.) And through the will and blessings of God, I have been an instrument in his hands, thus far, to move forward the cause of Zion. Therefore, in order to fulfil the solicitation of your letter of July last, I shall commence with my life.
I was born in the town of Sharon, Windsor county, Vermont, on the 23d of December, A. D. 1805. When ten years old, my parents removed to , New York, where we resided about four years, and from thence we removed to the town of , a distance of six miles.
My was a farmer, and taught me the art of husbandry. When about fourteen years of age, I began to reflect upon the importance of being prepared for a future state; and upon inquiring the place of salvation, I found that there was a great clash in religious sentiment; if I went to one society they referred me to one place, and another to another; each one pointing to his own particular creed as the “summum bonum” of perfection. Considering that all could not be right, and that God could not be the author of so much confusion, I determined to investigate the subject more fully, believing that if God had a church, it would not be split up into factions, and that if he taught one society to worship one way, and administer in one set of ordinances, he would not teach another principles which were diametrically opposed. Believing the word of God, I had confidence in the declaration of James, “If any man lack wisdom let him ask of God, who giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him.”
I retired to a secret place in a grove, and began to call upon the [p. 404]
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