History, 1838–1856, volume B-1 [1 September 1834–2 November 1838]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​May 8. Questions and Answers, Continued.​> Question 6th. “Do the mormons beleive in having all things common?” No!
7th. “Do the Mormons beleive in having more wives than one?” No, not at the same time. But they believe, that if their companion dies, they have a right to marry again. But we do disapprove of the [HC 3:28] custom, which has gained in the world, and has been practiced among us, to our great mortification, of marrying in five or six weeks, or even in two or three months, after the death of their companion. We believe that due respect ought to be had to the memory of the dead, and the feelings of both friends and children.
8th. “Can they raise the dead?” No, nor any other people that now lives, or ever did live; But God can raise the dead through man as an instrument.
9th. “What signs do Joseph Smith give of his divine mission?” The signs which God is pleased to let him give: according as his wisdom thinks best: in order that he may judge the world agreeably to his own plan.
10th. “Was not Jo. Smith a money digger?” Yes, but it was never a very proffitable job to him, as he only got fourteen dollars a month for it.
11th, “Did not Jo Smith steal his wife?” Ask her, she was of age, she can answer for herself.
12th, “Do the people have to give up their money, when they join his church?” No other requirement than to bear their proportion of the expences of the church, and support the poor.
13th, “Are the Mormons Abolisionists?” No unless delivering the people from Priest-craft, and the priests from the power of satan, should be considered such.— But we do not beleive in setting the negroes free!
14th. “Do they not stir up the Indians to war, and to commit depredations?” No, and they who reported the story, knew it was false when they put it in circulation. These and similar reports are pawned upon the people by the priests, and this is the reason why we ever thought of answering them.
15th “Do the Mormons baptize in the name of Jo Smith?” No, but if they did, it would be as valid as the baptism administered by the sectarian priests.
16th. “If the Mormon doctrine is true, what has become of all those who have died since the day of the Apostles”? All those who have not had an opportunity of hearing the gospel, and being administered unto by an inspired man in the flesh, must have it hereafter, before they can be finally judged.
17th “Does not Jo Smith profess to be Jesus Christ?” No, but he professes to be his brother, as all other saints have done, and now do. Matthew 12:49, 50. And he stretched forth his hands towards his disciple and said, behold my mother and my brethren; For [HC 3:29] whosoever shall do the will of of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
18th. “Is there any thing in the bible which licences you to beleive in Revelation now a days?” Is there any thing that does not authorize us to beleive so? if there is, we have, as yet, not been able to find it.
19th. “Is not the cannon of the scriptures full?” If it is there is a great defect in the book or else it would have said so.
20th “What are the fundamental principles of your religion?” The fundamental principles [p. 795]
May 8. Questions and Answers, Continued. Question 6th. “Do the mormons beleive in having all things common?” No!
7th. “Do the Mormons beleive in having more wives than one?” No, not at the same time. But they believe, that if their companion dies, they have a right to marry again. But we do disapprove of the [HC 3:28] custom, which has gained in the world, and has been practiced among us, to our great mortification, of marrying in five or six weeks, or even in two or three months, after the death of their companion. We believe that due respect ought to be had to the memory of the dead, and the feelings of both friends and children.
8th. “Can they raise the dead?” No, nor any other people that now lives, or ever did live; But God can raise the dead through man as an instrument.
9th. “What signs do Smith give of his divine mission?” The signs which God is pleased to let him give: according as his wisdom thinks best: in order that he may judge the world agreeably to his own plan.
10th. “Was not Jo. Smith a money digger?” Yes, but it was never a very proffitable job to him, as he only got fourteen dollars a month for it.
11th, “Did not Jo Smith steal his wife?” Ask her, she was of age, she can answer for herself.
12th, “Do the people have to give up their money, when they join his church?” No other requirement than to bear their proportion of the expences of the church, and support the poor.
13th, “Are the Mormons Abolisionists?” No unless delivering the people from Priest-craft, and the priests from the power of satan, should be considered such.— But we do not beleive in setting the negroes free!
14th. “Do they not stir up the Indians to war, and to commit depredations?” No, and they who reported the story, knew it was false when they put it in circulation. These and similar reports are pawned upon the people by the priests, and this is the reason why we ever thought of answering them.
15th “Do the Mormons baptize in the name of Jo Smith?” No, but if they did, it would be as valid as the baptism administered by the sectarian priests.
16th. “If the Mormon doctrine is true, what has become of all those who have died since the day of the Apostles”? All those who have not had an opportunity of hearing the gospel, and being administered unto by an inspired man in the flesh, must have it hereafter, before they can be finally judged.
17th “Does not Jo Smith profess to be Jesus Christ?” No, but he professes to be his brother, as all other saints have done, and now do. Matthew 12:49, 50. And he stretched forth his hands towards his disciple and said, behold my mother and my brethren; For [HC 3:29] whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
18th. “Is there any thing in the bible which licences you to beleive in Revelation now a days?” Is there any thing that does not authorize us to beleive so? if there is, we have, as yet, not been able to find it.
19th. “Is not the cannon of the scriptures full?” If it is there is a great defect in the book or else it would have said so.
20th “What are the fundamental principles of your religion?” The fundamental principles [p. 795]
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