History, 1838–1856, volume E-1 [1 July 1843–30 April 1844]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​July 9​> priests cry out concerning me and ask “why is it this babler gains so many followers, and retains them”? I answer, it is because I possess the principle of love, all I can offer the world is a good heart and a good hand. The Saints can testify whether I am willing to lay down my life for my brethren. If it has been demonstrated that I have been willing to die for a Mormon, I am bold to declare before heaven that I am just as ready to die in defending the rights of a Presbyterian, a Baptist or a good man of any other denomination; for the same principle which would trample upon the rights of the Latter day Saints would trample upon the rights of the other denomination <​Roman Catholics​> or of any other denomination who may be unpopular and too weak to defend themselves. It is a love of liberty which inspires my Soul, civil and religious liberty to the whole of the human race, love of liberty was diffused into my Soul by my grandfathers, while they dandled me on their knees; and shall I want friends? No. [HC 5:498] The enquiry is frequently made of me, “Wherein do you differ from others in your religions views?” In reality and essence we do not differ so far in our religious views but that we could all drink into one principle of love. One of the grand fundamental principles of Mormonism is to receive truth, let it come from whence it may. We believe in the great Eloheim, who sits enthroned in yonder heavens, so do the Presbyterians. If a skilful Mechanic, in taking a welding heat uses borax alum &c. and succeeds in welding together iron or steel more perfectly than any other mechanic, is he not deserving of praise? and if by the principles of truth I succeed in uniting all denominations in the bonds of love, shall I not have attained a good object?
If I esteem mankind to be in error, shall I bear them down? No; I will left them up, and in their own way too if I cannot persuade them my way is better; and I will not seek to compel any man to believe as I do, only by the force of reasoning; for truth will cut its own way. Do you believe in <​Jesus Christ and​> the Gospel of Salvation which [blank] he [blank] revealed? So do I. Christians should cease wrangling and contention with each other and cultivate the principles of union and friendship in their midst; and they will do it before the Millennuim can be ushered in, and Christ takes possession of his kingdom.
[“]Do you believe in the baptism of infants”? asks the Presbyterian. No. “Why”? Because it is no where written in the bible: Circumcision is not baptism. Neither was baptism instituted in the place of circumcision. Baptism is for remission of sins— Children have no <​sins​>, Jesus blessed them and said Do what you have seen me do. Children are all made alive in Christ, and those of riper years through faith and repentance. So far we are agreed with other Christian denominations; they all preach faith and repentance— The Gospel requires Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins, which is the meaning of the word in the original language viz to bury or immerse. We ask the sects Do you believe this? They answer No. I believe in being converted. I believe in this tenaciously— so did the Apostle Peter, and the disciples of Jesus but I further believe in the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands. Evidence by Peters preaching on the day of Pentecost Acts 2.38. might as well baptise a bag of sand, as a man, if not done in view of the <​remission of sins, and​> getting of the Holy Ghost. Baptism by water is but half a baptism, [p. 1666]
July 9 priests cry out concerning me and ask “why is it this babler gains so many followers, and retains them”? I answer, it is because I possess the principle of love, all I can offer the world is a good heart and a good hand. The Saints can testify whether I am willing to lay down my life for my brethren. If it has been demonstrated that I have been willing to die for a Mormon, I am bold to declare before heaven that I am just as ready to die in defending the rights of a Presbyterian, a Baptist or a good man of any other denomination; for the same principle which would trample upon the rights of the Latter day Saints would trample upon the rights of the Roman Catholics or of any other denomination who may be unpopular and too weak to defend themselves. It is a love of liberty which inspires my Soul, civil and religious liberty to the whole of the human race, love of liberty was diffused into my Soul by my grandfathers, while they dandled me on their knees; and shall I want friends? No. [HC 5:498] The enquiry is frequently made of me, “Wherein do you differ from others in your religions views?” In reality and essence we do not differ so far in our religious views but that we could all drink into one principle of love. One of the grand fundamental principles of Mormonism is to receive truth, let it come from whence it may. We believe in the great Eloheim, who sits enthroned in yonder heavens, so do the Presbyterians. If a skilful Mechanic, in taking a welding heat uses borax alum &c. and succeeds in welding together iron or steel more perfectly than any other mechanic, is he not deserving of praise? and if by the principles of truth I succeed in uniting all denominations in the bonds of love, shall I not have attained a good object?
If I esteem mankind to be in error, shall I bear them down? No; I will left them up, and in their own way too if I cannot persuade them my way is better; and I will not seek to compel any man to believe as I do, only by the force of reasoning; for truth will cut its own way. Do you believe in Jesus Christ and the Gospel of Salvation which [blank] he [blank] revealed? So do I. Christians should cease wrangling and contention with each other and cultivate the principles of union and friendship in their midst; and they will do it before the Millennuim can be ushered in, and Christ takes possession of his kingdom.
[“]Do you believe in the baptism of infants”? asks the Presbyterian. No. “Why”? Because it is no where written in the bible: Circumcision is not baptism. Neither was baptism instituted in the place of circumcision. Baptism is for remission of sins— Children have no sins, Jesus blessed them and said Do what you have seen me do. Children are all made alive in Christ, and those of riper years through faith and repentance. So far we are agreed with other Christian denominations; they all preach faith and repentance— The Gospel requires Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins, which is the meaning of the word in the original language viz to bury or immerse. We ask the sects Do you believe this? They answer No. I believe in being converted. I believe in this tenaciously— so did the Apostle Peter, and the disciples of Jesus but I further believe in the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands. Evidence by Peters preaching on the day of Pentecost Acts 2.38. might as well baptise a bag of sand, as a man, if not done in view of the remission of sins, and getting of the Holy Ghost. Baptism by water is but half a baptism, [p. 1666]
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