John Fletcher Darby Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

John Corrill, “Brief History,” Manuscript, circa 1838–1839

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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The Celestial Kingdom they think is a kingdom of perfect order and he that will not submit to the laws and ordinances and established order of God in the church can never enter the Celestial Glory. And they believe that the spirits of the just enter Paradise, after death, and remain there untill the resurrection when they are reunited with the body and entr into a perfect state of Glory. They also believe that the wicked will be raised according to the scriptures
They believe that matter is eternal, and that nothing of all God’s works will ever be destroyed or wasted <​lost​> but in the end all things will be restored to its <​their​> proper place.
And the sons of perdition alone will endure the lowest hell or lake of fire and brimstone.
In matters of war they hold it <​a​> duty to strive for peace and not resent an injury but bear patiently the first second and third time, but they are not bound to receive <​or bear​> the fourth, but may resist to the uttermost in their own defence and in putting down their enemies
They esteem the law of God as given through their prophet to be vastly superior to any other law and if they could have the privilege <​they​> would p[r]efer to be governed by that alone, and this I believe is the grand cause of difficulty jealousy and difficulty between them and their neighbors, who prefer to be governed by other laws
<​The abolition question is discarded by them as being inconsistent with the decrees of Heaven and detrimental to the peace and welfare of community.​>
<​Thus I have g In a council some three of four years ago it was agreed the that the church should bear the name of “the church of Christ of Latter day Saints”​>
<​Thus I have given a brief sketch of the church and now with a few​> [p. 88]
The Celestial Kingdom they think is a kingdom of perfect order and he that will not submit to the laws and ordinances and established order of God in the church can never enter the Celestial Glory. And they believe that the spirits of the just enter Paradise, after death, and remain there untill the resurrection when they are reunited with the body and entr into a perfect state of Glory. They also believe that the wicked will be raised according to the scriptures
They believe that matter is eternal, and that nothing of all God’s works will ever be destroyed or lost but in the end all things will be restored to their proper place.
And the sons of perdition alone will endure the lowest hell or lake of fire and brimstone.
In matters of war they hold it a duty to strive for peace and not resent an injury but bear patiently the first second and third time, but they are not bound to receive or bear the fourth, but may resist to the uttermost in their own defence and in putting down their enemies
They esteem the law of God as given through their prophet to be vastly superior to any other law and if they could have the privilege they would prefer to be governed by that alone, and this I believe is the grand cause of jealousy and difficulty between them and their neighbors, who prefer to be governed by other laws
The abolition question is discarded by them as being inconsistent with the decrees of Heaven and detrimental to the peace and welfare of community.
In a council some three of four years ago it was agreed that the church should bear the name of “the church of Christ of Latter day Saints”
Thus I have given a brief sketch of the church and now with a few [p. 88]
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