Minutes and Testimonies, 12–29 November 1838, Copy and Letter [State of Missouri v. Gates et al. for Treason]

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and formed as above stated, and he marchd them down to the other line of mormons who were formed to receive the militia It was generally believed by all in for several days previous to their arrival, that the militia were coming out, and that these forces when they arrived were militia
<​Along thro’ the week that the fight was had with ​> It was a general understanding, given out by Jos. Smith Jr that he calculated to fight any forces who should come against them, whether militia or mob, and if they pushd them too tight, they would march through — or the calculation was that they would push the war to that effect.
I have heard Jos Smith Jr say that he believed Mahommet was a good man, that the Koran was not a true thing, but the world belied Mahommet, as they had belied him, and that Mahommet was a true prophet.
The general teachings of the presidency were, that the Kingdom they were setting up was a temporal as well as a spiritual Kingdom. that it was the little stone spoken of by Daniel— Until lately the teachings of the church appeared to be peaceable and that the Kingdom was to be set up peaceably; but lately a different idea has been advanced— that the time had come when this Kingdom was to be set up by forcible means if necessary— It was taught that the times had come when the riches of the Gentiles were to be consecrated to the true Israel— This thing of taking property was considered a fulfilment of the above prophesy
The preachers who were sent out to preach their doctrines were instructed to direct [p. [7]]
and formed as above stated, and he marchd them down to the other line of mormons who were formed to receive the militia It was generally believed by all in for several days previous to their arrival, that the militia were coming out, and that these forces when they arrived were militia
Along thro’ the week that the fight was had with It was a general understanding, given out by Jos. Smith Jr that he calculated to fight any forces who should come against them, whether militia or mob, and if they pushd them too tight, they would march through — or the calculation was that they would push the war to that effect.
I have heard Jos Smith Jr say that he believed Mahommet was a good man, that the Koran was not a true thing, but the world belied Mahommet, as they had belied him, and that Mahommet was a true prophet.
The general teachings of the presidency were, that the Kingdom they were setting up was a temporal as well as a spiritual Kingdom. that it was the little stone spoken of by Daniel— Until lately the teachings of the church appeared to be peaceable and that the Kingdom was to be set up peaceably; but lately a different idea has been advanced— that the time had come when this Kingdom was to be set up by forcible means if necessary— It was taught that the times had come when the riches of the Gentiles were to be consecrated to the true Israel— This thing of taking property was considered a fulfilment of the above prophesy
The preachers who were sent out to preach their doctrines were instructed to direct [p. [7]]
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