Courtesy of the Missouri State Archives.

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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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in future stand up for our rights as citizens of the , & as saints of the most high God. & that it was the will of God we should do so, That we should be free and independant, and that as the State of and the would not protect us it was high time that we should <​set​> up as the saints of the most high God & protect ourselves & take the Kingdom observed that before the winter was over he thought we would be in & take it. Smith charged them that they should be united in supporting each other. Smith said on some occasion that one should chase a thousand and two put ten thousand to flight, That he considered the rotten, he compared the mormon church <​to​> the little stone spoken of by the prophet Daniel & that the Dissenters first & the next was part of the image that should be destroyed by this little stone— The cou[n]cil was called on to vote the measures of Smith, which they did unanimously— On the next day who was called by the prophet , took command of about 100 armed men & told them that he had a job for them to do & that the work of the Lord was rolling on, & they must be united. He then led his troops to , saying he was agoing to attack the mob there. He made a rush into , dispersed the few men there and took the goods out of ' store, & carried them to — & I afterwards saw the store house on fire. When we returned to the goods were deposited in the Lords store house under the care of bishop Orders were strictly given that all the goods should be deposited in the Lords store house no individuals were to appropriate any thing to themselves until a general distribution should be made— Jos. Smith Jr was at giving directions about things in general connected with the war when returned from to . the goods were divided or appor [p. [5]]
in future stand up for our rights as citizens of the , & as saints of the most high God. & that it was the will of God we should do so, That we should be free and independant, and that as the State of and the would not protect us it was high time that we should set up as the saints of the most high God & protect ourselves & take the Kingdom observed that before the winter was over he thought we would be in & take it. Smith charged them that they should be united in supporting each other. Smith said on some occasion that one should chase a thousand and two put ten thousand to flight, That he considered the rotten, he compared the mormon church to the little stone spoken of by the prophet Daniel & that the Dissenters first & the next was part of the image that should be destroyed by this little stone— The council was called on to vote the measures of Smith, which they did unanimously— On the next day who was called by the prophet , took command of about 100 armed men & told them that he had a job for them to do & that the work of the Lord was rolling on, & they must be united. He then led his troops to , saying he was agoing to attack the mob there. He made a rush into , dispersed the few men there and took the goods out of ' store, & carried them to — & I afterwards saw the store house on fire. When we returned to the goods were deposited in the Lords store house under the care of bishop Orders were strictly given that all the goods should be deposited in the Lords store house no individuals were to appropriate any thing to themselves until a general distribution should be made— Jos. Smith Jr was at giving directions about things in general connected with the war when returned from to . the goods were divided or appor [p. [5]]
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