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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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It was generally believed among all in had that several days previous to their arrival, that the militia were comeing out, & that these forces, when they arrived, were militia— For Along thro’ the week that the fight was had with , it was a general understanding given out by Jos Smith Jr. that he calculated that he would fight any forces that should come against them— whether militia or mob— & if they pushed them too tight, they would march thro — 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— & that he believed Mahommet 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 &Often Until lately the teachings of the church appeared to be that peaceable & that the Kingdom would 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 forcibly forcible means, if necessary. it was taught 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 prophecy— The preacher who were sent out to preach their doctrines, were instructing instructed to direct their converts to come up to Zion meaning this upper [p. [42]]
It was generally believed among all in that several days previous to their arrival, that the militia were comeing out, & 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 that he would fight any forces that should come against them— whether militia or mob— & if they pushed them too tight, they would march thro — 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— & that he believed Mahommet 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 & 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 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 prophecy— The preacher who were sent out to preach their doctrines, were instructed to direct their converts to come up to Zion meaning this upper [p. [42]]
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