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Selections from Elders’ Journal, July 1838

In obedience to our promise, we give the  following answers to questions, which were  asked in the last number of the Journal.
Question 1st. Do you believe the bible?
Answer. If we do, we are the only people  under heaven that does. For there are none  of the religious sects of the day that do.
Question 2nd. Wherein do you differ from  other sects?
Answer. Because we believe the bible, and  all other sects profess to believe their inter pretations of the bible, and their creeds.
Question 3rd. Will every body be damned  but Mormons?
Answer. Yes, and a great portion of them,  unless they repent and work righteousness.
Question 4th. How, and where did you  obtain the book of Mormon?
Answer. Moroni, the person who deposited  the plates, from whence the book of Mormon [p. 42]
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In the final issue of the Latter Day Saints’ Messenger and Advocate, dated September 1837, a prospectus appeared announcing the forthcoming publication of the Elders’ Journal of the Church of Latter Day Saints. The following month, the first issue of the new paper appeared. The short-lived newspaper ran only four issues—two in Kirtland, Ohio, dated October and November 1837; and two in Far West, Missouri, dated July and August 1838. For the two Far West issues, the title of the paper was changed to Elders’ Journal of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. JS is listed as editor for each of the four issues, with Thomas B. Marsh listed as proprietor or publisher. It is unknown how labor was divided on the newspaper or how much immediate responsibility JS had for the content. The paper presumably would have continued with additional issues in Missouri had it not been for the escalating violence between Mormons and non-Mormons in late 1838, which culminated in the Mormons being driven from the state. After settling at Commerce, Illinois, the Saints began publishing a new paper, the Times and Seasons—though explicitly not as a successor to the Elders’ Journal.
Because of JS’s involvement as editor of the Elders’ Journal, the Joseph Smith Papers will publish the significant editorial content from each issue as a collection of documents. Some of the individual items are signed “Ed[itor]” while others are not. Each of these collections is titled “Selections from Elders’ Journal” and dated with the month and year of publication for the issue.

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