after as to my real sentiments, or those of the leaders of the church, in relation to this important matter,—
Before me, , Mayor of the City of , personally came Joseph Smith, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, (commonly called Mormons,) who being duly sworn according to law, deposeth and saith, that he has never directly or indirectly encouraged the purloining of property, or taught the doctrine of steal ing, or any other evil practice, and that all such vile and unlawful acts will ever receive his unqualified and un reserved disapproval, and the most vigor ous opposition of the church over which he presides, and further this deponent saith not.
JOSEPH SMITH, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Sworn to, and subscribed before me, at my office, in the City of , this twenty ninth day of November, Anno Domini 1841.
-[L. S.]- ,
Mayor of the City of .
Now it is to be hoped that none will hereafter be so reckless as to state that I, or the church to which I belong, approve of thieving—but that all the friends of law and order will join in ferreting out thieves wherever, and whenever, they may be found, and assist in bringing them to that condign punishment which such infamous crimes so richly merit.
JOSEPH SMITH, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. [p. 618]