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John Corrill, “Brief History,” Manuscript, circa 1838–1839

John Corrill, “Brief History,” Manuscript, circa 1838–1839

John Fletcher Darby Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.
laying of hands for the gift of the Holy  Ghost they think will be attended with Signs  following just in proportion to the faith  and righteousness of the believer.

Chapter 9

Chapter 9th.
Join the church— [Oliver] Cowdery goes to the West— Singular  behavior of some of the younger members— Ordained an elder— Smith’s  arrival at Kirtland— Appointment of a bishop— The new revelation called  the [illegible] Law— An outline of its contents— Start for the West—  Return to Kirtland.
I have thus given a brief account of  the investigation I went through in rel ations <to> these different subjects. Although  I was not fully satisfied, yet viewing  this religion to be much nearer the  religion of the Bible then any other I  could find, I concluded to join the  church, with this the determination that  if ever I found it to be a deception, I  would leave it. There are other doctrines  and discipline of the church which I  shall mention in their proper place, but  will now resume my history. During  the fall and winter of AD 1830 & 31, Kirtland  was continually crowded. Persons came  from all qua[r]ters enquiring after the new  religion. Cowdery and his company  left in the fall for the west, to find the  spot, as some said for the Temple and  place of gathering. Many improprieties  and visionary notions crept into the  church, which tried the feelings of the  more sound minded. Many young  persons became very visionary, and  had divers operations of the Spirit, [p. 22]
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John Corrill, “Brief History,” Manuscript, ca. 6 April 1838– ca. 26 January 1839; handwriting of John Corrill and an unidentified scribe; seventy pages numbered 20–90, plus three unnumbered pages; John Fletcher Darby Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

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