“Latter Day Saints,” 1844

to whom came what little light we enjoy; and circumscribed only  by the eternal limits of truth: this church must continue the even  tenor of her way, and “spread undivided, and operate unspent.”25

See Alexander Pope (1688–1744), Essay on Man, Epistle I, line 274.  

We believe in God the Eternal Father, and in his son Jesus Christ,  and in the Holy Ghost.
We believe that men will be punished for their own sins and not  for Adam’s transgression.
We believe that through the atonement of Christ all men may be  saved by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel.
We believe that these ordinances are: 1st, Faith in the Lord  Jesus Christ; 2d, Repentance; 3d, Baptism by immersion for the  remission of sins; 4th, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy  Ghost.
We believe that a man must be called of God by “prophecy, and  by laying on of hands,”26

See 1 Timothy 4:14.  

by those who are in authority to preach the  gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.
We believe in the same organization that existed in the primitive  church, viz. apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, &c.27

See Ephesians 4:11.  

We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions,  healing, interpretation of tongues, &c.
We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is trans lated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word  of God.
We believe all that God has revealed, all that he does now reveal,  and we believe that he will yet reveal many great and important  things pertaining to the kingdom of God.
We believe in the literal gathering of Israel, and in the restoration  of the Ten Tribes. That Zion will be built upon this continent.  That Christ will reign personally upon the earth, and that the earth  will be renewed and receive its paradisal glory.
We claim the privilege of worshipping Almighty God according  to the dictates of our conscience, and allow all men the same privi lege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.
We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and ma gistrates; in obeying, honouring, and sustaining the law.
We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous,  and in doing good to all men; indeed we may say that we follow  the admonition of Paul; “we believe all things: we hope all things:”28

See 1 Corinthians 13:7.  

 we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all  things. If there is any thing virtuous, lovely, or of good report, or  praiseworthy, we seek thereafter.29

See Philippians 4:8.  

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JS, “Latter Day Saints,” pp. 404–410 in Israel Daniel Rupp

10 July 1803–31 May 1878. Bookseller, editor, historian, insurance agent, teacher, translator. Born in East Pennsboro (later in Hampden), Cumberland Co., Pennsylvania. Son of George Rupp and Christina Boeshor. Member of Reformed faith. Moved to Allen, Cumberland...

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(ed.), He Pasa Ekklesia [The whole church]. An Original History of the Religious Denominations at Present Existing in the United States. Containing Authentic Accounts of Their Rise, Progress, Statistics and Doctrines. Written Expressly for the Work by Eminent Theological Professors, Ministers, and Lay-Members, of the Respective Denominations. Projected, Compiled and Arranged by I. Daniel Rupp, of Lancaster, Pa. Author of “Der Maertyrer Geschichte,” Etc. Etc.; Philadelphia: James Y. Humphreys; Harrisburg, PA: Clyde and Williams; printed by C. Sherman; 1844; i–viii, 9–734 pp. The copy used for transcription is held at CHL; includes redactions and archival marking.
The history is the twenty-second of forty-three chapters in the volume. It comprises seven pages that measure 9⅛ x 5⅝ inches (23 x 14 cm) within a book measuring 9½ x 6½ x 2 inches (24 x 17 x 5 cm). The copy used for transcription has apparently been in continuous church custody since its purchase in 1905.1

This copy was purchased 21 June 1905 from a Salt Lake City bookstore for the Church Historian’s Office. The lower right corner of the inside front cover bears a sticker of the bookstore, “Shepard Book Company”, and the upper left corner bears a sticker of the “Historian’s Office Library”. Several “Historian’s Office” stamps are found throughout the book, including on the first page of the essay on the Latter-day Saints. A notation on the recto of the blank leaf preceding the title page indicates the day of purchase and a library number, “3493”, written in ink and later erased. “3493” corresponds to an entry made sometime after 1930 in an early Church Historian’s Office catalog book. (“Library Record,” book no. 3493.)
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“Library Record for the Listing or Cataloguing of Books.” In Historian’s Office, Library Accession Records, ca. 1890–ca. 1930. CHL.