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Letter to Isaac Galland, 22 March 1839

that Mormonism is truth, in other words the doctrine of the Latter Day Saints

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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, is truth; for the name Mormon, and Mormonism, was given to us by our enemies, but Latter Day Saints was the real name by which the church was organized. Now sir, you may think that it is a broad assertion that it is truth; but sir, the first and fundamental principle of our holy religion is, that we believe that we have a right to embrace all, and every item of truth, without limitation or without being circumscribed or prohibited by the creeds or superstitious notions of men, or by the dominations of one another, when that truth is clearly demonstrated to our minds, and we have the highest degree of evidence of the same; we feel ourselves bound by the laws of God, to observe and do strictly, with all our hearts, all things whatsoever is manifest unto us by the highest degree of testimony that God has committed us, as written in the old and new Testament, or any where else, by any manifestation, whereof we know that it has come from God: and has application to us, being adapted to our situation and circumstances; age, and generation of life; and that we have a perfect, and indefeasible right, to embrace all such commandments

Generally, a divine mandate that church members were expected to obey; more specifically, a text dictated by JS in the first-person voice of Deity that served to communicate knowledge and instruction to JS and his followers. Occasionally, other inspired texts...

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, and do them; knowing, that God will not command any thing, but what is peculiarly adapted in itself, to ameliorate the condition of every man under whatever circumstances it may find him, it matters not what kingdom or country he may be in. And again, we believe that it is our privilege to reject all things, whatsoever is clearly manifested to us that they do not have a bearing upon us. Such as, for instance, it is not binding on us to build an Ark, because God commanded Noah to build one.— It would not be applicable to our case; we are not looking for a flood. It is not binding on us to lead the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt, because God commanded Moses. The children of Israel are not in bondage to the Egyptians, as they were then; our circumstances are very different. I have introduced these for examples: and on the other hand, “Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not bare false witness against thy neighbor. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor his man servant, nor his maid servant, nor any thing that is thy neighbors.”
These sentiments we most cordially embrace, and consider them binding on us because they are adapted to our circumstances. We believe that we have a right to revelations, visions, and dreams from God, our heavenly Father; and light and intelligence, through the gift of the Holy Ghost, in the name of Jesus Christ, on all subjects pertaining to our spiritual welfare; if it so be that we keep his commandments, so as to render ourselves worthy in his sight. We believe that no man can administer salvation through the gospel, to the souls of men, in the name of Jesus Christ, except he is authorized from God, by revelation, or by being ordained

The conferral of power and authority; to appoint, decree, or set apart. Church members, primarily adults, were ordained to ecclesiastical offices and other responsibilities by the laying on of hands by those with the proper authority. Ordinations to priesthood...

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by some one whom God hath sent by revelation, as It is written by Paul, Romans 10: 14, “and how shall they believe in him, of whom, they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? and how shall they preach, except they be sent?” and I will ask, how can they be sent without a revelation, or some other visible display of the manifestation of God. And again, Hebrews, 5: 4, “And no man taketh this honor unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.”— And I would ask, how was Aaron called, but by revelation?
And again we believe in the doctrine of faith, and of repentance, and of baptism

An ordinance in which an individual is immersed in water for the remission of sins. The Book of Mormon explained that those with necessary authority were to baptize individuals who had repented of their sins. Baptized individuals also received the gift of...

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for the remission of sins, and the gift of the Holy Ghost, by the laying on of hands

A practice in which individuals place their hands upon a person to bestow the gift of the Holy Ghost, ordain to an office or calling, or confer other power, authority, or blessings, often as part of an ordinance. The Book of Mormon explained that ecclesiastical...

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, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. We believe in the doctrine of repentance, as well as of faith; and in the doctrine of baptism for the remission of sins as well as in the doctrine of repentance; and in the doctrine of the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands, as well as baptism for the remission of sins; and also, in like manner, of the resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. Now all these are the doctrines set forth by the appostles, and if we have any thing to do with one of them, they are all alike precious, and binding on us. And as proof, mark the following quotations. Mark 16 chap., 15–16 verses, “and he said [p. 54]
that Mormonism is truth, in other  words the doctrine of the Latter Day  Saints

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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, is truth; for the name Mormon,  and Mormonism, was given to us by  our enemies, but Latter Day Saints  was the real name by which the church  was organized. Now sir, you may  think that it is a broad assertion that it  is truth; but sir, the first and funda mental principle of our holy religion  is, that we believe that we have a right  to embrace all, and every item of truth,  without limitation or without being  circumscribed or prohibited by the  creeds or superstitious notions of men,  or by the dominations of one another,  when that truth is clearly demonstra ted to our minds, and we have the high est degree of evidence of the same;  we feel ourselves bound by the laws of  God, to observe and do strictly, with  all our hearts, all things whatsoever is  manifest unto us by the highest degree  of testimony that God has committed  us, as written in the old and new Testa ment, or any where else, by any man ifestation, whereof we know that it has  come from God: and has application  to us, being adapted to our situation  and circumstances; age, and genera tion of life; and that we have a perfect,  and indefeasible right, to embrace all  such commandments

Generally, a divine mandate that church members were expected to obey; more specifically, a text dictated by JS in the first-person voice of Deity that served to communicate knowledge and instruction to JS and his followers. Occasionally, other inspired texts...

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, and do them;  knowing, that God will not command  any thing, but what is peculiarly adapt ed in itself, to ameliorate the condi tion of every man under whatever cir cumstances it may find him, it matters  not what kingdom or country he may  be in. And again, we believe that it  is our privilege to reject all things,  whatsoever is clearly manifested to us  that they do not have a bearing upon  us. Such as, for instance, it is not  binding on us to build an Ark, because  God commanded Noah to build one.—  It would not be applicable to our case;  we are not looking for a flood. It is  not binding on us to lead the children  of Israel out of the land of Egypt, be cause God commanded Moses. The  children of Israel are not in bondage to  the Egyptians, as they were then; our  circumstances are very different. I  have introduced these for examples:  and on the other hand, “Thou shalt  not kill. Thou shalt not steal. Thou  shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt  not bare false witness against thy  neighbor. Thou shalt not covet thy  neighbor’s wife, nor his ox, nor his  ass, nor his man servant, nor his maid  servant, nor any thing that is thy  neighbors.”
These sentiments we most cordially  embrace, and consider them binding  on us because they are adapted to our  circumstances. We believe that we  have a right to revelations, visions, and  dreams from God, our heavenly Fath er; and light and intelligence, through  the gift of the Holy Ghost, in the name  of Jesus Christ, on all subjects pertain ing to our spiritual welfare; if it so be  that we keep his commandments, so as  to render ourselves worthy in his sight.  We believe that no man can adminis ter salvation through the gospel, to the  souls of men, in the name of Jesus  Christ, except he is authorized from  God, by revelation, or by being ordain ed

The conferral of power and authority; to appoint, decree, or set apart. Church members, primarily adults, were ordained to ecclesiastical offices and other responsibilities by the laying on of hands by those with the proper authority. Ordinations to priesthood...

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by some one whom God hath sent  by revelation, as It is written by Paul,  Romans 10: 14, “and how shall they  believe in him, of whom, they have not  heard? and how shall they hear with out a preacher? and how shall they  preach, except they be sent?” and I  will ask, how can they be sent without  a revelation, or some other visible dis play of the manifestation of God. And  again, Hebrews, 5: 4, “And no man  taketh this honor unto himself, but he  that is called of God, as was Aaron.”—  And I would ask, how was Aaron call ed, but by revelation?
And again we believe in the doctrine  of faith, and of repentance, and of bap tism

An ordinance in which an individual is immersed in water for the remission of sins. The Book of Mormon explained that those with necessary authority were to baptize individuals who had repented of their sins. Baptized individuals also received the gift of...

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for the remission of sins, and the  gift of the Holy Ghost, by the laying  on of hands

A practice in which individuals place their hands upon a person to bestow the gift of the Holy Ghost, ordain to an office or calling, or confer other power, authority, or blessings, often as part of an ordinance. The Book of Mormon explained that ecclesiastical...

View Glossary
, and of resurrection of the  dead, and of eternal judgment. We  believe in the doctrine of repentance,  as well as of faith; and in the doctrine of  baptism for the remission of sins as  well as in the doctrine of repentance;  and in the doctrine of the gift of the  Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands,  as well as baptism for the remission of  sins; and also, in like manner, of the  resurrection of the dead, and of eter nal judgment. Now all these are the  doctrines set forth by the appostles, and  if we have any thing to do with one of  them, they are all alike precious, and  binding on us. And as proof, mark  the following quotations. Mark 16  chap., 15–16 verses, “and he said [p. 54]
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, MO, to Isaac Galland

15 May 1791–27 Sept. 1858. Merchant, postmaster, land speculator, doctor. Born at Somerset Co., Pennsylvania. Son of Matthew Galland and Hannah Fenno. Married first Nancy Harris, 22 Mar. 1811, in Madison Co., Ohio. Married second Margaret Knight, by 1816....

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, 22 Mar. 1839; Times and Seasons, Feb. 1840, pp. 51–56.

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