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Letter to the Church and Edward Partridge, 20 March 1839

Letter to the Church and Edward Partridge, 20 March 1839

henceforth be always ready to obey the truth without  having mens persons in admiration because of adv antage it is expediant that we should be aware of such  things. And we should ought always to be aware of those  prejudices which sometimes so strangly presented  themselves and are so congenial to human nature  against our nieghbors friends and brethren of the  world who choose to differ with us in opinion and in  matters of faith. Our religeon is betwean us and our  God. Their religeon is betwean them and their God.  There is a ty from God that should be exercised towards  those of our faith who walk uprightly which is peculi ar to itself but it is without prejudice but gives scope  to the mind which inables us to conduct ourselves  with grater liberality to-wards all others that are not  of our faith than what they exercise towards one an other these principals approximate nearer to the mind  of God because it is like God or God like. There is a principal  also which we are bound to be exercised with that is in  common with all men such as governments and  laws and regulations in the civil conserns of life  This principal guarentees to all parties sects and deno minations and classes of religeon equal coherant and  indefeasible rights they are things that pertain to this life  therefore all are alike interested they make our respon cibilities one towards another in matters of corruptible  things while the former principals do not distroy  the latter but bind us stronger and make our responcibi lities not only one to another but unto God also hence  we say that the constitution of the unitid States is  a glorious standard it is founded in the wisdom  of God. it is a heavenly banner it is to all those who  are privilaged with the sweats of its liberty like  the cooling shades and refreshing watters of a greate  rock in a thirsty and a weary land it is like a greate [p. 8]
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JS, Hyrum Smith, Lyman Wight, Caleb Baldwin, and Alexander McRae, letter, Liberty, MO, to the Church and Edward Partridge, Quincy, IL, 20 Mar. 1839; handwriting of Alexander McRae and Caleb Baldwin with corrections by JS and signatures of JS, Hyrum Smith, Lyman Wight, Caleb Baldwin, and Alexander McRae; 26 pages; Revelations Collection, CHL. Includes endorsements.

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