To the members of the —
We deem it to be unnecessary te entertain you with a lengthy
preface to the follow ing volume, but merely to say, that it
contains in short, the leading items of the religion which we have pro fessed
The first part of the book will be found to contain a series of
Lectures as delivered before a in this place, and in consequence of their
embra cing the important doctrine of salvation, we have ar ranged them into
the following work.
The second part contains items or principles for the regulation of
the church, as taken from the revelations
which have been given since its organization, as well as from former
There may be an aversion in the minds of some against receiving
any thing purporting to be articles of religious faith, in consequence of there
being so many now extant; but if men believe a system, and profess that it
was given by inspiration, certainly, the more intelligibly they can present it,
the better. It does not make a principle untrue to print
it, neither does it make it true not to print it.
The church viewing this subject to be of importance, appointed,
through their and delegates the , your servants to select and
compile this work.
Several reasons might be adduced in favor of this move of the Council, but we
only add a few words. They knew that the church was evil spoken of in ma ny
places—its faith and belief misrepresented, and the [p. [iii]]