way of truth thus subverted. By some it was repre sented as disbelieving the bible, by others as being an enemy to all good order and uprightness, and by oth ers as being injurious to the peace of all governments civil and political.
We have, therefore, endeavored to present, though in few words, our belief, and when we say this, hum bly trust, the faith and principles of this society as a body.
We do not present this little volume with any other expectation than that we are to be called to answer to every principle advanced, in that day when the se crets of all hearts will be revealed, and the reward of every man’s labor be given him.
With sentiments of esteem
and sincere respect, we subscribe
ourselves your brethren in the bonds of
the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
JOSEPH SMITH jr.
, Ohio, February 17, 1835. [p. iv]