Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions

Note: The following is a declaration signed during the 19th century.  This declaration is in direct opposition to the words of the Presidents of the Church (past and present) and the Scriptures.  Please see our Home & Family FAQs, for statements from the leadership of the Church. Woman’s Rights Convention, Held at Seneca Falls, 19-20 […]

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The Lesson in Natural Calamities

President Joseph F. Smith, Improvement Era 9, June 1906, p. 651-54 There are, in the great world of mankind, much social and civil unrighteousness, religious unfaithfulness, and great insensibility to the. majesty, power, and purpose of our eternal Father and God. In order, therefore, that he may bring the sense of himself and his purposes home […]

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Adams & Jefferson: Eulogy by Daniel Webster

August 2, 1826 Source: Shewmaker, 104-113 Daniel Webster speaks at the momentous occasion of the funeral of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, both of whom died on the 50th anniversary of the Union. Webster praises Jefferson and the Declaration. He then offers an analysis of Adams, including a representation of words that Adams might have […]

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The Government of God

THE GOVERNMENT OF GOD The Government of God., Times and Seasons, vol. 3 (November 1841-October 1842), Vol.. 3 No. 18 July 15, 1842 855 – 856 The government of the Almighty, has always been very dissimilar to the government of men; whether we refer to his religious government, or to the government of nations. The […]

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Dedicatory Prayer – Orson Hyde

The following letter is reprinted in chapter 26 of volume 4 of History of the Church, under the subtitle “Elder Orson Hyde’s Letter — His Prayer of Dedication on the Mount of Olives.” ALEXANDRIA, Nov. 22, 1841 DEAR BROTHER PRATT: — A few minutes now offer for me to write, and I improve them in writing […]

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Freedom Festival Speech 1997

by Gordon B. Hinckley President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints At this season when we memorialize the arrival of our forbearers in these valleys of the west, it is fitting that we celebrate freedom, the reason for their coming here. Human liberty is such a precious and remarkable thing that it […]

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When Are the Writings and Sermons of Church Leaders Entitled to the Claim of Being Scripture?

President J. Reuben Clark, Jr. of the First Presidency When are the writings and sermons of church leaders entitled to the claim of being scripture? I assume the scripture behind this question is the declaration of the Lord in a revelation given through Joseph primarily to Orson Hyde, Luke S. Johnson, Lyman E. Johnson, and […]

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Proclamation to the Saints Scattered Abroad

The First Presidency of the Church 15 January 1841 (Documentary History of the Church, 4:267-273 ) This document, signed by Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, and Hyrum Smith, reviews the progress of the Church in spite of hardships and persecution, and speaks at length on the prospects of the settlement of Nauvoo. A PROCLAMATION of the […]

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