Joseph Smith, Jr. (essay date 1838)
SOURCE: "Extracts from the History of Joseph Smith, the Prophet," in The Pearl of Great Price, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1958, pp. 46-58.
[In the following excerpt, written in 1838, Smith recounts the circumstances surrounding the transcription and publication of the Book of Mormon.]
1. Owing to the many reports which have been put in circulation by evil-disposed and designing persons, in relation to the rise and progress of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, all of which have been designed by the authors thereof to militate against its character as a Church and its progress in the world—I have been induced to write this history,...
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