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Joseph Smith-Religious Proclamation


From Joseph Smith, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and Prophet, Seer, and Revelator of the Most High God, to the President of the United States of North America—the Governors of the Several States—the Emperors, Kings, and Princes of the Earth—the Executives of all nations—the Chiefs of all tribes—and all occupying high places in the administration of governments. . . .Now in obedience to a revelation given January 19th 1841, I proceed to call upon you to yield yourselves as obedient subjects to the requirements of heaven, in contributing to the fulfilment of the predictions of the prophets—to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, repent of and abandon your sins, be immersed for the remission of sins, receive the imposition of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost, and, in fine, to embrace the gospel in its beauty & fullness. . . .

...Hasten then to Zion! and contribute to the erection of temples, sanctuaries, and palaces, such a this world never saw--with their walls finished with the pencil of Raphael, decorated with gold, or pearls, and precious stones, beautified by the finger of God. Tho your minds are yet darkened, and your eyes yet dim of sight by the traditions, superstitions, and follies of the ages, imposed upon you by the Papal See, and hierarchy of Rome, the Patriarch and ecclesiastical council of Constantinople, and the priesthood of the Protestant sects, the God of heaven addresses you as intelligent beings, and directs you to come out from among them, that you may become the elite of the kingdom..

A Religious Proclamation from Joseph Smith, about 1842. Joseph Smith papers, 1842. HDC. Joseph Smith, Hill pp. 355-356