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Remarks at Springfield, Ill. on Sunday, January 1, 1843
Sources: William Clayton Journal and Joseph Smith Diary (Willard Richards)

Clayton JournalSmith Diary
This a.m. we had a pleasant interview with Mr. Butterfield, Judge Douglas, Senator Gillespie & others. pres. Joseph stated to Mr. Butterfield the prominent points of difference in sentiment between the Latter Day Saints & sectarian viz: the latter are all circumscribed by some peculiar creed which deprives its members of the right of believing anything not contained in it; whereas the Latter Day Saints have no creed, but are ready to believe all true principle existing, as they are made manifest from time to time. He said further, that if any person should ask him if he was a prophet he should not deny it. As to deny it would give him the lie & then shewed from the Revelations of John that any man who has the testimony of Jesus has the spirit of prophesy &c. Esqr. Butterfield called with Esqr. Gilaspie - Judge Douglass. and Rusk. - Joseph explained the nature of a prophet. Spirit of Prophecy. which is the testimony of Jesus is necessary to constitute a witness or a preacher, or a prophet.

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