Joe Smith and Liberty – New York Weekly Tribune no. 146 – 29 Jun 1844

No one knew the nature of Joe Smith better than Church Historian John Whitmer who reported:

Now from this time forth, which was in July, 1834, Smith seemed to be in doubt whereinto this thing would grow, and began to upbraid D. Whitmer, and abuse him as his natural custom to do unto those whom he feared, lest they should become great in the sight of God or man; therefore, he harangued the conference and sought to destroy the confidence of the people present in David Whitmer, on whom he had bestowed all the gifts and power that he had himself received by inspiration, by the laying on his hand according to the order of heaven. (John Whitmer, The Book of John Whitmer – Kept By Commandment, Chapter 22)

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