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James J. Strang, Weighed in the Balance of Truth, and Found Wanting

Excerpt from James J. Strang, Weighed in the Balance of Truth, and Found Wanting: His Claims as First President of the Melchisedek Priesthood Refuted I was baptised into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, by Willaim O. Clark, on the 27th day of January, 1843; and on the 10th day of May, 1844; If was ordained an Elder, by Zebidee Colton and Harvey Green, and on the 23d day on October of the same year, a Stake of Zion was organized at Norway, LaSalle Co., Illinois; at which time and place, I was chosen to be the Bishop, and ordained a High Priest, and also to the office of Bishop, under the hands of Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, and Parley P. Pratt; where I officiated in the duties of said office, until March, 1845, at which time, I received a letter from the Council of the Twelve, requesting me to locate my family in Nauvoo. This counsel I obeyed, and in three weeks from the reception of this letter I landed my family in Nauvoo. I was there a short time, and then was sent back as an agent for the Nauvoo House, and a general church agent to collect tithing for the building of the Temple, and such church business as might come under my care. I continued in the service of the church as above stated, until the 22d day of October, of the same year, at which time, while on business for the church at Ottawa, I received a letter from Brigham Young, calling on me to be the leader of a company to go West in the coming Spring. I then returned home to Nauvoo, received proper instructions, and again returned to Ottawa, and held a Conference at the Norway Stake, on the first day of January, 1846, to organize the members of the Church in that section of the country, into a company, and make necessary arrangements for the outfit, the sale of property, &c. &c. I then started up the Fox river for St. Charles, to visit other branches of the Church, and held another Conference at or near St. Charles; and while there, I fell in company with James J. Strang. The Voree Herald was placed in my hands; I read it with care, and at that time not having a very great knowledge of the Law of the Church or the Book of Doctrine & Covenants - I considered his appointment and his arguments reasonable. I questioned him on his ordination, and in answer to my interrogatories he showed me what ho had written in the first number of the Herald. - He stated that on the day of Joseph's death the Angel came and charged him with the ministry as Joseph's successor. He said positively, that the messenger did not touch him, but that he stood before him with uplifted hands, and gave him the charge. In reply, I told him the Devil appeared to him as an Angel of Light, and deceived him. He said this could not be true; nevertheless it was true, that he was overpowered, and did not understand what the meaning was. But when the messenger appeared the second time, at which time he gave him the Urim and Thummim, he offered him his hand, and he took it, and he bad a hand, and he I new him to be a true messenger, for the Devil had no hand to give. I conversed with him on many points, and it was agreed by the members present that I should go to Nauvoo and see what discoveries I could make in regard to Josephs writing such an appointment, and the claims of the Twelve to the Presidency of the Church. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at
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