Jesse Smith’s 1814 Protest

Jesse Smith, uncle of Joseph Smith Jr., protested actions taken by the Presbyterian congregation to which he belonged, in 1814 in Tunbridge, Vermont. His written statement quotes the Bible extensively and accurately, showing that he had given considerable thought to the practical implications of the Bible’s teachings. The Smith family were God-fearing, religious people who sought for true doctrine. Jesse never accepted the Book of Mormon or the restored gospel, but he was deeply committed to the scriptures. This article gives the background and full text of Jesse Smith’s statement.

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