Quote mining/Doctrines of Salvation/DoS 1:236:Analysis

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We are, notwithstanding our weaknesses, the best people in the world. I do not say this boastingly, for I believe that this truth is evident to all who are willing to observe for themselves. We are morally clean, in every way equal, and in many ways superior to any other people. The reason is that we have received the truth, the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is not to us a dead letter, something perhaps to be followed on the Sabbath day and forgotten on the six other days of the week... ...are, notwithstanding our weaknesses, the best people in the world. I do not say this boastingly, for I believe that this truth is evident to all who are willing to observe for themselves. We are morally clean, in every way equal, and in many ways superior to any other people...

Analysis

  • Anxious to exclude members of the Church from Christianity and wanting to make them appear arrogant, the authors omit the reason for which Joseph Fielding Smith praised the Saints—because they accepted and lived the gospel of Christ.