History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5:134 – 135; “Happiness is the object and design of our existence; and will be the end thereof, if we pursue the path that leads to it; and this path is virtue, uprightness, faithfulness, holiness, and keeping all the commandments of God. But we cannot keep all the commandments without first knowing them, and we cannot expect to know all, or more than we now know unless we comply with or keep those we have already received. That which is wrong under one circumstance, may be, and often is, right under another.” – Joseph Smith
Ecclesiastes 12:13–14; “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”
John 17:4; “I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.”
There are three items to consider with Mr. Smith’s claim.
Why were we created? … Is truth relative? … The mark of a false prophet are the lies he tells.
As we see in the scriptures above, our purpose in life is to glorify God, even Jesus did the same thing. Hallelujah!
Secondly, truth is absolute, and never changes.
Thirdly, the last sentence in the Mormon reference is actually a letter Smith wrote to Sidney Rigdon’s daughter when she rejected his sexual advances. See Mormon Enigma, pp. 111-112. His scribe, Willard Richards, wrote it out for him.
Fourthly, why would the Church publish this in the History of the Church? Its placement is out of context. A footnote at the end of this section further lied by denying they don’t know why he wrote it, when in fact they do. Their footnote gives them away. (See this below)
Moreover, everyone in the Church knew about the whole fiasco because Rigdon complained to Smith about his sexual advances towards his (Rigdon’s) daughter. Upon landing on the shores of Great Britain for a missions trip, his wife sent him word of the event. Needless to say, he was less than pleased.
Smith summarily excommunicated Sidney when he returned stateside.
History of the Church 5:134; “It is not positively known what occasioned the writing of this essay; but when it is borne in mind that at this time the new law of marriage for the Church—marriage for eternity, including plurity [sic] of wives under some circumstances—was being introduced by the Prophet, it is very likely that the article was written with a view of applying the principles here expounded to the conditions created by introducing said marriage system.”