“They Become More Hardened”

Joseph F. McConkie, Robert L. Millet

Joseph Smith replied: “Brother Behunnin, you don’t know, what you would do. No doubt these men once thought as you do. Before you joined this Church you stood on neutral ground. When the gospel was preached, good and evil were set before you. You could choose either or neither.

There were two opposite masters inviting you to serve them. When you joined this Church you enlisted to serve God. When you did that you left the neutral ground, and you never can get back on to it. Should you forsake the Master you enlisted to serve, it will be by the instigation of the evil one, and you will follow his dictation and be his servant.” (Juvenile Instructor, vol. xxvii, 1892, p. 491.)

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 3