It's been very interesting to read this book, and at the same time read some of the current news involving the FLDS faith. When compared side by side, Joseph's words are humble, he is so often saying he would not have undertaken such a ministry and role had heaven its self not called him to do so. There is truth to his words. The revelations he gave live on to this day, due to the truth they contain. The truth endures. Joseph wanted peoples religious devotion (and dependence) to be to deity, not a man.
Here are some of Joseph's teachings on salvation and knowledge:
"Add to your faith knowledge, etc. The principle of knowledge is the principle of salvation. This principle can be comprehended by the faithful and diligent; and every one that does not obtain knowledge sufficient to be saved will be condemned. The principle of salvation is given us through the knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Salvation is nothing more nor less than to triumph over all our enemies and put them under our feet. And when we have power to put all enemies under our feet in this world and a knowledge to triumph over all evil spirits in the world to come, then we are saved, as in the case of Jesus, who was to reign until He had put all enemies under His feet, and the last enemy was death.
Salvation means a man's being placed beyond the power of all his enemies. The more sure word of prophecy means a man's knowing that he is sealed up unto eternal life by revelation and the spirit of prophecy, through the power of the holy priesthood. It is impossible for a man to be saved in ignorance.
I love that man better who swears a stream as long as my arm yet deals justice to his neighbors and mercifully deals his substance to the poor, then the long, smooth-faced hypocrite. I do not want you to think that I am very righteous for I am not, God judges men according to the use they make of the light which He gives them."