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Discourse, 6 March 1840, as Reported by Elias Smith

President Joseph Smith Jun. then addressed the Council on various subjects, &, in particular, the Consecration Law

The dedicating of money, lands, goods, or one’s own life for sacred purposes. Both the New Testament and Book of Mormon referred to some groups having “all things common” economically; the Book of Mormon also referred to individuals who consecrated or dedicated...

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; stating, that the affair now before Congress was the only thing that ought to interest the saints at present. & till it was ascertained how it would terminate no person ought to be brought to account before the constituted authorities of the Church

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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for any offence whatever, & was determined that no man should be brought before the Council in Nauvoo

Principal gathering place for Saints following expulsion from Missouri. Beginning in 1839, LDS church purchased lands in earlier settlement of Commerce and planned settlement of Commerce City, as well as surrounding areas. Served as church headquarters, 1839...

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till that time &c. &c:
He said that the Law of consecration could not be kept here, & that it was the will of the Lord that we should desist from trying to keep it, & if persisted in it would produce a perfect abortion, & that he assumed the whole responsibility of not keeping it untill prosposed by himself. He requested every exertion to be made to forward affidavits to Washington

Created as district for seat of U.S. federal government by act of Congress, 1790, and named Washington DC, 1791. Named in honor of George Washington. Headquarters of executive, legislative, and judicial branches of U.S. government relocated to Washington ...

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, & also letters to members of Congress. [p. 89]
President Joseph Smith Jun. then addressed  the Council on various subjects, &, in partic ular, the Consecration Law

The dedicating of money, lands, goods, or one’s own life for sacred purposes. Both the New Testament and Book of Mormon referred to some groups having “all things common” economically; the Book of Mormon also referred to individuals who consecrated or dedicated...

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; stating, that the  affair now before Congress was the only  thing that ought to interest the saints at  present. & till it was ascertained how it  would terminate no person ought to be  brought to account before th[e] constituted  authorities of the Church

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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for any offence  whatever, & was determined that no man  should be brought before the Council in  Nauvoo

Principal gathering place for Saints following expulsion from Missouri. Beginning in 1839, LDS church purchased lands in earlier settlement of Commerce and planned settlement of Commerce City, as well as surrounding areas. Served as church headquarters, 1839...

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till that time &c. &c:
He said that the Law of consecration  could not be kept here, & that it was the  will of the Lord that we should desist from  trying to keep it, & if persisted in it would  produce a perfect abortion, & that he  assumed the whole responsibility of not  keeping it untill prosposed by himself.  He requested every exertion to be made  to forward affidavits to Washington

Created as district for seat of U.S. federal government by act of Congress, 1790, and named Washington DC, 1791. Named in honor of George Washington. Headquarters of executive, legislative, and judicial branches of U.S. government relocated to Washington ...

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, &  also letters to members of Congress. [p. 89]
JS, Discourse, Montrose

Located in southern part of county on western shore of Mississippi River. Area settled by Captain James White, 1832, following Black Hawk War. Federal government purchased land from White to create Fort Des Moines, 1834. Fort abandoned; remaining settlement...

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, IA, 6 Mar. 1840; in Iowa Stake, Record, 1839–1841, pp. 88–90; handwriting of Elias Smith; CHL.

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