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“Explanation of the Plat of the City of Zion,” circa 25 June 1833

occupied for these must be laid off according to wisdom. On the North and South are to be laid off, the farms for the agriculturist and sufficient quantity of land to supply the whole plot and if it cannot be laid off without going too great a distance from the city there must also be laid off on the east and west, when this square is thus laid off and supplied lay off another in the same way and so fill up the world in these last days and let evry man live in the City for this is the City of Zion all the streets are of one width being eight hes wide also the space round the outer edge of the painted squares is to be eight perches between the temple and the street on evry side no one lot in this City is to contain more then one house and that to be built twenty five feet back from the street leaving a small yard in front to be planted in a grove according to the taste of the builder the rest of the lot for gardens &c all the houses to be build of brick and stone
The names of the temples to be built on the painted square No 10-11-12 are to be called the house of the Lord

The official name for the sacred edifice in Kirtland, Ohio, later known as the Kirtland temple; also the official name for other planned religious structures in Missouri. JS and the Latter-day Saints also referred to the House of the Lord in Kirtland as “...

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for the presidency

An organized body of leaders over priesthood quorums and other ecclesiastical organizations. A November 1831 revelation first described the office of president over the high priesthood and the church as a whole. By 1832, JS and two counselors constituted ...

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of the high and most holy priesthood

The authority and power held by certain officers in the church. The Book of Mormon referred to the high priesthood as God’s “holy order, which was after the order of his Son,” and indicated that Melchizedek, a biblical figure, was a high priest “after this...

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after the order of Melchisedeck which was after the order of the son of God, upon mount Zion City of the New Jerusalem

The Book of Mormon indicated that, in preparation for Jesus Christ’s second coming, a city should be built on the American continent and called the New Jerusalem. The Book of Mormon further explained that the remnant of the seed of Joseph (understood to be...

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Nos 7-8-9 The sacred Apostolic repository for the use of the Bishop

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. JS appointed Edward Partridge as the first bishop in February 1831. Following this appointment, Partridge functioned as the local leader of the church in Missouri. Later revelations described a bishop’s duties as receiving...

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No 4-5-6 The holy evangelical house for the high Priesthood of the holy order of God– No 1-2-3 The house of the Lord for the Elders

A male leader in the church generally; an ecclesiastical and priesthood office or one holding that office; a proselytizing missionary. The Book of Mormon explained that elders ordained priests and teachers and administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto...

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of Zion an ensign to the Nations Nos 22-23-24 house of the lord [p. 40]
occupied for these must be laid off according  to wisdom[.] On the North and South are to be  laid off, the farms for the agriculturist and  sufficient quantity of land to supply the  whole plot and if it cannot be laid off  without going too great a distance from  the city there must also be laid off on  the east and west, when this squ[a]re is thus  laid off and supplied lay off another in  the same way and so fill up the world  in these last days and let evry man  live in the City for this is the City of Zion  all the streets are of one width being eight  perches wide also the space round the outer  edge of the painted squ[a]res is to be eight perches  between the temple and the street on evry side  no one lot in this City is to contain more  then one house and that to be built twenty  five feet back from the street leaving a  small yard in front to be planted in a  grove according to the taste of the builder  the rest of the lot for gardens &c all the houses  to be build of brick and stone
The names of the temples to be built on  the painted squ[a]re No 10-11-12 are to be called  the house of the Lord

The official name for the sacred edifice in Kirtland, Ohio, later known as the Kirtland temple; also the official name for other planned religious structures in Missouri. JS and the Latter-day Saints also referred to the House of the Lord in Kirtland as “...

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for the presidency

An organized body of leaders over priesthood quorums and other ecclesiastical organizations. A November 1831 revelation first described the office of president over the high priesthood and the church as a whole. By 1832, JS and two counselors constituted ...

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of  the high and most holy priesthood

The authority and power held by certain officers in the church. The Book of Mormon referred to the high priesthood as God’s “holy order, which was after the order of his Son,” and indicated that Melchizedek, a biblical figure, was a high priest “after this...

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after  the order of Melchisedeck which was after  the order of the son of God, upon mount Zion  City of the New Jerusalem

The Book of Mormon indicated that, in preparation for Jesus Christ’s second coming, a city should be built on the American continent and called the New Jerusalem. The Book of Mormon further explained that the remnant of the seed of Joseph (understood to be...

View Glossary
Nos 7-8-9 The  sacred Apostolic repository for the use  of the Bishop

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. JS appointed Edward Partridge as the first bishop in February 1831. Following this appointment, Partridge functioned as the local leader of the church in Missouri. Later revelations described a bishop’s duties as receiving...

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No 4-5-6 The holy evangel ical house for the high Priesthood of the  holy order of God– No 1-2-3 The house of  the Lord for the Elders

A male leader in the church generally; an ecclesiastical and priesthood office or one holding that office; a proselytizing missionary. The Book of Mormon explained that elders ordained priests and teachers and administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto...

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of Zion an ensign to  the Nations Nos 22-23-24 house of the lord [p. 40]
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“Explanation of the Plat of the City of Zion,” ca. 25 June 1833; in JS Letterbook 1, pp. 38–41; handwriting of Frederick G. Williams

28 Oct. 1787–10 Oct. 1842. Ship’s pilot, teacher, physician, justice of the peace. Born at Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of William Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. Moved to Newburg, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1799. Practiced Thomsonian botanical system...

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