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History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

they shall observe the covenants and church articles

A foundational document presented at the first conference of the church for the approval of church members. The Articles and Covenants included a brief historical prologue, a declaration of beliefs, and a description of the offices, ordinances, and procedures...

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to do them, and these shall be their teachings as they shall be directed by the Spirit; and the spirit shall be given unto you by the prayer of faith, and if ye receive not the Spirit, ye shall not teach. And all this ye shall observe to do as I have command

Generally, a divine mandate that church members were expected to obey; more specifically, a text dictated by JS in the first-person voice of Deity that served to communicate knowledge and instruction to JS and his followers. Occasionally, other inspired texts...

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, concerning your teaching, until the fulness of my scriptures are given. And as ye shall lift up your voices by the Comforter, ye shall speak and prophesy as seemeth me good; for behold the Comforter knoweth all things, and beareth record of the father and of the Son.
6. And now, behold I speak unto 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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: Thou shalt not kill; and he that kills shall not have forgiveness, in this world nor the world to come.
7. And again, I say thou shalt not kill; but he that killeth shall die. Thou shalt not steal; and he that steals and will not repent, shall be cast out. Thou shalt not lie; he that lieth and will not repent, shall be cast out. Thou shalt love thy wife with all thy heart, and shall cleave unto her and none else; and he that looketh upon a woman to lust after her, shall deny the faith, and shall not have the spirit; and if he repents not he shall be cast out. Thou shalt not commit adultery; and the that committeth adultery and repenteth not, shall be cast out; but he that has committed adultery and repents with all his heart, and forsaketh it, and doeth no more, thou shalt forgive; but if he doeth it again, he shall not be forgiven, but shall be cast out. Thou shalt not speak evil of thy neighbor, nor do him any harm. Thou knowest my laws concerning these things are given in my scriptures: he that sinneth and repenteth not, shall be cast out.
8. If thou lovest me thou shalt serve me, and keep all my commandments And behold, thou wilt remember the poor, and consecrate of thy properties for their support, that which thou hast to impart unto them, with a covenant and deed which cannot be broken— and inasmuch as ye impart of your substance unto the poor, ye will do it unto me— and they shall be laid before 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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of my church, and his counsellors, two of 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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, or high-priests

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. Christ and many ancient prophets, including Abraham, were described as being high priests. The Book of Mormon used the term high priest to denote one appointed to lead the church. However, the Book of Mormon also discussed...

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, such as he shall or has appointed and set apart for the purpose.
9. And it shall come to pass that after they are laid before the bishop of my church, and after that he has received these testimonies [p. 96]
they shall observe the covenants and church articles

A foundational document presented at the first conference of the church for the approval of church members. The Articles and Covenants included a brief historical prologue, a declaration of beliefs, and a description of the offices, ordinances, and procedures...

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to do them,  and these shall be their teachings as they shall be directed by  the Spirit; and the spirit shall be given unto you by the prayer  of faith, and if ye receive not the Spirit, ye shall not teach.  And all this ye shall observe to do as I have command

Generally, a divine mandate that church members were expected to obey; more specifically, a text dictated by JS in the first-person voice of Deity that served to communicate knowledge and instruction to JS and his followers. Occasionally, other inspired texts...

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, concern ing your teaching, until the fulness of my scriptures are given. And  as ye shall lift up your voices by the Comforter, ye shall speak  and prophesy as seemeth me good; for behold the Comforter knoweth  all things, and beareth record of the father and of the Son.
6. And now, behold I speak unto 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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: Thou shalt not kill; and  he that kills shall not have forgiveness, in this world nor the  world to come.
7. And again, I say thou shalt not kill; but he that killeth shall  die. Thou shalt not steal; and he that steals and will not repent,  shall be cast out. Thou shalt not lie; he that lieth and will  not repents, shall be cast out. Thou shalt love thy wife with  all thy heart, and shall cleave unto her and none else; and he  that looketh upon a woman to lust after her, shall deny the faith,  and shall not have the spirit; and if he repents not he shall be  cast out. Thou shalt not commit adultery; and the that com mitteth adultery and repenteth not, shall be cast out; but he  that <has> committed adultery and repents with all his heart, and  forsaketh it, and doeth no more, thou shalt forgive; but if he  doeth it again, he shall not be forgiven, but shall be cast out.  Thou shalt not speak evil of thy neighbor, nor do him any  harm. Thou knowest my laws concerning these things are given  in my scriptures: he that sinneth and repenteth not, shall be  cast out.
8. If thou lovest me thou shalt serve me, and keep all my com mandments And behold, thou wilt remember the poor, and con secrate of thy properties for their support, that which thou  hast to impart unto them, with a covenant and deed which  cannot be broken— and inasmuch as ye impart of your  substance unto the poor, ye will do it unto me— and they  shall be laid before 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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of my church, and his coun sellors, two of 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...

View Glossary
, or high-priests

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. Christ and many ancient prophets, including Abraham, were described as being high priests. The Book of Mormon used the term high priest to denote one appointed to lead the church. However, the Book of Mormon also discussed...

View Glossary
, such as he shall  or has appointed and set apart for the purpose.
9. And it shall come to pass that after they are laid before the  bishop of my church, and after that he has received these testimonies [p. 96]
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JS, History, 1838–1856, vol. A-1, created 11 June 1839–24 Aug. 1843; handwriting of James Mulholland

1804–3 Nov. 1839. Born in Ireland. Baptized into LDS church. Married Sarah Scott, 8 Feb. 1838, at Far West, Caldwell Co., Missouri. Engaged in clerical work for JS, 1838, at Far West. Ordained a seventy, 28 Dec. 1838. After expulsion from Missouri, lived ...

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, Robert B. Thompson

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, William W. Phelps

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24 June 1804–11 Mar. 1854. Teacher, lecturer, doctor, clerk, printer, editor, postmaster. Born at Hopkinton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Joseph Richards and Rhoda Howe. Moved to Richmond, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, 1813. Moved to Chatham, Columbia...

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; 553 pages, plus 16 pages of addenda; CHL. This is the first volume of a six-volume manuscript history of the church. This first volume covers the period from 23 December 1805 to 30 August 1834; the remaining five volumes, labeled B-1 through F-1, continue through 8 August 1844.

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