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

February 1831

Soon after the foregoing revelation was received, a woman came with great pretentions to revealing commandments, laws and other curious matters; and, as every person, (almost) has advocates for both theory and practice, in the various notions and projects of the age, it became necessary to inquire of the Lord, when I received the following.
Revelation, given at Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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, February, 1831. to Joseph Smith Smith Jun.
1 O hearken, ye 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 my 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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, and give ear to the words which I shall speak unto you; for behold, verily, verily I say unto you, that ye have received a commandment

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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for a law unto my church, through him whom I have appointed unto you, to receive commandments and revelations from my hand.— And this ye shall know assuredly, that there is none other appointed unto you to receive commandments and revelations until he be taken, if he abide in me.
2. But verily, verily I say unto you, that none else shall be appointed unto this gift, except it be through him for if it be taken from him he shall not have power, except to appoint another in his stead: and this shall be a law unto you, that ye receive not the teachings of any that shall come before you, as revelations or commandment: and this I give unto you. that you may not be deceived; that you may know they are not of me. For, verily I say unto you, that he that is ordained

The conferral of power and authority; to appoint, decree, or set apart. Church members, primarily adults, were ordained to ecclesiastical offices and other responsibilities by the laying on of hands by those with the proper authority. Ordinations to priesthood...

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of me, shall come in at the gate, and be ordained as I have told you before, to teach those revelations which you have received, and shall receive through him whom I have appointed.
3 And now behold I give unto you a commandment, that when ye are assembled together, ye shall instruct and edify each other, that ye may know how to act, and direct my church how to act upon the points of law and commandments, which I have given: and thus ye shall become instructed in the law of my church

Principles given to the church and its members in February 1831 revelations. In January 1831, a revelation promised the saints in New York that the law would be given after they gathered in Ohio. Once in Ohio, on 9 and 23 February 1831, JS dictated two revelations...

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, and be sanctified by that which ye have received, and ye shall bind yourselves to act in all holiness before me, that inasmuch as ye do this glory shall be added to the kingdom, which ye have received. Inasmuch as ye do it not, it shall be taken, even that which ye have received. Purge ye out the iniquity which is among you; sanctify yourselves before me, and if ye desire the glories of the kingdom, appoint ye my servant Joseph Smith, Jr. and uphold him before [p. 101]

February 1831

Soon after the foregoing revelation was received, a woman  came with great pretentions to revealing commandments, laws  and other curious matters; and, as every person, (almost) has  advocates for both theory and practice, in the various notions  and projects of the age, it became necessary to inquire  of the Lord, when I received the following.
Revelation, given  at Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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, February, 1831. <to Joseph Smith Smith Jun.>
1 O hearken, ye 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
of my 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...

View Glossary
, and give ear to the words which  I shall speak unto you; for behold, verily, verily I say unto  you, that ye have received a commandment

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...

View Glossary
for a law unto  my church, through him whom I have appointed unto you, to  receive commandments and revelations from my hand.—  And this ye shall know assuredly, that there is none oth er appointed unto you to receive commandments and  revelations until he be taken, if he abide in me.
2. But verily, verily I say unto you, that none else shall  be appointed unto this gift, except it be through him for if it be  taken from him he shall not have power, except to appoint  another in his stead: and this shall be a law unto you,  that ye receive not the teachings of any that shall come  before you, as revelations or commandment: and this I give  unto you. that you may not be deceived; that you may know they  are not of me. For, verily I say unto you, that he that is ordained

The conferral of power and authority; to appoint, decree, or set apart. Church members, primarily adults, were ordained to ecclesiastical offices and other responsibilities by the laying on of hands by those with the proper authority. Ordinations to priesthood...

View Glossary
 of me, shall come in at the gate, and be ordained as I have  told you before, to teach those revelations which you have re ceived, and shall receive through him whom I have appointed.
3 And now behold I give unto you a commandment, that when  ye are assembled together, ye shall instruct and edify each  other, that ye may know how to act, and direct my church  how to act upon the points of law and commandments,  which I have given: and thus ye shall become instructed  in the law of my church

Principles given to the church and its members in February 1831 revelations. In January 1831, a revelation promised the saints in New York that the law would be given after they gathered in Ohio. Once in Ohio, on 9 and 23 February 1831, JS dictated two revelations...

View Glossary
, and be sanctified by that which  ye have received, and ye shall bind yourselves to act  in all holiness before me, that inasmuch as ye do this glory  shall be added to the kingdom, which ye have received. Inasmuch  as ye do it not, it shall be taken, even that which ye have receiv ed. Purge ye out the iniquity which is among you; sanctify your selves before me, and if ye desire the glories of the kingdom,  appoint ye my servant Joseph Smith, Jr. and uphold him before [p. 101]
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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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