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

selves according to the laws of man; that your enemies may not have power over you, that you may be preserved in all things; that you may be enabled to keep my laws, that every band may be broken wherewith the enemy seeketh to destroy my people.
3. Behold I say unto you, that ye must visit the poor and the needy and administer to their relief, that they may be kept until all things may be done according to my law, which ye have received. Amen.

7 March 1831 • Monday

At this age 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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many false reports, lies, and foolish stories were published in the newspapers, and circulated in every direction, to prevent people from investigating the work, or embracing the faith. A great earth-quake in China, which destroyed from one to two hundred thousand inhabitants, was burlesqued in some papers, as “Mormonism in China.” But to the joy of the saints who had to struggle against every thing that prejudice and wickedness could invent, I received the following.
Revelation 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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, March 7. 1831. Given to Joseph Smith, Jn—
1. Hearken, O ye people of my church to whom the kingdom has been given: hearken ye and give ear to him who laid the foundation of the earth; who made the heavens and all the hosts thereof, and by whom all things were made which live and move and have a being. And again I say, hearken unto my voice, lest death shall overtake you; in an hour when ye think not the summer shall be past, and the harvest ended, and your souls not saved. Listen to him who is the Advocate with Father: who is pleading your cause before him; saying, Father behold the sufferings and death of him who did no sin, in whom thou wast well pleased: behold the blood of thy Son which was shed, the blood of him whom thou gavest that thyself might be glorified: wherefore Father, spare these my brethren, that believe on my name, that they may come to me and have everlasting life.
2. Hearken, O ye people of my church, and 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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listen together, and hear my voice while it is called to day and harden not your hearts: for verily I say unto you, that I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the light and the life of the world; a light that shineth in darkness and the darkness comprehendeth it not. I came to mine own and my own receiveed me not; but unto as many as received me, gave I power to do many miracles; and to become the sons of God, and even [p. 104]
selves according to the laws of man; that your enemies may not have  power over you, that you may be preserved in all things; that you  may be enabled to keep my laws, that every band may be broken  wherewith the enemy seeketh to destroy my people.
3. Behold I say unto you, that ye must visit the poor and the  needy and administer to their relief, that they may be kept un til all things may be done according to my law, which ye have  received. Amen.

7 March 1831 • Monday

At this age 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...

View Glossary
many false reports, lies, and fo[o]lish stories  were published in the newspapers, and circulated in every direction,  to prevent people from investigating the work, or embracing the  faith. A great earth-quake in China, which destroyed from one  to two hundred thousand inhabitants, was burlesqued in some  papers, as “Mormonism in China.” But to the joy of the saints  who had to struggle against every thing that prejudice and  wickedness could invent, I received the following.
Revelation  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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, March 7. 1831. <Given to Joseph Smith, Jn—>
1. Hearken, O ye people of my church to the whom the kingdom has  been given: hearken ye and give ear to him who laid the foundation  of the earth; who made the heavens and all the hosts thereof, and  by whom all things were made which live and move and have  a being. And again I say, hearken unto my voice, lest death  shall overtake you; in an hour when ye think not the sum mer shall be past, and the harvest ended, and your souls not  saved. Listen to him who is the Advocate with Father: who is  pleading your cause before him; saying, Father behold the sufferings  and death of him who did no sin, in whom thou wast well pleas ed: behold the blood of thy Son which was shed, the blood of him  whom thou gavest that thyself might be glorified: wherefore Fath er, spare these my brethren, that believe on my name, that  they may come to me and have everlasting life.
2. Hearken, O ye people of my church, and 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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listen  together, and hear my voice while it is called to day and har den not your hearts: for verily I say unto you, that I am Alpha  and Omega, the beginning and the end, the light and the life of  the world; a light that shineth in darkness and the darkness  comprehendeth it not. I came to mine own and my own receive ed me not; but unto as many as received me, gave I power to  do many miracles; and to become the sons of God, and even [p. 104]
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JS, History, 1838–1856, vol. A-1, created 11 June 1839–24 Aug. 1843; handwriting of James Mulholland

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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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