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

unto them that believed on my name, gave I power to obtain eternal life. And even so I have sent mine everlasting covenant into the world, to be a light to the world, and to be standard for my people, and for the Gentiles

Those who were not members of the House of Israel. More specifically, members of the church identified gentiles as those whose lineage was not of the Jews or Lamanites (understood to be the American Indians in JS’s day). Certain prophecies indicated that ...

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to seek to it; and to be a messenger before my face to prepare the way before me; wherefore come ye unto it, and with him that cometh I will reason as with men in days of old, and I will show unto you my strong reasoning; wherefore hearken ye together, and let me show unto you, even my wisdom of him whom [ye] say is the God of Enoch, and his brethren, who were separated from the earth, and were received unto myself— a city reserved until a day of righteousness shall come— a day which was sought by all holy men, and they found it not because of wickedness and abominations; and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth; but obtained a promise, that they should find it, and see it in their flesh. Wherefore, hearken and I will reason with you, and I will speak unto you and prophesy as unto men in days of old, and I will show it plainly as I showed it unto my disciples, as I stood before them in the flesh, and spake unto them saying: As ye have asked of me concerning the signs of my comming in the day when I shall come in my glory in the clouds of heaven, to fulfil the promises that I have made unto your fathers; for as ye have looked upon the long absence of your spirits from your bodies to be a bondage, I will show unto you how the day of redemption shall come, and also the restoration of the scattered Israel.
3 And now ye behold this Temple which is in Jerusalem, which, ye call the house of God, and your enemies say that this house shall never fall. But verily I say unto you, that desolation shall come [upon] this generation as a thief in the night, and this people shall be destroyed and scattered among all nations. And this Temple which ye now see, shall be thrown down; that there shall not be left one stone upon another. And it shall come to pass, that this generation of Jews shall not pass away, until every desolation which I have told you concerning them, shall come to pass. Ye say that ye know that the end of the world cometh; ye say also that ye know that the heavens and the earth shall pass away; and in this ye say truly, for so it is; but these things which I have told you, shall not pass away until all shall be ful [p. 105]
unto them that believed on my name, gave I power to obtain  eternal life. And even so I have sent mine everlasting covenant  into the world, to be a light to the world, and to be standard for my  people, and for the Gentiles

Those who were not members of the House of Israel. More specifically, members of the church identified gentiles as those whose lineage was not of the Jews or Lamanites (understood to be the American Indians in JS’s day). Certain prophecies indicated that ...

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to seek to it; and to be a messenger  before my face to prepare the way before me; wherefore come ye  unto it, and with him that cometh I will reason as with men in  days of old, and I will show unto you my strong reasoning; where fore hearken ye together, and let me show unto you, even my wisdom  of him whom [ye] say is the God of Enoch, and his brethren, who were  separated from the earth, and were received unto myself— a  city reserved until a day of righteousness shall come— a day  which was sought by all holy men, and they found it not be cause of wickedness and abominations; and confessed that they  were strangers and pilgrims on the earth; but obtained a prom ise, that they should find it, and see it in their flesh. Wherefore,  hearken and I will reason with you, and I will speak unto  you and prophesy as unto men in days of old, and I will  show it plainly as I showed it unto my disciples, as I  stood before them in the flesh, and spake unto them saying:  As ye have asked of me concerning the signs of my comming  in the day when I shall come in my glory in the clouds of  heaven, to fulfil the promises that I have made unto your fathers;  for as ye have looked upon the long absence of your spirits  from your bodies to be a bondage, I will show unto you  how the day of redemption shall come, and also the res toration of the scattered Israel.
3 And now ye behold this Temple which is in Jerusalem, which,  ye call the house of God, and your enemies say that this house  shall never fall. But verily I say unto you, that desolation  shall come [upon] this generation as a thief in the night, and this people  shall be destroyed and scattered among all nations. And this  Temple which ye now see, shall be thrown down; that there  shall not be left one stone upon another. And it shall come to pass,  that this generation of Jews shall not pass away, until every  desolation which I have told you concerning them, shall come to  pass. Ye say that ye know that the end of the world cometh; ye  say also that ye know that the heavens and the earth shall pass  away; and in this ye say truly, for so it is; but these things  which I have told you, shall not pass away until all shall be ful [p. 105]
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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

1 Oct. 1811–27 Aug. 1841. Clerk, editor. Born in Great Driffield, Yorkshire, England. Member of Methodist church. Immigrated to Upper Canada, 1834. Baptized into LDS church by Parley P. Pratt, May 1836, in Upper Canada. Ordained an elder by John Taylor, 22...

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, William W. Phelps

17 Feb. 1792–7 Mar. 1872. Writer, teacher, printer, newspaper editor, publisher, postmaster, lawyer. Born at Hanover, Morris Co., New Jersey. Son of Enon Phelps and Mehitabel Goldsmith. Moved to Homer, Cortland Co., New York, 1800. Married Sally Waterman,...

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, and Willard Richards

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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