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

be hewn down and cast into the fire, but shall abide the day, and the earth shall be given unto them for an inheritance

Generally referred to land promised by or received from God for the church and its members. A January 1831 revelation promised church members a land of inheritance. In March and May 1831, JS dictated revelations commanding members “to purchase lands for an...

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: and they shall multiply and wax strong, and their children shall grow up without sin unto salvation, for the Lord shall be in their midst, and his glory shall be upon them, and he will be their king and Lawgiver.
11. And now, behold I say unto you, it shall not be given unto you to know any farther concerning this chapter, until the New Testament be translated, and in it all these things shall be made known: wherefore I give unto you that you may now translate

To produce a new text through a revelatory, rather than scholarly, process, by the “gift and power of God.” In the Book of Mormon, the ancient prophet Mosiah translated records into his own language using “interpreters,” or “two stones which was fastened ...

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it, that ye may be prepared for the things to come: for verily I say unto you, that great things await you; ye hear of wars in foreign lands, but, behold I say unto you, they are nigh, even at your doors, and not many years hence ye shall hear of wars in your own lands.
12. Wherefore I the Lord have said, gather ye out from the eastern lands; assemble ye yourselves together 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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; go ye forth into the western countries, call upon the inhabitants to repent, and, inasmuch as they do repent, build up churches unto me; and with one heart with one mind gather up your riches, that ye may purchase an inheritance

Generally referred to land promised by or received from God for the church and its members. A January 1831 revelation promised church members a land of inheritance. In March and May 1831, JS dictated revelations commanding members “to purchase lands for an...

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which shall hereafter be appointed unto you, and it shall be called 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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, a land of peace, a city of refuge, a place of safety for the saints of the most high God; and the glory of the Lord shall be there, and the terror of the of the Lord also shall be there, insomuch that the wicked shall not come unto it; and it shall be called Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Jesus Christ, characterized by adherence to ideals of harmony, equality, and purity. In JS’s earliest revelations “the cause of Zion” was used to broadly describe the ...

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13. And it shall come to pass, among the wicked, that every man that will not take his sword against his neighbor must needs flee unto Zion for safety. And there shall be gathered

As directed by early revelations, church members “gathered” in communities. A revelation dated September 1830, for instance, instructed elders “to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect” who would “be gathered in unto one place, upon the face of this land...

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unto it out of every nation under heaven; and it shall be the only people, that shall not be at war one with another. And it shall be said among the wicked: Let us not go up to battle against Zion, for the inhabitants of Zion are terrible: wherefore we cannot stand.
14. And it shall come to pass, that the righteous shall be gathered out from among all nations, and shall come to Zion, singing, with songs of everlasting Joy.
15. And now, I say unto you, keep these things from going abroad unto the world, until it is expedient in me, that ye may accomplish this work in the eyes of the people, and in the eyes of your enemies, that [p. 108]
be hewn down and cast into the fire, but shall abide the day, and the  earth shall be given unto them for an inheritance

Generally referred to land promised by or received from God for the church and its members. A January 1831 revelation promised church members a land of inheritance. In March and May 1831, JS dictated revelations commanding members “to purchase lands for an...

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: and they shall multi ply and wax strong, and their children shall grow up without  sin unto salvation, for the Lord shall be in their midst, and his glory  shall be upon them, and he will be their king and Lawgiver.
11. And now, behold I say unto you, it shall not be given unto you to  know any farther concerning this chapter, until the New Testament  be translated, and <in> it all these things shall be made known: where fore I give unto you that you may now translate

To produce a new text through a revelatory, rather than scholarly, process, by the “gift and power of God.” In the Book of Mormon, the ancient prophet Mosiah translated records into his own language using “interpreters,” or “two stones which was fastened ...

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it, that ye may  be prepared for the things to come: for verily I say unto you, that  great things await you; ye hear of wars in foreign lands,  but, behold I say unto you, they are nigh, even at your doors,  and not many years hence ye shall hear of wars in your  own lands.
12. Wherefore I the Lord have said, gather ye out from the  eastern lands; assemble ye yourselves together 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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; go ye forth into the western countries, call upon the in habitants to repent, and, inasmuch as they do repent, build up  churches unto me; and with one heart with one mind gather  up your riches, that ye may purchase an inheritance

Generally referred to land promised by or received from God for the church and its members. A January 1831 revelation promised church members a land of inheritance. In March and May 1831, JS dictated revelations commanding members “to purchase lands for an...

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which shall  hereafter be appointed unto you, and it shall be called 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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, a land of peace, a city of refuge, a place of safety for  the saints of the most high God; and the glory of the Lord shall be there,  and the terror of the of the Lord also shall be there, insomuch that  the wicked shall not come unto it; and it shall be called Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Jesus Christ, characterized by adherence to ideals of harmony, equality, and purity. In JS’s earliest revelations “the cause of Zion” was used to broadly describe the ...

View Glossary
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13. And it shall come to pass, among the wicked, that every man  that will not take his sword against his neighbor must  needs flee unto Zion for safety. And there shall be gathered

As directed by early revelations, church members “gathered” in communities. A revelation dated September 1830, for instance, instructed elders “to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect” who would “be gathered in unto one place, upon the face of this land...

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 unto it out of every nation under heaven; and it shall be the  only people, that shall not be at war one with another. And  it shall be said among the wicked: Let us not go up to battle  against Zion, for the inhabitants of Zion are terrible: wherefore  we cannot stand.
14. And it shall come to pass, that the righteous shall be gathered  out from among all nations, and shall come to Zion, singing, with  songs of everlasting Joy.
15. And now, I say unto you, keep these things from going abroad unto  the world, until it is expedient in me, that ye may accomplish this  work in the eyes of the people, and in the eyes of your enemies, that [p. 108]
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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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