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

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

they may not know your works until ye have accomplished  the thing which I have commanded you; that when they shall  know it, that they may consider these things, for when the Lord  shall appear he shall be terrible unto then, that fear may seize  upon them, and they shall stand afar off and tremble; and all  nations shall be afraid because of the terror of the Lord, and  power of his might; even so; Amen.

8 March 1831 • Tuesday

The next day after the above was received, I also receiv ed the following revelation relative to the gifts of the Holy  Ghost.
Given at Kirtland, March 8, 1831. <To Joseph Smith Jn—>
1. Hearken, O ye people of my church, for verily I say unto you,  that these things were spoken even unto you for your profit and lear ning; but notwithstanding those things which are written, it al ways has been given to the elders of my church, from the beginning,  and ever shall be, to conduct all meetings as they are directed  and guided by the Holy spirit Spirit: nevertheless ye are commanded  never to cast any one out from your public meetings, which  are held before the world; ye are also commanded not to cast  any one, who belongeth to the church, out of your sacrament  meetings: nevertheless, if any have trespassed, let him not par take until he makes reconciliation.
2. And again, I say unto you, ye shall not cast any one out of  your sacrament meetings, who is earnestly seeking the king dom: I speak this concerning those who are not of the church.
3. And again I say unto you, concerning your confirmation meetings, that if there be any that is not of the church, that is  earnestly seeking after the kingdom, ye shall not cast them  out, but ye are commanded in all things to ask God, who  giveth liberally; and that which the spirit testifies unto you, even  so I would that ye should do in all holiness of heart, walking  uprightly before me, considering the end of your salvation,  doing all things with prayer and thanksgiving, that ye may not be  seduced by evil spirits, or doctrines of devils, or the com mandments of men, for some are of men, and others of  devils.
4. Wherefore, beware lest ye are deceived! and that ye may  not be deceived, seek ye earnestly the best gifts, always re membering for what they were given; for verily I say unto you,  they are given for the benefit of those who love me and keep [p. 109]
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JS, History, 1838–1856, vol. A-1, created 11 June 1839–24 Aug. 1843; handwriting of James Mulholland, Robert B. Thompson, William W. Phelps, and Willard Richards; 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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