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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

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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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 received the following revelation relative to the gifts of the Holy Ghost.
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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, March 8, 1831. To Joseph Smith Jn—
1. Hearken, O ye people 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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, for verily I say unto you, that these things were spoken unto you for your profit and learning; but notwithstanding those things which are written, it always has been given to the 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, from the beginning, and ever shall be, to conduct all meetings as they are directed and guided by the Holy 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

Primarily referred to the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, or Communion, as opposed to other religious sacraments. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church directed “that the church meet together often to partake of bread and wine in remembrance of the Lord...

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meetings: nevertheless, if any have trespassed, let him not partake 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 kingdom: I speak this concerning those who are not of the church.
3. And again I say unto you, concerning your confirmation

After baptism, new converts were confirmed members of the church “by the laying on of the hands, & the giving of the Holy Ghost.” According to JS’s history, the first confirmations were administered at the organization of the church on 6 April 1830. By March...

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— 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 commandments 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 remembering 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]
they may not know your works until ye have accomplished  the thing which I have commanded

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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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

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 8, 1831. <To Joseph Smith Jn—>
1. Hearken, O ye people 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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, 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

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, 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

Primarily referred to the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, or Communion, as opposed to other religious sacraments. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church directed “that the church meet together often to partake of bread and wine in remembrance of the Lord...

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 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

After baptism, new converts were confirmed members of the church “by the laying on of the hands, & the giving of the Holy Ghost.” According to JS’s history, the first confirmations were administered at the organization of the church on 6 April 1830. By March...

View Glossary
 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

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

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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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