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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]

9 And again, I say unto you, all things must be done in the name  of Christ, whatsoever you do in the Spirit; and ye must give thanks  unto God, in the spirit, for whatsoever blessing ye are blessed with:  and ye must practice virtue and holiness before me continually;  even so: Amen.
The same day that I received the foregoing revelation  I also received the following, setting apart John Whitmer as  a historian inasmuch as he was faithful.
Given at Kirtland, March 8, 1831, to me <Joseph Smith Jn> and John Whitmer.
1 Behold it is expedient in me that my servant John Whitmer should  write and keep a regular history, and assist you, my servant  Joseph Smith, Jnr, in transcribing all things which shall be given  you, until he is called to further duties. Again, verily I say unto  you, that he can also lift up his voice in meetings, whenever it  shall be expedient.
2. And again, I say unto you, that it shall be appointed unto him to  keep the church record and history continually, for Oliver Cowdery  I have appointed to another office: Wherefore it shall be given  him inasmuch as he is faithful, by the Comforter, to write these  things; even so: Amen.

10 March 1831 • Thursday

Upon inquiry how the brethren should act in regard to purcha sing lands to settle upon; and where they should finally make  a permanent location, I received the following. Revelation:  
Given at Kirtland March, 1831. <to Joseph Smith Jn>
1 It is necessary that ye should remain for the present time in your  places of abode, as it shall be suitable to your circumstances: and  inasmuch as ye have lands, ye shall impart to the eastern brethren;  and inasmuch as ye have not lands, let them buy for the present  time, in those regions round about as seemeth them good, for it  must needs be necessary, that they have places to live for the present  time.
2 It must needs be necessary, that ye save all the money that  ye can, and that ye obtain all that ye can in righteousness that  in time ye may be enabled to purchase lands for an inheritance,  even the city. The place is not yet to be revealed, but after your  brethren come from the east, there are to be certain men appointed,  and to them it shall be given to know the place, or to them it shall  be revealed; and they shall be appointed to purchase the lands, and  to make a commencement, to lay they foundation of the city; and [p. 111]
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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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