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

all your sins; ask and ye shall receive; knock and it shall be opened unto you; behold I will go before you, and I will be in your midst, and you shall not be confounded: behold I am Jesus Christ, and I come quick; even so: Amen.

April–May 1831

During the month of April I continued to 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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the scriptures as time would allow; in May, a number of 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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being present, and not understanding the different spirits abroad in the earth, I inquired and received from the Lord the following

9 May 1831 • Monday

Revelation, given May 1831. To Joseph Smith Jn
1 Hearken, O ye elders 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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, and give ear to the voice of the living God; and attend to the words of wisdom which shall be given unto you, according as ye have asked and are agreed as touching the church, and the spirits which have gone abroad in the earth. Behold verily I say unto you, that there are many spirits which are false spirits, which have gone forth in the earth, deceiving the world; and also Satan hath sought to deceive you, that he might overthrow you.
2. Behold I the Lord have looked upon you, and have seen abominations in the church, that profess my name; but blessed are they who are faithful and endure, whether in life or in death, for they shall inherit eternal life. But wo unto them that are deceivers, and hypocrites, for thus says the Lord, I will bring them to judgment.
3. Behold, verily I say unto you, there are hypocrites among you, and have deceived some, which given the adversary power, but behold such shall be reclaimed; but the hypocrites shall be detected, and shall be cut off, either in life or in death, even as I will; and wo unto them who are cut off from my church, for the same are overcome of the world; wherefore let every man beware lest he do that which is not in truth and righteousness before me.
4. And, now, come saith the Lord, by the Spirit, unto the elders of his church, and let us reason together, that ye may understand: let us reason even as a man reasoneth one with another face to face: now when a man reasoneth, he is understood of man, because he reasoneth as a man; even so will I the Lord reason with you that you may understand: wherefore I the Lord asketh you this question, unto what were ye ordained

The conferral of power and authority; to appoint, decree, or set apart. Church members, primarily adults, were ordained to ecclesiastical offices and other responsibilities by the laying on of hands by those with the proper authority. Ordinations to priesthood...

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? To preach my gospel by the Spirit, even the Comforter, which [p. 114]
all your sins; ask and ye shall receive; knock and <it> shall be  opened unto you; behold I will go before you, and I will be in  your midst, and you shall not be confounded: behold I am  Jesus Christ, and I come quick; even so: Amen.

April–May 1831

During the month of April I continued to 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 ...

View Glossary
the scriptures  as time would allow; in May, a number of 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...

View Glossary
being present,  and not understanding the different spirits abroad in the earth,  I inquired and received from the Lord the following

9 May 1831 • Monday

Revelation, given May 1831. <To Joseph Smith Jn>
1 Hearken, O ye elders 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...

View Glossary
, and give ear to the voice of the  living God; and attend to the words of wisdom which shall  be given unto you, according as ye have asked and are  agreed as touching the church, and the spirits which have  gone abroad in the earth. Behold verily I say unto you, that there are  many spirits which are false spirits, which have gone forth in the  earth, deceiving the world; and also Satan hath sought to de ceive you, that he might overthrow you.
2. Behold I the Lord have looked upon you, and have seen  abominations in the church, that profess my name; but blessed are  they who are faithful and endure, whether in life or in  death, for they shall inherit eternal life. But wo unto them that  are deceivers, and hypocrites, for thus says the Lord, I will bring  them to judgment.
3. Behold, verily I say unto you, there are hypocrites among you,  and have deceived some, which given the adversary power,  but behold such shall be reclaimed; but the hypocrites shall  be detected, and shall be cut off, either in life or in death, even  as I will; and wo unto them who are cut off from my church,  for the same are overcome of the world; wherefore let every  man beware lest he do that which is not in truth and  righteousness before me.
4. And, now, come saith the Lord, by the Spirit, unto the elders  of his church, and let us reason together, that ye may under stand: let us reason even as a man reasoneth one with an other face to face: now when a man reasoneth, he is understood  of man, because he reasoneth as a man; even so I will will I the Lord  reason with you that you may understand: wherefore I the Lord  asketh you this question, unto what were ye ordained

The conferral of power and authority; to appoint, decree, or set apart. Church members, primarily adults, were ordained to ecclesiastical offices and other responsibilities by the laying on of hands by those with the proper authority. Ordinations to priesthood...

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? To  preach my gospel by the Spirit, even the Comforter, which [p. 114]
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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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; 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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