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

them that die shall rest from all their labors, and their works follow them, and they shall receive a crown in the mansions of my Father, which I have prepared for them: yea, blessed are they whose feet stand upon the land of Zion, who have obeyed my gospel, for they shall receive for their reward the good things of the earth; and it shall bring forth in its strength: and they shall be crowned with blessings from above; yea and with commandments not a few; and with revelations in their time; they that are diligent and faithful before me.
2. Wherefore I give unto them a commandment

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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, saying thus; Thou shalt love the Lord thy God, with all thy heart, with all thy might, mind, and strength: and in the name of Jesus Christ thou serve him. Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Thou shalt not steal. Neither commit adultery, nor kill, nor do any thing like unto it. Thou shalt thank they the Lord thy God in all things. Thou shalt offer a sacrifice unto the Lord thy God in righteousness: even that of a broken heart and a contrite spirit. And that thou mayest more fully keep thy self unspotted from the world thou shalt go to the house of prayer and offer up thy sacriments upon my holy day; for verily this is a day appointed unto you to rest from your labors, and to pay thy devotions unto the most high; nevertheless thy vows shall be offered up in righteousness on all days, and at all times; but remember that on this, the Lord’s day thou shalt offer thine oblations, and thy sacraments, unto the Most High, confessing thy sins unto thy brethren, and before the Lord.
3. And on this day thou shalt do none other thing, only let thy food be prepared with singleness of heart, that thy fasting may be perfect, or in other words, that thy joy may be full. Verily this is fasting and prayer: or, in other words, rejoicing and prayer.
4 And inasmuch as ye do these things with thanksgiving, with cheerful hearts, and countenances; not with much laughter, for this is sin, but with a glad heart and cheerful countenance verily I say, that inasmuch as ye do this the fulness of the earth is yours; the beasts of the fields, and the fowls of the air, and that which climbeth upon the trees, and walketh upon the earth; yea, and the herb, and the good things which cometh of the earth, whether for food or for raiment, or [p. 140]
them that die shall rest from all their labors, and their  works follow follow them, and they shall receive a crown  in the mansions of my Father, which I have prepared for  them: yea, blessed are they whose feet stand upon the land of  Zion, who have obeyed my gospel, for they shall receive for their  reward the good things of the earth; and it shall bring forth in its  strength: and they shall be crowned with blessings from above; yea and  with commandments not a few; and with revelations in their time;  they that are diligent and faithful before me.
2. Wherefore I give unto them a commandment

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...

View Glossary
, saying thus; Thou  shalt love the Lord thy God, with all thy heart, with all thy might,  mind, and strength: and in the name of Jesus Christ thou  serve him. Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Thou  shalt not steal. Neither commit adultery, nor kill, nor do any  thing like unto it. Thou shalt thank they [the] Lord thy God in all  things. Thou shalt offer a sacrifice unto the Lord thy God in  righteousness: even that of a broken heart and a contrite spirit. And  that thou mayest more fully keep thy self unspotted from the  world thou shalt go to the house of prayer and offer up thy  sacriments upon my holy day; for verily this is a day ap pointed unto you to rest from your labors, and to pay thy  devotions unto the most hight; nevertheless thy vows shall be  offered up in righteousness on all days, and at all times; but re member that on this, the Lord’s day thou shalt offer thine obla tions, and thy sacraments, unto the Most High, confessing thy sins  unto thy brethren, and before the Lord.
3. And on this day thou shalt do none other thing, only let thy  food be prepared with singleness of heart, that thy fasting may  be perfect, or in other words, that thy joy may be full. Verily this  is fasting and prayer: or, in other words, rejoicing and  prayer.
4 And inasmuch as ye do these things with thanksgiving,  with cheerful hearts, and countenances; not with much laughter,  for this [is] sin, but with a glad heart and cheerful countenance  verily I I sa say, that inasmuch as ye do this the fulness of  the earth [is] yours; the beasts of the fields, and the fowls of the  air, and that which climbeth upon the trees, and walketh  upon the earth; yea, and the herb, and the good things  which cometh of the earth, whether for food or for raiment, or [p. 140]
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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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, 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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