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

cursed the land, even so in the last have I blessed it, in its time, for the use of my saints, that they may partake the fatness thereof. And now I give unto you a commandment

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, and what I say unto one I say unto all, that you shall forewarn your brethren concerning these waters, that they come not in journeying upon them, lest their faith fail, and they are caught in her snares: I the Lord have decreed, and the Destroyer rideth upon the face thereof, and I revoke not the decree: I the Lord was angry with you yesterday, but to day mine anger is turned away: Wherefore let those concerning whom I have spoken, that should take their journey in haste, again I say unto you, let them take their journey in haste, and it mattereth not unto me, after a little, if it so be that they fill their mission, whether they go by water or by land: let this be as it is made known unto them according to their judgments, hereafter.
4. And now concerning my servants Sidney Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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and Joseph Smith, Jr. and Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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, let them come not again upon the waters, save it be upon the canal, while journeying unto their homes, or in other words, they shall not come upon the waters to journey, save upon the canal. Behold I the Lord have appointed a way for the journeying of my saints, and behold this is the way:— that after they leave the canal, they shall journey by land, inasmuch as they commanded to journey and go up unto the land of Zion

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; and they shall do like the children of Israel, pitching their tents by the way.
5 And behold this commandment you shall give unto all your brethren; nevertheless unto whom it is given power to command the waters, unto him it is given by the Spirit to know all his ways; wherefore let him do as the spirit of the living God commandeth him, whether upon the land or upon the waters, as it remaineth with me to do hereafter, and unto you it is given the course for the saints, or the way for the saints of the Camp of the Lord, to journey. And, again, verily I say unto you, my servants Sidney Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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, Joseph Smith, jr. and Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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, shall not open their mouths in the congregations of the wicked, until they arrive at Cincinnati

Area settled largely by emigrants from New England and New Jersey, by 1788. Village founded and surveyed adjacent to site of Fort Washington, 1789. First seat of legislature of Northwest Territory, 1790. Incorporated as city, 1819. Developed rapidly as shipping...

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; and in that place they shall lift up their voices unto God against that people; yea, unto him whose anger is kindled against their wickedness; a people who are well nigh ripened for destruc [p. 144]
cursed the land, even so in these last have I blessed it, in its  time, for the use of my saints, that they may partake the fatness  thereof. And now I give unto you 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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, and what I  say unto one I say unto all, that you shall forewarn your breth ren concerning these waters, that they come not in journeying upon  them, less lest their faith fail, and they are caught in her snares: I  the Lord have decreed, and the Destroyer rideth upon the  face thereof, and I revoke not the decree: I the Lord  was angry with you yesterday, but to day mine anger is turned  away: Wherefore let those concerning whom I have spoken, that  should take their journey in haste, and it mattereth again I say  unto you, let them take their journey in haste, and it mattereth not  unto me, after a little, if it so be that they fill their mission, wheth er they go by water or by land: let this be as it is made known  unto them according to their judgments, hereafter.
4. And now concerning my servants Sidney Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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and Joseph  Smith, Jr. and Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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, let them come not again upon the  waters, save it be upon the canal, while journeying unto their  homes, or in other words, they shall [not] come upon the waters to  journey, save upon the canal. Behold I the Lord have appointed  a way for the journeying of my saints, and behold this is the way:—  that after they leave the canal, they shall journey by land, inasmuch  as they commanded to journey by and go up unto the land of Zion

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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;  and they shall do like the child of children of Israel, pitching their tents  by the way.
5 And behold this commandment you shall give unto all your  brethren; nevertheless unto whom it is given power to command the  waters, unto him it is given by the Spirit to know all his  ways; wherefore let him do as the spirit of the living God  commandeth him, whether upon the land or upon the waters, as  it remaineth with me to do hereafter, and unto you it is given  the course for the saints, or the way for the saints of the  Lord Camp of the Lord, to journey. And, again, verily I say  unto you, my servants Sidney Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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, Joseph Smith, jr.  and Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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, shall not open their mouths in the  congregations of the wicked, until they arrive at Cincinnati

Area settled largely by emigrants from New England and New Jersey, by 1788. Village founded and surveyed adjacent to site of Fort Washington, 1789. First seat of legislature of Northwest Territory, 1790. Incorporated as city, 1819. Developed rapidly as shipping...

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; and  in that place they shall lift up their voices unto God against  that people; yea, unto him whose anger is kindled against their  wickedness; a people who are well nigh ripened for destruc [p. 144]
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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

1 Oct. 1811–27 Aug. 1841. Clerk, editor. Born in Great Driffield, Yorkshire, England. Member of Methodist church. Immigrated to Upper Canada, 1834. Baptized into LDS church by Parley P. Pratt, May 1836, in Upper Canada. Ordained an elder by John Taylor, 22...

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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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