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

whom he will preserve; who buildeth up at his own will and pleasure; and destroyeth when he please; and is able to cast the soul down to hell.
2 Behold I the Lord utter my voice, and it shall be obeyed:— wherefore, verily I say, let the wicked take heed, and let the rebellious fear and tremble. And let the unbelieving hold their lips, for the day of wrath shall come upon them as a whirlwind, and all flesh shall know that I am God. And he that seeketh signs shall see signs, but not unto salvation.
3 Verily I say unto you, there are those among you who seek signs:— and there have been such from the beginning. But behold, faith cometh not by signs, but signs follow those that believe; Yea, signs cometh by faith, not by the will of men, nor as they please, but by the will of God. Yea, signs cometh by faith, unto mighty works, for with out faith, no man pleaseth God: and with whom God is angry, he is not well pleased:— wherefore, unto such he showeth no signs, only in wrath unto their condemnation.
4 Wherefore I the Lord am not pleased with those among you, who have sought after signs and wonders for faith, and not for the good of men unto my glory:— nevertheless, I gave commandments

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and many have turned away from my commandments, and have not kept them. There were among you adulterers and adulteresses:— some of whom have turned away from you; and others remain with you: that hereafter shall be revealed.— Let such beware and repent speedily, lest judgments— shall come upon them as a snare, and their folly shall be made manifest, and their works shall follow them in the eyes of the people.
5 And verily I say unto you, as I have said before, he that looketh upon a woman to lust after her, or if any shall commit adultery in their hearts, they shall not have the Spirit, but shall deny the faith, and shall fear: wherefore, I the Lord have said that the fearful, and the unbelieving, and all liars and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie, and the whoremonger, and the sorcerer, shall have their part in that lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. Verily I say that they shall not have part in the first resurrection. [p. 147]
whom he will preserve; who buildeth up at his own will and  pleasure; and destroyeth when he please; and is able to cast  the soul down to hell.
2 Behold I the Lord utter my voice, and it shall be obeyed:—  wherefore, verily I say, let the wicked take heed, and let the  rebellious fear and tremble. And let the unbelieving hold  their lips, for the day of wrath shall come upon them as a  whirlwind, and all flesh shall know that I am God. And he  that seeketh signs shall see signs, but not unto salvations.
3 Verily I say unto you, there are those among you who seek  signs:— and there have been such from the beginning. But behold,  faith cometh not by signs, but signs follow those that believe;  Yea, signs cometh by faith, not by the will of men, nor as  they please, but by the will of God. Yea, signs cometh by  faith, unto mighty works, for with out faith, no man pleaseth  God: and with whom God is angry, he is not well  pleased:— wherefore, unto such he showeth no signs, only  in wrath unto their condemnation.
4 Wherefore I the Lord am not well pleased with those  among you, who have sought after signs and wonders  for faith, and not for the good of men unto my glory:—  nevertheless, I gave commandments

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 many have turned  away from my commandments, and have not kept them.  There were among you adulterers and adulteresses:—  some of whom have turned away from you; and  others remain with you: that hereafter shall be revealed.—  Let such beware and repent speedily, lest judgments—  shall come upon them as a snare, and their folly shall  be made manifest, and their works shall follow them in  the eyes of the people.
5 And verily I say unto you, as I have said before, he that  looketh upon a woman to lust after her, or if any shall com mit adultery in their hearts, they shall not have the Spirit,  but shall deny the faith, and shall fear: wherefore, I the Lord  have said that the fearful, and the unbelieving, and all liars and who soever loveth and maketh a lie, and the whoremonger, and the  sorcerer, shall have their part in that lake which burneth with  fire and brimstone, which is the second death. Verily I say  that they shall not have part in the first resurrection. [p. 147]
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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

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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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