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

more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; otherwise a greater condemnation: Amen.

September 1831

The forepart of September was spent in making preparations to remove to the town of Hiram

Area settled by immigrants from Pennsylvania and New England, ca. 1802. Located in northeastern Ohio about twenty-five miles southeast of Kirtland. Population in 1830 about 500. Population in 1840 about 1,100. JS lived in township at home of John and Alice...

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and recommence the translation of bible. The brethren who were commanded

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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to go up to Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Jesus Christ, characterized by adherence to ideals of harmony, equality, and purity. In JS’s earliest revelations “the cause of Zion” was used to broadly describe the ...

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were earnestly engaged in getting ready to start in the coming October.

11 September 1831 • Sunday

On the 11th of September I received the following
Revelation given in Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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, September 1831
1 Behold, thus saith the Lord your God unto you, O ye 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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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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, hearken ye and hear, and receive my will concerning you; for verily I say unto you, I will that ye should overcome the world;— wherefore I will have compassion upon you. There are those among you who have sinned; but verily I say, for this once, for mine own glory, and for the salvation of souls, I have forgiven you your sins.
2 I will be merciful unto you, for I have given unto you the kingdom: and the Keys

Authority or knowledge of God given to humankind. In the earliest records, the term keys primarily referred to JS’s authority to unlock the “mysteries of the kingdom.” Early revelations declared that both JS and Oliver Cowdery held the keys to bring forth...

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of the mysteries of the kingdom, shall not be taken from my servant Joseph Smith, Jr. through the means I have appointed, while he liveth, inasmuch he obeyeth mine ordinances

A religious rite. JS taught that ordinances were covenants between man and God, in which believers could affirm faith, gain spiritual knowledge, and seek blessings. Some ordinances were considered requisite for salvation. The manner in which ordinances were...

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. There are those who have sought occasion against him without cause; nevertheless he has sinned, but verily I say unto you, I the Lord forgiveth sins unto those who confess their sins. before me, and ask forgiveness, who have not sinned unto death My disciples, in days of old, sought occasation occasion against one another, and forgave not one another in their hearts,— and for this evil they were afflicted, and sorely chastened: wherefore I say unto you, that you ought to forgive one another, for he that forgiveth not his brother his trespasses, standeth condemned before the Lord, for there remaineth in him the greater sin. I the Lord will forgive whom I will forgive, but of you it is required to forgive all men: and ye ought to say in your hearts, let God judge between me and thee, and reward thee according to thy deeds. And he that repenteth not of his sins, and confesseth them not, then ye shall bring him before the church, and do with him as the scripture saith unto you, either by commandment, or by revelation. And this ye shall do that God might be glorified, not because ye forgive not, having not compassion, but that ye may be justified in the eyes of the law, that ye may not offend him who is your lawgiver.
3 Verily I say, for this cause ye shall do these things. Behold I [p. 151]
more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; otherwise a  greater condemnation: Amen.

September 1831

The forepart of September was spent in making preparations to  remove to the town of Hiram

Area settled by immigrants from Pennsylvania and New England, ca. 1802. Located in northeastern Ohio about twenty-five miles southeast of Kirtland. Population in 1830 about 500. Population in 1840 about 1,100. JS lived in township at home of John and Alice...

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and <re>commence the translation of  bible. The brethren who were commanded

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
to go up to Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Jesus Christ, characterized by adherence to ideals of harmony, equality, and purity. In JS’s earliest revelations “the cause of Zion” was used to broadly describe the ...

View Glossary
 were earnestly engaged in getting ready to start in the coming  October.

11 September 1831 • Sunday

On the 11th of September I received the following
Revelation given in Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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, September 1842 1831
1 Behold, thus saith the Lord your God unto you, O ye 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
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
, hearken ye and hear, and receive my will concerning you;  for verily I say unto you, I will that ye should overcome the world;—  wherefore I will that have compassion upon you. There are those  among you who have sinned; but verily I say, for this once, for mine  own glory, and for the salvation of souls, I have forgiven you your  sins.
2 I will be merciful unto you, for I have given unto you the king dom: and the Keys

Authority or knowledge of God given to humankind. In the earliest records, the term keys primarily referred to JS’s authority to unlock the “mysteries of the kingdom.” Early revelations declared that both JS and Oliver Cowdery held the keys to bring forth...

View Glossary
of the mysteries of the kingdom, shall not be  taken from my servant Joseph Smith, Jr. through the means I have  appointed, while he liveth, inasmuch he obeyeth mine ordin ances

A religious rite. JS taught that ordinances were covenants between man and God, in which believers could affirm faith, gain spiritual knowledge, and seek blessings. Some ordinances were considered requisite for salvation. The manner in which ordinances were...

View Glossary
. There are those who have sought occasion against him  without cause; nevertheless he has sinned, but verily I say unto  you, I the Lord forgiveth sins unto those who confess their sins.  before me, and ask forgiveness, who have not sinned unto  death My disciples, in days of old, sought occasation [occasion] against  one another, and forgave not one another in their hearts,— and  for this evil they were afflicted, and sorely chastened: where fore I say unto you, that you ought to forgive one another, for he  that forgiveth not his brother his trespasses, standeth condemned  before the Lord, for there remaineth in him the greater sin. I the Lord  will forgive whom I will forgive, but of you it is required to forgive  all men: and ye ought to say in your hearts, let God judge be tween [me] and thee, and reward thee according to thy deeds. And he  that repenteth not of his sins, and confesseth them not, then ye shall  bring him before the church, and do with him as the scripture saith  unto you, either by commandment, or by revelation. And this ye shall  do that God might be glorified, not because ye forgive not, having not  compassion, but that ye may be justified in the eyes of the law, that  ye may not offend him who is your lawgiver.
3 Verily I say, for this cause ye shall do these things. Behold I [p. 151]
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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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