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

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

the Lord was angry with him who was my servant Ezra Booth: and  also, my servant Isaac Morley: for they kept not the law, neither the  commandment: they sought evil in their hearts, and I the Lord with held my spirit. They condemned for evil, that thing in which there  was no evil; nevertheless, I have forgiven my servant Isaac Morley.  And also my servant Edward Partridge, behold he hath sinned, and  Satan seeketh to destroy his soul: but when these things are made  known unto him them and they repent of evil the evil, they shall be  forgiven.
4 And now verily I say, that it is expedient in me that my servant  Sidney Gilbert, after a few weeks, should return upon his business, and  to his agency in the land of Zion: and that which he hath seen and  heard, may be made known unto my disciples, that they perish not.  And for this this cause have I spoken these things. And again, I  say unto you that my servant Isaac Morley may not be tempted  above that which he is able to bear, and counsel wrongfully to your hurt,  I gave commandment that this farm should be sold. I willeth not that  my [servant] Frederick G. Williams should sell his farm, for I the Lord willeth to  retain a strong hold in the land of Kirtland, for the space of five  years, in the which I will not overthrow the wicked, that thereby  I may save some; and after that day, I the Lord will not hold  any guilty, that shall go, with an open heart, up to the land of Zion; for  I the Lord requireth the hearts of the children of men.
5 Behold now it is called to day, (until the coming of the Son of man,)  and verily it is a day of sacrifice, and a day for the tithing of  my people; for he that is tithed shall not be (at his coming) for after  to day cometh the burning: this is speaking after the manner of the Lord;  for verily I say, to morrow all the proud and they that do wickedly  shall be as stubble; and I will burn them up, for I am the Lords of hosts,  and I will not spare any that remaineth in Ba[b]ylon. Wherefore, if ye be lieve me, ye will labor while it is called to day. And it is not meet that  my servants, Newel K. Whitney and Sidney Gilbert should sell their store,  and their possessions here, for this is not wisdom until the residue of  the church, which remaineth in this place, shall go up unto the land of  Zion.
6 Behold, it is said in my laws, or forbidden to get in debt to thine en emies; but behold it is not said at any time, that the Lord should not  take when he please, and pay as seemeth him good: wherefore as ye  are agents, and ye are on the Lord's errand: and whatever ye do [p. 152]
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JS, History, 1838–1856, vol. A-1, created 11 June 1839–24 Aug. 1843; handwriting of James Mulholland, Robert B. Thompson, William W. Phelps, and Willard Richards; 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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