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

1st— Hearken, O ye people 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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, saith the voice of him who dwells on high, and whose eyes are upon all men; yea, verily I Say, hearken ye people from afar; and ye that are upon the Islands of the sea, listen together; for verily the voice of the Lord is unto all men, and there is none to escape, and there is no eye that shall not see, neither ear that Shall not hear, neither heart that shall not be penetrated; and the rebellious shall be peirced with much sorrow, for their iniquities shall be Spoken upon the house-tops, and their secret acts shall be revealed; and the voice of warning shall be unto all people, by the mouths of my disciples, whom I have chosen in these last days, and they shall go forth and none shall stay them, for I the Lord have 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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them.
2— Behold this is mine authority, and the authority of my Servants, and my preface unto the book of my commandments, which I have given them to publish unto you, O, inhabitants of the earth wherefore fear and tremble, O ye people, for what I the Lord have decreed in them shall be fulfilled. And verily, I say unto you, that they who go forth bearing these tidings unto the inhabitants of the earth, To them is power given to Seal

To confirm or solemnize. In the early 1830s, revelations often adopted biblical usage of the term seal; for example, “sealed up the testimony” referred to proselytizing and testifying of the gospel as a warning of the approaching end time. JS explained in...

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both on earth and in heaven, the unbelieving and rebellious: yea, verily; to seal them up unto the day when the wrath of God shall be poured out upon the wicked without measure: unto the day when the Lord shall come to recompense unto every man according to his work, and measure to every man according to the measure which he has measured to his fellow man.
3 Wherefore the voice of the Lord is unto the ends of the earth, that all who will hear may hear; prepare ye, prepare ye for that which is to come, for the Lord is nigh; and the anger of the Lord is kindled, and his sword is bathed [p. 158]
1st— Hearken, O ye people 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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, saith the  voice of him who dwells on high, and whose eyes  are upon all men; yea, verily I Say, hearken ye people  from afar; and ye that are upon the Islands of  the sea, listen together; for verily the voice of the Lord  is unto all men, and there is none to escape, and  there is no eye that shall not see, neither ear that  Shall not hear, neither heart that shall not be  penetrated; and the rebellious shall be peirced  with much sorrow, for their iniquities shall be  Spoken upon the house-tops, and their secret  acts shall be revealed; and the voice of warning  shall be unto all people, by the mouths of my  disciples, whom I have chosen in these last days,  and they shall go forth and none shall stay them,  for I the Lord have 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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them.
2— Behold this is mine authority, and the auth ority of my Servants, and my preface unto the book  of my commandments, which I have given them  to publish unto you, O, inhabitants of the earth  wherefore fear and tremble, O ye people, for what  I the Lord have decreed in them shall be  fulfilled. And verily, I say unto you, that  they who go forth bearing precious <these> tidings unto  the inhabitants of the earth, To them is power given  to Seal

To confirm or solemnize. In the early 1830s, revelations often adopted biblical usage of the term seal; for example, “sealed up the testimony” referred to proselytizing and testifying of the gospel as a warning of the approaching end time. JS explained in...

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both on earth and in heaven, the  unbelieving and rebellious: yea, verily; to seal  them up unto the day when the wrath of God  shall be poured out upon the wicked without  measure: unto the day when the Lord shall come  to recompense unto every man according to his  work, and measure to every man according  to the measure which he has measured to his  fellow man.
3 Wherefore the voice of the Lord is unto  the ends of the earth, that all who will <hear> may hear;  prepare ye, prepare ye for that which is to come,  for the Lord is nigh; and the anger of the  Lord is kindled, and his sword is bathed [p. 158]
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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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; 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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