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

8. What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself, and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice, or by the voice of my servants, it is the same; for behold, and lo, the Lord is God, and the Spirit beareth record, and the record is true, and the truth abideth forever and ever: Amen.
After this revelation was received some conversation was had concerning Revelations and language, and I received the following.
Revelation given November, 1831.
1 Behold, and hearken, 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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, who have assembled yourselves together, whose prayers I have heard and whose hearts I know, and whose desires have come up before me. Behold and lo, mine eyes are upon you; and the heavens and the earth are in mine hands, and the riches of eternity are mine to give. Ye endeavored to believe that ye should receive the blessing which was offered unto you, but behold, verily I say unto you, there were fears in your hearts; and verily this is the reason that ye did not receive.
2. And now I the Lord give unto you a testimony of the truth of these 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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which are lying before you: your eyes have been upon my Servant Joseph Smith, Jr, and his language you have known; and his imperfections you have known; and you have sought in your hearts knowledge, that you might express beyond his language; this you also know: now seek ye out of the book of commandments, even the least that is among them, and appoint him that is the most wise among you; or if there be any among you, that shall make one like unto it, then ye are justified in saying that ye do not know that they are true: but if ye cannot make one like unto it, ye are under condemnation if ye do not bear record that they are true: for ye know that there is no unrighteousness in them; and that which is righteous cometh down from above, from the Father of lights.
3 And again, verily I say unto you, that it is [p. 161]
8. What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken,  and I excuse not myself, and though the heavens  and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass  away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine  own voice, or by the voice of my servants, it is the  same; for behold, and lo, the Lord is God, and the  Spirit beareth record, and the record is true, and  the truth abideth forever and ever: Amen.
After this revelation was received some conversation  was had concerning Revelations and language, and I received  the following.
Revelation given November, 1831.
1 Behold, and hearken, 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
, who  have assembled yourselves together, whose prayers I have heard  and whose hearts I know, and whose desires have come up  before me. Behold and lo, mine eyes are upon you; and  the heavens and the earth are in my mine hands, and the  riches of eternity are mine to give. Ye endeavored to believe  that ye should receive the blessing which was offered unto  you, but behold, verily I say unto you, there were fears  in your hearts; and verily this is the reason that ye  did not receive.
2. And now I the Lord give unto you a testimony  of the truth of these 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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which are lying before  you: your eyes have been upon my Servant Joseph  Smith, Jr, and his language you have known; and  his imperfections you have known; and you have sought  in your hearts knowledge, that you might express beyond  his language; this you also know: now seek ye out of  the book of commandments, even the least that is among  them, and appoint him that is the most wise among you ; or if there be any among you, that shall make one like  unto it, then ye are justified in saying that ye do not  know that they are true: but if ye cannot make one like  unto it, ye are under condemnation if ye do not bear  record that they are true: for ye know that there is no  unrighteousness in them; and that which is righteous  cometh down from above, from the Father of lights.
3 And again, verily I say unto you, that it is [p. 161]
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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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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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