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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]

your privilege, and a promise I give unto you that have been ordained

The conferral of power and authority; to appoint, decree, or set apart. Church members, primarily adults, were ordained to ecclesiastical offices and other responsibilities by the laying on of hands by those with the proper authority. Ordinations to priesthood...

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unto this ministry, that inasmuch as you strip yourselves from jealousies and fears, and humble yourselves before me, for ye are not sufficiently humble, the vail shall be rent and you shall see me and know that I am; not with the carnal, neither natural mind, but with the spiritual; for no man hath seen God at any time in the flesh, except quickened by the Spirit of God: neither can any natural man abide the presence of God; neither after the carnal mind, Ye are not able to abide the presence of God now, neither the ministering of angels; wherefore continue in patience until ye are perfected.
4 Let not your minds turn back; and when ye are worthy, in mine own due time, ye shall see and know that which was conferred upon you by the hands of my servant Joseph Smith, Jnr. Amen
After the above was received, Wm. E. McLellin

18 Jan. 1806–14 Mar. 1883. Schoolteacher, physician, publisher. Born at Smith Co., Tennessee. Son of Charles McLellin and Sarah (a Cherokee Indian). Married first Cynthia Ann, 30 July 1829. Wife died, by summer 1831. Baptized into LDS church by Hyrum Smith...

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, as the wisest man in his own estimation, having more learning than sense, endeavored to write a commandment

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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like unto one of the least of the Lord’s, but failed; it was an awful responsibility to write in the name of the Lord. The 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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, and all present, that witnessed this vain attempt of a man to imitate the language of Jesus Christ, renewed their faith in the fulness of the gospel and in the truth of the commandments and revelations which the Lord had given to the 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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through my instrumentality; and the elders signified a willingness to bear testimony of their truth to all the world. Accordingly I received the following,
“The testimony of the witnesses to the book of the Lord’s commandments, which he gave to his church through Joseph Smith, Jnr, who was appointed by the voice of the church for this purpose: we therefore feel willing to bear testimony to all the world of mankind, to every creature upon the face of all the earth, and upon the islands of the sea, that the Lord has borne record to our souls, through the Holy Ghost shed forth upon us, that these commandments [p. 162]
your privilege, and a promise I give unto you that  have been ordained

The conferral of power and authority; to appoint, decree, or set apart. Church members, primarily adults, were ordained to ecclesiastical offices and other responsibilities by the laying on of hands by those with the proper authority. Ordinations to priesthood...

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unto this ministry, that inasmuch  as you strip yourselves from jealousies and fears, and  humble yourselves before me, for ye are not sufficiently  humble, the vail shall be rent and you shall see me  and know that I am; not with the carnal, neither nat ural mind, but with the spiritual; for no man hath  seen God at any time in the flesh, except quickened  by the Spirit of God: neither can any natural man  abide the presence of God; neither after the carnal mind,  Ye are not able to abide the presence of God now, neither  the ministering of angels; wherefore continue in patience  until ye are perfected.
4 Let not your minds turn back; and when ye  are worthy, in mine own due time, ye shall see  and know that which was conferred upon you by the  hands of my servant Joseph Smith, Jnr. Amen
After the above was received, Wm. E. McLellin

18 Jan. 1806–14 Mar. 1883. Schoolteacher, physician, publisher. Born at Smith Co., Tennessee. Son of Charles McLellin and Sarah (a Cherokee Indian). Married first Cynthia Ann, 30 July 1829. Wife died, by summer 1831. Baptized into LDS church by Hyrum Smith...

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,  as the wisest man in his own estimation, having  more learning than sense, endeavored to write a  commandment

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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like unto one of the least of the  Lord’s, but failed; it was an awful responsibility  to write in the name of the Lord. The 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
, and  all present, that witnessed this vain attempt of a  man to imitate the language of Jesus Christ, renewed  their faith in the fulness of the gospel and in the  truth of the commandments and revelations which  the Lord had given to the 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
through my  instrumentality; and the elders signified a will ingness to bear testimony of their truth to all the  world. Accordingly I received the following,
“The testimony of the witnesses to the book of the Lord’s  commandments, which he gave to his church through Joseph  Smith, Jnr, who was appointed by the voice of the church  for that this purpose: we therefore feel willing to bear testimony  to all the world of mankind, to every creature upon  the face of <all> the earth, and upon the islands of the sea,  that the Lord has borne record to our souls, through the  Holy Ghost shed forth upon us, that these commandments [p. 162]
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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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; 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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