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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]

* this to destroy my church, but I say this to build up 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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, therefore whosoever belongeth to my Church need not fear, for such shall inherit the kingdom of heaven: but it is they who do not fear me, neither keep my 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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, but buildeth up Churches unto themselves, to get gain; yea, and all those that do wickedly and buildeth up the kingdom of the devil; yea, verily, verily I say unto you that it is they that I will disturb, and cause to tremble and shake to the Centre.
14 Behold I am Jesus Christ, the son of God: I came unto my own and my own received me not. I am the light which shineth in the darkness, and the darkness comprehendeth it not. I am he who said, other sheep have I which are not of this fold, unto my disciples, and many there were that understood me not. 15 And I will shew unto this people, that I had other sheep, and that they were a branch of the house of Jacob: and I will bring to light their marvelous works, which they did in my name, yea, and I will also bring to light my gospel which was ministered unto them, and behold they shall not deny that which you have recieved, but they shall build it up, and shall bring to light the true points of my doctrine: yea, and the only doctrine which is in me; and this I do, that I may establish my gospel, that there may not be so much contention: yea, Satan doth stir up the hearts of the people to contention, concerning the points of my doctrine; and in these things they do err, for they do wrest the scriptures, and do not understand them: therefore I will unfold unto them this great mystery, for behold I will gather them as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, if they will not harden their hearts: yea, if they will come, they may, and partake of the waters of life freely. 16 Behold this is my doctrine: whosoever repenteth and cometh unto me, the same is my Church: whosoever declareth more or less than this the same is not of me, but is against me: therefore, he is not of my Church. 17 And now behold whosoever is of my church, and endureth of my church to the end, him will I establish upon my rock, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against them.
18 And now remember the words of him, who is the life and the light of the world, your Redeemer, your Lord and your God. Amen. [4 lines blank] [p. [4]]
* this to destroy my church, but I say this to build up 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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, therefore whoso ever belongeth to my Church need not fear, for such shall inherit the kingdom of  heaven: but it is they who do not fear me, neither keep my 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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, but build eth up Churches unto themselves, to get gain; yea, and all those that do wickedly  and buildeth up the kingdom of the devil; yea, verily, verily I say unto you  that it is they that I will disturb, and cause to tremble and shake to the Centre.
14 Behold I am Jesus Christ, the son of God: I came unto my own and  my own received me not. I am the light which shineth in the darkness,  and the darkness comprehendeth it not. I am he who said, other sheep have  I which are not of this fold, unto my disciples, and many there were that understood  me not. 15 And I will shew unto this people, that I had other sheep, and  that they were a branch of the house of Jacob: and I will bring to light their marvel ous works, which they did in my name, yea, and I will also bring to light my gospel  which was ministered unto them, and behold they shall not deny that which you have  recieved, but they shall build it up, and shall bring to light the true points of my  doctrine: yea, and the only doctrine which is in me; and this I do, that I may  establish my gospel, that there may not be so much contention: yea, Satan  doth stir up the hearts of the people to contention, concerning the points of my  doctrine; and in these things they do err, for they do wrest the scriptures, and do not  understand them: therefore I will unfold unto them this great mystery, for behold  I will gather them as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, if they will  not harden their hearts: yea, if they will come, they may, and partake of the  waters of life freely. 16 Behold this is my doctrine: whosoever repenteth  and cometh unto me, the same is my Church: whosoever declareth more or less  than this the same is not of me, but is against me: therefore, he is not of  my Church. 17 And now behold whosoever is of my church, and  endureth of my church to the end, him will I establish upon my rock, and  the gates of hell shall not prevail against them.
18 And now remember the words of him, who is the life and the light of the  world, your Redeemer, your Lord and your God. Amen. [4 lines blank] [p. [4]]
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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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; 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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