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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]

to the twelfth of November, four special conferences. In the  last, which was held at Brother [John] Johnson’s in Hiram,  after deliberate consideration, in consequence of the book  of Revelations, now to be printed, being the foundation  of the church in these last days; and a benefit to the  world, showing that the keys of the mysteries of the  Kingdom of our Savior, are again entrusted to man,  and the riches of eternity within the compass of those  who are willing to live by every word that proceedeth  out of the mouth of God: therefore the conference  priced the Revelations to be worth to the church,  the riches of the whole earth, speaking temporally.  The great benefits to the world, which result from  the Book of Mormon and the Revelations,  which the Lord has seen fit, in his infinite  wisdom, to grant unto us for our salvation,  and for the salvation of all that will believe,  were duly appreciated: and in answer to an  enquiry, I received the following.
Revelation, Given November, 1831.
1 Behold & hearken, O ye inhabitants of Zion, and  all ye people of my church, who are afar off, and  hear the word of the Lord which I give unto  my servant Joseph Smith. Jun; and also unto my  servant Martin Harris; and also unto my ser vant Oliver Cowdery; and also unto my servant  John Whitmer; and also unto my servant Sidney  Rigdon; and also unto my servant Wm W. Phelps;  by the way of commandment unto them, for I give  unto them a commandment: Wherefore hearken and  hear, for thus saith the Lord unto them, I the  Lord have appointed them, and ordained them  to be stewards over the revelations, and com mandments which I have given unto them, and  which I shall hereafter give unto them; and  an account of this stewardship will I require of  them in the day of Judgment: Wherefore I have ap pointed unto them, and this is their business in the church  of God, to manage them and the concerns thereof, yea, [p. 173]
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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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