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

March 1829, continued

nant with me that you should not shew them except to those persons to whom I command

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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you; and you have no power over them except I grant it unto you. And you have a gift to translate

To produce a new text through a revelatory, rather than scholarly, process by the “gift and power of God.” In the Book of Mormon, the ancient prophet Mosiah translated records into his own language using “interpreters,” or “two stones which was fastened into...

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the plates; and this is the first gift that I bestowed upon you, and I have commanded you that you pretend to no other gift untill my purpose is fulfilled in this; for I will grant unto you no other gift untill it is finished.
Verily I say unto you, that wo shall come unto the inhabitants of the earth if they will not hearken unto my words: for hereafter you shall be 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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and go forth and deliver my words unto the children of men, Behold if they will not believe my words, they would not believe you, my servant Joseph, if it were possible that you could show them all these things which I have committed unto you. O this unbelieving and stiffnecked generation mine anger is kindled against them.
Behold, verily I say unto you I have reserved those things which I have entrusted unto you, my servant Joseph, for a wise purpose in me, and it shall be made known unto future generations; but this generation shall have my word through you; and in addition to your testimony, the testimony of three of my servants whom I shall call and ordain, unto whom I shall show these things: and they shall go forth with my words that are given through you, yea, they shall know of a surety that these things are true: for from heaven will I declare it unto them: I will give them power that they may behold and view these things as they are; and to none else will I grant this power, to receive this same testimony, among this generation, in this, the beginning of the rising up, and the coming forth 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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out of the wilderness—clear as the moon, and fair as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners. And the testimony of three witnesses will I send forth of my word; and behold whosoever believeth on my words them will I visit with the manifestation of my spirit, and they shall be born of me, even of water and of the spirit.
And you must wait yet a little while; for ye are not yet ordained—and their testimony shall also go forth unto the condemnation of this generation if they harden their hearts against them: for a desolating scourge shall go forth among the inhabitants of the earth, and shall continue to be poured out, from time to time, if they repent not, untill the earth is empty, and the inhabitants thereof are consumed away, and utterly destroyed by the brightness of my coming. Behold, I tell you these things even as I also told the people of the destruction of Jerusalem, and my word shall be verified at this time as it hath hitherto been verified.
And now I command you, my servant Joseph, to repent and walk more uprightly before me, and yield to the persuasions of men no more; and that you be firm in keeping the commandments wherewith I have commanded you, and if you do this, behold I grant unto you eternal life, even if you should be slain.
And now again I speak unto you my servant Joseph, concerning the man that desires the witness: Behold I say unto him he exalts himself and does not humble himself sufficiently before me: but if he will bow down before me, and humble himself in mighty prayer and faith, in the sincerity of his heart, then will I grant unto him a view of the things which he desires to see. And then he shall say unto the people of this generation, behold I have seen the things which the Lord has shewn to Joseph Smith jr. and I [p. 12]

March 1829, continued

nant with me that you should not shew them except to those persons to whom I command

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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 you; and you have no power over them except I grant it unto you. And you have a gift to  translate

To produce a new text through a revelatory, rather than scholarly, process by the “gift and power of God.” In the Book of Mormon, the ancient prophet Mosiah translated records into his own language using “interpreters,” or “two stones which was fastened into...

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the plates; and this is the first gift that I bestowed upon you, and I have commanded  you that you pretend to no other gift untill my purposes is fulfilled in you this; for I will  grant unto you no other gift untill it is finished.
Verily I say unto you, that wo shall come unto the inhabitants of the earth if they will not  hearken unto my words: for hereafter you shall be 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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and go forth and deliver my  words unto the children of men, Behold if they will not believe my words, they would not  believe you, my servant Joseph, if it were possible that you could show them all these  things which I have committed unto you. O this unbelieving and stiffnecked generation  mine anger is kindled against is kindled a them.
Behold, verily I say unto you I have reserved those things which I have entrusted unto  you, my servant Joseph, for a wise purpose in me, and it shall be made known unto  future generations; but this generation shall have my word through you; and in addit ion to your testimony, the testimony of three of my servants whom I shall call and or dain, unto whom I shall show these things: and they shall go forth with my words  that are given through you, yea, they shall know of a surety that these things are true:  for from heaven will I declare it unto them: I will give them power that they may behold and  view these things as they are; and to none else will I grant this power, to receive this  same testimony, among this generation, in this, the beginning of the rising up, and the  coming forth 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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out of the wilderness—clear as the moon, and fair as the  sun, and terrible as an army with banners. And the testimony of three witnesses will  I send forth of my word; and behold whosoever believeth on my words them will I visit with  the manifestation of my spirit, and they shall be born of me, even of water and of the spirit.
And you must wait yet a little while; for ye are not yet ordained—and their testimony  shall also go forth unto the condemnation of this generation if they harden their hearts against  them: for a desolating scourge shall go forth among the inhabitants of the earth, and shall  continue to <be> poured out, from time to time, if they repent not, untill the earth is empty, and  the inhabitants thereof are consumed away, and utterly consumed <destroyed> by the brightness of  my coming. Behold, I tell you these things even as I also told the people of the destruction  of Jerusalem, and my word shall be verified at this time as it hath hitherto been verified.
And now I command you, my servant Joseph, to repent and walk more upright ly before me, and yield to the persuasions of men no more; and that you be firm in  keeping the commandments wherewith I have commanded you, and if you do this, behold  I grant unto you eternal life, even if you should be slain.
And now again I speak unto you my servant Joseph, concerning the man that  desires the witness: Behold I say unto him he exalts himself and does not humble himself  sufficiently before me: but if he will bow down before me, and humble himself in mighty  prayer and faith, in the sincerity of his heart, then will I grant unto him a view  of the things which he desires to see. And then he shall say unto the people of this generation,  behold I have seen the things which the Lord has shewn to Joseph Smith jr. and I [p. 12]
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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

1 Oct. 1811–27 Aug. 1841. Clerk, editor. Born in Great Driffield, Yorkshire, England. Member of Methodist church. Immigrated to Upper Canada, 1834. Baptized into LDS church by Parley P. Pratt, May 1836, in Upper Canada. Ordained an elder by John Taylor, 22...

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, William W. Phelps

17 Feb. 1792–7 Mar. 1872. Writer, teacher, printer, newspaper editor, publisher, postmaster, lawyer. Born at Hanover, Morris Co., New Jersey. Son of Enon Phelps and Mehitabel Goldsmith. Moved to Homer, Cortland Co., New York, 1800. Married Sally Waterman,...

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, and Willard Richards

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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