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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]

3–4 December 1831 • Saturday–Sunday

Knowing now the mind of the Lord, that the time  had come that the gospel should be proclaimed in  power and demonstration to the world, from the scrip tures, reasoning with men as in days of old, I took  a journey to Kirtland, in company with Elder  Sidney Rigdon, on the 3d day of December to fulfil  the above Revelation. On the 4th. several of the  Elders and brethren members assembled together  to learn their duty and for edification, and,  after some time had been spent in conversing  about our temporal and Spiritual welfare,  I received the following
Revelation, given December 4th 1831.
1. Hearken and listen to the voice of the Lord, O  ye who have assembled yourselves together, who  are the high priests of my church, to whom the  kingdom and power has been given. For verily  thus saith the Lord, it is expedient in me, for a  Bishop to be appointed unto you, or of you unto  the church unto this part of the Lord’s vineyard:  and verily in this thing ye have done wisely, for  it is required of the Lord, at the hand of every  steward, to render an account of his stewardship,  both in time and in eternity. For he who is faith ful and wise in time, is accounted worthy to  inherit the mansions prepared for them of my  Father. Verily I say unto you, the elders of the  church in this part of my vineyard, shall render  an account of their stewardship, unto the Bishop  which shall be appointed of me, in this part of  my vineyard. These things shall be had on rec ord to be handed over unto the Bishop in Zion;  and the duty of the Bishop shall be made  known by the commandments which have been  given, and the voice of the conference
2. And now, verily I say unto you, my  servant Newel K. Whitney is the man who shall be ap pointed, and ordained unto this power: this is the will  of the Lord your God, your Redeemer; even so, Amen. [p. 176]
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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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