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

What are we to understand by the sounding of the trumpets mentioned in the eighth chapter of Revelations?
We are to understand that as God made the world in six days, and on the seventh day he finished his work and sanctified it, and also formed man out of the dust of the earth; even so in the beginning of the seven thousandth year will the Lord God sanctify the earth, and complete the salvation of man, and judge all things, and shall redeem all things, except that which he hath not put into his power when he shall have sealed

To confirm or solemnize. In the early 1830s, revelations often adopted biblical usage of the term seal; for example, “sealed up the testimony” referred to proselytizing and testifying of the gospel as a warning of the approaching end time. JS explained in...

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all things unto the end of all things: and the sounding of the trumpets of the seven angels, are the preparing and finishing of his work in the beginning of the seven thousandth year, the preparing of the way before the time of his coming.
When are the things to be accomplished which are written in the ninth chapter of Revelations?
They are to be accomplished after the opening of the seventh seal, before the coming of Christ.
What are we to understand by the little book, which was eaten by John, as mentioned in the tenth chapter of Revelations?
We are to understand that it was a mission and an ordinance

A religious rite. JS taught that ordinances were covenants between man and God, in which believers could affirm faith, gain spiritual knowledge, and seek blessings. Some ordinances were considered requisite for salvation. The manner in which ordinances were...

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for him to gather

As directed by early revelations, church members “gathered” in communities. A revelation dated September 1830, for instance, instructed elders “to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect” who would “be gathered in unto one place, upon the face of this land...

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the tribes of Israel. Behold this is Elias, who, as it is written, must come and restore all things.
What is to be understood by the two witnesses in the elventh chapter of Revelations?
They are two prophets that are to be raised up to the Jewish nation in the last days, at the time of the restoration, and to prophecy to the Jews after they are gathered and have built the City of Jerusalem, in the land of their fathers.
Previous to the 20th. of March I received the four following Revelations, besides the work of translating.
Revelation, given, March, 1832. The order given of the Lord to Enoch, for the purpose of establishing the poor.
1. The Lord spake unto Enoch, saying, hearken unto me saith the Lord your God, who are 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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What are we to understand by the sounding of  the trumpets mentioned in the eighth chapter of Revelations?
We are to understand that as God made the world  in six days, and on the seventh day he finished his work  and sanctified it, and also formed man out of the dust of the  earth; even so in the beginning of the seven  thousandth year will the Lord God sanctify the earth,  and complete the salvation of man, and judge all things,  and shall redeem all things, except that which he  hath not put into his power when he shall have seal ed

To confirm or solemnize. In the early 1830s, revelations often adopted biblical usage of the term seal; for example, “sealed up the testimony” referred to proselytizing and testifying of the gospel as a warning of the approaching end time. JS explained in...

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all things unto the end of all things: and the  sounding of the trumpets of the seven angels, are the  preparing and finishing <of> his work in the beginning  of the seven thousandth year, the preparing of the  way before the time of his coming.
When are the things to be accomplished  which are written in the ninth chapter of Revelations?
They are to be accomplished after the opening  of the seventh seal, before the coming of Christ.
What are we to understand by the little  book, which was eaten by John, as mentioned  in the tenth chapter of Revelations?
We are to understand that it was a mis sion and an ordinance

A religious rite. JS taught that ordinances were covenants between man and God, in which believers could affirm faith, gain spiritual knowledge, and seek blessings. Some ordinances were considered requisite for salvation. The manner in which ordinances were...

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for him to gather

As directed by early revelations, church members “gathered” in communities. A revelation dated September 1830, for instance, instructed elders “to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect” who would “be gathered in unto one place, upon the face of this land...

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the  tribes of Israel. Behold this is Elias, who, as it  is written, must come and restore all things.
What is to be understood by the two  witnesses in the elventh chapter of Revelations?
They are two shepherds prophets that are to be rais ed up to the Jewish nation in the last days, at  the time of the restoration, and to prophecy to the  Jews after they are gathered and have built the  City of Jerusalem, in the land of their fathers.
Previous to the 20th. of March I received  the four following Revelations, besides the a work of translating.
Revelation, given, March, 1832. The order <given> of the  Lord to Enoch, for the purpose of establishing the poor.
1. I The Lord spake unto Enoch, saying, hearken  unto me saith the Lord your God, who are 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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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

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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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