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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]

the power of laying on of hands, for the gift of the Holy Ghost, but that this should be  conferred on <us> hereafter and he commanded us to go and be baptized, and gave us direct ions that I should baptize Oliver Cowdery, and afterward that he should baptize me.  and that I should be called the first elder of the Church and he the second.
Accordingly we went and were baptized, I baptized him first, and afterwards he  baptized me, after which I laid my hands upon his head and ordained him to the  Aaronick priesthood, and afterward he laid his hands on me and ordained me to the  same priesthood, for so we were commanded.
The messenger who visited us on this occasion and conferred this priesthood upon us  said that his name was John, the same that is called John the Baptist in the new  Testament, and that he acted under the direction <of> Peter, James, and John, who held the  keys of the priesthood of Melchisedeck, whi[c]h priesthood he said should in due time  be conferred on us. <And that I should be called the first Elder of the Church and  he the second.>
It was on the fifteenth day of May, Eighteen hundred and  twenty nine that we were baptized; under and ordained under the hand of that <the>  Messenger.
Immediately upon our coming up out of the water after we had been  baptized we experienced great and glorious blessings from our Heavenly Father.
No sooner had I baptized Oliver Cowdery than the Holy Ghost fell upon him  and he stood up and prophecied many things which should shortly come to  pass: And again so soon as I had been baptized by him, I also had the  Spirit of Prophecy, when standing up I prophecied concerning the rise of  this church, and many other things connected with the Church and this  generation of the children of men. We were filled with the Holy Ghost, and  rejoiced in the God of our Salvation.
Our minds being now enlightened, we began to have the Scriptures laid  open to our understandings, and the true meaning and intention of their more mys terious passages revealed unto us, in a manner which we never could attain  to previously, nor ever before <had> thought of. In the meantime we were forced  to keep secret the circumstances of our having been baptized, and having received  this priesthood; owing to a spirit of persecution which had already manifested  itself in the neighborhood. We had been threatened with being mobbed, from  time to time, and this too by professors of religion, and their intentions of mobbing  us, were only counteracted by the influence of my wife’s father’s family (under  Divine Providence) who had became very friendly to me and were opposed to  mobs; and were willing that I should be allowed to continue the work of  translation without interruption: And therefore offered and promised us protection  from all unlawful proceedings as far as in them lay.
After a few days however, feeling it to be our duty, we commenced to reason out  of the scriptures, with our acquaintances and friends, as we happened to meet  with them. About this time my brother, Samuel, H. Smith came [p. 18]
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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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