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

38. See that ye love one another; cease to be covetous, learn to impart one to another as the gospel requires; cease to be idle, cease to be unclean; cease to find fault one with another; cease to sleep longer than is needful; retire to thy bed early, that ye may not be weary; rise early that your bodies and your minds may be invigorated; and above all things clothe yourselves with the bonds of charity, as with a mantle, which is the bond of perfectness and peace: pray always that you may not faint until I come: behold, and lo, I will come quickly, and receive you unto myself; Amen.
39 And again, the order of the house prepared for the presidency

Organized body of leaders over priesthood quorums and various groups of Latter-day Saints. A November 1831 revelation underscored the importance of a president over the high priesthood and the church as a whole. By 1832, JS and two counselors constituted ...

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of the school of the prophets

A term occasionally used to refer to a Protestant seminary; specifically used by JS to refer to a school to prepare elders of the church for their ministry. A December 1832 revelation directed JS and the elders of the church in Kirtland, Ohio, to establish...

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, established for their instruction in all things that are expedient for them, even for all the officers of the 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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, or in other words, those who are called to the ministry in the church, beginning at the high priests

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. Christ and many ancient prophets, including Abraham, were described as being high priests. The Book of Mormon used the term high priest to denote one appointed to lead the church. However, the Book of Mormon also discussed...

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, even down to the deacons

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. The “Articles and Covenants” directed deacons to assist teachers in their duties. Deacons were also to “warn, expound, exhort, and teach and invite all to come unto Christ.” Although deacons did not have the authority...

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: and this shall be the order of the house of the presidency of the school: He that is appointed to be president, or teacher, shall be found standing in his place, in the house, which shall be prepared for him. Therefore he shall be first in the house of God. in a place that the congregation in the house may hear his words carefully and distinctly, not with loud speech. And when he cometh into the house of God, (for he should be the first in the house; behold, this is beautiful, that he may be an example,)
40. Let him offer himself in prayer upon his knees kness before God, in token, or remembrance, of the everlasting covenant

Generally referred to the “fullness of [the] gospel”—the sum total of the church’s message, geared toward establishing God’s covenant people on the earth; also used to describe individual elements of the gospel, including marriage. According to JS, the everlasting...

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, and when any shall come in after him let the teacher arise, and with uplifted hands to heaven; yea, even directly, salute his brother or brethren with these words;
41. Art thou a brother or brethren, I salute you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, in token, or remembrance of the everlasting covenant, in which [p. 256]
38. See that ye love one another; cease to be cov etous, learn to impart one to another as the gospel  requires; cease to be idle, cease to be unclean; cease  to find fault one with another; cease to sleep longer  than is needful; retire to thy bed early, that ye  may not be weary; rise early that your bodies  and your minds may be invigorated; and  above all things clothe yourselves with the  bonds of charity, as with a mantle, which is  the bond of perfectness and peace: pray always  that you may not faint until I come: behold,  and lo, I will come quickly, and receive you  unto myself; Amen.
39 And again, the order of the house pre pared for the presidency

Organized body of leaders over priesthood quorums and various groups of Latter-day Saints. A November 1831 revelation underscored the importance of a president over the high priesthood and the church as a whole. By 1832, JS and two counselors constituted ...

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of the school of the pro phets

A term occasionally used to refer to a Protestant seminary; specifically used by JS to refer to a school to prepare elders of the church for their ministry. A December 1832 revelation directed JS and the elders of the church in Kirtland, Ohio, to establish...

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, established for their instruction in all ages things  that are expedient for them, even for all the officers  of the 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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, or in other words, those who are  called to the ministry in the church, beginning  at the high priests

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. Christ and many ancient prophets, including Abraham, were described as being high priests. The Book of Mormon used the term high priest to denote one appointed to lead the church. However, the Book of Mormon also discussed...

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, even down to the deacons

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. The “Articles and Covenants” directed deacons to assist teachers in their duties. Deacons were also to “warn, expound, exhort, and teach and invite all to come unto Christ.” Although deacons did not have the authority...

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: and  this shall be the order of the house of the presidency  of the school: He that is appointed to be president, or  teacher, shall be found standing in his place, in  the house, which shall be prepared for him.  Therefore he shall be first in the house of God. in a  place that the congregation in the house may hear  his words carefully and distinctly, not with loud  speech. And when he cometh into the house of  God, (for he should be the first in the house; behold,  this is beautiful, that he may be an example,)
40. Let him offer himself in prayer upon his knees  kness before God, in token, or remembrance, of the  everlasting covenant

Generally referred to the “fullness of [the] gospel”—the sum total of the church’s message, geared toward establishing God’s covenant people on the earth; also used to describe individual elements of the gospel, including marriage. According to JS, the everlasting...

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, and when any shall come  in after him let the teacher arise, and with up lifted hands to heaven; yea, even directly, salute  his brother or brethren with these words;
41. Art thou a brother or brethren, I salute  you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, in token,  or remembrance of the everlasting covenant, in which [p. 256]
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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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; 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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