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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]

gather into a school, called the school of the Prophets,  and receive that instruction which the Lord designs  they should receive, we may all dispare of ob taining the great blessing that God has promised  to the faithful of the Church of Christ; therefore  it is as important, as our salvation, that we  obey this, above mentioned command, as well  as all of the commandments of the Lord.
Therefore, brethren, we write this epistle  to you, to stir up your minds to make that  exertion which the Lord requires of you, to  lend a temporal aid in these things above  written; and in order that you may know how  to conduct the business, we will relate what  we have done, and are doing here.
We have met in Conference, and agreed  to form a subscription and circulate through  the churches; and also appointed Hyrum Smith,  Reynolds Cahoon, and Jared Carter a committe  to superintend this business, viz, of circulating  subscriptions, to establish a fund to build a  house, and to aid the elders to attend this  school; and subscriptions are now in circula tion among us, and our heavenly Father is  opening the hearts of our brethren, beyond the  expectation of many; and not one brother  among us, as yet, refuses to exert himself to do  something as a temporal means to bring about  the establishing of this house and school; and  we say, May our heavenly Father open your  hearts also, that you, with us, may gather  together something to aid as a temporal ben efit.
Probably you had better call the officers  of the church immediately together, and  appoint some one to circulate a subscription,  that each individual, after signing, may have  a sufficient time to make preparations to  pay what they sign, for it will be necessary, [p. 298]
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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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