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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]

1 The rise of the Church of Christ in these last days, being One thousand eight  hundred and thirty years since the coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in the  flesh, it being regularly organized and established, agreeably to the laws of our country,  by the will and commandments of God in the fourth month, and on the sixth day of the  month which is called April: which commandments were given to Joseph Smith Jr  who was called of God, and ordained an apostle of Jesus Christ, to be the first Elder  of this Church: and to Oliver Cowdery, who was also called of God, an apostle of  Jesus Christ; to be the second elder of this Church, and ordained under his hand:  and this according to the grace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, to whom  be all glory both now and forever. Amen.
2 After it was truly manifested unto this first elder that he had received a remission  of his sins, he was entangled again [in] the vanities of the world; but after repenting,  and humbling himself, sincerely, through faith God ministered unto him by  an holy angel, whose countenance was as lightning, and whose garments were pure  and white above all other whiteness; and gave unto him commandments, which  inspired him, and gave him power from on high, by the means which were before  prepared, to translate the Book of Mormon, which contains a record of a fallen  people, and the fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, and to the Jews  also, which was given by inspiration, and is confirmed to others by the ministering  of angels, and is declared <un>to the world by them, proving to the world that the holy  Scriptures are true, and that God does inspire men, and call them to his holy work  in this age and generation, as well as in generations of old, thereby showing that  he is the same God, yesterday, today, and for ever.— Amen.
3 Therefore having so great witnesses, by them shall the world be judged, even as many  as shall here hereafter come to a knowledge of this work; and those who receive it in  faith, and work righteousness, shall receive a crown of eternal life; but those who  harden their hearts in unbelief, and reject it, it shall turn to their condemnation,  for the Lord God has spoken it; and we the elders of the Church, have read <heard> and  bear witness to the words of the glorious Majesty on high, to whom be glory forever  and ever. Amen.
4 By these things we know that there is a God in heaven, who is infinite and  eternal, from everlasting to everlasting, the same unchangeable God, the framer  of heaven and earth and all things which are in them, and that he created man  male and female: after his own image, and in his own likeness created he them,  and gave unto them commandments, that they should love and serve him the only  true and living and true God, and that he should be the only being whom they should  worship: but by the transgression of these holy laws, man became sensual and  devilish, and became fallen man.
5 Wherefore the Almighty God gave his only begotten Son, as it is written in those  scriptures which have been given of him; he suffered temptations but gave no [p. 30]
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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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