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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]

were building a tower to get to Heaven: which is to shew unto the remnant of the house of  Israel what great things the Lord hath done for their fathers; and that they may know the  Covenants of the Lord, that they are not cast off forever; and also to the convincing of <the> Jew and  Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations.  And now if there are faults, they are the mistakes of men; wherefore condemn not the things  of God, that ye may be found spotless at the judgement seat of Christ.
(The remainder <(of the Title page)> is of course, modern)
A commandment of God and not of man to Martin Harris, given (Manchester  New York, March, 1830) by him who is eternal.
1 I am Alpha and Omega, Christ the Lord: yea, even I am the <He>, the beginning and  the end, the Redeemer of the world: I having accomplished and finished the will of  him whose I am, even the Father concerning me: having done this that I might sub due all things unto myself: retaining all power, even to the destroying of Satan and his works  at the end of the world, and the last great day of judgement, which I shall pass upon  the inhabitants thereof, judging every man according to his works, and the deeds  which he hath done. And surely every man must repent or suffer, for I God am  endless: wherefore, I revoke not the judgements which I shall pass, but woes shall go  forth, weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth: yea, to those who are found on my  left hand; nevertheless it is not written, that there shall be no end to this torment; but  it is written endless torment
2 Again, it is written eternal damnation: wherefore it is more express than other  scriptures, that it might work upon the hearts of the children of men, altogether  for my name’s glory: wherefore I will explain unto you this mystery, for it is meet  unto you, to know even as my apostles. I speak unto you that are chosen in this  thing, even as one, that you may enter into my rest. For behold, the mystery  of godliness, how great is it? for behold I am endless, and the punishment which  is given at <from> my hand is endless punishment, for endless is my name: wherefore
Eternal punishment)Endless punishment
is God’s punishment:)is God’s punishment:
wherefore I command you to repent, and keep the commandments which you have  received by the hand of my servant Joseph Smith Jr, in my name: and it is  by my almighty power that you have received them: therefore I command you  to repent, repent, lest I smite you by the rod of my mouth, and by my wrath,  and by my anger, and your sufferings be sore: how sore you know not! how  exquisite you know not! yea, how hard to bear ye know not! For behold,  I God have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer, if they [p. 35]
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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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