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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]

6 April 1830 • Tuesday

Whilst the Book of Mormon was in the hands of the printer, we still continued to  bear testimony, and give information, as far as we had opportunity; and also made  known to our brethren, that we had received commandment to organize the Church  And accordingly we met together for that purpose, at the house of the above mentioned  Mr Whitmer [Peter Whitmer Sr.] (being six in number) on Tuesday the sixth day of April, AD One  thousand, eight hundred and thirty.
Having opened the meeting by solemn prayer to our Heavenly Father  we proceeded, (according to previous commandment) to call on our brethren to know  whether they accepted us as their teachers in the things of the Kingdom of God, and  whether they were satisfied that we should proceed and be organized as a Church  according to said commandment which we had received. To these they consent ed by an unanimous vote. I then laid my hands upon Oliver Cowdery and  ordained him an Elder of the “Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.” after  which he ordained me also to the office of an Elder of said Church. We then took  bread, blessed it, and brake it with them, also wine, blessed it, and drank it with  them. We then laid our hands on each individual member of the Church present  that they might receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, and be confirmed members of the  Church of Christ. The Holy Ghost was poured out upon us to a very great  degree. Some prophesied, whilst we all praised the Lord and rejoiced exceed ingly. Whilst yet together I received the following commandment.
Revelation to Joseph Smith Jr, Given at Fayette, Seneca Co N Y. April 6th 1830.
1 Behold there shall be a record kept among you, and in it, thou shalt be  called a seer, a translator, a prophet, an apostle of Jesus Christ, an elder of the  Church through the will of the Father God the Father, and the grace of your Lord  Jesus Christ; being inspired of the Holy Ghost to lay the foundation thereof, and to build  it up unto the most holy faith; which church was organized and established, in the  year of <y>our Lord, eighteen hundred and thirty, in the fourth month, and on the sixth  day of the month, which is called April.
2 Wherefore, meaning the Church, thou shalt give heed unto all his words, and  commandments, which he shall give unto you, as he receiveth them, walking in all  holiness before me: for his word ye shall receive, as if from mine own mouth, in all  patience and faith; for by doing these things, the gates of hell shall not prevail aga inst thee you: yea, and the Lord God will disperse the powers of darkness from  before you; and cause the heavens to shake for your good, and his name’s glory.—
For thus saith the Lord God, him have I inspired to move the cause of  Zion in mighty power for your good; and his diligence I know, and his prayers I  have heard: yea, his weeping for Zion <I> have I seen, and I will cause that he  shall mourn <for her> no longer, for his days of rejoicing are come unto the remission of his sins [p. 37]
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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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