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

be done in order and by common consent in 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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, by the prayer of faith.
5 And thou shalt assist to settle all these things, according to the covenants of the church before thou shalt take thy journey among the Lamanites

A name used in the Book of Mormon to refer to the descendants or followers of Laman, one of the sons of Lehi. The Book of Mormon explained that Lehi and his Israelite family migrated from Jerusalem to America around 600 BC. After Lehi’s death, his family ...

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. And it shall be given thee from the time that thou shalt go, untill the time that thou shalt return, what thou shalt do. And thou must open thy mouth at all times, declaring my gospel with the sound of rejoicing. Amen.
Revelation given in the presence of six elders, in Fayette

Located in northern part of county between Seneca and Cayuga lakes. Area settled, by 1790. Officially organized as Washington Township, 14 Mar. 1800. Name changed to Fayette, 6 Apr. 1808. Population in 1830 about 3,200. Population in 1840 about 3,700. Significant...

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, N,Y. September 1830.
Listen to the voice of Jesus Christ, your Redeemer, the Great I, AM, whose arm of mercy hath atoned for your sins; who will gather his people even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, even as many as will hearken to my voice, and humble themselves before me, and call upon me in mighty prayer. Behold, verily, verily I say unto you, that at this time your sins are forgiven you, therefore you receive these things: but remember to sin no more, lest perils shall come upon you.
2 Verily I say unto you, that you are chosen out of the world to declare my gospel with the sound of rejoicing, as with the voice of a trump: lift up your hearts and be glad, for I am in your midst, and am your advocate with the father; and it is his good will to give you the kingdom; and as it is written, Whatsoever ye shall ask in faith, being united in prayer according to my command

Generally, a divine mandate that church members were expected to obey; more specifically, a text dictated by JS in the first-person voice of Deity that served to communicate knowledge and instruction to JS and his followers. Occasionally, other inspired texts...

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, ye shall receive; and ye are called to bring to pass the gathering

As directed by early revelations, church members “gathered” in communities. A revelation dated September 1830, for instance, instructed elders “to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect” who would “be gathered in unto one place, upon the face of this land...

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of mine elect, for mine elect hear my voice, and harden not their hearts: wherefore the decree hath gone forth from the Father, that they shall be gathered in unto one place, upon the face of this land, to prepare their hearts, and be prepared in all things, against the day when tribulation and desolation are sent forth upon the wicked: for the hour is nigh, and the day soon at hand, when the earth is ripe: and all the proud, and they that do wickedly, shall be as stubble, and I will burn them up, saith the lord of hosts, that wickedness shall not be upon the earth: for the hour is nigh, and that which was spoken by mine apostles must be fulfilled; for as they spoke so shall it come to pass; for I will reveal myself from heaven with power, and great glory, with all the hosts thereof, and dwell in righteousness with men on earth a thousand years, and the wicked shall not stand.
3 And again, verily, verily I say unto you, and it hath gone forth in a firm decree, by the will of the Father, that mine apostles, the twelve which were with me in my ministry at Jerusalem, shall stand at my right hand at the day of my coming in a pillar of fire, being clothed with robes of righteousness, with crowns upon their heads, in glory even as I am, to judge the whole house of Israel, even as many as have loved me and kept my commandments, [p. 55]
be done in order and by common consent in 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...

View Glossary
, by the prayer of faith.
5 And thou shalt assist to settle all these things, according to the covenants of  the church before thou shalt take thy journey among the Lamanites

A name used in the Book of Mormon to refer to the descendants or followers of Laman, one of the sons of Lehi. The Book of Mormon explained that Lehi and his Israelite family migrated from Jerusalem to America around 600 BC. After Lehi’s death, his family ...

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. And it  shall be given thee from the time that thou shalt go, untill the time that thou shalt  return, what thou shalt do. And thou must open thy mouth at all times, decla ring my gospel with the sound of rejoicing. Amen.
Revelation given in the presence of six elders, in Fayette

Located in northern part of county between Seneca and Cayuga lakes. Area settled, by 1790. Officially organized as Washington Township, 14 Mar. 1800. Name changed to Fayette, 6 Apr. 1808. Population in 1830 about 3,200. Population in 1840 about 3,700. Significant...

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, N,Y. September 1830.
Listen to the voice of Jesus Christ, your Redeemer, the Great I, AM, whose  arm of mercy hath atoned for your sins; who will gather his people even as a hen  gathereth her chickens under her wings, even as many as will hearken to my  voice, and humble themselves before me, and call upon me in mighty prayer.  Behold, verily, verily I say unto you, that at this time your sins are forgiven you,  therefore you receive these things: but remember to sin no more, lest perils  shall come upon you.
2 Verily I say unto you, that you are chosen out of the world to declare my  gospel with the sound of rejoicing, as with the voice of a trump: lift up your  hearts and be glad, for I am in your midst, and am your advocate with the  father; and it is his good will to give you the kingdom; and as it is written,  Whatsoever ye shall ask in faith, being united in prayer according to my  command

Generally, a divine mandate that church members were expected to obey; more specifically, a text dictated by JS in the first-person voice of Deity that served to communicate knowledge and instruction to JS and his followers. Occasionally, other inspired texts...

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, ye shall receive; and ye are called to bring to pass the gathering

As directed by early revelations, church members “gathered” in communities. A revelation dated September 1830, for instance, instructed elders “to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect” who would “be gathered in unto one place, upon the face of this land...

View Glossary
of  mine elect, for mine elect hear my voice, and harden not their hearts: where fore the decree hath gone forth from the Father, that they shall be gathered in  unto one place, upon the face of this land, to prepare their hearts, and be prepared  in all things, against the day when tribulation and desolation are sent forth  upon the wicked: for the hour is nigh, and the day soon at hand, when the  earth is ripe: and all the proud, and all <they> that do wickedly, shall be as stubble, and  I will burn them up, saith the lord of hosts, that wickedness shall not be upon the  earth: for the hour is nigh, and that which was spoken by my hol mine apostles  must be fulfilled; for as they spoke so shall it come to pass; for I will reveal myself  from heaven with power, and great glory, with all the hosts thereof, and dwell  in righteousness with men on earth a thousand years, and the wicked shall  not stand.
3 And again, verily, verily I say unto you, and it hath gone forth in a  firm decree, by the will of the Father, that mine apostles, the twelve which  were with me in my ministry at Jerusalem, shall stand at my right hand  at the day of my coming in a pillar of fire, being clothed with robes of righteous ness, with crowns upon their heads, in glory even as I am, to judge the whole  house of Israel, even as many as have loved me and kept my commandments, [p. 55]
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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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, William W. Phelps

17 Feb. 1792–7 Mar. 1872. Writer, teacher, printer, newspaper editor, publisher, postmaster, lawyer. Born at Hanover, Morris Co., New Jersey. Son of Enon Phelps and Mehitabel Goldsmith. Moved to Homer, Cortland Co., New York, 1800. Married Sally Waterman,...

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, and Willard Richards

24 June 1804–11 Mar. 1854. Teacher, lecturer, doctor, clerk, printer, editor, postmaster. Born at Hopkinton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Joseph Richards and Rhoda Howe. Moved to Richmond, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, 1813. Moved to Chatham, Columbia...

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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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