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

brother Joseph Smith Jr. Wherefore give heed unto these things, and be diligent in keeping my commandments

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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, and you shall be blessed unto eternal life. Amen.
3 Behold I say unto you, my servant John

27 Aug. 1802–11 July 1878. Farmer, stock raiser, newspaper editor. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Member of German Reformed Church, Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, most likely in Seneca...

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, that thou shalt commence from this time forth to proclaim my gospel, as with the voice of a trump. And your labour shall be at your brother Philip Burroughs

1794–25 July 1865. Farmer. Born in New Jersey. Son of Jonathan Burroughs and Mercy Edington. Served in War of 1812. Married Anna Parker, 12 Mar. 1815, in Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Moved to Junius, Seneca Co., by 1819. Moved to Seneca Falls, Seneca Co...

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’, and in that region round about yea, wherever you can be heard, untill I command you to go from hence. And your whole labor shall be in Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Jesus Christ, characterized by adherence to ideals of harmony, equality, and purity. In JS’s earliest revelations “the cause of Zion” was used to broadly describe the ...

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, with all your soul, from henceforth; yea, you shall ever open your mouth in my cause, not fearing what man can do, for I am with you. Amen.
Revelation to Thomas B. Marsh

1 Nov. 1800–Jan. 1866. Farmer, hotel worker, waiter, horse groom, grocer, type foundry worker, teacher. Born at Acton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Son of James Marsh and Molly Law. Married first Elizabeth Godkin, 1 Nov. 1820, at New York City. Moved to ...

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, given at 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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, September 1830.
1 Thomas

1 Nov. 1800–Jan. 1866. Farmer, hotel worker, waiter, horse groom, grocer, type foundry worker, teacher. Born at Acton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Son of James Marsh and Molly Law. Married first Elizabeth Godkin, 1 Nov. 1820, at New York City. Moved to ...

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, my son, blessed are you because of your faith in my work. Behold you have had many afflictions on account of your family: nevertheless I will bless you, and your family: yea, your little ones, and the day cometh that they will believe and know the truth, and be one with you in my 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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2 Lift up your heart and rejoice for the hour of your mission is come; and your tongue shall be loosed; and you shall declare glad tidings of great joy unto this generation. You shall declare the things which have been revealed to my servant Joseph Smith Jr. You shall begin to preach from this time forth; yea, to reap in the field which is white already to be burned: therefore thrust in your sickle with all your soul; and your sins are forgiven you; and you shall be laden with sheaves upon your back, for the laborer is worthy of his hire. Wherefore your family shall live.
3 Behold, verily I say unto you, go from them only for a little time, and declare my word, and I will prepare a place for them: yea, I will open the hearts of the people and they will receive you. And I will establish a church by your hand; and you shall strengthen them and prepare them against the time when they shall be gathered. Be patient in afflictions, revile not against those that revile. Govern your house in meekness, and be steadfast.
4 Behold I say unto you, that you shall be a physician unto the church, but not unto the world, for they will not receive you. Go your way whithersoever I will, and it shall be given you by the Comforter what you shall do, and whither you shall go. Pray always, lest you enter into temptation, and lose your reward. Be faithful unto the end and, lo, I am with you. These words are not of man nor of men, but of me, even Jesus Christ, your Redeemer, by the will of the Father. Amen. [3 lines blank] [p. 59]
brother Joseph Smith Jr. Wherefore give heed unto these things, and be diligent  in keeping these my commandments

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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, and you shall be blessed unto eternal  life. Amen.
3 Behold I say unto you, my servant John

27 Aug. 1802–11 July 1878. Farmer, stock raiser, newspaper editor. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Member of German Reformed Church, Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, most likely in Seneca...

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, that thou shalt commence from  this time forth to proclaim my gospel, as with the voice of a trump. And your  labour shall be at your brother Philip Burroughs

1794–25 July 1865. Farmer. Born in New Jersey. Son of Jonathan Burroughs and Mercy Edington. Served in War of 1812. Married Anna Parker, 12 Mar. 1815, in Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Moved to Junius, Seneca Co., by 1819. Moved to Seneca Falls, Seneca Co...

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’, and in that region round about  yea, wherever you can be heard, untill I command you to go from hence. And  your whole labor shall be in Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Jesus Christ, characterized by adherence to ideals of harmony, equality, and purity. In JS’s earliest revelations “the cause of Zion” was used to broadly describe the ...

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, with all your soul, from henceforth; yea,  you shall ever open your mouth in my cause, not fearing what man can do, for  I am with you. Amen.
Revelation to Thomas B. Marsh

1 Nov. 1800–Jan. 1866. Farmer, hotel worker, waiter, horse groom, grocer, type foundry worker, teacher. Born at Acton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Son of James Marsh and Molly Law. Married first Elizabeth Godkin, 1 Nov. 1820, at New York City. Moved to ...

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, given at 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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, September 1830.
1 Thomas

1 Nov. 1800–Jan. 1866. Farmer, hotel worker, waiter, horse groom, grocer, type foundry worker, teacher. Born at Acton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Son of James Marsh and Molly Law. Married first Elizabeth Godkin, 1 Nov. 1820, at New York City. Moved to ...

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, my son, blessed are you because of your faith in my work. Behold  you have had many afflictions on account of your family: nevertheless I will  bless you, and your family: yea, your little ones, and the day cometh that they  will believe and know the truth, and be one with you in my 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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2 Lift up your heart and rejoice for the hour of your mission is come; and your  tongue shall be loosed; and you shall declare glad tidings of great joy unto  this generation. You shall declare the things which have been revealed to my  servant Joseph Smith Jr. You shall begin to preach from this time forth;  yea, to reap in the field which is white already to be burned: therefore thrust  in your sickle with all your soul; and your sins are forgiven you; and  you shall be laden with sheaves upon your back, for the laborer is worthy of  his hire. Wherefore your family shall live.
3 Behold, verily I say unto you, go from them only for a little time, and declare  my word, and I will prepare a place for them: yea, I will open the hearts of the  people and they will receive you. And I will establish a church by your hand ; and you shall strengthen them and prepare them against the time when they  shall be gathered. Be patient in afflictions, revile not against those that  revile. Govern your house in meekness, and be steadfast.
4 Behold I say unto you, that you shall be a physician unto the church,  but not unto the world, for they will not receive you. Go your way whither soever I will, and it shall be given you by the Comforter what you shall do,  and whither you shall go. Pray always, lest you enter into temptation,  and lose your reward. Be faithful unto the end and, lo, I am with you.  These words are not of man nor of men, but of me, even Jesus Christ, your  Redeemer, by the will of the Father. Amen. [3 lines blank] [p. 59]
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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

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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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