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

to speak, and the lame to walk: and the time speedily cometh that great things are to be shown forth unto the children of men: but without faith shall not any thing be shown forth except desolations upon Babylon, the same which has made all nations [drink] of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. And there are none that doeth good except those who are ready to receive the fulness of my gospel which I have sent forth to this generation:
4 Wherefore I have called upon the weak things of the world, those who are unlearned and despised to thresh the nations by the power of my Spirit: and their arm shall be my arm, and I will be their shield and their buckler, and I will gird up their loins and they shall fight manfully for me: and their enemies shall be under their feet: and I let fall the sword in their behalf; and by the fire of mine indignation will I preserve them. And the poor and the meek shall have the gospel preached unto them, and they shall be looking forth for the time of my coming, for it is nigh at hand; and they shall learn the parable of the fig-tree, for even now already summer is nigh, and I have sent forth the fulness of my gospel by the hand of my servant Joseph: And in weakness have I blessed him, and I have given unto him the keys

Authority or knowledge of God given to mankind. In the earliest records, the term keys primarily referred to JS’s authority to unlock the “mysteries of the kingdom.” Early revelations declared that both JS and Oliver Cowdery held the keys to bring forth “...

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of the mystery of those things which have been sealed

To confirm or solemnize. In the early 1830s, revelations often adopted biblical usage of the term seal; for example, “sealed up the testimony” referred to proselytizing and testifying of the gospel as a warning of the approaching end time. JS explained in...

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, even things which were from the foundation of the world, and things which shall come from this time until the [time] of my coming, if he abide in me, and if not, another will I plant in his stead.
5. Wherefore watch over him that his faith fail not, and it shall be given by the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, that knoweth all things; and a commandment

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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I give unto thee, that thou shalt write for him; and the scriptures shall be given even as they are in mine own bosom, to the salvation of mine own elect: for they will hear my voice, and shall see me, and shall not be asleep, and shall abide the day of the day of my coming, for they shall be purified even as I am pure. And now I say unto you, tarry with him and [he] shall journey with you; forsake him not, and surely these things shall be fulfilled. And in as much as ye do not write, behold it shall be given unto him to prophesy: and thou shall preach my gospel and call on the holy prophets to prove his words, as they shall be given him.
6. Keep all the commandments and covenants by which ye are bound, and I will cause the heavens to shake for your good, and Satan shall tremble, and Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in 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 focus ...

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shall rejoice upon [p. 79]
to speak, and the lame to walk: and the time speedily  cometh that great things are to be shown forth unto the children  of men: but without faith shall not any thing be shown forth ex cept desolations upon Babylon, the same which has made all  nations [drink] of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. And there  are none that doeth good except those who are ready to  receive the fulness of my gospel which I have sent forth  to this generation:
4 Wherefore I have called upon the weak things of the  world, those who are unlearned and despised to thresh the nations  by the power of my Spirit: and their arm shall be my arm, and I will  be their shield and their buckler, and I will gird up their loins and  they shall fight manfully for me: and their enemies shall be under their  feet: and I let fall the sword in their behalf; and by the fire of  mine indignation will I preserve them. And the poor and the meek  shall have the gospel preached unto them, and they shall be looking  forth for the time of my coming, for it is nigh at hand; and they  shall learn the parable of the fig-tree, for even now already summer  is nigh, and I have sent forth the fulness of my gospel by the hand of  my servant Joseph: And in weakness have I blessed him, and I have  given unto him the keys

Authority or knowledge of God given to mankind. In the earliest records, the term keys primarily referred to JS’s authority to unlock the “mysteries of the kingdom.” Early revelations declared that both JS and Oliver Cowdery held the keys to bring forth “...

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of the kingdom mystery of those things which  have been sealed

To confirm or solemnize. In the early 1830s, revelations often adopted biblical usage of the term seal; for example, “sealed up the testimony” referred to proselytizing and testifying of the gospel as a warning of the approaching end time. JS explained in...

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, even things which were from the foundation of the  world, and things which shall come from this time until the [time] of my com ing, if he abide in me, and if not, another will I plant in his stead.
5. Wherefore watch over him that his faith fail not, and it shall be  given by the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, that knoweth all things; and a  commandment

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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I give unto thee, that thou shalt write for him; and  the scriptures shall be given even as they are in mine own bosom,  to the salvation of mine own elect: for they will hear my voice, and  shall see me, and shall not be asleep, and shall abide the day  of the day of my coming, for they shall be purified even as I am  pure. And now I say unto you, tarry with him and [he] shall journey  with you; forsake him not, and surely these things shall be  fulfilled. And a in as much as ye do not write, behold it shall be given  unto him to prophesy: and thou shall preach my gospel and  call on the holy prophets to prove his words, as they shall be given him.
6. Keep all the commandments and covenants by which ye  are bound, and I will cause the heavens to shake for your  good, and Satan shall tremble, and Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in 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 focus ...

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shall rejoice upon [p. 79]
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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

1 Oct. 1811–27 Aug. 1841. Clerk, editor. Born in Great Driffield, Yorkshire, England. Member of Methodist church. Immigrated to Upper Canada, 1834. Baptized into LDS church by Parley P. Pratt, May 1836, in Upper Canada. Ordained an elder by John Taylor, 22...

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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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