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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]

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 of the kingdom mystery of those things which  have been sealed, 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 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 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, 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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