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

the Ohio

French explored area, 1669. British took possession following French and Indian War, 1763. Ceded to U.S., 1783. First permanent white settlement established, 1788. Northeastern portion maintained as part of Connecticut, 1786, and called Connecticut Western...

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, against the time that my servant Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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shall return unto them. Behold here is wisdom; and let every man choose for himself until I come; even so: Amen.

2 January 1831 • Saturday

The year opened with a prospect, great and glorious, for the welfare of the kingdom; for, on the 2d of January, 1831, a conference

A meeting where ecclesiastical officers and other church members could conduct church business. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church directed the elders to hold conferences to perform “Church business.” The first of these conferences was held on 9 June...

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was held in the town of 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., at which was received, besides the ordinary business transacted for the church, the following revelation;
1. Thus saith the Lord your God, even Jesus Christ, the Great I AM, Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the same which looked upon the wide expanse of eternity, and all the seraphic hosts of heaven, before the world was made; the same which knoweth all things, for all things are present before mine eyes; I am the same which spake and the world was made, and all things came by me: I am the same which have taken the 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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of Enoch into mine own bosom: and verily I say, even as many as have believed on my name, for I am Christ, and in mine own name, by the virtue of the blood which I have spilt, have I plead before the Father for them: But behold the residue of the wicked have I kept in chains of darkness until the Judgment of the great day, which shall come at the end of the earth; and even so will I cause the wicked to be kept, that not hear my voice but harden their hearts, and wo, wo, wo is their doom.
2. But behold, verily, verily I say unto you, that mine eyes are upon you; I am in your midst and ye can not see me, but the day soon cometh that ye shall see me and know that I am: for the veil of darkness shall soon be rent, and he that is not purified, shall not abide the day: wherefore gird up your loins and be prepared. Behold the kingdom is yours, and the enemy shall not overcome.
3. Verily I say unto you, ye are clean but not all; and there is none else with whom I am well pleased, for all flesh is corruptible before me, and the powers of darkness prevail upon the earth, among the children of men, in the presence of all the hosts of heaven, which causes silence to reign, and all eternity is pained, and the angels are waiting the great command to reap down the earth, to gather the tares that they may be burned: and behold the enemy is combined.
4. And now I show unto you a mystery, a thing which is had in secret chambers, to bring to pass even your destruction, in [p. 88]
the Ohio

French explored area, 1669. British took possession following French and Indian War, 1763. Ceded to U.S., 1783. First permanent white settlement established, 1788. Northeastern portion maintained as part of Connecticut, 1786, and called Connecticut Western...

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, against the time that my servant Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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shall  return unto them. Behold here is wisdom; and let every man  choose for himself until I come; even so: Amen.

2 January 1831 • Saturday

The year opened with a prospect, great and glorious, for  the welfare of the kingdom; for, on the 2d of January, 1831, a  conference

A meeting where ecclesiastical officers and other church members could conduct church business. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church directed the elders to hold conferences to perform “Church business.” The first of these conferences was held on 9 June...

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was held in the town of 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., at which  was received, besides the ordinary business transacted for the  church, the following revelation; given at
1. Thus saith the Lord your God, even Jesus Christ, the Great  I AM, Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the same  which looked upon the wide expanse of eternity, and all the  seraphic hosts of heaven, before the world was made; the  same which knoweth all things, for all things are present before my mine  eyes; I am the same which spake and the world was made, and  all things came by me: I am the same which have taken the  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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of Enoch into mine own bosom: and verily I say, even  as many as have believed on my name, for I am Christ, and in  mine own name, by the virtue of the blood which I have spilt,  have I plead before the Father for them: Behold But behold the residue  of the wicked have I kept in chains of darkness until the Judg ment of the great day, which shall come at the end of the world earth;  and even so will I cause the wicked to be kept, that not hear my  voice but harden their hearts, and wo, wo, wo is their doom.
2. But behold, verily, verily I say unto you, that mine eyes are  upon you; I am in your midst and ye can not see me, but the day  soon cometh that ye shall see me and know that I am: for the veil  of darkness shall soon be rent, and he that is not purified, shall  not abide the day: wherefore gird up your loins and be prepared.  Behold the kingdom is yours, and the enemy shall not overcome.
3. Verily I say unto you, ye are clean but not all; and there  is none else with whom I am well pleased, for all flesh is  corruptible before me, and the powers of darkness prevail  upon the earth, among the children of men, in the pres ence of all the hosts of heaven, which causes silence to reign,  and all eternity is pained, and the angels are waiting the  great command to reap down the earth, to gather the tares  that they may be burned: and behold the enemy is combined.
4. And now I show unto you a mystery, a thing which is had  in secret chambers, to bring to pass even your destruction, in [p. 88]
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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

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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