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

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

the Ohio, against the time that my servant Oliver Cowdery 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 was held in the town of Fayette, 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 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]
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.