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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]

and welcomed into the house of brother N[ewel] K. Whitney. I and my  wife lived in the family of Brother Whitney several weeks, and  received every kindness and attention, which could be expected,  and especially from Sister [Elizabeth Smith] Whitney. The branch of the church of  church in this part of the Lord’s vineyard, which had increased  to nearly one hundred members, were striving to do the will  of God, so far as they knew it; though some strange notions  and false spirits had crept in among them. With a little  caution, and some wisdom, I soon assisted the brethren and  sisters to overcome them. The plan of “common stock”, which  had existed in what was called “the family,” whose members  generally had embraced embraced the ever lasting gospel,  was readily abandoned for the more perfect law of the Lord:  and the false spirits were easily discerned and rejected by  the light of revelation.

4 February 1831 • Friday

The Lord gave unto the church the following revelation  at Kirtland, Ohio, February 4, 1831.
1 Hearken and hear, O ye my people, saith the Lord and your God;  ye whom I delight to bless with the greatest of all blessings; ye that  hear me: and ye that hear not will I curse, that have profess my  name, with the heaviest of all cursings. Hearken, O ye elders of my  church whom I have called; behold I give unto you a command ment, that ye shall assemble yourselves together to agree upon  my word, and by the prayer of your faith ye shall receive my  law, that ye may know how to govern my church, and have  all things right before me.
2. And I will be your Ruler when I come; and behold, I come quick ly: and ye shall see that my law is keep. He that receiveth my  law and doeth it, the same is my disciple; and he that saith he recei veth it and doeth it not, the same is not my disciple, and shall  be cast out from among you; for it is not meet that the things which  belong to the children of the kingdom, should be given to them that are  not worthy, or to dogs, or the pearls to be cast before swine.
3. And again, it is meet that my servant Joseph Smith Junr.  should have a house built, in which to live and translate.  And again, it is meet that my servant Sidney Rigdon should  live as seemeth him good, inasmuch as he keepeth my com mandments. And again, I have called my servant Edward Part ridge, and I give a commandment, that he should be ap [p. 93]
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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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