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

me by the prayer of faith. And again, I say unto you, that, if ye desire the mysteries of the kingdom, provide for him food and raiment, and whatsoever thing he needeth to accomplish the work, wherewith I have commanded

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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him; and if ye do it not, he shall remain unto them that have received him, that I may reserve unto myself a pure people before me.
4. Again I say, hearken ye elders

A male leader in the church generally; an ecclesiastical and priesthood office or one holding that office; a proselytizing missionary. The Book of Mormon explained that elders ordained priests and teachers and administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto...

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of my church

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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, whom I have appointed; ye are not sent forth to be taught, but to teach the children of men the things which I have put into your hands by the power of my spirit; and ye are to be taught from on high Sanctify yourselves and ye shall be endowed with power, that ye may give even as I have spoken.
5. Hearken ye, for behold the great day of the Lord is nigh at hand. For the day cometh that the Lord shall utter his voice out of heaven; the heavens shall shall shake and the earth shall tremble, and the trump of God shall sound both long and loud, and shall [say] to the sleeping nations: Ye saints arise and live: ye sinners stay and sleep until I call again: wherefore gird up your loins lest ye be found among the wicked. Lift up your voices and spare not. Call upon the nations to repent, both old and young, both [bond] and free: saying, Prepare yourselves for the great day of the Lord: for if I, who am a man, do lift up my voice and call upon you to repent, and ye hate me, what will ye say when the day cometh when the thunders shall utter their voices from the ends of the earth, speaking to the ears of all that live, saying: Repent, and prepare for the great day of the Lord? yea, and again, when the lightnings shall streak forth from the east unto the west, and shall utter forth their voices unto all that live, and make the ears of all tingle, that hear, saying these words: Repent ye for the great day of the Lord is come?
6. And again, the Lord shall utter his voice out of heaven, saying: Hearken, O ye nations of the earth, and hear the words of that God who made you! O ye nations of the earth, how often would I have gathered you together as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings but ye would not! How oft have I called upon you by the mouth of my servants; and by the ministering of angels, and by mine own voice; and by the voice of thunderings; and by the voice of lightnings; and by the voice of [p. 102]
me by the prayer of faith. And again, I say unto you, that, if ye de sire the mysteries of the kingdom, provide for him food and raiment,  and whatsoever thing he needeth to accomplish the work, wherewith  I have commanded

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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him; and if ye do it not, he shall remain  unto them that have received him, that I may reserve unto my self a pure people before me.
4. Again I say, hearken ye elders

A male leader in the church generally; an ecclesiastical and priesthood office or one holding that office; a proselytizing missionary. The Book of Mormon explained that elders ordained priests and teachers and administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto...

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of my church

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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, whom I have  appointed; ye are not sent forth to be taught, but to teach  the children of men the things which I have put into your hands  by the power of my spirit; and ye are to be taught from on high  Sanctify yourselves and ye shall be endowed with power, that  ye may give even as I have spoken.
5. Hearken ye, for behold the great day of the Lord is nigh at  hand. For the day cometh that the Lord shall utter his voice  out of heaven; the heavens shall shall shake and the earth  shall tremble, and the trump of God shall sound both long and  loud, and shall [say] to the sleeping nations: Ye saints arise and live:  ye sinners stay and sleep until I call again: wherefore  gird up your loins lest ye be found among the wicked.  Lift up your voices and spare not. Call upon the nations  to repent, both old and young, both [bond] and free: saying, Prepare your selves for the great day of the Lord: for if I, who am a man, do  lift up my voice and call upon you to repent, and ye hate me,  what will ye say when the day cometh when the thunders  shall utter their voices from the ends of the earth, speaking  to the ears of all that live, saying: Repent, and prepare for the  great day of the Lord? yea, and again, when the lightnings  shall streak forth from the east unto the west, and shall utter forth  their voices unto all that live, and make the ears of all tingle,  that hear, saying these words: Repent ye for the great day of  the Lord is come?
6. And again, the Lord shall utter his voice out of heaven, saying:  Hearken, O ye inhabitants nations of the earth, and hear the words of that  God who made you! O ye nations of the earth, how often would  I have gathered you together as a hen gathers her chickens  under her wings but ye would not! How oft have I called  upon you by the mouth of my servants; and by the min istering of angels, and by mine own voice; and by the voice of  thunderings; and by the voice of lightnings; and by the voice of [p. 102]
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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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