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

all my commandments

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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, and him that seeketh so to do, that all may be benefited, that seeketh or asketh of me, that asketh, and not for a sign, that he may consume it upon his lusts.
5. And again, verily I say unto you, I would that ye should always remember, and always retain in your minds what those gifts are, that are given unto the 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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, for all have not every gift given unto them: for there are many gifts, and to every man is given a gift by the Spirit of God: to some it is given one, and to some is given another, that all may be profited thereby; to some is given another, that all may be profited thereby; to some it is given by the Holy Ghost to know that Jesus Christ is the son of god, and that he was crucified for the sins of the world; to others it is given to believe on their words, that they also might have eternal life, if they continue faithful.
6. And again, to some it is given by the Holy Ghost, to know the differences of Administration, as it will be unto the same Lord, according as the Lord will suiting his mercies according to the conditions of the children of men. And again, it is given by the Holy Ghost to some the diversities of operations, whether it be of God, that the manifestations of the spirit may be given to every man to profit withal.
7. And again, verily I say unto you, to some it is given, by the Spirit of God, the word of wisdom; to another it is given the word of knowledge, that all may be taught to be wise and to have knowledge.— And again, to some it is given to have faith to be healed, and to others it is given to have faith to heal. And again, to some is given the working of miracles; and to others it is given to prophesy, and to others the discerning of spirits. And again, it is given to some to speak with tongues, and to another it is given the interpretation of tongues; and all these gifts cometh from God, for the benefit of the children of God. And unto the bishop

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. JS appointed Edward Partridge as the first bishop in February 1831. Following this appointment, Partridge functioned as the local leader of the church in Missouri. Later revelations described a bishop’s duties as receiving...

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of the church, and unto such as God shall appoint and ordain

The conferral of power and authority; to appoint, decree, or set apart. Church members, primarily adults, were ordained to ecclesiastical offices and other responsibilities by the laying on of hands by those with the proper authority. Ordinations to priesthood...

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to watch over the church, and to be 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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unto the church, are to have it given unto them to discern all those gifts, lest there shall be any among you [professing], and yet be not of God.
8 And it shall come to pass, that he that asketh in spirit shall receive in spirit; that unto some it may be given to have all those gifts, that there may be a head, in order that every member may be profited thereby: he that asketh in spirit, asketh according to the will of God; wherefore it is done even as he asketh. [p. 110]
all my commandments

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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, and him that seeketh so to do, that all may  be benefited, that seeketh or asketh of me, that asketh, and not for a  sign, that he may consume it upon his lusts.
5. And again, verily I say unto you, I would that ye should always  remember, and always retain in your minds what those gifts  are, that are given unto the 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...

View Glossary
, for all have not every gift  given unto them: for there are many gifts, and to every man  is given a gift by the Spirit of God: to some it is given one,  and to some is given another, that all may be profited thereby; to  some is given another, that all may be profited thereby; to some it  is given by the Holy Ghost to know that Jesus Christ is the son of  god, and that he was crucified for the sins of the world; to others  is it is given to believe on their words, that they also might have et ernal life, if they continue faithful.
6. And again, to some it is given by the Holy Ghost, to know the  differences of Administration, as it will be unto the same Lord, accord ing as the Lord will suiting his mercies according to the conditions of  the children of men. And again, it is given by the Holy Ghost to some the  diversities of operations, whether it be of God, that the manifestations of  the spirit may be given to every man to profit withal.
7. And again, verily I say unto you, to some it is given, by the Spirit  of God, the word of wisdom; to another it is given the word of knowl edge, that all may be taught to be taught wise and to have knowledge.—  And again, to some it is given to have faith to be healed, and to others  it is given to have faith to heal. And again, to some is given the  working of miracles; and to others it is given to prophesy, and to others  the discerning of spirits. And again, it is given to some to speak with  tongues, and to another it is given the interpretation of tongues; and  all these gifts cometh from God, for the benefit of the children of  God. And unto the bishop

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. JS appointed Edward Partridge as the first bishop in February 1831. Following this appointment, Partridge functioned as the local leader of the church in Missouri. Later revelations described a bishop’s duties as receiving...

View Glossary
of the church, and unto such as God  shall appoint and ordain

The conferral of power and authority; to appoint, decree, or set apart. Church members, primarily adults, were ordained to ecclesiastical offices and other responsibilities by the laying on of hands by those with the proper authority. Ordinations to priesthood...

View Glossary
to watch over the church, and to be  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...

View Glossary
unto the church, are to have it given unto them to  discern all those gifts, lest there shall be any among you [professing], and yet  be not of God.
8 And it shall come to pass, that he that asketh in spirit shall re ceive in spirit; that unto some it may be given to have all those gifts,  that there may be a head, in order that every member may be  profited thereby: he that asketh in spirit, asketh according to the  will of God; wherefore it is done even as he asketh. [p. 110]
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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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