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

9 And again, I say unto you, all things must be done in the name of Christ, whatsoever you do in the Spirit; and ye must give thanks unto God, in the spirit, for whatsoever blessing ye are blessed with: and ye must practice virtue and holiness before me continually; even so: Amen.
The same day that I received the foregoing revelation I also received the following, setting apart John Whitmer

27 Aug. 1802–11 July 1878. Farmer, stock raiser, newspaper editor. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Member of German Reformed Church, Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, most likely in Seneca...

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as a historian inasmuch as he was faithful.
Given at Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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, March 8, 1831, to Joseph Smith Jn and John Whitmer

27 Aug. 1802–11 July 1878. Farmer, stock raiser, newspaper editor. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Member of German Reformed Church, Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, most likely in Seneca...

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1 Behold it is expedient in me that my servant John Whitmer

27 Aug. 1802–11 July 1878. Farmer, stock raiser, newspaper editor. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Member of German Reformed Church, Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, most likely in Seneca...

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should write and keep a regular history, and assist you, my servant Joseph Smith, Jnr, in transcribing all things which shall be given you, until he is called to further duties. Again, verily I say unto you, that he can also lift up his voice in meetings, whenever it shall be expedient.
2. And again, I say unto you, that it shall be appointed unto him to keep 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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record and history continually, for 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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I have appointed to another office: Wherefore it shall be given him inasmuch as he is faithful, by the Comforter, to write these things; even so: Amen.

10 March 1831 • Thursday

Upon inquiry how the brethren should act in regard to purchasing lands to settle upon; and where they should finally make a permanent location, I received the following. Revelation:
Given at Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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March, 1831. to Joseph Smith Jn
1 It is necessary that ye should remain for the present time in your places of abode, as it shall be suitable to your circumstances: and inasmuch as ye have lands, ye shall impart to the eastern brethren; and inasmuch as ye have not lands, let them buy for the present time, in those regions round about as seemeth them good, for it must needs be necessary, that they have places to live for the present time.
2 It must needs be necessary, that ye save all the money that ye can, and that ye obtain all that ye can in righteousness that in time ye may be enabled to purchase lands for an inheritance

Generally referred to land promised by or received from God for the church and its members. A January 1831 revelation promised church members a land of inheritance. In March and May 1831, JS dictated revelations commanding members “to purchase lands for an...

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, even the city

The Book of Mormon indicated that, in preparation for Jesus Christ’s second coming, a city should be built on the American continent and called the New Jerusalem. The Book of Mormon further explained that the remnant of the seed of Joseph (understood to be...

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. The place is not yet to be revealed, but after your brethren come from the east, there are to be certain men appointed, and to them it shall be given to know the place, or to them it shall be revealed; and they shall be appointed to purchase the lands, and to make a commencement, to lay the foundation of the city; and [p. 111]
9 And again, I say unto you, all things must be done in the name  of Christ, whatsoever you do in the Spirit; and ye must give thanks  unto God, in the spirit, for whatsoever blessing ye are blessed with:  and ye must practice virtue and holiness before me continually;  even so: Amen.
The same day that I received the foregoing revelation  I also received the following, setting apart John Whitmer

27 Aug. 1802–11 July 1878. Farmer, stock raiser, newspaper editor. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Member of German Reformed Church, Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, most likely in Seneca...

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as  a historian inasmuch as he was faithful.
Given at Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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, March 8, 1831, to me <Joseph Smith Jn> and John Whitmer

27 Aug. 1802–11 July 1878. Farmer, stock raiser, newspaper editor. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Member of German Reformed Church, Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, most likely in Seneca...

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.
1 Behold it is expedient in me that my servant John Whitmer

27 Aug. 1802–11 July 1878. Farmer, stock raiser, newspaper editor. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Member of German Reformed Church, Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, most likely in Seneca...

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should  write and keep a regular history, and assist you, my servant  Joseph Smith, Jnr, in transcribing all things which shall be given  you, until he is called to further duties. Again, verily I say unto  you, that he can also lift up his voice in meetings, whenever it  shall be expedient.
2. And again, I say unto you, that it shall be appointed unto him to  keep 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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record and history continually, for 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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 I have appointed to another office: Wherefore it shall be given  him inasmuch as he is faithful, by the Comforter, to write these  things; even so: Amen.

10 March 1831 • Thursday

Upon inquiry how the brethren should act in regard to purcha sing lands to settle upon; and where they should finally make  a permanent location, I received the following. Revelation:  
Given at Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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March, 1831. <to Joseph Smith Jn>
1 It is necessary that ye should remain for the present time in your  places of abode, as it shall be suitable to your circumstances: and  inasmuch as ye have lands, ye shall impart to the eastern brethren;  and inasmuch as ye have not lands, let them buy for the present  time, in those regions round about as seemeth them good, for it  must needs be necessary, that they have places to live for the present  time.
2 It must needs be necessary, that ye save all the money that  ye can, and that ye obtain all that ye can in righteousness that  in time ye may be enabled to purchase lands for an inheritance

Generally referred to land promised by or received from God for the church and its members. A January 1831 revelation promised church members a land of inheritance. In March and May 1831, JS dictated revelations commanding members “to purchase lands for an...

View Glossary
,  even the city

The Book of Mormon indicated that, in preparation for Jesus Christ’s second coming, a city should be built on the American continent and called the New Jerusalem. The Book of Mormon further explained that the remnant of the seed of Joseph (understood to be...

View Glossary
. The place is not yet to be revealed, but after your  brethren come from the east, there are to be certain men appointed,  and to them it shall be given to know the place, or to them it shall  be revealed; and they shall be appointed to purchase the lands, and  to make a commencement, to lay they foundation of the city; and [p. 111]
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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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