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

was sent forth to teach the truth, and then received ye spirits which ye could not understand, and received them to be of God; and in this are ye justified? Behold ye shall answer this question yourselves; nevertheless I will be merciful unto you: he that is weak among you hereafter shall be made strong.
5. Verily I say unto you, he that is ordained

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of me and sent forth to preach the word of truth by the Comforter, in the spirit of truth, doth he preach it by the spirit of truth, or some other way? and if it be by some other way, it be not of God. And again, he that recieveth the word of truth, doth he receive it by the Spirit of truth, or some other way? if it be some other way it be not of God: Therefore, why is it that ye can not understand and know that he that receiveth the word, by the spirit of truth, receiveth it as it is preached by the spirit of truth?
6. Wherefore, he that preacheth and he that receiveth, understandeth one another, and both are edified and rejoice together; and that which doth not edify, is not of God, and is darkness: that which is of God is light, and he that receiveth light and continueth in god, receiveth more light, and that light groweth brighter and brighter, until the perfect day. And again verily I say unto you, and I say it that you may know the truth, that you may chase darkness from among you, for he that is ordained of God and sent forth, the same is appointed to be greatest, notwithstanding he is least, and the servant of all: wherefore he is possessor of all things, for all things are subject unto him, both in heaven, and on the earth, the life, and the light, the spirit, and the power, sent forth by the will of the Father, through Jesus Christ, his Son; but no man is possessor of all things, except he be purified and cleansed from all sin; and if ye are purified and cleansed from all sin, ye shall ask whatsoever you will in the name of Jesus, and it shall be done; but know this, it shall be given you what you shall ask, and as ye are appointed to the head, the spirits shall be subject unto you:
7. Wherefore it shall come to pass, that if you behold a spirit manifested that you cannot understand, and you receive not that Spirit, ye shall ask of the Father in the name of Jesus, and if he give not unto you that Spirit, that you may know that it is not of God: and it shall be given unto you power over that spirit, and you shall proclaim against that Spirit [p. 115]
was sent forth to teach the truth, and then received ye spirits  which ye could not understand, and received them to be of God; and  in this are ye justified? Behold ye shall answer this question your selves; nevertheless I will be merciful unto you: he that is weak a mong you hereafter shall be made strong.
5. Verily I say unto you, he that is ordained

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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of me and sent forth  to preach the word of truth by the Comforter, in the spirit of truth, doth  he preach it by the spirit of truth, or some other way? and if <it be> by  some other way, it be not of God. And again, he that recieveth the  word of truth, doth he receive it by the Spirit of truth, or some  other way? if it be some other way it be not of God: Therefore,  why is it that ye can not understand and know that he that re ceiveth the word, by the spirit of truth, receiveth it as it is preached  by the spirit of truth?
6. Wherefore, he that preacheth and he that receiveth, understandeth  one another, and both are edified and rejoice together; and that  which doth not edify, is not of God, and is darkness: that which  is of God is light, and he that receiveth light and continueth in  god, receiveth more light, and that light groweth brighter and  brighter, until the perfect day. And again verily I say unto you,  and I say it that you may know the truth, that you may chase  darkness from among you, for he that is ordained of God and sent  forth, the same is appointed to be greatest, notwithstanding he is least,  and the servant of all: wherefore he is possessor of all things, for all  things are subject unto him, both in heaven, and on the earth, the life,  and the light, the spirit, and the power, sent forth by the will  of the Father, through Jesus Christ, his Son; but no man is posses sor of all things, e[x]cept he be purified and cleansed from all  sin; and if ye are purified and cleansed from all sin, ye shall  ask whatsoever you will in of the name of Jesus, and it shall  be done; but know this, it shall be given you what you shall  ask, and as ye are appointed to the head, the spirits shall  be subjects unto you:
7. Wherefore it shall come to pass, that if you behold a spirit  manifested that you cannot understand, and you receive  not that Spirit, ye shall ask of the Father in the name of  Jesus, and if he give not unto you that Spirit, that you may  know that it is not of God: and it shall be given unto you power  over that spirit, and you shall proclaim against that Spirit [p. 115]
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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

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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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