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

tion: and from thence let them journey for the congregations of their brethren, for their labors, even now, are wanted more abundantly among them, than among the congregations of the wicked.
6 And now concerning the residue, let them journey and declare the word among the congregations of the wicked, in asmuch as it is given, and inasmuch as they do this they shall rid their garments, and they shall be spotless before me; and let them journey to gether, or two by two, as seemeth them good, only let my servant Reynolds Cahoon

30 Apr. 1790–29 Apr. 1861. Farmer, tanner, builder. Born at Cambridge, Washington Co., New York. Son of William Cahoon Jr. and Mehitable Hodges. Married Thirza Stiles, 11 Dec. 1810. Moved to northeastern Ohio, 1811. Located at Harpersfield, Ashtabula Co.,...

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, and my servant— Samuel H. Smith

13 Mar. 1808–30 July 1844. Farmer, logger, scribe, builder, tavern operator. Born at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont, by Mar. 1810; to Lebanon, Grafton Co., New Hampshire, 1811...

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, with whom I am well pleased, be not separated until they return to their homes, and this for a wise— purpose in me. And verily I say unto you, and what I say unto one I say unto all, be of good cheer little children, for I am in your midst, and have not forsaken you, and inasmuch as you have humbled yourselves before me, the blessings of the kingdom are yours. Gird up your loins and be watchful, and be sober, looking forth for the coming of the Son of man, for he cometh in an hour you think not. Pray always that you enter not into temptation, that you may abide the day of his coming, whether in life or death; even so: Amen.

13 August 1831 • Saturday

On the 13th I met several of the 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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on their way to the land of Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Jesus Christ, characterized by adherence to ideals of harmony, equality, and purity. In JS’s earliest revelations “the cause of Zion” was used to broadly describe the ...

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, and after the joyful salutations with which brethren meet each other who are actually “contending for the faith once delivered to the saints,” I received the following
Revelation given August, 1831.
1 Behold and hearken, O ye elders 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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saith the Lord your God: even Jesus Christ, your advocate who knoweth the weakness of man, and how to succor them who are tempted: and verily mine eyes are upon those who have not as yet gone up unto the land of Zion: wherefore your mission is not yet full; nevertheless ye are blessed, for the testimony which ye have born is recorded in heaven for the angels to look upon,— and they rejoice over you: and your sins are forgiven you.
2 And now continue your journey. Assemble yourselves upon the land of Zion, and hold a meeting and rejoice together,— and offer a sacrament

Primarily referred to the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, or Communion, as opposed to other religious sacraments. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church directed “that the church meet together often to partake of bread and wine in remembrance of the Lord...

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unto the most High: and then you [p. 145]
tion: and from thence let them journey for the congregations  of their brethren, for their labors, even now, are wanted more  abundantly among them, than among the congregations of  the wicked.
6 And now concerning the residue, let them journey and declare  the word among the congregations of the wicked, in asmuch  as it is given, and inasmuch as they do this they shall rid  their garments, and they shall be spotless before me; and  let them journey to gether, or two by two, as seemeth them good,  only let my servant Reynolds Cahoon

30 Apr. 1790–29 Apr. 1861. Farmer, tanner, builder. Born at Cambridge, Washington Co., New York. Son of William Cahoon Jr. and Mehitable Hodges. Married Thirza Stiles, 11 Dec. 1810. Moved to northeastern Ohio, 1811. Located at Harpersfield, Ashtabula Co.,...

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, and my servant—  Samuel H. Smith

13 Mar. 1808–30 July 1844. Farmer, logger, scribe, builder, tavern operator. Born at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont, by Mar. 1810; to Lebanon, Grafton Co., New Hampshire, 1811...

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, with whom I am well pleased, be not sep arated until they return to their homes, and this for a wise—  purpose in me. And verily I say unto you, and what I say  unto one I say unto all, be of good cheer little children,  for I am in your midst, and have not forsaken you, and  inasmuch as you have humbled yourselves before me, the bles sings of the kingdom are yours. Gird up your loins and be  watchful, and be sober, looking forth for the coming of the  Son of man, for he cometh in an hour you think not. Pray  always that you enter not into temptation, that you may  abide the day of his coming, whether in life or death;  even so: Amen.

13 August 1831 • Saturday

On the 13th I met several of the 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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on their  way to the land of Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Jesus Christ, characterized by adherence to ideals of harmony, equality, and purity. In JS’s earliest revelations “the cause of Zion” was used to broadly describe the ...

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, and after the joyful salutations <with>  which brethren meet each other with, who are actually  “contending for the faith once delivered to the saints,” I  received the following
Revelation given August, 1831.
1 Behold and hearken, O ye elders 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...

View Glossary
saith the  Lord your God: even Jesus Christ, your advocate who knoweth  the weakness of man, and how to succor them who are temp ted: and verily mine eyes are upon those who have not as  yet gone up unto the land of Zion: wherefore your mission is not  yet full; nevertheless ye are blessed, for the testimony which ye  have born is recorded in heaven for the angels to look upon,—  and they rejoice over you: and your sins are forgiven you.
2 And now contin[u]e your journey. Assemble yourselves upon  the land of Zion, and hold a meeting and rejoice together,—  and offer a sacrament

Primarily referred to the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, or Communion, as opposed to other religious sacraments. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church directed “that the church meet together often to partake of bread and wine in remembrance of the Lord...

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unto the most High: and then you [p. 145]
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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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