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

they sinned they might be chastened that they might repent; and inasmuch as they were humble, they might be made strong, and blessed from on high, and receive knowledge from time to time: and after having received the Record of the Nephites, yea, even my servant Joseph Smith Jn, might have power to translate

To produce a new text through a revelatory, rather than scholarly, process by the “gift and power of God.” In the Book of Mormon, the ancient prophet Mosiah translated records into his own language using “interpreters,” or “two stones which was fastened into...

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through the mercy of God by the power of God, the book of Mormon: and also: those to whom these 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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were given, might have power to lay the foundation of this 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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, and to bring it forth out of obscurity, and out of darkness, the only true and living Church upon the face of the whole earth, with which I, the Lord, am well pleased, speaking unto the church collectively and not individually; for I, the Lord cannot look upon Sin with the least degree of allowance: nevertheless, he that repents and does the commandments of the Lord shall be forgiven, and he that repents not, from him shall be taken even the light which he has received, for my Spirit shall not always Strive with man, saith the Lord of Hosts.
6 And again, verily I say unto you, O inhabitants of the earth, I the Lord am willing to make these things known unto all flesh, for I am no respecter of persons, and willeth that all men shall know that the day speedily cometh, the hour is not yet, but is nigh at hand, when peace shall be taken from the earth, and the Devil shall have power over his own dominion; and also, the Lord shall have power over his Saints, and shall reign in their midst, and shall come down in judgment upon Idumea, or the world
7 Search these commandments, for they are true and faithful, and the prophecies and promises which are in them, shall all be fulfilled; [p. 160]
they sinned they might be chastened that they  might repent; and inasmuch as they were  humble, they might be made strong, and  blessed from on high, and receive knowledge  from time to time: and after having received the  Record of the Nephites, yea, even my servant  Joseph Smith Jn, might have power to translate

To produce a new text through a revelatory, rather than scholarly, process by the “gift and power of God.” In the Book of Mormon, the ancient prophet Mosiah translated records into his own language using “interpreters,” or “two stones which was fastened into...

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 through the mercy of God by the power of God,  the book of Mormon: and also: those to whom  these 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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were given, might have  power to lay the foundation of this 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
, and  to bring it forth out of obscurity, and out  of darkness, the only true and living Church  upon the face of the whole earth, with which  I, the Lord, am well pleased, speaking unto  the church collectively and not individually;  for I, the Lord cannot look upon Sin with the  least degree of allowance: nevertheless, he that  repents and does the commandments of the Lord  shall be forgiven, and he that repents not,  from him shall be taken even the light which  he has received, for my Spirit shall not always  Strive with man, saith the Lord of Hosts.
6 And again, verily I say unto you, O  inhabitants of the earth, I the Lord am willing  to make these things known unto all flesh, for  I am no respecter of persons, and willeth that  all men shall know that the day speedily cometh,  the hour is not yet, but is nigh at hand, when  peace shall be taken from the earth, and the Devil  shall have power over his own dominion; and also,  the Lord shall have power over his Saints,  and shall reign in their midst, and shall  come down in judgment upon Idumea, or the  world
7 Search these commandments, for they  are true and faithful, and the prophecies  and promises which are in them, shall all  be fulfilled; [p. 160]
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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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, 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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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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