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

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

unto 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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, what they shall do until conference

A meeting where ecclesiastical officers and other church members could conduct church business. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church directed the elders to hold conferences to perform “Church business.” The first of these conferences was held on 9 June...

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1 For verily thus saith the Lord, it is expedient in me, that they should continue preaching the Gospel, and in exhortation to the churches, in the regions round about, until conference: and then it shall be made known unto them, by the voice of the conference, their several Missions.
2 Now virily I say unto you, my servants Joseph Smith. Jur and Sidney Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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, saith the Lord, it is expedient 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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again, and inasmuch as it is practicable, to preach in the regions round about until conference, and after that it is expedient to continue the work of translation, until it be finished. And let this be a pattern unto the elders until further knowledge, even as it is written. Now I give no more unto you at this time. Gird up your loins and be sober, even so: Amen.
Here read from “See note A.” page 178. to “Note A” page 179

25 January 1832 • Wednesday

A few day before the conference was to commence in Amherst

Located in northeastern Ohio on southern shore of Lake Erie. Area settled, ca. 1810. County organized, 1824. Formed from Black River Township, Dec. 1829. Population in 1830 about 600. Population in 1840 about 1,200. Parley P. Pratt settled in township, Dec...

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Lorain county, I started in company with the elders that lived in my own vicinity, and arrived in due time. At this conference much harmony prevailed, and considerable business was done to advance the kingdom and promulgate the gospel to the inhabitants of the surrounding Country. The Elders seemed anxious for me to enquire of the Lord, that they might know his will, or learn what would be most pleasing to him, for them to do, in order to bring men to a sense of their condition: for, as it was written, all men had gone out of the way, so that none doth good; no, not one. I enquired and received the following
Revelation. given January, 1832.
1 Verily, verily I say unto you, I who speak even by the voice of my Spirit; even Alpha and omega; your Lord and your God: hearken, O ye who have given your names to go forth to preach [p. 180]
unto 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...

View Glossary
, what they shall do until conference

A meeting where ecclesiastical officers and other church members could conduct church business. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church directed the elders to hold conferences to perform “Church business.” The first of these conferences was held on 9 June...

View Glossary
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1 For verily thus saith the Lord, it is expedient  in me, that they should continue preaching the  Gospel, and in exhortation to the churches, in  the regions round about, until conference: and  then it shall be made known unto them, by the  voice of the conference, their several Missions.
2 Now virily I say unto you, my servants  Joseph Smith. Jur and Sidney Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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, saith the  Lord, it is expedient 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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again, and  inasmuch as it is practicable, to preach in  the regions round about until conference,  and after that it is expedient to continue the  work of translation, until it be finished. And  let this be a pattern unto the elders until fur ther knowledge, even as it is written. Now  I give no more unto you at this time. Gird  up your loins and be sober, even so: Amen.
<Here read from “See note A.” page 178. to “Note A” page 179>

25 January 1832 • Wednesday

A few day before the conference was to commence  in Amherst

Located in northeastern Ohio on southern shore of Lake Erie. Area settled, ca. 1810. County organized, 1824. Formed from Black River Township, Dec. 1829. Population in 1830 about 600. Population in 1840 about 1,200. Parley P. Pratt settled in township, Dec...

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Lorain county, I started in company  with the elders that lived in my own vicinity,  and arrived in due time. At this conference  much harmony prevailed, and considerable business  was done to advance the kingdom and promulgate  the gospel to the inhabitants of the surrounding  Country. The Elders seemed anxious for me to  enquire of the Lord, that they might know his  will, or learn what would be most pleasing to  him, for them to do, in order to bring men to a  sense of their condition: for, as it was written,  all men had gone out of the way, so that  none doth good; no, not one. I enquired  and received the following
Revelation. given January, 1832.
1 Verily, verily I say unto you, I who speak  even by the voice of my Spirit; even Alpha and  omega; your Lord and your God: hearken, O ye  who have given your names to go forth to preach [p. 180]
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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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