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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]

in mine own due time for the benefit of the Saints of the Most High, and for a stake

The ecclesiastical organization of church members in a particular locale. Stakes were typically large local organizations of church members; stake leaders could include a presidency, a high council, and a bishopric. Some revelations referred to stakes “to...

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to Zion; for Zion must increase in beauty, and in holiness; her borders must be enlarged; her stakes must be strengthened: yea, verily I say unto you, Zion must arise and put on her beautiful garments: therefore I give unto you this commandment

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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, that ye bind yourselves by this covenant, and it shall be done according to the laws of the Lord. Behold here is wisdom, also, in me, for your good. And you are to be equal, or in other words, you are to have equal claims on the properties, for the benefit of managing the concerns of your stewardships

One who managed property and goods under the law of consecration; also someone given a specific ecclesiastical responsibility. According to the “Laws of the Church of Christ,” members of the church were to make donations to the bishop, who would record the...

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, every man according to his wants and his needs, inasmuch as his wants are just; and all this for the benefit of the church of the living God

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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, that every man may improve upon his talent, that every man may gain other talents; yea, even an hundred fold, to be cast into the Lord’s Storehouse

Both a literal and a figurative repository for goods and land donated to the church. The Book of Malachi directed the House of Israel to bring “all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house.” In JS’s revision of the Old Testament...

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, to become the common property of the whole church, every man seeking the interest of his neighbor, and doing all things with an eye single to the glory of God.
5. This order I have appointed to be an everlasting order unto you and unto your successors, inasmuch as you sin not: and the soul that sins against this covenant, and hardeneth his heart against it, shall be dealt with according to the laws of my church, and shall be delivered over to the buffetings of Satan until the day of Redemption.
6. And now verily I say unto you, and this is wisdom, make unto yourselves friends with the mammon of unrighteousness, and they will not destroy you. Leave judgment alone with me, for it is mine and I will repay. Peace be with you; my blessings continue with you, for even yet the kingdom is yours, and shall be forever if you fall not from your steadfastness; even so; Amen.

27 April 1832 • Friday

On the 27th. we transacted considerable [p. 212]
in mine own due time for the benefit of the Saints of the  Most High, and for a stake

The ecclesiastical organization of church members in a particular locale. Stakes were typically large local organizations of church members; stake leaders could include a presidency, a high council, and a bishopric. Some revelations referred to stakes “to...

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to Zion; for Zion must in crease in beauty, and in holiness; her borders must be  enlarged; her stakes must be strengthened: yea, verily  I say unto you, Zion must arise and put on her  beautiful garments: therefore I give unto you this com mandment

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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, that ye bind yourselves by this covenant,  and it shall be done according to the laws of the  Lord. Behold here is wisdom, also, in me, for your good.  And you are to be equal, or in other words, you  are to have equal claims on the properties, for the  benefit of managing the concer[n]s of your stewardships

One who managed property and goods under the law of consecration; also someone given a specific ecclesiastical responsibility. According to the “Laws of the Church of Christ,” members of the church were to make donations to the bishop, who would record the...

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,  every man according to his wants and his needs,  inasmuch as his wants are just; and all this  for the benefit of the church of the living God

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
, that  every man may improve upon of his talent, that every  man may gain other talents; yea, even an hundred  fold, to be cast into the Lord’s Storehouse

Both a literal and a figurative repository for goods and land donated to the church. The Book of Malachi directed the House of Israel to bring “all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house.” In JS’s revision of the Old Testament...

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, to become  the common property of the whole chu[r]ch, every man  seeking the interest of his neighbor, and doing all  things with an eye single to the glory of God.
5. This order I have appointed to be an ever lasting order unto you and unto your successors,  inasmuch as you sin not: and the soul that  sins against this covenant, and hardeneth his  heart against it, shall be dealt with according  to the laws of my church, and shall be deliver ed over to the buffetings of Satan until the day  of Redemption.
6. And now verily I say unto you, and  this is wisdom, make unto yourselves friends with  the mammon of unrighteousness, and they will  not destroy you. Leave judgment alone with  me, for it is mine and I will <re>pay. Peace  be with you; my blessings continue with you, for  even yet the kingdom is yours, and shall be  forever if you fall not from your steadfast ness; even so; Amen.

27 April 1832 • Friday

On the 27th. we transacted considerable [p. 212]
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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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