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

death, that I may live and bring souls unto thee. And the Lord said unto me, Verily, verily I say unto thee, because thou desiredst this, thou shalt tarry untill I come in my glory, and shall prophesy before nations, kindreds, tongues and people.
And for this cause the Lord said unto Peter, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? For he desiredst of me that he might bring souls unto me; but thou desiredst that thou might speedily come unto me in my kingdom. I say unto thee, Peter, this was a good desire, but my beloved has desired, that he might do more, or a greater work, yet among men than what he has before done; yea he has undertaken a greater work; therefore, I will make him as flaming fire and a ministring angel: he shall minister for those who shall be heirs of salvation who dwell on the earth; and I will make thee to minister for him and for thy brother James: and unto you three I will give this power and the keys

Authority or knowledge of God given to mankind. In the earliest records, the term keys primarily referred to JS’s authority to unlock the “mysteries of the kingdom.” Early revelations declared that both JS and Oliver Cowdery held the keys to bring forth “...

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of this ministry untill I come.
Verily I say unto you, ye shall both have according to your desires, for ye both joy in that which you have desired.
Whilst continuing the work of translation

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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during the month of April; Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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became exceedingly anxious to have the power to translate bestowed upon him and in relation to this desire the folowing revelations were obtained.
Revelation given April 1829.
Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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, verily, verily I say unto you that assuredly as the Lord liveth who is your God and your Redeemer, even so sure shall you receive a knowledge of whatsoever things you shall ask in faith, with an honest heart, believing that you shall recieve a knowledge concerning the engravings of old records, which were ancient which contain those parts of my scripture of which have been spoken, by the manifestation of my spirit; yea, behold I will tell you in your mind and in in your heart by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you, and which shall dwell in your heart.
Now behold this is the Spirit of Revelation: behold this is the Spirit by which Moses brought the children of Israel through the red sea on dry ground: therefore this is thy gift; apply unto it and blessed art thou, for it shall deliver you out of the hands of your enemies, when, if it were not so, they would slay you and bring your soul to destruction. O remember these words, and keep my commandments.— Remember this is your gift. Now this is not all thy gift: for you have another gift, which is the gift of Aaron: behold it has told you many things: behold there is no other power save the power of God, that can cause this gift of Aaron to be with you; therefore, doubt not, for it is the gift of God, and you shall hold it in your hands, and do marvelous works; and no power shall be able to take it away out of your hands: for it is the work of God. And therefore whatsoever you shall ask me to tell you by that means, that will I grant unto you, and you shall have knowledge concerning it: remember, that without faith you can do nothing. Therefore ask in faith. Trifle not with these things: do not ask for that which you ought not ask that you may know the mysteries of God, and that you may translate and [p. 16]
death, that I may live and bring souls unto thee. And the Lord said unto me, Verily, verily  I say unto thee, because thou desiredst this, thou shalt tarry untill I come in my glory, and  shall prophesy before nations, kindreds, tongues and people.
And for this cause the Lord said unto Peter, If I will that he tarry till  I come, what is that to thee? For he desiredst of me that he might bring souls unto me; but  thou desiredst that thou might speedily come into my kingdom unto me in my kingdom.  I say unto thee, Peter, this was a good desire, but my beloved has desired, that he might  do more, or a greater work, yet among men than what he has before done; yea he  has undertaken a greater work; therefore, I will make him as flaming fire and a  ministring angel: he shall minister for those who shall be heirs of salvation who dwell  on the earth; and I will make thee a <to> minister for him and for thy brother James: and  unto you three I will give this power and the keys

Authority or knowledge of God given to mankind. In the earliest records, the term keys primarily referred to JS’s authority to unlock the “mysteries of the kingdom.” Early revelations declared that both JS and Oliver Cowdery held the keys to bring forth “...

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of this ministry untill I come.
Verily I say unto you, ye shall both have according to your desires, for ye both  joy in that which you have desired.
Whilst continuing the work of translation

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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during this <the> month of April; Oliver  Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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became exceedingly anxious to have the power to translate bestowed upon him  and in relation to this desire the folowing revelations were obtained.
Revelation given April 1829.
Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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, verily, verily I say unto you that assuredly as the Lord liveth  who is your God and your Redeemer, even so sure shall you receive a knowledge of  whatsoever things you shall ask in faith, with an honest heart, believing that you  shall recieve a knowledge concerning the engravings of old records, which were ancient  which contain those parts of my scripture of which have been spoken, by the manifes tation of my spirit; yea, behold I will tell you in your mind and in in your heart by  the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you, and which shall dwell in your heart.
Now behold this is the Spirit of Revelation: behold this is the Spirit by which  Moses brought the children of Israel through the red sea on dry ground: therefore  this is thy gift; apply unto it and blessed art thou, for it shall deliver you out of the  hands of your enemies, when, if it were not so, they would slay you and bring your  soul to destruction. O remember these words, and keep my command ments.— Remember this is your gift. Now this is not all your <thy> gift: for you have another  gift, which is the gift of Aaron: behold it has told you many things: behold there  is no other power save the power of God, that can cause this gift of Aaron to be  with you; therefore, doubt not, for it is the gift of God, and you shall hold it in your  hands, and do marvelous works; and no power shall be able to take it away from  out of your hands: for it is the work of God. And therefore whatsoever you shall  ask me to tell you by that means, that will I grant unto you, and you shall  have knowledge concerning it: remember, that without faith you can do nothing.  Therefore ask in faith. Trifle not in <with> these things: do not ask for that which you ought not  ask that you may know the mysteries of God, and that you may translate and [p. 16]
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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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