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

But except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God. This eternal truth settles the question of all man’s religion. A man may be saved after the judgment in the terrestrial kingdom, or in the Telestial kingdom, but he can never see the Celestial kingdom

Highest kingdom of glory in the afterlife; symbolically represented by the sun. According to a vision dated 16 February 1832, inheritors of the celestial kingdom “are they who received the testimony of Jesus, & believed on his name, & were baptized,” “receive...

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of God, without being born of water and the Spirit. He may receive a glory like unto the moon, or a star, but he can never come unto Mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, and to the general assembly and church of the first born, which are written in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of the new Covenant

Generally referred to the “fulness of the gospel”—the sum total of the church’s message, geared toward establishing God’s covenant people on the earth; also used to describe individual elements of the gospel, including marriage. According to JS, the everlasting...

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, unless he becomes as a little child, and is taught by the Spirit of God. Wherefore, we say again, search the revelations of God, study the prophecies, and rejoice that God grants unto the world, seers and prophets, they are they who saw the mystery of Godliness; they saw the flood before it came; they saw angels ascending and descending upon a ladder that reached from earth to heaven; they saw the stone cut out of the mountain that filled the whole earth; they saw the Son of God come from the regions of bliss and dwell with men on earth; they saw the Deliverer come out 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 turn away ungodliness from Jacob: they saw the glory of the Lord when he shewed the transfiguration of the earth on the Mount; they saw every mountain laid low and every valley exalted when the Lord was taking vengeance upon the wicked; they saw truth spring out of the earth, and righteousness look down from heaven in the last days, before the Lord came the second time, to gather

As directed by early revelations, church members “gathered” in communities. A revelation dated September 1830, for instance, instructed elders “to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect” who would “be gathered in unto one place, upon the face of this land...

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his elect; they saw the end of the wickedness on the earth, and the sabbath of creation crowned with peace; they saw the end of the glorious thousand years, when satan was loosed for a little season; they saw the day of Judgment when all men received [p. 228]
But except a man be born again he cannot see the king dom of God. This eternal truth settles the truth question of  all man’s religion. A man may be saved after the  judgment in the terrestrial kingdom, or in the Telestial  kingdom, but he can never see the Celestial kingdom

Highest kingdom of glory in the afterlife; symbolically represented by the sun. According to a vision dated 16 February 1832, inheritors of the celestial kingdom “are they who received the testimony of Jesus, & believed on his name, & were baptized,” “receive...

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 of God, without being born of water and the Spirit.  He may receive a glory like unto the moon, or a star, but  he can never come unto Mount Zion, and unto the  city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem,  and to an innumerable company of angels,  and to the general assembly and church of the first  born, which are written in heaven, and to God  the judge of all, and to the spirits of just men  made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of the  new Covenant

Generally referred to the “fulness of the gospel”—the sum total of the church’s message, geared toward establishing God’s covenant people on the earth; also used to describe individual elements of the gospel, including marriage. According to JS, the everlasting...

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, unless he becomes as a little child,  and is taught by the Spirit of God. Wherefore,  we say again, search the revelations of God, study the  prophecies, and rejoice that God grants unto the  world, seers and prophets, they are they who saw the  mystery of Godliness; they saw the flood before it  came; they saw angels ascending and descending upon  a ladder that reached from earth to heaven; they  saw the stone cut out of the mountain that filled  the whole earth; they saw the Son of God come  from the regions of bliss and dwell with men on  earth; they saw the Deliverer come out 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  turn away ungodliness from Jacob: they saw the  glory of the Lord when he shewed the transfiguration  of the earth on the Mount; they saw every mountain  laid low and every valley exalted when the Lord  was taking vengeance upon the wicked; they saw  truth springing out of the earth, and righteousness  look down from heaven in the last days, before  the Lord came the second time, to gather

As directed by early revelations, church members “gathered” in communities. A revelation dated September 1830, for instance, instructed elders “to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect” who would “be gathered in unto one place, upon the face of this land...

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his elect;  they saw the end of the wickedness on the earth,  and the sabbath of creation crowned with peace;  they saw the end of the glorious thousand years,  when satan was loosed for a little season; they  saw the day of Judgment when all men received [p. 228]
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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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