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

like as a tree that is smitten by the vivid shaft of Lightning, and all they, who are not found written in the book of rememberance, shall find none inheritance

Generally referred to land promised by or received from God for the church and its members. A January 1831 revelation promised church members a land of inheritance. In March and May 1831, JS dictated revelations commanding members “to purchase lands for an...

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in that day, but they shall be cut assunder, and their portion shall be appointed them among unbelievers, where is wailing and gnashing of teeth. These things I say not of myself, therefore, as the Lord speaketh, he will also fulfill.
And they, who are of the high priesthood

The authority and power held by certain officers in the church. The Book of Mormon referred to the high priesthood as God’s “holy order, which was after the order of his Son,” and indicated that Melchizedek, a biblical figure, was a high priest “after this...

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, whose names are not found written in the book of the Law, or that are found to have apostatized, or to have been cut off out of the 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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; as well as the lesser priesthood

The lower, or lesser, of two divisions of the priesthood. Sometimes called the Levitical priesthood. It was named for Aaron, the brother of Moses, “because it was conferred upon Aaron and his seed” in antiquity. JS and other church leaders taught that the...

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, or the members, in that day, shall not find an inheritance among the Saints of the most high; therefore it shall be done unto them as unto the children of the priest, as you will find recorded in the Second chapter and sixty first and second verses of Ezra.
Now, Brothr. William

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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, if, what I have said is true, how careful had men ought to be what they do in the last days, lest they are cut short of their expectations, and they that think they stand should fall because they keep not the Lord’s 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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; whilst you, who do the will of the Lord and keep his commandments, have need to rejoice with unspeakable joy, for such shall be exalted very high, and shall be lifted up in triumph above all the kingdoms of this world: but I must drop this subject at the beginning.
Oh Lord, when will the time come, when brother William

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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, thy servant, and myself, shall behold the day that we may stand together and gaze upon eternal wisdom engraven upon the heavens, while the majesty of our God holdeth up the dark curtain, until we may read the round of Eternity, to the fulness and satisfaction of our immortal souls? Oh Lord God deliver us in thy due time from the little narrow prison, almost, as it were, total darkness of paper, pen and ink; and a [p. 242]
like as a tree that is smitten by the vivid shaft of Light ning, and all they, who are not found written in the  book of rememberance, shall find none inheritance

Generally referred to land promised by or received from God for the church and its members. A January 1831 revelation promised church members a land of inheritance. In March and May 1831, JS dictated revelations commanding members “to purchase lands for an...

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in  that day, but they shall be cut assunder, and their  portion shall be appointed them among unbelievers,  where is wailing and gnashing of teeth. These things  I say not of myself, therefore, as the Lord speaketh, he  will also fulfill.
And they, who are of the high priesthood

The authority and power held by certain officers in the church. The Book of Mormon referred to the high priesthood as God’s “holy order, which was after the order of his Son,” and indicated that Melchizedek, a biblical figure, was a high priest “after this...

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, whose  names are not found written in the book of the Law, or  that are found to have apostatized, or to have been  cut off out of the 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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; as well as the lesser  priesthood

The lower, or lesser, of two divisions of the priesthood. Sometimes called the Levitical priesthood. It was named for Aaron, the brother of Moses, “because it was conferred upon Aaron and his seed” in antiquity. JS and other church leaders taught that the...

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, or the members, in that day, shall not  find an inheritance among the Saints of the  most high; therefore it shall be done unto them  as unto the children of the priest, as you will  find recorded in the Second chapter and sixty  first and second verses of Ezra.
Now, Brothr. William

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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, if, what I have said is true,  how careful then had men ought to be what they do  in the last days, lest they are cut short of their expec tations, and they that think they stand should fall  because they keep not the Lord’s 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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;  whilst you, who do the will of the Lord and keep  his commandments, have need to rejoice with unsp eakable joy, for such shall be exalted very high,  and shall be lifted up in triumph above all  the kingdoms of this world: but I must drop this  subject at the beginning.
Oh Lord, when will the time come, when  brother William

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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, thy servant, and myself, shall  behold the day that we may stand together and  gaze upon eternal wisdom engraven upon the heav ens, while the majesty of our God holdeth up the dark  curtain, until we may read the round of Eternity,  to the fulness and satisfaction of our immortal  souls? Oh Lord God deliver us in thy due time from  the little narrow prison, almost, total darkness as it  were, total darkness of paper, pen and ink; and a [p. 242]
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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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