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

covenant I receive you to fellowship in a determination that is fixed, immovable and unchangeable, to be your friend and brother through the grace of God, in the bonds of love, to walk in all the 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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of God blameless, in thanksgiving, forever and ever, Amen.
42 And he that is found unworthy of this salutation, shall not have place among you; for ye shall not suffer that mine house shall be polluted by them.
43. And [he] that cometh in and is faithful before me, and is a brother, or if they be brethren, they shall salute the president or teacher with uplifted hands, to heaven. with this same prayer or covenant, or by saying, amen, in token of the same.
44 Behold, verily I say unto you, this is a sample unto you, for a salutation to one another in the house of God, in the school of the prophets, And ye are called to do this by prayer and thanksgiving as the spirit shall give utterance, in all your doings, in the house of the Lord, in the school of the prophets

A term occasionally used to refer to a Protestant seminary; specifically used by JS to refer to a school to prepare elders of the church for their ministry. A December 1832 revelation directed JS and the elders of the church in Kirtland, Ohio, to establish...

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, that it may become a sanctuary, a tabernacle, of the Holy spirit to your edification.
45. And ye shall not receive any among you into this school, save he is clean from the blood of this generation; and he shall be received by the ordinance

A religious rite. JS taught that ordinances were covenants between man and God, in which believers could affirm faith, gain spiritual knowledge, and seek blessings. Some ordinances were considered requisite for salvation. The manner in which ordinances were...

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of the washing of feet

Ordinance symbolizing unity and cleanliness. Revelation directed that the “president, or presiding elder of the church” was to administer the ordinance “in the house of the Lord, in the school of the prophets,” in accordance with the pattern set by Jesus ...

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; for unto this end was the ordinance of the washing of feet instituted.
46 And again the ordinance of washing feet is to be administered by the president

The highest presiding body of the church. An 11 November 1831 revelation stated that the president of the high priesthood was to preside over the church. JS was ordained as president of the high priesthood on 25 January 1832. In March 1832, JS appointed two...

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or presiding elder 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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. It is to be commenced with prayer: and after partaking of bread and wine

Primarily referred to the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, or Communion, as opposed to other religious sacraments. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church directed “that the church meet together often to partake of bread and wine in remembrance of the Lord...

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he is to gird himself, according to the pattern given in the thirteenth chapter of John’s testimony concerning me. Amen.

4 January 1833 • Friday

I wrote to N. E. Sexton [N. C. Saxton]

25 Jan. 1798–23 June 1834. Evangelist, Christian newspaper editor. Born in Wilbraham, Hampden Co., Massachusetts. Son of Noah Saxton and Patty Bliss. Graduated from Union College in Schenectady, Schenectady Co., New York, 1818. Received preacher license, ...

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, Esqr. Editor of the [blank] as follows;
Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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, January 4th.1833
Mr Editor, Sir,
Considering the liberal principles, upon which your interesting and valueable paper is published, [p. 257]
covenant I receive you to fellowship in a determination  that is fixed, immovable and unchangeable, to be your  friend and brother through the grace of God, in the bonds  of love, to walk in all the 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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of God blame less, in thanksgiving, forever and ever, Amen.
42 And he that is found unworthy of this salu tation, among you shall not have place among  you; for ye shall not suffer that mine house shall  be polluted by them.
43. And [he] that cometh in and is faithful before  me, and is a brother, or if they be brethren, they shall  salute the president or teacher with uplifted hands, to  heaven. with this same prayer or covenant, or by say ing, amen, in token of the same.
44 Behold, verily I say unto you, this is a  sample unto you, for a salutation to one another in  the house of God, in the school of the prophets,  And ye are called to do this by prayer and thanksgiving  as the spirit shall give utterance, in all your doings,  in the house of the Lord, in the school of the prophets

A term occasionally used to refer to a Protestant seminary; specifically used by JS to refer to a school to prepare elders of the church for their ministry. A December 1832 revelation directed JS and the elders of the church in Kirtland, Ohio, to establish...

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,  that it may become a sanctuary, a tabernacle, of the  Holy spirit to your edification.
45. And ye shall not receive any among you  into this school, save he is clean from the blood of  this generation; and he shall be received by the ordinance

A religious rite. JS taught that ordinances were covenants between man and God, in which believers could affirm faith, gain spiritual knowledge, and seek blessings. Some ordinances were considered requisite for salvation. The manner in which ordinances were...

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 of the washing of feet

Ordinance symbolizing unity and cleanliness. Revelation directed that the “president, or presiding elder of the church” was to administer the ordinance “in the house of the Lord, in the school of the prophets,” in accordance with the pattern set by Jesus ...

View Glossary
; for unto this end was the  ordinance of the washing of feet instituted.
46 And again the ordinance of washing feet  is to be administered by the president

The highest presiding body of the church. An 11 November 1831 revelation stated that the president of the high priesthood was to preside over the church. JS was ordained as president of the high priesthood on 25 January 1832. In March 1832, JS appointed two...

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or presiding  elder 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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. It is to be commenced with  prayer: and after partaking of bread and wine

Primarily referred to the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, or Communion, as opposed to other religious sacraments. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church directed “that the church meet together often to partake of bread and wine in remembrance of the Lord...

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he  is to gird himself, according to the pattern given in  the thirteenth chapter of John’s testimony concerning  me. Amen.

4 January 1833 • Friday

I wrote to N. E. Sexton [N. C. Saxton]

25 Jan. 1798–23 June 1834. Evangelist, Christian newspaper editor. Born in Wilbraham, Hampden Co., Massachusetts. Son of Noah Saxton and Patty Bliss. Graduated from Union College in Schenectady, Schenectady Co., New York, 1818. Received preacher license, ...

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, Esqr. Editor of the [blank]  as follows;
Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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, January 4th.1833
Mr Editor, Sir,
Considering the liberal principles, upon  which your interesting and valueable paper is published, and [p. 257]
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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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