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

rock, the gates of hell shall not prevail against you.
2 Behold the world is ripening in iniquity, and it must needs be, that the children of men are stirred up unto repentance, both the Gentiles

Those who were not members of the House of Israel. More specifically, members of the church identified gentiles as those whose lineage was not of the Jews or Lamanites (understood to be the American Indians in JS’s day). Certain prophecies indicated that ...

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, and also the house of Israel: wherefore, as thou hast been baptized

An ordinance in which an individual is immersed in water for the remission of sins. The Book of Mormon explained that those with necessary authority were to baptize individuals who had repented of their sins. Baptized individuals also received the gift of...

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by the hand of my servant Joseph Smith Jr— according to that which I have commanded

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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him, he hath fulfilled the thing which I commanded him. And now marvel not that I have called him to mine own purpose; which purpose is known in me: wherefore if he shall be diligent in keeping my commandments, he shall be blessed unto eternal life, and his name is Joseph. 3 And now 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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, I speak unto you, and also unto David Whitmer

7 Jan. 1805–25 Jan. 1888. Farmer, livery keeper. Born near Harrisburg, Dauphin Co., Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Raised Presbyterian. Moved to Ontario Co., New York, shortly after birth. Attended German Reformed Church. Arranged...

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by the way of commandment: for behold I command all men every where to repent, and I speak unto you, even as unto Paul mine apostle

A title indicating one sent forth to preach; later designated as a specific ecclesiastical and priesthood office. By 1830, JS and Oliver Cowdery were designated as apostles. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church explained that an “apostle is an elder...

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, for you are called even with that same calling with which he was called. Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God: for behold the Lord your Redeemer suffered death in the flesh: wherefore he suffered the pain of all men, that all men might repent and come unto him. And he hath risen again from the dead that he might bring all men unto him on conditions of repentance. And how great is his joy in his soul that repenteth.— Wherefore you are called to cry repentance unto this people. And if it so be that you should labour all your days, in crying repentance to this people, and bring save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father.
4 And now if your joy will be great with one soul, that you have brought unto me into the kingdom of my Father, how great will be your joy, if you should bring many souls unto me? Behold you have my gospel before you, and my rock and my salvation: ask the Father in my name in faith believing that you shall receive, and you shall have the Holy Ghost which manifesteth all things which is expedient unto the Children of men. And if you have not faith, hope and charity, you can do nothing. Contend against no church, save it be the Church of the devil. Take upon you the name of Christ, and speak the truth in soberness, and as many as repent, and are baptized in my name, which is Jesus Christ, and endure to the end, the same shall be saved. Behold, Jesus Christ is the name which is given of the Father, and there is none other name given whereby man can be saved: wherefore all men must take upon them the name which is given of the Father, for in that name shall they be called at the last day: wherefore if they know not the name by which they are called, they can not have place in the kingdom of my Father.
5 And now behold there are others who are called to declare my gospel both unto Gentile, and unto Jew: yea, even twelve: and the twelve shall be my disciples, and they shall take upon them my name, and the twelve are they, who shall desire to take upon them my name with full purpose of heart: and if they desire to take upon them my name [p. 28]
rock, the gates of hell shall not prevail against you.
2 Behold the world is ripening in iniquity, and it must needs be, that the children  of men are stirred up unto repentance, both the Gentiles

Those who were not members of the House of Israel. More specifically, members of the church identified gentiles as those whose lineage was not of the Jews or Lamanites (understood to be the American Indians in JS’s day). Certain prophecies indicated that ...

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, and also the house of Israel:  wherefore, as thou hast been baptized

An ordinance in which an individual is immersed in water for the remission of sins. The Book of Mormon explained that those with necessary authority were to baptize individuals who had repented of their sins. Baptized individuals also received the gift of...

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by the hand of my servant Joseph Smith Jr—  according to that which I have commanded

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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him, he hath fulfilled the thing which I  commanded him. And now marvel not that I have called him to my mine own  purpose; which purpose is known in me: wherefore if he shall be diligent in  keeping my commandments, he shall be blessed unto eternal life, and his name  is Joseph. 3 And now 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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, I speak unto you, and also unto  David Whitmer

7 Jan. 1805–25 Jan. 1888. Farmer, livery keeper. Born near Harrisburg, Dauphin Co., Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Raised Presbyterian. Moved to Ontario Co., New York, shortly after birth. Attended German Reformed Church. Arranged...

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by the way of commandment: for behold I command all men every  where to repent, and I speak unto you, even as unto Paul mine apostle

A title indicating one sent forth to preach; later designated as a specific ecclesiastical and priesthood office. By 1830, JS and Oliver Cowdery were designated as apostles. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church explained that an “apostle is an elder...

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, for you are  called even with that same calling with which he was called. Remember the  worth of souls is great in the sight of God: for behold the Lord your Redeemer suffered  death in the flesh: wherefore he suffered the pain of all men, that all men might repent  and come unto him. And he hath risen again from the dead that he might  bring all men unto him on conditions of repentance. And how great is his joy in  his soul that repenteth.— Wherefore you are called to cry repentance unto this  people. And if it <so> be that you should labour all your days, in crying repen tance to this people, and bring save it be one soul unto me, how great shall  be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father.
4 And now if your joy will be great with one soul, that you have brought unto me  into the kingdom of my Father, how great will be your joy, if you should bring  many souls unto me? Behold you have my gospel before you, and my rock  and my salvation: ask the Father in my name in faith believing that you  shall receive, and you shall have the Holy Ghost which manifesteth all things  which is expedient unto the Children of men. And if you have not faith, hope  and charity, you can do nothing. Contend against no church, save it be the  Church of the devil. Take upon you the name of Christ, and speak the truth  in soberness, and as many as repent, and are baptized in my name, which is  Jesus Christ, and endure to the end, the same shall be saved. Behold, Jesus  Christ is the name <which is> given of the Father, and there is none other name given where by man can be saved: wherefore all men must take upon them the name  which is given of the Father, for in that name shall they be called at the last  day: wherefore if they know not the name by which they are called, they can  not have place in the kingdom of my Father.
5 And now behold there are others who are called to declare my gospel  both unto Gentile, and unto Jew: yea, even twelve: and the twelve shall be  my disciples, and they shall take upon them my name, with full purpose of  heart: and the twelve are they, who shall desire to take upon them my name  with full purpose of heart: and if they desire to take upon them my name [p. 28]
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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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