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

brethren abroad.”
Dear Brethren in christ and companions in tribulation: It seemeth good unto us, to drop a few lines to you, giving you some instruction relative to conducting the affairs of the kingdom of God, which has been committed unto us in these latter times, by the will and testament of our Mediator, whose intercessions in our behalf, are lodged in the bosom of the Eternal Father, and ere long will burst with blessings upon the heads of all the faithful;
We have all been children, and are too much so at the present time; but we hope in the Lord, that we may grow in grace and be prepared for all things which the bosom of futurity may disclose unto us. Time is rapidly rolling on, and the prophecies must be fulfilled. The days of tribulation are fast approaching, and the time to test the fidelity of the saints, has come. Rumor with her ten thousand tongues, is diffusing her uncertain sounds in almost every ear; but in these times of sore trial let the saints be patient and see the salvation of God. Those who cannot endure persecution and stand in the day of affliction, cannot stand in the day when the Son of God shall burst the veil, and appear in all the glory of his Father, with all the holy angels.
On the subject of ordination

The conferral of power and authority; to appoint, decree, or set apart. Church members, primarily adults, were ordained to ecclesiastical offices and other responsibilities by the laying on of hands by those with the proper authority. Ordinations to priesthood...

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, a few words are necessary: In many instances there has been too much haste in this thing, and the admonition of Paul has been too slightingly passed over, which says; “Lay hands suddenly on no man

A practice in which individuals place their hands upon a person to bestow the gift of the Holy Ghost, ordain to an office or calling, or confer other power, authority, or blessings, often as part of an ordinance. The Book of Mormon explained that ecclesiastical...

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”. Some have been ordained to the ministry, and have never acted in that capacity, or magnified their calling at all: Such may expect to lose their calling, except they awake and magnify their office. Let the elders

A male leader in the church generally; an ecclesiastical and priesthood office or one holding that office; a proselytizing missionary. The Book of Mormon explained that elders ordained priests and teachers and administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto...

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abroad be exceedingly careful upon this subject, and when they ordain a man to the holy ministry, let it be a faithful man, who is able to teach others also; that the cause of Christ suffer not. [p. 409]
brethren abroad.”
Dear Brethren in christ and companions in tribu lation: It seemeth good unto us, to drop a few lines to you,  giving you some instruction relative to conducting  the affairs of the kingdom of God, which has been com mitted unto us in these latter times, by the will and  testament of our Mediator, whose intercessions in our  behalf, are lodged in the bosom of the Eternal Father,  and ere long will burst with blessings upon the heads  of all the faithful;
We have all been children, and are too much  so at the present time; but we hope in the Lord, that  we may grow in grace and be prepared for all  things which the bosom of futurity may disclose unto  us. Time is rapidly rolling on, and the prophecies  must be fulfilled. The days of tribulation are fast  approaching, and the time to test the fidelity of  the saints, has come. Rumor with her ten thousand  tongues, is diffusing her uncertain sounds in almost  every ear; but in these times of sore trial let the  saints be patient and see the salvation of God.  Those who cannot endure persecution and stand  in the day of affliction, cannot stand in the day  when the Son of God shall burst the veil, and  appear in all the glory of his Father, with all the  holy angels.
On the subject of ordination

The conferral of power and authority; to appoint, decree, or set apart. Church members, primarily adults, were ordained to ecclesiastical offices and other responsibilities by the laying on of hands by those with the proper authority. Ordinations to priesthood...

View Glossary
, a few words  are necessary: In many instances there has been  too much haste in this thing, and the admonition  of Paul has been too slightingly passed over, which  says; “Lay hands suddenly on no man

A practice in which individuals place their hands upon a person to bestow the gift of the Holy Ghost, ordain to an office or calling, or confer other power, authority, or blessings, often as part of an ordinance. The Book of Mormon explained that ecclesiastical...

View Glossary
”. Some have  been ordained to the ministry, and have never  acted in that capacity, or magnified their call ing at all: Such may expect to lose their calling,  except they awake and magnify their office. Let the  elders

A male leader in the church generally; an ecclesiastical and priesthood office or one holding that office; a proselytizing missionary. The Book of Mormon explained that elders ordained priests and teachers and administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto...

View Glossary
abroad be exceedingly careful upon this sub ject, and when they ordain a man to the holy min istry, let it be a faithful man, who is able to teach  others also; that the cause of Christ suffer not. [p. 409]
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JS, History, 1838–1856, vol. A-1, created 11 June 1839–24 Aug. 1843; handwriting of James Mulholland

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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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