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

applause of the world, were showered down upon him, his wants were abundantly supplied, and even anticipated. He was respected by the entire community; and his name was a tour [tower] of strength; His council was sought for, respected and esteemed. But if he should unite with the church of Christ

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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, his prospect of wealth and affluence would vanish, his family dependant upon him for support must necessarily share his humiliation and poverty. He was aware that his character and his reputation must suffer in the estimation of the community.
Aware of all these things, there must have been feelings of no ordinary kind, agitating his bosom at that particular crisis, but yet they did not deter him from the path of duty: He had formerly made a sacrifice for truth and conscience sake and had been sustained; consequently he felt great confidence in the Lord, believing that if he pursued the path of duty, no good thing would be withheld from him.
Although he felt great confidence in the Lord yet he felt it a trial of some magnitude when he aed his determination to his beloved companion, who had before shared in his poverty and who had cheerfully struggled through it without murmuring or repining.
He informed her what the consequences would undoubtedly be respecting their worldly circumstances if they obeyed the gospel and then said “My Dear you have once followed me into poverty, are you again willing to do the same” she answered I have weighed the matter, I have contemplated on the circumstances in which we may be placed, I have counted the cost, and I am perfectly satisfied to follow you. yea, it is my desire to do the will of God, come life or come death. Accordingly they (Mr Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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& wife) were both 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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into the church of Jesus Christ; and, together with those who had been previously admitted to baptism, made a little branch

An ecclesiastical organization of church members in a particular locale. A branch was generally smaller than a stake or a conference. Branches were also referred to as churches, as in “the Church of Shalersville.” In general, a branch was led by a presiding...

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in this section of Ohio

French explored area, 1669. British took possession following French and Indian War, 1763. Ceded to U.S., 1783. First permanent white settlement established, 1788. Northeastern portion maintained as part of Connecticut, 1786, and called Connecticut Western...

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, of about twenty members; whom the brethren, bound for the borders of the Lamanites; after adding to their [p. 75]
applause of the world, were showered down upon him, his  wants were abundantly supplied, and even anticipa ted. He was respected by the entire community;  and his name was a tour [tower] of strength; His council  was sought for, respected and esteemed. But if he  should unite with the church of Christ

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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, his prospect  of wealth and affluence would vanish, his family  dependant upon him for support must necessarily  share his humiliation and poverty. He was aware  that his character and his reputation must suffer in  the estimation of the community.
Aware of all these things, there must have  been feelings of no ordinary kind, agitate <agitating> his bosom  at that particular crisis, but yet they did not deter  him from the path of duty: He had formerly made  a sacrifice for truth and conscience sake and had  been sustained; consequently he felt great confidence  in the Lord, believing that if he pursued the path  of duty, no good thing would be withheld from  him.
Although he felt great confidence in the Lord  yet he felt it a trial of some magnitude when he a◊◊◊◊ed  his determination to his beloved companion, who had  before shared in his poverty and who had cheerfully  struggled through it without murmuring or repining.
He informed her what the consequences would  undoubtedly be respecting their worldly circumstances  if they obeyed the gospel and then said “My Dear  you have once followed me into poverty, are you again  willing to do the same” she answered I have weighed  the matter, I have contemplated <on> the circumstances  in which we may be placed, I have counted the  cost, and I am perfectly satisfied to follow you.  yea, it is my desire to do the will of God, come life  or come death.

Robert B. Thompson handwriting ends, William W. Phelps begins. Thompson died 27 August 1841.  


Accordingly they <(Mr Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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& wife)> were both 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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into  the church of Jesus Christ; and, together with those who had been  previously admitted to baptism, made a little branch

An ecclesiastical organization of church members in a particular locale. A branch was generally smaller than a stake or a conference. Branches were also referred to as churches, as in “the Church of Shalersville.” In general, a branch was led by a presiding...

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in this  section of Ohio

French explored area, 1669. British took possession following French and Indian War, 1763. Ceded to U.S., 1783. First permanent white settlement established, 1788. Northeastern portion maintained as part of Connecticut, 1786, and called Connecticut Western...

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, of about twenty members; whom the brethren,  bound for the borders of the Lamanites; after adding to their [p. 75]
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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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