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

four quarters of the earth, unto a place which I shall prepare, an holy city, that my people may gird up their loins, and be looking forth for the time of my coming; for there shall be my tabernacle, and it shall be called Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Jesus Christ, characterized by adherence to ideals of harmony, equality, and purity. In JS’s earliest revelations “the cause of Zion” was used to broadly describe the ...

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, a New Jerusalem

The Book of Mormon indicated that, in preparation for Jesus Christ’s second coming, a city should be built on the American continent and called the New Jerusalem. The Book of Mormon further explained that the remnant of the seed of Joseph (understood to be...

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And the Lord said unto Enoch, then shalt thou and all thy city meet them there, and we will receive them into our bosom, and they shall see us; and we will fall upon their necks, and they shall fall upon our necks, and we will kiss each other; and there shall be mine abode, and it shall be Zion, which shall come forth out of all the creations which I have made: and for the space of a thousand years the earth shall rest. And it came to pass that Enoch saw the days of the coming of the Son of Man, in the last days to dwell on the earth in righteousness, for the space of a thousand years; but before that day he saw great tribulations among the wicked; and he also, saw the sea, that it was troubled, and men’s hearts failing them, looking forth with fear for the judgments of the Almighty God, which should come upon the wicked. And the Lord showed Enoch all things, even unto the end of the worlds; and he saw the day of the righteous, the hour of their redemption, and received a fulness of Joy: And all the days of Zion in the days of Enoch, were three hundred and sixty five years: And Enoch all his people walked with God, and he dwelt in the midst of Zion: And it came to pass that Zion was not, for God reeceived it up into his own bosom: and from thence went forth the saying: Zion is fled.
Soon after the words of Enoch were given, the Lord gave the following commandment:
A Revelation to Joseph Smith and Sidney 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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, given December, 1830.
1 Behold I say unto you, that it is not expedient in me that ye should translate

To produce a new text through a revelatory, rather than scholarly, process, by the “gift and power of God.” In the Book of Mormon, the ancient prophet Mosiah translated records into his own language using “interpreters,” or “two stones which was fastened ...

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any more until ye shall go to the 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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; and this because of the enemy and for your sakes. And again, I say unto you that ye shall not go until ye have preached my gospel in those parts and have strengthened up 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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whithersoever it is found, and more especially in Colesville

Area settled, beginning 1785. Formed from Windsor Township, Apr. 1821. Population in 1830 about 2,400. Villages within township included Harpursville, Nineveh, and Colesville. Susquehanna River ran through eastern portion of township. JS worked for Joseph...

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: for behold they pray unto me in much faith.
2. And again a commandment

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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I give unto the church, that it is expedient in me, that they should assemble together at [p. 87]
four quarters of the earth, unto a place which I shall pre pare, an holy city, that my people may gird up their loins,  and be looking forth for the time of my coming; for there shall  be my tabernacle, and it shall be called Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Jesus Christ, characterized by adherence to ideals of harmony, equality, and purity. In JS’s earliest revelations “the cause of Zion” was used to broadly describe the ...

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, a New Jerusalem

The Book of Mormon indicated that, in preparation for Jesus Christ’s second coming, a city should be built on the American continent and called the New Jerusalem. The Book of Mormon further explained that the remnant of the seed of Joseph (understood to be...

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.
And the Lord said unto Enoch, then shalt thou and all  thy city meet them there, and we will receive them into  our bosom, and they shall see us; and we will fall upon their  necks, and they shall fall upon our necks, and we will kiss each  other; and there shall be mine abode, and it shall be Zion,  which shall come forth out of all the creations which I have  made: and for the space of a thousand years the earth shall  rest. And it came to pass that Enoch saw the days of the  coming of the Son of Man, in the last days to dwell  on the earth in righteousness, for the space of a thousand  years; but before that day he saw great tribulations among  the wicked; and he also, saw the sea, that it was troubled,  and men’s hearts failing them, looking forth with fear for the judg ments of the Almighty God, which should come upon the wicked.  And the Lord showed Enoch all things, even unto the end of the worlds;  and he saw the day of the righteous, the hour of their redemption,  and received a fulness of Joy: And all the days of Zion in the  days of Enoch, were three hundred and sixty five years: And  Enoch <all> his people walked with God, and he dwelt in the midst of  Zion: And it came to pass that Zion was not, for God re eceived it up into his own bosom: and from thence went  forth the saying: Zion is fled.
Soon after the words of Enoch came f were given, the  Lord gave the following commandment:
A Revelation to Joseph Smith and Sidney 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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, given  December, 1830.
1 Behold I say unto you, that it is not expedient in me  that ye should translate

To produce a new text through a revelatory, rather than scholarly, process, by the “gift and power of God.” In the Book of Mormon, the ancient prophet Mosiah translated records into his own language using “interpreters,” or “two stones which was fastened ...

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any more until ye shall go to the 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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;  and this because of the enemy and for your sakes. And again,  I say unto you that ye shall not go until ye have preach ed my gospel in those parts and have strengthened up 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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whithersoever it is found, and more especially  in Colesville

Area settled, beginning 1785. Formed from Windsor Township, Apr. 1821. Population in 1830 about 2,400. Villages within township included Harpursville, Nineveh, and Colesville. Susquehanna River ran through eastern portion of township. JS worked for Joseph...

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: for behold they pray unto me in much faith.
2. And again a commandment

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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I give unto you the church,  that it is expedient in me, that they should assemble together at [p. 87]
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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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