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

process of time, and ye knew it not, but now I tell it unto you, and ye are blessed, not because of your iniquity, neither your hearts of unbelief, for verily some of you are guilty before me; but I will be merciful unto your weakness: Therefore be ye strong from henceforth; fear not for the kingdom is yours; and for your salvation I give unto you 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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, for I have heard your prayers; and the poor have complained before me, and the rich have I made, and all flesh is mine, and I am no respecter of persons. And I have made the earth rich, and behold it is my footstool; wherefore, again I will stand upon it: and I hold forth and deign to give unto you greater riches, even a land of promise; a land flowing with milk and honey, upon which there shall be no curse when the Lord cometh; and I will give it unto you for the land of your inheritance, if you seek it with all your hearts; and this shall be my covenant with you, ye shall have it for the land of your inheritance

Generally referred to land promised by or received from God for the church and its members. A January 1831 revelation promised church members a land of inheritance. In March and May 1831, JS dictated revelations commanding members “to purchase lands for an...

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, and for the inheritance of your children forever, while the earth shall stand, and ye shall possess it again in eternity no more to pass away.
5. But verily I say unto you, that, in time, ye shall have no king nor ruler, for I will be your king and watch over you.— Wherefore, hear my voice and follow me, and you shall be a free people, and ye shall have no laws but my laws, when I come, for I am your Lawgiver, and what can stay my hand? But verily I say unto you, teach one another according to the office wherewith I have appointed you, and let every man esteem his brother as himself, and practice virtue and holiness before me. And again I say unto you, let every man esteem his brother as himself; for what man among you having twelve sons, and is no respecter to them, and they serve him obediently, and he saith unto the one, be thou clothed in robes and sit thou here, and to the other, be thou clothed in rags and sit thou there, and looketh upon his sons and saith I am Just.
6. Behold, this I have given unto you as a parable, and it is even as I am: I say unto you, be one; and if ye are not one, ye are not mine. And again I say unto you, that the enemy in the secret chambers seeketh your lives. Ye hear of wars in far countries, and you say that there will soon be great wars in far countries, but ye know not the hearts of them in your own land; I tell you these [p. 89]
process of time, and ye knew it not, but now I tell it unto  you, and ye are blessed, not because of your iniquity, neither your  hearts of unbelief, for verily some of you are guilty before me; but I will  be merciful unto your weakness: Therefore be ye strong from  henceforth; fear not for the kingdom is yours; and for  your salvation I give unto you 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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, for I have  heard your prayers; and the poor have complained before me,  and the rich have I made, and all flesh is mine, and I am  no respecter of persons. And I have made the earth rich,  and behold it is my footstool; wherefore, again I will stand  upon it: and I hold forth and deign to give unto you greater rich es, even a land of promise; a land flowing with milk and honey,  upon which there shall be no curse when the Lord cometh; and  I will give it unto you for the land of your inheritance, if you  seek it with all your hearts; and this shall be my covenant  with you, ye shall have it for the land of your inheritance

Generally referred to land promised by or received from God for the church and its members. A January 1831 revelation promised church members a land of inheritance. In March and May 1831, JS dictated revelations commanding members “to purchase lands for an...

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,  and for the inheritance of your children forever, while the earth  shall stand, and ye shall possess it again in eternity no  more to pass away.
5. But verily I say unto you, that, in time, ye shall have no  king nor ruler, for I will be your king and watch over you.—  Wherefore, hear my voice and follow me, and you shall be a free  people, and ye shall have no laws but my laws, when I come,  for I am your Lawgiver, and what can stay my hand? But  verily I say unto you, teach one another according to the office  wherewith I have appointed you, and let every man esteem  his brother as himself, and practice virtue and holiness  before me. And again I say unto you, let every man esteem  his brother as himself; for what man among you having  twelve sons, and is no respecter to them, and they serve him obediently,  and he saith unto the one, be thou clothed in robes and sit thou  here, and to the other, be thou clothed in rags and sit thou there,  and looketh upon his sons and saith I am Just.
6. Behold, this I have given unto you as a parable, and it is even as I  am: I say unto you, be one; and if ye are not one, ye are not  mine. And again I say unto you, that the enemy in the secret  chambers seeketh your lives. Ye hear of wars in far countries,  and you say <that> there will soon be great wars in far countries, but  ye know not the hearts of them in your own land; I tell you these [p. 89]
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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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