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

5 January 1831 • Wednesday

Not long after the conference

A meeting where ecclesiastical officers and other church members could conduct church business. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church directed the elders to hold conferences to perform “Church business.” The first of these conferences was held on 9 June...

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closed, there was a man came to me, by the name of James Covill

Ca. 1770–Feb. 1850. Preacher, doctor. Likely born in Massachusetts. From 1791–ca. 1797, served as Methodist itinerant preacher, first in Litchfield, Litchfield Co., Connecticut, circuit; then in Otsego, Otsego Co., New York, circuit; Pittsfield, Berkshire...

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, who had been a baptist minister for about forty years, and covenated with the Lord that he would obey any command

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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that the Lord would give through me as his servant, and I received the following Revelation, to James Covill

Ca. 1770–Feb. 1850. Preacher, doctor. Likely born in Massachusetts. From 1791–ca. 1797, served as Methodist itinerant preacher, first in Litchfield, Litchfield Co., Connecticut, circuit; then in Otsego, Otsego Co., New York, circuit; Pittsfield, Berkshire...

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, given at Fayette

Located in northern part of county between Seneca and Cayuga lakes. Area settled, by 1790. Officially organized as Washington Township, 14 Mar. 1800. Name changed to Fayette, 6 Apr. 1808. Population in 1830 about 3,200. Population in 1840 about 3,700. Significant...

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N.Y. January 5, 1831.
1. Hearken and listen to the voice of him who is from all eternity to all eternity, the Great I Am, even Jesus Christ, the light and the life of the world; a light which shineth in darkness comprehendeth it not; the same which came in the meridian of time unto my own, and my own received me not; but to as many as received me, gave I power to be come my sons, and even so will I give unto as many as will receive me, power to become my sons—
2. And verily, verily I say unto you, he that receiveth my gospel receiveth me; and he that receiveth not my gospel, receiveth not me. And this is my gospel: repentance and baptism

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 water, and then cometh the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost, even the Comforter, which showeth all things, and teacheth the peaceable things of the kingdom.
3 And now behold I say unto you, my servant James

Ca. 1770–Feb. 1850. Preacher, doctor. Likely born in Massachusetts. From 1791–ca. 1797, served as Methodist itinerant preacher, first in Litchfield, Litchfield Co., Connecticut, circuit; then in Otsego, Otsego Co., New York, circuit; Pittsfield, Berkshire...

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, I have looked upon thy works and I know thee; and verily I say unto thee, thine heart is now right before me, at this time, and behold I have bestowed great blessings upon thy head:— nevertheless, thou hast seen great sorrow, for thou hast rejected me many times because of pride, and the cares of the world.— but behold the days of thy deliverance are come, if thou wilt hearken to my voice, which saith unto thee: Arise, and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on my name and you shall receive my Spirit, and a blessing so great as you never have known. And if thou doest this, I have prepared thee for a greater work. Thou shalt preach the fulness of my gospel which I have sent forth in these last days: the covenant I have sent forth to recover my people, which are of the house of Israel.
4. And it shall come to pass that power shall rest upon thee; thou shalt have great faith and I will be with thee and go before thy face. Thou art called to labor in my vineyard, and to build up my 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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, and to bring forth 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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, that it may rejoice upon the hills and flourish. Behold, verily, verily I say unto [p. 91]

5 January 1831 • Wednesday

Not long after the conference

A meeting where ecclesiastical officers and other church members could conduct church business. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church directed the elders to hold conferences to perform “Church business.” The first of these conferences was held on 9 June...

View Glossary
closed, there was a man came  to me, by the name of James Covill

Ca. 1770–Feb. 1850. Preacher, doctor. Likely born in Massachusetts. From 1791–ca. 1797, served as Methodist itinerant preacher, first in Litchfield, Litchfield Co., Connecticut, circuit; then in Otsego, Otsego Co., New York, circuit; Pittsfield, Berkshire...

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, who had been a baptist  minister for about forty years, and covenated with the Lord  that he would obey any command

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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that the Lord would give  through me as his servant, and I received the following  Revelation, <to James Covill

Ca. 1770–Feb. 1850. Preacher, doctor. Likely born in Massachusetts. From 1791–ca. 1797, served as Methodist itinerant preacher, first in Litchfield, Litchfield Co., Connecticut, circuit; then in Otsego, Otsego Co., New York, circuit; Pittsfield, Berkshire...

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,> given at Fayette

Located in northern part of county between Seneca and Cayuga lakes. Area settled, by 1790. Officially organized as Washington Township, 14 Mar. 1800. Name changed to Fayette, 6 Apr. 1808. Population in 1830 about 3,200. Population in 1840 about 3,700. Significant...

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N.Y. January 5, 1831.
1. Hearken and listen to the voice of him who is from all eternity  to all eternity, the Great I Am, even Jesus Christ, the light and  the life of the world; a light which shineth in darkness com prehendeth it not; the same which came in the meridian of time  unto my own, and my own received me not; but to as many as  received me, gave I power to be come my sons, and even so will I  give unto as many as will receive me, power to become my sons—
2. And verily, verily I say unto you, he that receiveth my gospel  receiveth me; and <he> that receiveth not my gospel, receiveth not  me. And this is my gospel: repentance and baptism

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 water,  and then cometh the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost,  even the Comforter, which showeth all things, and teacheth  the peaceable things of the kingdom.
3 And now behold I say unto you, my servant James

Ca. 1770–Feb. 1850. Preacher, doctor. Likely born in Massachusetts. From 1791–ca. 1797, served as Methodist itinerant preacher, first in Litchfield, Litchfield Co., Connecticut, circuit; then in Otsego, Otsego Co., New York, circuit; Pittsfield, Berkshire...

View Full Bio
, I have  looked upon thy works and I know thee; and verily I say  unto thee, thine heart is now right before me, at this time,  and behold I have bestowed great blessings upon thy head:—  nevertheless, thou hast seen great sorrow, for thou hast rejected  me many times because of pride, and the cares of the world.—  but behold the days of thy deliverance are come, if thou wilt  hearken to my voice, which saith unto thee: Arise, and be  baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on my name and you  shall receive my Spirit, and a blessing so great as you never  have known. And if thou doest this, I have prepared  thee for a greater work. Thou shalt preach the fulness of my  gospel which I have sent forth in these last days: the covenant  I have sent forth to recover my people, which are of the house of  Israel.
4. And it shall come to pass that <power> shall rest upon thee; thou shalt  have great faith and I will be with thee and go before thy  face. Thou art called to labor in my vineyard, and to build  up my 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...

View Glossary
, and to bring forth 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 ...

View Glossary
, that it may rejoice  upon the hills and flourish. Behold, verily, verily I say unto [p. 91]
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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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