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History, 1838–1856, volume B-1 [1 September 1834–2 November 1838]

many nations. Kings shall shut their mouths at him, for that which had July. Patten

14 Nov. 1799–25 Oct. 1838. Farmer. Born in Vermont. Son of Benoni Patten and Edith Cole. Moved to Theresa, Oneida Co., New York, as a young child. Moved to Dundee, Monroe Co., Michigan Territory, as a youth. Married Phoebe Ann Babcock, 1828, in Dundee. Affiliated...

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’s Epistle continued. not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider”
Upon this servant is bestowed the keys of the dispensation of the fulness of times. That from him, the priesthood of God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, might be given to many. and the order of this dispensation Established on the earth. And to the church he has said by commandment, (see Book of Commandments, 46 Section, 2d par) “Wherefore, meaning the church, thou shalt give heed unto all his words, and commandments which he shall give unto you, as he receiveth them, walking in all holiness before me; for his words ye shall receive as from my own mouth, in all patience and faith, for by doing these things. the gates of hell shall not prepail prevail against you.
Now my readers, you can see in some degree, the grace given to this man of God, to us-ward: that we, by the great mercy of God, should receive from under his hand, the Gospel of Jesus Christ: And having the promise of partaking of the fruit of the vine, on the earth with him, and with the holy prophets and patriarchs our fathers. For those holy men are angels now; and these are they, who make the fulness of times complete with us: And they who sin against this authority given to him, (the before mentioned man of God,) sins not against him only, but against Moroni, who holds the keys of the Stick of Ephraim. And also, with Elias, who holds the keys of bringing to pass, the restitution of all things: And also John the son of Zacherias, which Zacharias Elias visited, and gave promise that he should have a son, and his name should be John, and he should be filled with the Spirit of Elias, which John I have sent unto you, my servants Joseph Smith Jr and Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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, to ordain you to this first priesthood, even as Aaron, And also Elijah who holds the keys of committing the power, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to the fathers, that the whole earth may not be smitten with a curse.
And also Joseph, and Jacob, and Isaac, and Abraham, your fathers, by whom the promises remain. And also Michael; or Adam, the father of all, the prince of all, the ancient of days: and also, Peter, and James, and John, whom I have sent unto you, by whom I have ordained you and confirmed you to be Apostles, and especial witnesses of my name and bear the keys of your ministry, and of the same things I revealed unto them; unto whom I have committed the keys of my kingdom, and a dispensation of the gospel for the last time, and for the fulness of times; In the which I will gather together in one all things, both which are in heaven and which are on earth.
Therefore, brethren, beware concerning yourselves, that you sin not against the authority of this dispensation, nor think lightly of those whom God has counted worthy for so great a calling, and for whose sake he hath made them servants unto you, that you might be made the heirs of God, to inherit so great a blessing, and be prepared for the grand assembly, and sit there with the Ancient of days, even Adam, our father, who shall come to prepare you for the coming of Jesus Christ, our Lord; for the time is at hand therefore gather up your effects, and gather together upon the land, which the [p. 811]
many nations. Kings shall shut their mouths at him, for that which had  <July.  Patten

14 Nov. 1799–25 Oct. 1838. Farmer. Born in Vermont. Son of Benoni Patten and Edith Cole. Moved to Theresa, Oneida Co., New York, as a young child. Moved to Dundee, Monroe Co., Michigan Territory, as a youth. Married Phoebe Ann Babcock, 1828, in Dundee. Affiliated...

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’s Epistle  continued.> <not> been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard  shall they consider”
Upon this servant is bestowed the keys of the dis pensation of the fulness of times. That from him, the priesthood of God,  through our Lord Jesus Christ, might be given to many. and the order  of this dispensation Established on the earth. And to the church he has  said by commandment, (see Book of Commandments, 46 Section, 2d par)  “Wherefore, meaning the church, thou shalt give heed unto all his words,  and commandments which he shall give unto you, as he receiveth  them, walking in all holiness before me; for his words ye shall receive  as from my own mouth, in all patience and faith, for by doing  these things. the gates of hell shall not prepail [prevail] against you.
Now my readers, you can see in some degree, the grace given to this man  of God, to us-ward: that we, by the great mercy of God, should receive from  under his hand, the Gospel of Jesus Christ: And having the promise  of partaking of the fruit of the vine, on the earth with him, and with  the holy prophets and patriarchs our fathers. For those holy men  are angels now; and these are they, who make the fulness of times  complete with us: And they who sin against this authority given to  him, (the before mentioned man of God,) sins not against him only,  but against Moroni, who holds the keys of the Stick of Ephraim. And  also, with Elias, who holds the keys of bringing to pass, the restitution  of all things: And also John the son of Zacherias, which Zacharias  Elias visited, and gave promise that he should have a son, and his  name should be John, and he should be filled with the Spirit of Elias,  which John I have sent unto you, my servants Joseph Smith Jr and  Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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, to ordain you to this first priesthood, even as Aaron,  And also Elijah who holds the keys of committing the power, to turn  the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to  the fathers, that the whole earth may not be smitten with a curse.
And also Joseph, and Jacob, and Isaac, and Abraham, your fathers, by  whom the promises remain. And also Michael; or Adam, the father of  all, the prince of all, the ancient of days: and also, Peter, and James,  and John, whom I have sent unto you, by whom I have ordained you  and confirmed you to be Apostles, and especial witnesses of my name  and bear the keys of your ministry, and of the same things I reveal ed unto them; unto whom I have committed the keys of my kingdom , and a dispensation of the gospel for the last time, and for the fulness  of times; In the which I will gather together in one all things, both which  are in heaven and which are on earth.
Therefore, brethren, beware  concerning yourselves, that you sin not against the authority of this  dispensation, nor think lightly of those whom God has counted worthy  for so great a calling, and for whose sake he hath made them ser vants unto you, that you might be made the heirs of God, to inherit so  great a blessing, and be prepared for the grand assembly, and sit there  with the Ancient of days, even Adam, our father, who shall come to prepare  you for the coming of Jesus Christ, our Lord; for the time is at hand therefore gath er up your effects, and gather together upon the land, which the [p. 811]
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This document, volume B-1, is the second of the six volumes of the “Manuscript History of the Church.” The collection was compiled over the span of seventeen years, 1838 to 1856. The narrative in volume B-1 begins with the entry for 1 September 1834, just after the conclusion of the Camp of Israel (later called Zion’s Camp), and continues to 2 November 1838, when JS was interned as a prisoner of war at Far West

Originally called Shoal Creek. Located fifty-five miles northeast of Independence. Surveyed 1823; first settled by whites, 1831. Site purchased, 8 Aug. 1836, before Caldwell Co. was organized for Latter-day Saints in Missouri. William W. Phelps and John Whitmer...

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, Missouri. For a fuller discussion of the entire six-volume work, see the general introduction to the history.
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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, serving as JS’s “private secretary and historian,” completed the account of JS’s history contained in volume A-1 in August 1843. It covered the period from JS’s birth in 1805 through the aftermath of the Camp of Israel in August 1834. When work resumed on the history on 1 October 1843, Richards started a new volume, eventually designated B-1.
At the time of JS’s death in June 1844, the account had been advanced to 5 August 1838, on page 812 of volume B-1. 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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’s poor health led to the curtailment of work on B-1 for several months, until 11 December 1844. On that date, Richards and 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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, assisted by Thomas Bullock, resumed gathering the records and reports needed to draft the history. Richards then composed and drafted roughed-out notes while Thomas Bullock compiled the text of the history and inscribed it in B-1. They completed their work on the volume on or about 24 February 1845. Richards, Willmer Benson, and Jonathan Grimshaw later added ten pages of “Addenda,” which provided notes, extensive revisions, or additional text to be inserted in the original manuscript where indicated.
Though JS did not dictate or revise any of the text recorded in B-1, 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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and Thomas Bullock chose to maintain the first-person, chronological narrative format established in A-1 as if JS were the author. They drew from a variety of primary and secondary sources including JS’s diaries and letters, minutes of meetings, the first edition of the Doctrine and Covenants, church and other periodicals, reports of JS’s discourses, and the reminiscences and recollections of church members. As was the case with A-1, after JS’s death, Brigham Young

1 June 1801–29 Aug. 1877. Carpenter, painter, glazier, colonizer. Born at Whitingham, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of John Young and Abigail (Nabby) Howe. Brought up in Methodist household; later joined Methodist church. Moved to Sherburne, Chenango Co., New...

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, Heber C. Kimball

14 June 1801–22 June 1868. Blacksmith, potter. Born at Sheldon, Franklin Co., Vermont. Son of Solomon Farnham Kimball and Anna Spaulding. Married Vilate Murray, 22 Nov. 1822, at Mendon, Monroe Co., New York. Member of Baptist church at Mendon, 1831. Baptized...

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, George A. Smith

26 June 1817–1 Sept. 1875. Born at Potsdam, St. Lawrence Co., New York. Son of John Smith and Clarissa Lyman. Baptized into LDS church by Joseph H. Wakefield, 10 Sept. 1832, at Potsdam. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, 1833. Labored on Kirtland temple...

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, and others modified and corrected the manuscript as they reviewed material before its eventual publication.
Beginning in March 1842 the church’s Nauvoo periodical, the Times and Seasons, began publishing the narrative as the “History of Joseph Smith.” It was also published in England in the church periodical the Millennial Star beginning in June 1842. Once a press was established in Utah and the Deseret News began publication, the “History of Joseph Smith” once more appeared in print in serialized form. Beginning with the November 1851 issue, the narrative picked up where the Times and Seasons had left off over five years earlier.
The narrative recorded in B-1 continued the story of JS’s life as the prophet and president of the church he labored to establish. The account encompasses significant developments in the church’s two centers at that time—Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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, Ohio, and northwest Missouri

Area acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803, and established as territory, 1812. Missouri Compromise, 1820, admitted Missouri as slave state, 1821. Population in 1830 about 140,000; in 1836 about 240,000; and in 1840 about 380,000. Mormon missionaries...

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—during a four-year-span. Critical events included the organization of the Quorums of the Twelve Apostles and the Seventy, the dedication of the House of the Lord in Kirtland, Ohio, the establishment of the Kirtland Safety Society, dissension and apostasy in Kirtland and Missouri, the first mission to England, JS’s flight from Kirtland to Missouri in the winter of 1838, the Saints’ exodus from Kirtland later that year, the disciplining of the Missouri presidency, and the outbreak of the Missouri War and arrest of JS. Thus, B-1 provides substantial detail regarding a significant period of church expansion and transition as well as travail.

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