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

5th All persons are prohibited from going into the several pulpits January 14th. Rules of the Lord’s House

JS revelation of Jan. 1831 directed Latter-day Saints to migrate to Ohio, where they would “be endowed with power from on high.” JS Revelation of Dec. 1832 directed Saints to “establish . . . an house of God.” JS Revelation of 1 June 1833 chastened Saints...

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Continued except the officers who are appointed to officiate in the same.
6th.. All persons are prohibited from cutting, marking, or marring the inside or outside of the house

JS revelation of Jan. 1831 directed Latter-day Saints to migrate to Ohio, where they would “be endowed with power from on high.” JS Revelation of Dec. 1832 directed Saints to “establish . . . an house of God.” JS Revelation of 1 June 1833 chastened Saints...

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with a knife, pencil or any other instrument whatever, under pain of such penalty as the law shall inflict
7.th All children are prohibited from assembling in the house

JS revelation of Jan. 1831 directed Latter-day Saints to migrate to Ohio, where they would “be endowed with power from on high.” JS Revelation of Dec. 1832 directed Saints to “establish . . . an house of God.” JS Revelation of 1 June 1833 chastened Saints...

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, above or below or any part of it to play, or for recreation at any time, and all parents guardians or masters, shall be amenable for all damage that shall accrue in consequence of their children
8th All persons, whether beleivers or unbeleivers, shall be treated with due respect, by the authorities of the Church.
9th No imposition shall be practiced upon any member of the Church by depriving them of their rights in the house.
Council adjourned Sini die. Returned home and spent the afternoon.
Towards evening President 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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returned from Collumbus

Franklin Co. seat. State capital. Incorporated as borough, 1816. Incorporated as city, Feb. 1834. Population in 1820 about 1,400; in 1830 about 2,400; in 1840 about 6,000; and in 1850 about 18,000.

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, the Capital of the State

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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. I could spend but little time with him, being under obligation to attend at Mrs Wilcox

17 Dec. 1809–11 July 1884. Midwife, nurse. Born at Staco, New Baltimore Township, Greene Co., New York. Daughter of John Noramore and Lydia Hoag. Married first Eber Edward Wilcox, 14 Sept. 1826. Baptized into LDS church and moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., ...

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es, to join Mr John Webb

2 May 1808–3 May 1894. Wainwright, wheelwright, farmer. Born at Manheim, Herkimer Co., New York. Son of James Webb and Betsy Faville (Gaville). Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, by 1836. Married to Catherine Noramore Wilcox by JS, 14 Jan. 1836, at Kirtland...

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and Mrs Catharine Catherine Wilcox

17 Dec. 1809–11 July 1884. Midwife, nurse. Born at Staco, New Baltimore Township, Greene Co., New York. Daughter of John Noramore and Lydia Hoag. Married first Eber Edward Wilcox, 14 Sept. 1826. Baptized into LDS church and moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., ...

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in Matrimony; Also Mr Thomas Carrico Jr.

20 Sept. 1801–22 Feb. 1882. Shoemaker. Born at Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Thomas Carrico and Deborah Wallis. Baptized into Unitarian church, 27 Sept. 1801, at Beverly. Married first Mary E. Raymond, 30 Aug. 1827, at Beverly. Wife died, 1833...

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and Miss Elizabeth Baker

4 Dec. 1811–2 May 1883. Born at Bethlehem, Grafton Co., New Hampshire. Probably daughter of Abijah Baker and Nancy Crooks. Married to Thomas Carrico Jr. by JS, 14 Jan. 1836, at Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio. Baptized into LDS church at Kirtland. Moved to Missouri...

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at the same place, all which I performed in my usual style, in the midst of a large assembly. We then partook of some refreshment, and our hearts were made glad with the fruit of the vine. This is according to the pattern set by our Savior himself, and we feel disposed to patronize all the institutions of heaven.

15 January 1836 • Friday

15. Council Friday the 15th. 9. A.M. Met in council agreeable to adjournment at the council room in the Temple

JS revelation of Jan. 1831 directed Latter-day Saints to migrate to Ohio, where they would “be endowed with power from on high.” JS Revelation of Dec. 1832 directed Saints to “establish . . . an house of God.” JS Revelation of 1 June 1833 chastened Saints...

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, and organized the authorities of the church agreeably to their respective offices. I then made some observations respecting the order of the day, and the great responsibility we were under to transact all our business in righteousness before God, inasmuch as our decisions will have a bearing upon all mankind, and upon all generations to come. Council opened in usual form and proceeded to business by reading Rules of the Lord’s house

JS revelation of Jan. 1831 directed Latter-day Saints to migrate to Ohio, where they would “be endowed with power from on high.” JS Revelation of Dec. 1832 directed Saints to “establish . . . an house of God.” JS Revelation of 1 June 1833 chastened Saints...

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adopted. the rules and regulations to govern the house of the Lord

JS revelation of Jan. 1831 directed Latter-day Saints to migrate to Ohio, where they would “be endowed with power from on high.” JS Revelation of Dec. 1832 directed Saints to “establish . . . an house of God.” JS Revelation of 1 June 1833 chastened Saints...

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, three times: The vote of the Presidency was then called upon these rules, followed by the High Council of 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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; the High Council of Zion; the Twelve; the Seventy; The Bishop’s of Zion and 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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with their counsellors: each in their turn: and after a few queries, answers, and debate, the above rules passed the several quorums, in their order, & by the unanimous voice of the whole. and are therefore received and established as a law to Govern the house of the Lord

JS revelation of Jan. 1831 directed Latter-day Saints to migrate to Ohio, where they would “be endowed with power from on high.” JS Revelation of Dec. 1832 directed Saints to “establish . . . an house of God.” JS Revelation of 1 June 1833 chastened Saints...

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in 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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. In the investigation of this subject, I found that many who had deliberated upon this subject were darkened in their mind which drew forth some remarks from me respecting the privileges of the authorities of the church, that they should each speak in his turn, and in his place, and in his time and season, that there may be perfect order in all things, and that every man, before he makes an objection to any item that is thrown before them, [p. 688]
5th All persons are prohibited from going into the several pulpits  <January 14th.  Rules of the Lord’s  House

JS revelation of Jan. 1831 directed Latter-day Saints to migrate to Ohio, where they would “be endowed with power from on high.” JS Revelation of Dec. 1832 directed Saints to “establish . . . an house of God.” JS Revelation of 1 June 1833 chastened Saints...

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Continued> except the officers who are appointed to officiate in the same.
6th.. All persons are prohibited from cutting, marking, or marring the  inside or outside of the house

JS revelation of Jan. 1831 directed Latter-day Saints to migrate to Ohio, where they would “be endowed with power from on high.” JS Revelation of Dec. 1832 directed Saints to “establish . . . an house of God.” JS Revelation of 1 June 1833 chastened Saints...

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with a knife, pencil or any other  instrument whatsoever, under pain of such penalty as the law  shall inflict
7.th All children are prohibited from assembling in the house

JS revelation of Jan. 1831 directed Latter-day Saints to migrate to Ohio, where they would “be endowed with power from on high.” JS Revelation of Dec. 1832 directed Saints to “establish . . . an house of God.” JS Revelation of 1 June 1833 chastened Saints...

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, above  or below or any part of it to play, or for recreation at any time,  and all parents guardians or masters, shall be amenable for  all damage that shall accrue in consequence of their children
8th All persons, whether beleivers or unbeleivers, shall be treated  with due respect, by the authorities of the Church.
9th No imposition shall be practiced upon any member of the  Church by depriving them of their rights in the house.
Council  adjourned Sini die. Returned home and spent the afternoon.
Towards evening President [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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returned from Collumbus

Franklin Co. seat. State capital. Incorporated as borough, 1816. Incorporated as city, Feb. 1834. Population in 1820 about 1,400; in 1830 about 2,400; in 1840 about 6,000; and in 1850 about 18,000.

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, the  Capital of the State

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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. I could spend but little time with him, being  under obligation to attend at Mrs Wilcox

17 Dec. 1809–11 July 1884. Midwife, nurse. Born at Staco, New Baltimore Township, Greene Co., New York. Daughter of John Noramore and Lydia Hoag. Married first Eber Edward Wilcox, 14 Sept. 1826. Baptized into LDS church and moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., ...

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es, to join Mr John  Webb

2 May 1808–3 May 1894. Wainwright, wheelwright, farmer. Born at Manheim, Herkimer Co., New York. Son of James Webb and Betsy Faville (Gaville). Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, by 1836. Married to Catherine Noramore Wilcox by JS, 14 Jan. 1836, at Kirtland...

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and Mrs Catharine [Catherine] Wilcox

17 Dec. 1809–11 July 1884. Midwife, nurse. Born at Staco, New Baltimore Township, Greene Co., New York. Daughter of John Noramore and Lydia Hoag. Married first Eber Edward Wilcox, 14 Sept. 1826. Baptized into LDS church and moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., ...

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in Matrimony; Also Mr  Thomas Carrico [Jr.]

20 Sept. 1801–22 Feb. 1882. Shoemaker. Born at Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Thomas Carrico and Deborah Wallis. Baptized into Unitarian church, 27 Sept. 1801, at Beverly. Married first Mary E. Raymond, 30 Aug. 1827, at Beverly. Wife died, 1833...

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and Miss Elizabeth Baker

4 Dec. 1811–2 May 1883. Born at Bethlehem, Grafton Co., New Hampshire. Probably daughter of Abijah Baker and Nancy Crooks. Married to Thomas Carrico Jr. by JS, 14 Jan. 1836, at Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio. Baptized into LDS church at Kirtland. Moved to Missouri...

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at the same place,  all which I performed in my usual style, in the midst of a large  assembly. We then partook of some refreshment, and our hearts  were made glad with the fruit of the vine. This is according to  the pattern set by our Savior himself, and we feel disposed to  patronize all the institutions of heaven.

15 January 1836 • Friday

<15.  Council> Friday the 15th. 9. A.M. Met in council agreeable to adjournment  at the council room in the chapel <Temple>

JS revelation of Jan. 1831 directed Latter-day Saints to migrate to Ohio, where they would “be endowed with power from on high.” JS Revelation of Dec. 1832 directed Saints to “establish . . . an house of God.” JS Revelation of 1 June 1833 chastened Saints...

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, and organized the authorities  of the church agreeably to their respective offices. I then made  some observations respecting the order of the day, and the great  responsibility we were under to transact all our business in right eousness before God, inasmuch as our decisions will have a  bearing upon all mankind, and upon all generations to come.  Council opened in usual form and proceeded to business by reading  <Rules of the Lord’s  house

JS revelation of Jan. 1831 directed Latter-day Saints to migrate to Ohio, where they would “be endowed with power from on high.” JS Revelation of Dec. 1832 directed Saints to “establish . . . an house of God.” JS Revelation of 1 June 1833 chastened Saints...

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adopted.> the rules and regulations to govern the house of the Lord

JS revelation of Jan. 1831 directed Latter-day Saints to migrate to Ohio, where they would “be endowed with power from on high.” JS Revelation of Dec. 1832 directed Saints to “establish . . . an house of God.” JS Revelation of 1 June 1833 chastened Saints...

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, three  times: The vote of the Presidency was then called upon these rules,  followed by the High Council of 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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; the High Council of Zion;  the Twelve; the Seventy; The Bishop’s of Zion and 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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with their  counsellors: each in their turn: and after a few queries, answers,  and debate, the above rules passed the several quorums, in  their order, & by the unanimous voice of the whole. and are therefore  received and established as a law to Govern the house of the Lord

JS revelation of Jan. 1831 directed Latter-day Saints to migrate to Ohio, where they would “be endowed with power from on high.” JS Revelation of Dec. 1832 directed Saints to “establish . . . an house of God.” JS Revelation of 1 June 1833 chastened Saints...

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 in 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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. In the investigation of this subject, I found that many  who had deliberated upon this subject were darkened in their mind  which drew forth some remarks from me respecting the privileges  of the authorities of the church, that they should each speak in his  turn, and in his place, and in his time and season, that there  may be perfect order in all things, and that every man, before  he makes an objection to any item that is thrown before them, [p. 688]
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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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