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History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

which is the first Comforter, then let him continue to humble himself before God, hungering and thirsting after Righteousness, and living by every word of God, and the Lord will soon say unto him, Son thou shalt be exalted &c. When the Lord has thoro’ly proved him, and finds that the man is determined to serve him at all hazard, then the man will find his calling and Election made sure, then it will be his privilege to receive the other Comforter which the Lord hath promised the Saints, as is recorded in the testimony of St. John, in the xiv ch, from the 12th. to the 27th. versesNote the 16. 17. 18. 21. 23. verses (16) and I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; (17) Even theSpirit of Truth; whom the world cannot receive because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him; but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you and shall be in you, (18) I will not leave you Comfortless I will come to you (21) He that hath my commandments and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me, and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him and will manifest myself to him (23) If a man love me, he will keep my words, and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him”. Now what is this other Comforter? It is no more or less than the Lord Jesus Christ himself, and this is the sum and substance of the whole matter, that when any man obtains this last Comforter he will have the personage of Jesus Christ to attend him or appear unto him from time to time, and even he will manifest the Father unto him, and they will take up their abode with him, and the visions of the heavens will be opened unto him and the Lord will teach him face to face, and he may have a perfect knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of God, and this is the State and place the Ancient Saints arrived at when they had such glorious vision— Isaiah, Ezekiel, John upon the Isle of Patmos, St. Paul in the third heavens, and all the Saints who held communion with the general assembly and Church of the First Born &c
The Spirit of Revelation is in connection with these blessings, a person may profit by noticing the first intimation of the Spirit of Revelation for instance when you feel pure Intelligence flowing unto you, it may give you sudden strokes of ideas that by noticing it you may find it fulfilled the same day or soon— (i.e.) those things that were presented unto your minds by the Spirit of God will come to pass, and thus by learning the Spirit of God and understanding it you may grow into the principle of Revelation until you become perfect in Christ Jesus. An Evangelist is a Patriarch even the oldest man of the blood of Joseph or of the seed of Abraham, wherever the Church of Christ is established in the Earth, there should be a Patriarch for the benefit of the posterity of the Saints as it was with Jacob, in giving his patriarchal blessing unto his Sons &c see page 956

Addenda • 2 July 1839

July 2nd 1839 Page 957 in substance as follows: Ever keep in exercise the principle of Mercy and be ready to forgive our brother on the first intimations of repentance and asking forgiveness and should we even forgive our brother or even our Enemy before they repent or ask forgiveness our Heavenly Father would be equally as merciful unto us. Again let the Twelve and all Saints be willing to confess all their sins and not keep back a part, and let the Twelve be humble and not be exalted, and beware of pride, and not seek to excel one above another, but act for each others good and pray for one and [p. 9 [addenda]]
which is the first Comforter, then let him continue to humble himself before God, hungering  and thirsting after Righteousness, and living by every word of God, and the Lord will  soon say unto him, Son thou shalt be exalted &c. When the Lord has thoro’ly proved  him, and finds that the man is determined to serve him at all hazard, then  the man will find his calling and Election made sure, then it will be his privilege  to receive the other Comforter which the Lord hath promised the Saints, as is recorded  in the testimony of St. John, in the xiv ch, from the 12th. to the 27th. versesNote the 16. 17.  18. 21. 23. verses (16) and I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter,  that he may abide with you for ever; (17) Even theSpirit of Truth; whom the  world cannot receive because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him; but ye know  him; for he dwelleth with you and shall be in you, (18) I will not leave you Comfortless  I will come to you (21) He that hath my commandments and keepeth them, he it is  that loveth me, and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love  him and will manifest myself to him (23) If a man love me, he will keep my  words, and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode  with him”. Now what is this other Comforter? It is no more or less than the  Lord Jesus Christ himself, and this is the sum and substance of the whole matter, that  when any man obtains this last Comforter he will have the personage of Jesus Christ  to attend him or appear unto him from time to time, and even he will manifest  the Father unto him, and they will take up their abode with him, and the visions of the  heavens will be opened unto him and the Lord will teach him face to face, and he may  have a perfect knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of God, and this is the State  and place the Ancient Saints arrived at when they had such glorious vision— Isaiah,  Ezekiel, John upon the Isle of Patmos, St. Paul in the third heavens, and all the Saints  who held communion with the general assembly and Church of the First Born &c
The Spirit of Revelation is in connection with these blessings, a person may profit by  noticing the first intimation of the Spirit of Revelation for instance when you feel  pure Intelligence flowing unto you, it may give you sudden strokes of ideas that by  noticing it you may find it fulfilled the same day or soon— (i.e.) those things that  were presented unto your minds by the Spirit of God will come to pass, and thus by  learning the Spirit of God and understanding it you may grow into the principle of  Revelation until you become <perfect> in Christ Jesus. An Evangelist is a Patriarch  even the oldest man of the blood of Joseph or of the seed of Abraham, wherever the  Church of Christ is established in the Earth, there should be a Patriarch for the benefit of  the posterity of the Saints as it was with Jacob, in giving his patriarchal blessing unto his  Sons &c see page 956

Addenda • 2 July 1839

Thomas Bullock handwriting ends; Franklin D. Richards begins.  


<July 2nd 1839 Page 957> in substance as follows: Ever keep in exercise the principle of Mercy and be  ready to forgive our brother on the first intimations of repentance and asking forgiveness and  should we even forgive our brother or even our Enemy before they repent or ask  forgiveness our Heavenly Father would be equally <as> merciful unto us. Again  let the Twelve and all Saints be willing to confess all their sins and not keep back a  part, and let the Twelve be humble and not be exalted, and beware of pride, and not  seek to excel one above another, but act for each others good and pray for one and [p. 9 [addenda]]
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This document, volume C-1, is the third of six volumes of the “Manuscript History of the Church.” The collection was compiled over an eighteen-year span from 1838 to 1856 and covers the period from 23 December 1805 to 8 August 1844. The narrative in this volume commences on 2 November 1838 with JS and other church leaders being held prisoner by the “Governor

14 Dec. 1796–14 Mar. 1860. Bookkeeper, bank cashier, merchant, Indian agent and trader, lawyer, doctor, postmaster, politician. Born at Lexington, Fayette Co., Kentucky. Son of John M. Boggs and Martha Oliver. Served in War of 1812. Moved to St. Louis, ca...

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’s forces” 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, and concludes with the death of Bishop Vinson Knight

14 Mar. 1804–31 July 1842. Farmer, druggist, school warden. Born at Norwich, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of Rudolphus Knight and Rispah (Rizpah) Lee. Married Martha McBride, 14 Mar. 1826. Moved to Perrysburg, Cattaraugus Co., New York, by Mar. 1834....

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at Nauvoo

Principal gathering place for Saints following expulsion from Missouri. Beginning in 1839, LDS church purchased lands in earlier settlement of Commerce and planned settlement of Commerce City, as well as surrounding areas. Served as church headquarters, 1839...

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, Illinois, on 31 July 1842. For a more complete discussion of the entire six-volume work, see the general introduction to this history.
Volume C-1 was created beginning on or just after 24 February 1845 and its narrative completed on 3 May although work continued on the volume through 3 July of that year (Richards, Journal, 24 and 28 Feb. 1845; Historian’s Office, Journal, 3 May 1845; 3 and 4 July 1845). It is in the handwriting of Thomas Bullock and contains 512 pages of primary text, plus 24 pages of addenda. Additional addenda for this volume were created at a later date in a separate volume, and will appear in this collection as a separate document. Compilers 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 drew heavily from JS’s letters, discourses, and diary entries; meeting minutes; church and other periodicals and journals; and reminiscences, recollections, and letters of church members and other contacts. At JS’s behest, they had maintained the first-person, chronological-narrative format established in previous volumes, as if JS were the author. 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 reviewed and modified the manuscript prior to its eventual publication in the Salt Lake City newspaper Deseret News.
The historical narrative recorded in volume C-1 continued the account of JS’s life as prophet and president of the church. Critical events occurring within the forty-five-month period of this volume include the 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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Mormon War; subsequent legal trials of church leaders; expulsion of the Saints from Missouri; missionary efforts in England by the Twelve

Members of a governing body in the church, with special administrative and proselytizing responsibilities. A June 1829 revelation commanded Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer to call twelve disciples, similar to the twelve apostles in the New Testament and ...

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and others; attempts by JS to obtain federal redress for the Missouri depredations; publication of the LDS Millennial Star in England; the migration of English converts to America; missionary efforts in other nations; the death of church patriarch Joseph Smith Sr.

12 July 1771–14 Sept. 1840. Cooper, farmer, teacher, merchant. Born at Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Asael Smith and Mary Duty. Nominal member of Congregationalist church at Topsfield. Married to Lucy Mack by Seth Austin, 24 Jan. 1796, at Tunbridge...

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; the establishment of the Nauvoo

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city charter; the commencement of construction of the Nauvoo temple

JS revelation, dated Jan. 1841, commanded Saints to build temple and hotel (Nauvoo House). Cornerstone laid, 6 Apr. 1841. Saints volunteered labor, money, and other resources for temple construction. Construction directed by committee, which included Reynolds...

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; the Wisconsin “pinery”

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expedition that facilitated temple construction; the introduction of the doctrine of proxy baptism for deceased persons; the dedicatory prayer by Orson Hyde

8 Jan. 1805–28 Nov. 1878. Laborer, clerk, storekeeper, teacher, editor, businessman, lawyer, judge. Born at Oxford, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Nathan Hyde and Sally Thorpe. Moved to Derby, New Haven Co., 1812. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, ...

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on the Mount of Olives in Palestine; publication of the “Book of Abraham” in the Nauvoo Times and Seasons; publication of the JS history often referred to as the “Wentworth letter;” the organization of the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo; and the inception of Nauvoo-era temple endowment ceremonies.

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