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

Addenda • 27 June 1839

June 27. 1839 At this time, I taught the brethren at considerable length on the following subjects Faith comes by hearing the word of God through the testimony of the servants of God, that testimony is always attended by the Spirit of Prophecy and Revelation. Repentance is a thing that cannot be trifled with every day. Daily transgression, and daily repentance is not that which is pleasing in the sight of God. Baptism is a holy ordinance preparatory to the reception of the Holy Ghost. It is the Channel and Key by which the Holy Ghost will be administered. The gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands cannot be received through the medium of any other principle, than the principle of Righteousness, for if the proposals are not complied with it is of no use but withdraws. Tongues were given for the purpose of preaching among those whose language is not understood, as on the day of Pentecost &c and it is not necessary for tongues to be taught to the church particularly, for any man that has the Holy Ghost can speak of the things of God in his own tongue, as well as to speak in another, for faith comes not by signs but by hearing the word of God. The doctrine of the Resurrection of the Dead and Eternal Judgment are necessary to preach among the first principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Doctrine of Election St. Paul exhorts us to make our calling and election sure. This is that sealing power spoken of by Paul in other places (Ephesians I. 13. 14. In whom ye also trusted, that after ye heard the word of truth; the gospel of your salvation, in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance, until the redemption of the purchased possession unto the praise of his glory.) That we may be sealed up unto the day of redemption, this principle ought (in its proper place) to be taught, for God hath not revealed any thing to Joseph. but what he will make known unto the Twelve, and even the least Saint may know all things as fast as he is able to bear them, for the day must come when no man need say to his neighbor know ye the Lord, for all shall know him (who Remain) from the least to the greatest, How is this to be done? It is to be done by this sealing power and the other Comforter spoken of which will be manifest by Revelation. There are two Comforters spoken of, one is the Holy Ghost the same as given on the day of Pentecost, and that all Saints receive after Faith Repentance and Baptism. This first Comforter or Holy Ghost has no other effect than pure intelligence, It is more powerful in expanding the mind, enlightning the understanding, and storing the intellect with present knowledge of a man who is of the literal seed of Abraham than one that is a Gentile, though it may not have half as much visible effect upon the body, for as the Holy Ghost falls upon one of the literal seed of Abraham, it is calm and serene and his whole soul and body are only exercised by the pure Spirit of Intelligence; while the effect of the Holy Ghost upon a Gentile is to purge out the old blood, and make him actually of the seed of Abraham. That man that has none of the blood of Abraham (naturally) must have a new creation by the Holy Ghost, in such a case there may be more of a powerful effect upon the body, and visible to the eye than upon an Israelite, while the Israelite at first might be far before the Gentile in pure Intelligence. The other Comforter spoken of is a subject of great interest and perhaps understood by few of this generation. After a person hath faith in Christ, repents of his sins, and is baptized for the remission of his sins, and receives the Holy Ghost (by the laying on of hands) [p. 8 [addenda]]

Addenda • 27 June 1839

<June 27. 1839> At this time, I taught the brethren at considerable length on the following subjects Faith  comes by hearing the word of God through the testimony of the servants of God, that testimony is  always attended by the Spirit of Prophecy and Revelation. Repentance is a thing  that cannot be trifled with every day. Daily transgression, and daily repentance is not  that which is pleasing in the sight of God. Baptism is a holy ordinance preparatory  to the reception of the Holy Ghost. It is the Channel and Key by which the Holy Ghost  will be administered. The gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands cannot  be received through the medium of any other principle, than the principle of  Righteousness, for if the proposals are not complied with it is of no use but withdraws.  Tongues were given for the purpose of preaching among those whose language is  not understood, as on the day of Pentecost &c and it is not necessary for tongues  to be taught to the church particularly, for any man that has the Holy Ghost  can speak of the things of God in his own tongue, as well as to speak in another,  for faith comes not by signs but by hearing the word of God. The doctrine  of the Resurrection of the Dead and Eternal Judgment are necessary to preach  among the first principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Doctrine of Election  St. Paul exhorts us to make our calling and election sure. This is that sealing power  spoken of by Paul in other places (Ephesians I. 13. 14. In whom ye also trusted,  that after ye heard the word of truth; the gospel of your salvation, in whom also  after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, which is the  earnest of our inheritance, until the redemption of the purchased possession unto  the praise of his glory.) That we may be sealed up unto the day of redemption,  this principle ought (in its proper place) to be taught, for God hath not revealed any  thing to Joseph. but what he will make known unto the Twelve, and even the least  Saint may know all things as fast as he is able to bear them, for the day must come  when no man need say to his neighbor know ye the Lord, for all shall know  him (who Remain) from the least to the greatest, How is this to be done? It is to be  done by this sealing power and the other Comforter spoken of which will be manifest by  Revelation. There are two Comforters spoken of, one is the Holy Ghost the same as given  on the day of Pentecost, and that all Saints receive after Faith Repentance and  Baptism. This first Comforter or Holy Ghost has no other effect than pure intelligence,  It is more powerful in expanding the mind, enlightning the understanding, and storing  the intellect with present knowledge of a man who is of the literal seed of Abraham  than one that is a Gentile, though it may not have half as much visible effect upon  the body, for as the Holy Ghost falls upon one of the literal seed of Abraham, it is  calm and serene and his whole soul and body are only exercised by the pure Spirit  of Intelligence; while the effect of the Holy Ghost upon a Gentile is to purge out the  old blood, and make him actually of the seed of Abraham. That man that has  none of the blood of Abraham (naturally) must have a new creation by the Holy Ghost,  in such a case there may be more of a powerful effect upon the body, and visible to the eye  than upon an Israelite, while the Israelite at first might be far before the Gentile in pure  Intelligence. The other Comforter spoken of is a subject of great interest and perhaps  understood by few of this generation. After a person hath faith in Christ, repents of his sins,  and is baptized for the remission of his sins, and receives the Holy Ghost (by the laying on of hands) [p. 8 [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

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’s forces” at Far West

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, Missouri, and concludes with the death of Bishop Vinson Knight

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at Nauvoo

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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

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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

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, Heber C. Kimball

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, George A. Smith

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, and others reviewed and modified the manuscript prior to its eventual publication in the Salt Lake City newspaper Deseret News.
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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

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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.

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; the establishment of the Nauvoo

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city charter; the commencement of construction of the Nauvoo temple

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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

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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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