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

another and honor our brother or make honorable mention of his name and not backbite and devour our brother Why will not man learn wisdom by precept at this late age of the world when we have such a cloud of witnesses and examples before us and not be obliged to learn by sad experience every thing we know. Must the new ones that are chosen to fill the places of those that are fallen of the Quorum of the Twelve begin to exalt themselves until they exalt themselves so high that they will soon tumble over and have a great fall and go wallowing through the mud and mire and darkness Judas like to the buffettings of Satan as several of the Quorum have done. or will they learn Wisdom and be wise (O God give them wisdom and keep them humble I pray) When the Twelve or any other witnesses stand before the Congregations of the earth and they preach in the power and demonstration of the Spirit of God and the people are astonished and confounded at the Doctrine and say that man has preached a powerful discourse a great sermon, then let that man or those men take care that they do not ascribe the glory unto themselves, but be careful that they are humble and ascribe the praise and glory to God and the Lamb for it is by the Power of the Holy Priesthood and Holy Ghost they have power thus to speak. What art thou O man but dust and from whom dost thou recieve thy power and Blessings but from God. Then O ye Twelve notice this Key and be wise for Christ’s sake and your own souls sake Ye are not sent out to be taught but to teach, let every word be seasoned with grace, be vigilant, be sober, It is a day of warning and not of many words. act honest before God and man, beware of Gentile Sophistry such as bowing and scraping unto men in whom you have no confidence. be honest open and frank in all your intercourse with mankind O ye Twelve and all saints profit by this important Key that in all your trials troubles, temptations, afflictions, bonds, imprisonments and death see to it that you do not betray Heaven that you do not betray Jesus Christ that you do not betray your Brethren that you do not betray the Revelations of God whither in the Bible Book of Mormon or Doctrines and Covenant or any other that ever was or ever will be given and revealed unto man in this world or that which is to come, Yea in all your kicking and flounderings see to it that you do not this thing lest innocent blood be found in your shirts and you go down to Hell, all other sins are not to be compared to sinning against the Holy Ghost and proving a traitor to thy brethren.
I will give you one of the Keys of the mysteries of the Kingdom It is an eternal principle that has existed with God from all eternity that that man who rises up to condemn others, finding fault with the church, saying that they are out of the way while he himself is righteous then know assuredly that that man is in the high road to apostacy and if he does not repent will apostatize as God lives. The principle is as correct as the one that Jesus put forth in saying that he who seeketh a sign is an adulterous person and that principle is eternal undeviating and firm as the pillars of Heaven for whenever you see a man seeking after a sign, you may set it down that he is an adulterous man [p. 10 [addenda]]
another and honor our brother or make honorable mention of his name and not  backbite and devour our brother Why will not man learn wisdom by precept at this  late age of the world when we have such a cloud of witnesses and examples before us  and not be obliged to learn by sad experience every thing we know. Must the new  ones that are chosen to fill the places of those that are fallen of the Quorum of the  Twelve begin to exalt themselves until they exalt themselves so high that they will  soon tumble over and have a great fall and go wallowing through the mud and mire  and darkness Judas like to the buffettings of Satan as several of the Quorum have  done. or will they learn Wisdom and be wise (O God give them wisdom and keep  them humble I pray) When the Twelve or any other  witnesses stand before the Congregations of the earth and they preach in the power  and demonstration of the Spirit of God and the people are astonished and  confounded at the Doctrine and say that man has preached a powerful discourse  a great sermon, then let that man or those men take care that they do not  ascribe the glory unto themselves, but be careful that they are humble and ascribe  the praise and glory to God and the Lamb for it is by the Power of the Holy  Priesthood and Holy Ghost they have power thus to speak. What art thou O man  but dust and from whom dost thou recieve thy power and Blessings but from  God. Then O ye Twelve notice this Key and be wise for Christ’s sake and  your own souls sake Ye are not sent out to be taught but to teach, let  every word be seasoned with grace, be vigilant, be sober, It is a day of warning  and not of many words. act honest before God and man, beware of Gentile Sophistry  such as bowing and scraping unto men in whom you have no confidence. be  honest open and frank in all your intercourse with mankind  O ye Twelve and all saints profit by this important Key that in all your trials  troubles, temptations, afflictions, bonds, imprisonments and death see to it that  you do not betray Heaven that you do not betray Jesus Christ that you  do not betray your Brethren that you do not betray the Revelations of God  whither in the Bible Book of Mormon or Doctrines and Covenant or any  other that ever was or ever will be given and revealed unto man in this  world or that which is to come, Yea in all your kicking and flounderings  see to it that you do not this thing lest innocent blood be found in your  shirts and you go down to Hell, all other sins are not to be compared to  sinning against the Holy Ghost and proving a traitor to thy brethren.
I will give you one of the Keys of the mysteries of the Kingdom  It is an eternal principle that has existed with God from all eternity  that that man who rises up to condemn others, finding fault with the  church, saying that they are out of the way while he himself is righteous  then know assuredly that that man is in the high road to apostacy and  if he does not repent will apostatize as God lives. The principle is as  correct as the one that Jesus put forth in saying that he who seeketh a sign  is an adulterous person and that principle is eternal undeviating and  firm as the pillars of Heaven for whenever you see a man seeking after a  sign, you may set it down that he is an adulterous man [p. 10 [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

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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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”

Also known as pinery. Area near Black River where lumbering operation was established to provide timber for construction of Nauvoo temple, Nauvoo House, and other public buildings. Four mills established on Black River, ca. Sept. 1841: three near Black River...

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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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