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

May 16 laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works &c, but of the doctrines of baptism, laying on of hands, the resurrection and eternal judgment—” &c— That the doctrine of eternal judgment was perfectly understood by the Apostle, is evident from several passages of scripture. Peter preached Repentance and baptism for the remission of sins to the Jews, who had been led to acts of violence and blood, by their leaders, but to the Rulers he said, “I would that through ignorance ye did it, as did also those ye ruled”. “Repent, therefore, and be converted that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing (redemption) shall come from the presence of the Lord, for he shall send Jesus Christ, who before was preached unto you, &c.” The time of redemption here, had reference to the time, when Christ should come; then and not till then would their sins be blotted out. Why? Because they were murderrs, and no murderer hath eternal life. Even David, must wait for those times of refreshing, before he can come forth and his sins be blotted out: for Peter speaking of him says “David hath not yet ascended into Heaven, for his sepulcher is with us to this day:” his remains were then in the tomb. Now we read that many bodies of the Saints arose, at Christ’s resurrection, probably all the Saints, but it seems that David did not. Why? because he had been a Murderer. If the ministers of religion had a proper understanding of the doctrine of Eternal Judgement, they would not be found attending the man who had forfeited his life to the injured laws of his country by shedding innocent blood; for such characters cannot be forgiven, until they have paid the last farthing. The Prayers of all the Ministers in the world could never close the gates of hell against a Murderer. He then spoke on the subject of election, and read the 9th. chapter of Romans, from which it was evident that the election there spoken of, was pertaining to the flesh, and had reference to the seed of Abraham, according to the promise God made to Abraham, saying, “In thee, and in thy seed, all the families of the Earth shall be blessed.” To them belonged the adoption, and the Covenants &c. Paul said, when he saw their unbelief, I wish myself accursed— according to the flesh, not according to the Spirit— Why did God say to Pharoah, “for this cause have I raised up”? Because Pharoah was a fit instrument— a wicked man, and had committed acts of cruelty of the most atrocious nature— The election of the promised seed still continues, and in the last days they shall have the Priesthood restored unto them, and they shall be the “Saviors on mount Zion” the ministers of our God;” if it were not for the remnant which was left, then might we be as Sodom and Gomorah. The whole of the Chapter had reference to the Priesthood, and the house of Israel; and unconditional election of individuals to eternal life was not taught by the Apostles. God did elect or predestinate, that all those who would be saved, should be saved in Christ Jesus, and through obedience to the gospel; but he passes over no man’s sins, but visits them with correction, and if his children will not repent of their sins, he will discard them. This is an — — — — — — — — — — imperfect sketch of a very interesting discourse, which occupied more than two hours in delivery, and was listened to with marked attention by the vast assembly present. In the afternoon, the assembly were addressed by President Hyrum Smith

9 Feb. 1800–27 June 1844. Farmer, cooper. Born at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Randolph, Orange Co., 1802; to Tunbridge, before May 1803; to Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont, 1804; to Sharon, Windsor Co., by...

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<May 16> laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works &c, but of the doctrines  of baptism, laying on of hands, the resurrection and eternal judgment—” &c— That the  doctrine of eternal judgment was perfectly understood by the Apostle, is evident  from several passages of scripture. Peter preached Repentance and baptism for  the remission of sins to the Jews, who had been led to acts of violence and blood,  by their leaders, but to the Rulers he said, “I would that through ignorance  ye did it, as did also those ye ruled”. “Repent, therefore, and be converted that  your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing (redemption) shall  come from the presence of the Lord, for he shall send Jesus Christ, who before  was preached unto you, &c.” The time of redemption here, had reference to the  time, when Christ should come; then and not till then would their sins be  blotted out. Why? Because they were murderrs, and no murderer hath  eternal life. Even David, must wait for those times of refreshing, before he can  come forth and his sins be blotted out: for Peter speaking of him says “David hath  not yet ascended into Heaven, for his sepulcher is with us to this day:” his remains  were then in the tomb. Now we read that many bodies of the Saints arose, at  Christ’s resurrection, probably all the Saints, but it seems that David did not.  Why? because he had been a Murderer. If the ministers of religion had a  proper understanding of the doctrine of Eternal Judgement, they would not be  found attending the man who had forfeited his life to the injured laws of his  country by shedding innocent blood; for such characters cannot be forgiven,  until they have paid the last farthing. The Prayers of all the Ministers in the  world could never close the gates of hell against a Murderer. He  then spoke on the subject of election, and read the 9th. chapter of Romans, from  which it was evident that the election there spoken of, was pertaining to the flesh,  and had reference to the seed of Abraham, according to the promise God made  to Abraham, saying, “In thee, and in thy seed, all the families of the Earth  shall be blessed.” To them belonged the adoption, and the Covenants &c. Paul  said, when he saw their unbelief, I wish myself accursed— according to the flesh,  not according to the Spirit— Why did God say to Pharoah, “for this cause  have I raised up”? Because Pharoah was a fit instrument— a wicked man,  and had committed acts of cruelty of the most atrocious nature— The election of  the promised seed still continues, and in the last days they shall have the  Priesthood restored unto them, and they shall be the “Saviors on mount Zion” the  ministers of our God;” if it were not for the remnant which was left, then might  we be as Sodom and Gomorah. The whole of the Chapter had reference to the  Priesthood, and the house of Israel; and unconditional election of individuals to  eternal life was not taught by the Apostles. God did elect or predestinate, that  all those who would be saved, should be saved in Christ Jesus, and through obedience  to the gospel; but he passes over no man’s sins, but visits them with correction, and if  his children will not repent of their sins, he will discard them. This is an — — — — — — — — — —  imperfect sketch of a very interesting discourse, which occupied more than two hours in  delivery, and was listened to with marked attention by the vast assembly present.  In the afternoon, the assembly were addressed by President Hyrum Smith

9 Feb. 1800–27 June 1844. Farmer, cooper. Born at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Randolph, Orange Co., 1802; to Tunbridge, before May 1803; to Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont, 1804; to Sharon, Windsor Co., by...

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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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