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

the terrestrial bodies for another time in order to treat upon them more fully. The next great grand Patriarch who held the Keys of the Priesthood was Lamech See Genesis 5th. ch 28 and 29 v. and Lamech lived 182 years and begat a Son and he called his name Noah, saying this same shall comfort us concerning our work and the toil of our hands because of the ground which the Lord has curst— The Priesthood continued from Lamech to Noah Genesis vi. 13. And God said unto Noah “the end of all flesh is before me, for the earth is filled with violence through them, and behold I will destroy them with the Earth”, thus we behold the Keys of this Priesthood consisted in obtaining the voice of Jehovah, that he talked with him in a familiar and friendly manner, that he continued to him the Keys, the Covenants, the power and the glory with which he blessed Adam at the beginning and the offering of sacrifice which also shall be continued at the last time, for all the ordinances and duties that ever have been required by the Priesthood under the directions and commandments of the Almighty in any of the dispensations, shall all be had in the last dispensation— Therefore all things had under the authority of the Priesthood at any former period shall be had again, bringing to pass the restoration spoken of by the mouth of all the Holy Prophets; then shall the Sons of Levi offer an acceptable sacrifice to the Lord. See Malachi iii 3. 4. And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he shall purify the Sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord. It will be necessary here to make a few observations on the doctrine set forth in the above quotation, as it is generally supposed that sacrifice was entirely done away when the great Sacrifice was offered up, and that there will be no necessity for the ordinance of Sacrifice in future; but those who assert this, are certainly not acquainted with the duties, privileges, and authority of the Priesthood, or with the Prophets. The offering of Sacrifice has ever been connected and forms a part of the duties of the Priesthood. It began with the Priesthood, and will be continued until after the coming of Christ, from generation to generation. We frequently have mention made of the offering of Sacrifice by the Servants of the most High in Ancient days prior to the law of Moses. — — — — — which ordinances will be continued when the Priesthood is restored with all its authority power and blessings. Elijah was the last Prophet that held the Keys of this Priesthood, and who will before the last dispensation, restore the authority and deliver the Keys of this Priesthood, in order that all the ordinances may be attended to in righteousness— It is true that the Savior had authority and power to bestow this blessing, but the Sons of Levi were too prejudiced.— And I will send Elijah the Prophet before the great and terrible day of the Lord &c &c Why send Elijah? because he holds the keys of the authority to administer in all the ordinances of the Priesthood and without the authority is given, the ordinances could not be administered in righteousness. It is a very prevalent opinion, that the Sacrifices which were offered were entirely consumed, this was not the case if you read Leviticus 2 ch: 2. 3 verses, you will observe that the Priests took a part as a Memorial and offered it up before the Lord while the remainder was kept for the maintenance of the Priests— So that the offerings and sacrifices are not all consumed upon the Altar, but the blood is sprinkled, and the fat and certain other portions are consumed. These Sacrifices as well as every ordinance belonging to the Priesthood will, when the Temple of the Lord shall be built and the Sons of Levi be purified, be fully restored and attended to in all their powers, ramifications and blessings; this ever did and will exist when the powers of the Melchisedec Priesthood are sufficiently manifest. else how can the restitution of all things spoken of by all the Holy Prophets be brought to pass? It is not to be understood that the law of Moses will be established again with all its rights and variety of ceremonies, this has never been spoken off— by the Prophets but those things which existed prior to Moses’ day viz Sacrifice will be continued— It may be asked by some what necessity for Sacrifice since the great Sacrifice was offered? In answer to which if Repentance, Baptism and Faith existed prior to the days of Christ what necessity for them since that time— The Priesthood has descended in a regular line from Father to Son through their succeeding generations— see Book of Doctrine and Coventants— (see page 1104#) [p. 18 [addenda]]
the terrestrial bodies for another time in order to treat upon them more fully. The next great grand Patriarch  who held the Keys of the Priesthood was Lamech See Genesis 5th. ch 28 and 29 v. and Lamech lived 182 years and  begat a Son and he called his name Noah, saying this same shall comfort us concerning our work and the toil  of our hands because of the ground which the Lord has curst— The Priesthood continued from Lamech to Noah  Genesis vi. 13. And God said unto Noah [“]the end of all flesh is before me, for the earth is filled with violence through  them, and behold I will destroy them with the Earth”, thus we behold the Keys of this Priesthood consisted in  obtaining the voice of Jehovah, that he talked with him in a familiar and friendly manner, that he  continued to him the Keys, the Covenants, the power and the glory with which he blessed Adam at the  beginning and the offering of sacrifice which also shall be continued at the last time, for all the ordinances  and duties that ever have been required by the Priesthood under the directions and commandments of the  Almighty in any of the dispensations, shall all be had in the last dispensation— Therefore all things had  under the authority of the Priesthood at any former period shall be had again, bringing to pass the  restoration spoken of by the mouth of all the Holy Prophets; then shall the Sons of Levi offer an  acceptable sacrifice to the Lord. See Malachi iii 3. 4. And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver,  and he shall purify the Sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord.  It will be necessary here to make a few observations on the doctrine set forth in the above quotation, as it is generally  supposed that sacrifice was entirely done away when the great Sacrifice was offered up, and that there will  be no necessity for the ordinance of Sacrifice in future; but those who assert this, are certainly not acquainted  with the duties, privileges, and authority of the Priesthood, or with the Prophets. The offering of Sacrifice has ever  been connected and forms a part of the duties of the Priesthood. It began with the Priesthood, and will be  continued until after the coming of Christ, from generation to generation. We frequently have mention made of  the offering of Sacrifice by the Servants of the most High in Ancient days prior to the law of Moses. — — — — —  which ordinances will be continued when the Priesthood is restored with all its authority power and blessings.  Elijah was the last Prophet that held the Keys of this Priesthood, and who will before the last dispensation,  restore the authority and deliver the Keys of this Priesthood, in order that all the ordinances may be attended to in  righteousness— It is true that the Savior had authority and power to bestow this blessing, but the Sons of Levi were too  prejudiced.— And I will send Elijah the Prophet before the great and terrible day of the Lord &c &c Why send  Elijah? because he holds the keys of the authority to administer in all the ordinances of the Priesthood and  without the authority is given, the ordinances could not be administered in righteousness. It is a very  prevalent opinion, that the Sacrifices which were offered were entirely consumed, this was not the case if you read  Leviticus 2 ch: 2. 3 verses, you will observe that the Priests took a part as a Memorial and offered it up before  the Lord while the remainder was kept for the maintenance of the Priests— So that the offerings and sacrifices are  not all consumed upon the Altar, but the blood is sprinkled, and the fat and certain other portions are consumed.  These Sacrifices as well as every ordinance belonging to the Priesthood will, when the Temple of the Lord shall be built  and the Sons of Levi be purified, be fully restored and attended to in all their powers, ramifications and blessings;  this ever did and will exist when the powers of the Melchisedec Priesthood are sufficiently manifest. else how can  the restitution of all things spoken of by all the Holy Prophets be brought to pass? It is not to be understood that the  law of Moses will be established again with all its rights and variety of ceremonies, this has never been spoken off— by <the Prophets>  but those things which existed prior to Moses’ day viz Sacrifice will be continued— It may be asked by some what necessity  for Sacrifice since the great Sacrifice was offered? In answer to which if Repentance, Baptism and Faith existed prior  to the days of Christ what necessity for them since that time— The Priesthood has descended in a regular line from  Father to Son through their succeeding generations— see Book of Doctrine and Coventants— (see page 1104#) [p. 18 [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

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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

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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