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

do not exhibit this qualification in the most satisfactory manner; and if they found a candidate looking to the water of baptism as having virtue to cleanse him from sin, he would be put back until better instructed.
2.— After baptism the Saints kneel down, and their priest laying on his hands, professes to give them the Holy Ghost. If effects similar to those produced by the laying on of the Apostles’ hands were seen to follow, scepticism must yield to the force of such evidence; but in their case no such effects are produced; the baptized sinner is a sinner still, though flattered and deluded with the epithet “Latter-Day Saint.” The Baptists regard such mummery with as much disgust as all Christians do.
3.— Having, as they suppose, the extraordinary gifts of the Spirit, the Saints consistently pretend to have the power of working wonders, and profess to heal the sick with Holy Oil; also to the power of prophecy. As most moral evils bring with them their own remedy, these lofty pretensions will ruin them in due time, by opening the eyes of the most deluded, as in the case of the countless sects of impostors who have appeared upon the stage before them. It need not be added, that the Baptists stand far removed from such conceits, and have no part in them.
4.— Not satisfied with the Bible, as a complete revelation from God, the “Latter-day Saints” have adopted a romance written in America, as a fresh revelation, and have added a trashy volume of 600 pages to that Book, which we are forbidden to add to, or take from, under the most awful penalties! But even this is not enough for their impious presumption. They have published a monthly magazine, in which “new revelations” are served up fresh as they arrive, for the use of all who can swallow them. The disgust with which the Baptists regard such a melancholy exhibition of human folly and wickedness separates them to an impassable distance from such people.
5.— In order to carry on this order of things, the latter day saints have appointed two Priesthoods. “The lesser, or Aaronic Priesthood, is to hold the Keys of the Ministering of Angels, and to administer in outward ordinances.” “The power and authority of the higher, or Melchisedeck Priesthood, is to hold the Keys of all the Spiritual Blessings of the Church— to have the privilege of receiving the Mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven— to have the Heavens opened to them— to commune with the general assembly and Church of the Firstborn; and to enjoy the communion and presence of God the Father, and of Jesus the Mediator of the New Covenant.” (See page 13.) So that in this wonderful priesthood, they have provided for an ample supply of new things in endless variety, and without end, from the hands of wretched men, who blasphemously aspire to a dignity which belongs alone to Him who is the only “Priest. forever after the order of Melchizedeck.”
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do not exhibit this qualification in the most satisfactory manner; and if  they found a candidate looking to the water of baptism as having virtue  to cleanse him from sin, he would be put back until better instructed.
2.— After baptism the Saints kneel down, and their priest laying on  his hands, professes to give them the Holy Ghost. If effects similar to those  produced by the laying on of the Apostles’ hands were seen to follow, scepticism  must yield to the force of such evidence; but in their case no such effects  are produced; the baptized sinner is a sinner still, though flattered  and deluded with the epithet “Latter-Day Saint.” The Baptists regard  such mummery with as much disgust as all Christians do.
3.— Having, as they suppose, the extraordinary gifts of the Spirit,  the Saints consistently pretend to have the power of working wonders,  and profess to heal the sick with Holy Oil; also to the power of  prophecy. As most moral evils bring with them their own remedy,  these lofty pretensions will ruin them in due time, by opening the  eyes of the most deluded, as in the case of the countless sects of  impostors who have appeared upon the stage before them. It need  not be added, that the Baptists stand far removed from such  conceits, and have no part in them.
4.— Not satisfied with the Bible, as a complete revelation  from God, the “Latter-day Saints” have adopted a romance written in  America, as a fresh revelation, and have added a trashy volume  of 600 pages to that Book, which we are forbidden to add to, or take  from, under the most awful penalties! But even this is not enough  for their impious presumption. They have published a monthly  magazine, in which “new revelations” are served up fresh as they  arrive, for the use of all who can swallow them. The disgust with  which the Baptists regard such a melancholy exhibition of human  folly <and wickedness> separates them to an impassable distance from such people.
5.— In order to carry on this order of things, the latter day saints have  appointed two Priesthoods. “The lesser, or Aaronic Priesthood, is to hold  the Keys of the Ministering of Angels, and to administer in outward  ordinances.” “The power and authority of the higher, or Melchisedeck  Priesthood, is to hold the Keys of all the Spiritual Blessings of the Church—  to have the privilege of receiving the Mysteries of the Kingdom of  Heaven— to have the Heavens opened to them— to commune with the  general assembly and Church of the Firstborn; and to enjoy the  communion and presence of God the Father, and of Jesus the  Mediator of the New Covenant.” (See page 13.) So that in this wonderful  priesthood, they have provided for an ample supply of new things in endless  variety, and without end, from the hands of wretched men, who blasphemously  aspire to a dignity which belongs alone to Him who is the only “Priest.  forever after the order of Melchizedeck.”
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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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, Missouri, and concludes with the death of Bishop Vinson Knight

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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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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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; 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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