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

March 20 any other means, except the signs, or way which God hath appointed? should we obtain it? certainly not; all other means would fail. The Lord says do so, and so, and I will bless you. There are certain key words, and signs belonging to the priesthood, which must be observed in order to obtain the blessing, the sign of Peter was to repent, and be baptized for the remission of sins, with the promise of the gift of the Holy Ghost: and in no other way is the gift of the Holy Ghost obtained. There is a difference between the Holy Ghost, and the gift of the Holy Ghost. Cornelius received the Holy Ghost before he was baptized; which was the convincing power of God unto him of the truth of the Gospel; but he could not receive the gift of the Holy Ghost until after he was baptized. Had he not taken this sign, or ordinance upon him, the Holy Ghost which convinced him of the truth of God, would have left him. Until he obeyed these ordinances and received the gift of the Holy Ghost, by the laying on of hands, according to the order of God, he could not have healed the sick, or commanded an evil spirit to come out of a man, and it obeyed him; for the spirits might say unto him, as they did to the Sons of Sceva;— “Paul we know; and Jesus we know, but who are ye!” It mattereth not whether we live long or short on the earth after we come to a knowledge of these principles and obey them unto the end. I know that all men will be damned if they do not come in the way which he hath opened; and this is the way marked out by the word of the Lord. As concerning the resurrection I will merely say that all men will come from the grave as they lie down, whether old or young, there will not be “added unto their stature one cubit;” neither taken from it; all will be raised by the power of God, having spirit in their bodies, and not blood. Children will be enthroned in the presence of God, and the Lamb; with bodies of the same Stature that they had on earth; having been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, they will there enjoy the fulness of that light glory, and intelligence which is prepared in the Celestial kingdom: “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord; for they rest from the labors and their works do follow them.” The speaker before closing called upon the assembly before him, to humble themselves in faith before God, and in mighty prayer and fasting to call upon the name of the Lord, until the elements were purified over our heads, and the earth sanctified under our feet; that the inhabitants of this city

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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may escape the power of disease and pestilence, and the destroyer that rideth upon the face of the earth; and that the Holy Spirit of God may rest upon this vast multitude. At the close of the meeting President Smith said he should attend to the ordinance of Baptism in the river near his house at 2 o’clock; and at the appointed hour the bank of the Mississippi

Principal U.S. river running southward from Itasca Lake, Minnesota, to Gulf of Mexico. Covered 3,160-mile course, 1839 (now about 2,350 miles). Drains about 1,100,000 square miles. Steamboat travel on Mississippi very important in 1830s and 1840s for shipping...

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was lined with a multitude of people, and President Joseph Smith went into the river

Principal U.S. river running southward from Itasca Lake, Minnesota, to Gulf of Mexico. Covered 3,160-mile course, 1839 (now about 2,350 miles). Drains about 1,100,000 square miles. Steamboat travel on Mississippi very important in 1830s and 1840s for shipping...

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and baptized 80 persons, for the remission of their sins; and what added joy to the scene was, that the first person baptized was Mr. Lorenzo D. Wasson

1819–28 July 1857. Born in New York. Son of Benjamin Wasson and Elizabeth Hale. Lived at Harpursville, Broome Co., New York, by 1836. Moved to Farmington, Fulton Co., Illinois, Aug. 1836; to Amboy, Ogle Co., Illinois, Dec. 1837; and to Nauvoo, Hancock Co....

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, a nephew of Mrs. Emma Smith

10 July 1804–30 Apr. 1879. Scribe, editor, boardinghouse operator, clothier. Born at Willingborough Township (later in Harmony), Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania. Daughter of Isaac Hale and Elizabeth Lewis. Member of Methodist church at Harmony (later in Oakland...

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; the first of her kindred that have embraced the fulness of the gospel. At the close of this interesting scene the administrator lifted up his hands towards heaven, and implored the blessing of God to rest upon the people; and truly the spirit of God did rest upon the multitude, to the joy and consolation of our hearts. After baptism the congregation again repaired to the grove

Before partial completion of Nauvoo temple, all large meetings were held outdoors in groves located near east and west sides of temple site. Had portable stands for speakers. JS referred to area as “temple stand” due to its location on brow of hill.

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, near the 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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, to attend to the ordinance of confirmation and notwithstanding, President Smith had spoken in the open air to the people, and stood in the water and baptized about 80 persons, about 50 of those baptized received their confirmation under his hands, in the after part of the day. While this was progressing, great numbers were being baptized in the font.” [p. 1297]
< March 20> any other means, except the signs, or way which God hath appointed? should we  obtain it? certainly not; all other means would fail. The Lord says do so, and so,  and I will bless you. There are certain key words, and signs belonging to the  priesthood, which must be observed in order to obtain the blessing, the sign of Peter was  to repent, and be baptized for the remission of sins, with the promise of the gift of the  Holy Ghost: and in no other way is the gift of the Holy Ghost obtained. There is a  difference between the Holy Ghost, and the gift of the Holy Ghost. Cornelius received  the Holy Ghost before he was baptized; which was the convincing power of God unto  him of the truth of the Gospel; but he could not receive the gift of the Holy Ghost  until after he was baptized. Had he not taken this sign, or ordinance upon him,  the Holy Ghost which convinced him of the truth of God, would have left him.  Until he obeyed these ordinances and received the gift of the Holy Ghost, by the  laying on of hands, according to the order of God, he could not have healed the  sick, or commanded an evil spirit to come out of a man, and it obeyed him; for the  spirits might say unto him, as they did to the Sons of Sceva;— “Paul we know; and Jesus  we know, but who are ye!” It mattereth not whether we live long or short on the earth  after we come to a knowledge of these principles and obey them unto the end. I  know that all men will be damned if they do not come in the way which he hath  opened; and this is the way marked out by the word of the Lord. As concerning  the resurrection I will merely say that all men will come from the grave as they lie  down, whether old or young, there will not be “added unto their stature one cubit;”  neither taken from it; all will be raised by the power of God, having spirit in  their bodies, and not blood. Children will be enthroned in the presence of God,  and the Lamb; with bodies of the same Stature that they had on earth; having  been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, they will there enjoy the fulness of that  light glory, and intelligence which is prepared in the Celestial kingdom: “Blessed are  the dead who die in the Lord; for they rest from the labors and their works do follow  them.” The speaker before closing called upon the assembly before him, to humble themselves  in faith before God, and in mighty prayer and fasting to call upon the name of the Lord,  until the elements were purified over our heads, and the earth sanctified under our feet; that the  inhabitants of this city

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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may escape the power of disease and pestilence, and the destroyer that  rideth upon the face of the earth; and that the Holy Spirit of God may rest upon this vast multitude.  At the close of the meeting President Smith said he should attend to the ordinance of Baptism in  the river near his house at 2 o’clock; and at the appointed hour the bank of the Mississippi

Principal U.S. river running southward from Itasca Lake, Minnesota, to Gulf of Mexico. Covered 3,160-mile course, 1839 (now about 2,350 miles). Drains about 1,100,000 square miles. Steamboat travel on Mississippi very important in 1830s and 1840s for shipping...

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was  lined with a multitude of people, and President Joseph Smith went into the river

Principal U.S. river running southward from Itasca Lake, Minnesota, to Gulf of Mexico. Covered 3,160-mile course, 1839 (now about 2,350 miles). Drains about 1,100,000 square miles. Steamboat travel on Mississippi very important in 1830s and 1840s for shipping...

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and baptized 80  persons, for the remission of their sins; and what added joy to the scene was, that the first person  baptized was Mr. L[orenzo] D. Wasson

1819–28 July 1857. Born in New York. Son of Benjamin Wasson and Elizabeth Hale. Lived at Harpursville, Broome Co., New York, by 1836. Moved to Farmington, Fulton Co., Illinois, Aug. 1836; to Amboy, Ogle Co., Illinois, Dec. 1837; and to Nauvoo, Hancock Co....

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, a nephew of Mrs. Emma Smith

10 July 1804–30 Apr. 1879. Scribe, editor, boardinghouse operator, clothier. Born at Willingborough Township (later in Harmony), Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania. Daughter of Isaac Hale and Elizabeth Lewis. Member of Methodist church at Harmony (later in Oakland...

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; the first of her kindred that have  embraced the fulness of the gospel. At the close of this interesting scene the administrator lifted up  his hands towards heaven, and implored the blessing of God to rest upon the people; and truly the  spirit of God did rest upon the multitude, to the joy and consolation of our hearts. After baptism  the congregation again repaired to the grove

Before partial completion of Nauvoo temple, all large meetings were held outdoors in groves located near east and west sides of temple site. Had portable stands for speakers. JS referred to area as “temple stand” due to its location on brow of hill.

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, near the 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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, to attend to the ordinance of confirmation  and notwithstanding, President Smith had spoken in the open air to the people, and stood in  the water and baptized about 80 persons, about 50 of those baptized received their confirmation under  his hands, in the after part of the day. While this was progressing, great numbers were being baptized in the font.” [p. 1297]
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JS, History, 1838–1856, vol. C-1, created 24 Feb. 1845–3 July 1845; handwriting of Thomas Bullock, Franklin D. Richards

2 Apr. 1821–9 Dec. 1899. Carpenter, businessman, newspaper editor. Born at Richmond, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of Phinehas Richards and Wealthy Dewey. Raised Congregationalist. Baptized into LDS church by Phinehas Richards, 3 June 1838, at Richmond...

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, Jonathan Grimshaw, and Leo Hawkins; 512 pages, plus 24 pages of addenda; CHL. This is the third volume of a six-volume manuscript history of the church. This third volume covers the period from 2 November 1838 to 31 July 1842; the remaining five volumes, labeled A-1, B-1, D-1, E-1 and F-1, continue through 8 August 1844.

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