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Instruction on Priesthood, 5 October 1840

Commencing with Adam who was the first man whom is spoken of in Daniel as being “the Antient of days” or in other words the first and oldest of all, the great grand progenitor of whom it is said in another place he is michael because he was the first and father of all, not only by progeny, but he was the first to hold the spiritual blessings, to whom was made known the plan of ordinances

A religious rite. JS taught that ordinances were covenants between man and God, in which believers could affirm faith, gain spiritual knowledge, and seek blessings. Some ordinances were considered requisite for salvation. The manner in which ordinances were...

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for the Salvation of his posterity unto the end, and to whom Christ was first revealed, and through whom christ has been revealed from heaven and will continue to be revealed from henceforth. Adam holds the keys

Authority or knowledge of God given to mankind. In the earliest records, the term keys primarily referred to JS’s authority to unlock the “mysteries of the kingdom.” Early revelations declared that both JS and Oliver Cowdery held the keys to bring forth “...

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of the dispensation

A period of God’s work on earth, such as the “dispensation of the gospel of Abraham.” The biblical phrase “dispensation of the fulness of times” appears often in the writing of early Latter-day Saints; they typically used it to describe the final dispensation...

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of the fulness of times, i.e. the dispensation of all the times have been and will be revealed through him from the beginning to Christ and from Christ to the end of all the dispensations that have to be reveald
Ephesians 1st. chap 9 & 10 verses. [“]Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he has purposed in himself that in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather

As directed by early revelations, church members “gathered” in communities. A revelation dated September 1830, for instance, instructed elders “to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect” who would “be gathered in unto one place, upon the face of this land...

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together in one all things in Christ both which are in heaven and which are on earth in him” Now the purpose in himself in the winding up scene of the last dispensation is, that all things pertaining to that dispensation should be conducted precisely in accordance with the preceding dispensations, And again, God purposed in himself that there Should not be an eternal fulness until every dispensation should be fulfilled and gathered together in one [p. 2]
Commencing with Adam who was the first man of whom  it is spoken of in Daniel as being “the Antient of days”  or in other words the first and oldest of all, the great  grand progenitor of whom it is said in another  place he is michael because he was the first and  father of all, not only by progeny, but he was the  first to hold the spiritual blessings, the plan  to whom was made known the plan of ordinances

A religious rite. JS taught that ordinances were covenants between man and God, in which believers could affirm faith, gain spiritual knowledge, and seek blessings. Some ordinances were considered requisite for salvation. The manner in which ordinances were...

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 for the Salvation of his posterity unto the end, and  to whom Christ was first revealed, and through  whom christ has been revealed from heaven and  will continue to be revealed from henceforth.  Adam holds the keys

Authority or knowledge of God given to mankind. In the earliest records, the term keys primarily referred to JS’s authority to unlock the “mysteries of the kingdom.” Early revelations declared that both JS and Oliver Cowdery held the keys to bring forth “...

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of the dispensation

A period of God’s work on earth, such as the “dispensation of the gospel of Abraham.” The biblical phrase “dispensation of the fulness of times” appears often in the writing of early Latter-day Saints; they typically used it to describe the final dispensation...

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of the fulness  of times, i.e. the dispensation of all the times have  been and will be revealed through him from the  beginning to Christ and from Christ to the end  of the all world the dispensations that have to be reveald
Ephesians 1st. chap 9 & 10 verses. [“]Having made known unto  us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure  which he has purposed in himself that in the dispen sation of the fulness of times he might gather

As directed by early revelations, church members “gathered” in communities. A revelation dated September 1830, for instance, instructed elders “to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect” who would “be gathered in unto one place, upon the face of this land...

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together  in one all things in Christ both which are in heaven  and which are on earth in him” Now the purpose  in himself in the winding up scene of the last dispen sation is, that all things pertaining to that dispensation  should be conducted precisely in accordance with  the preceding dispensations, And again, God pur posed in himself that there Should not be an  eternal fulness until every dispensation should  be fulfilled and gathered together in one [p. 2]
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JS, instruction on priesthood, 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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, IL, 5 Oct. 1840; handwriting of Robert B. Thompson

1 Oct. 1811–27 Aug. 1841. Clerk, editor. Born in Great Driffield, Yorkshire, England. Member of Methodist church. Immigrated to Upper Canada, 1834. Baptized into LDS church by Parley P. Pratt, May 1836, in Upper Canada. Ordained an elder by John Taylor, 22...

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; ten pages; JS Collection, CHL. Includes endorsements.

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