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Journal, 1835–1836

thou shalt unveil the heavens, and cause the mountains to flow down at thy presence, and the valley’s to be exalted, the rough places made smooth; that thy glory may fill the earth.
That when the trump shall sound for the dead, we shall be caught up in the cloud to meet thee, that we may ever be with the Lord, that our garments may be pure, that we may be clothed upon with robes of righteousness, with palms in our hands, and crowns of glory upon our heads, and reap eternal joy for all our sufferings.
O Lord, God Almighty, hear us in these our petitions, and answer us from heaven, thy holy habitation, where thou sittest enthroned, with glory, honour, power majesty, might, dominion, truth, justice judgement, mercy and an infinity of fulness, from everlasting to everlasting.
O hear, O hear, O hear us, O Lord, and answer these petitions, and accept the dedication of this house

JS revelation, dated Jan. 1831, directed Latter-day Saints to migrate to Ohio, where they would “be endowed with power from on high.” In Dec. 1832, JS revelation directed Saints to “establish . . . an house of God.” JS revelation, dated 1 June 1833, chastened...

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, unto thee, the work of our hands, which we have built unto thy name; and also this church to put upon it thy name. And help us by the power of thy spirit, that we may mingle our voices with those bright shining seraphs, around thy throne with acclamations of praise, singing hosanna

An exclamation of praise or an appeal for deliverance used in traditional Jewish and Christian worship. JS revelations instructed the Saints to shout hosanna in praising God. In early 1836, official members shouted hosanna to seal the ordinances and rituals...

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to God and the Lamb: and let these thine anointed ones be clothed with salvation, and thy saints shout aloud for joy.
Amen and Amen.
Sung Hosanah to God and the Lamb381

Hymn 90, by William W. Phelps, which begins with the line “The Spirit of God like a fire is burning.” The chorus emphasized the idea of angels joining the Latter-day Saints as they shouted hosannas and amens in the temple. The six stanzas of the hymn addressed every major aspect of the rituals, ceremonies, and eschatology that were featured in the House of the Lord: an endowment of power from on high, solemn assemblies, washing and anointing, washing of feet, proselytizing, the gathering of Israel, the second coming of Jesus Christ, and the millennial reign of peace. Following the hymn, JS asked whether the quorums and congregation approved of the dedicatory prayer. The voting was unanimously affirmative. (Collection of Sacred Hymns [1835], 120–121; Minutes, LDS Messenger and Advocate, Mar. 1836, 2:280–281.)  


after which the Lords supper

Primarily referred to the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, or Communion, as opposed to other religious sacraments. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church directed “that the church meet together often to partake of bread and wine in remembrance of the Lord...

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was administered
I then bore testimony of the administering of angels.—382

Oliver Cowdery’s minutes report that JS “arose and bore record of his mission.” Stephen Post recorded that JS “testified of the Angel of the Lord’s appearing unto him to call him to the work of the Lord, & also of being ordained under the hands of the Angel of the covenant.” (Minutes, LDS Messenger and Advocate, Mar. 1836, 2:281; Post, Journal, 27 Mar. 1836.)  


Presdt Williams

28 Oct. 1787–10 Oct. 1842. Ship’s pilot, teacher, physician, justice of the peace. Born at Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of William Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. Moved to Newburg, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1799. Practiced Thomsonian botanical system...

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also arose and testified that while Presdt Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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was making [p. 184]
thou shalt unveil the heavens, and cause the  mountains to flow down at thy presence, and  the valley’s to be exalted, the rough places made  smooth; that thy glory may fill the earth.
That when the trump shall sound for the dead,  we shall be caught up in the cloud to meet  thee, that we may ever be with the Lord, that  our garments may be pure, that we may be clothed  upon with robes of righteousness, with palms in  our hands, and crowns of glory upon our heads,  and reap eternal joy for all our sufferings.
O Lord, God Almighty, hear us in these our  petitions, and answer us from heaven, thy holy  habitation, where thou sittest enthroned, with  glory, honour, power majesty, might, dominion,  truth, justice judgement, mercy and an infinity  of fulness, from everlasting to everlasting.
O hear, O hear, O hear us, O Lord, and answer these  petitions, and accept the dedication of this house

JS revelation, dated Jan. 1831, directed Latter-day Saints to migrate to Ohio, where they would “be endowed with power from on high.” In Dec. 1832, JS revelation directed Saints to “establish . . . an house of God.” JS revelation, dated 1 June 1833, chastened...

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,  unto thee, the work of our hands, which we have built  unto thy name; and also this church to put upon it  thy name. And help us by the power of thy spirit,  that we may mingle our voices with those bright shi ning seraphs, around thy throne with acclamations  of praise, singing hosanna

An exclamation of praise or an appeal for deliverance used in traditional Jewish and Christian worship. JS revelations instructed the Saints to shout hosanna in praising God. In early 1836, official members shouted hosanna to seal the ordinances and rituals...

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to God and the Lamb:  and let these thine anointed ones be clothed with  salvation, and thy saints shout aloud for joy.
Amen and Amen.

Unidentified handwriting ends; Warren Parrish begins.  


Sung Hosanah to God and the Lamb381

Hymn 90, by William W. Phelps, which begins with the line “The Spirit of God like a fire is burning.” The chorus emphasized the idea of angels joining the Latter-day Saints as they shouted hosannas and amens in the temple. The six stanzas of the hymn addressed every major aspect of the rituals, ceremonies, and eschatology that were featured in the House of the Lord: an endowment of power from on high, solemn assemblies, washing and anointing, washing of feet, proselytizing, the gathering of Israel, the second coming of Jesus Christ, and the millennial reign of peace. Following the hymn, JS asked whether the quorums and congregation approved of the dedicatory prayer. The voting was unanimously affirmative. (Collection of Sacred Hymns [1835], 120–121; Minutes, LDS Messenger and Advocate, Mar. 1836, 2:280–281.)  


 after which the Lords supper

Primarily referred to the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, or Communion, as opposed to other religious sacraments. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church directed “that the church meet together often to partake of bread and wine in remembrance of the Lord...

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was administered
I then bore testimony of the administering  of angels.—382

Oliver Cowdery’s minutes report that JS “arose and bore record of his mission.” Stephen Post recorded that JS “testified of the Angel of the Lord’s appearing unto him to call him to the work of the Lord, & also of being ordained under the hands of the Angel of the covenant.” (Minutes, LDS Messenger and Advocate, Mar. 1836, 2:281; Post, Journal, 27 Mar. 1836.)  


Presdt Williams

28 Oct. 1787–10 Oct. 1842. Ship’s pilot, teacher, physician, justice of the peace. Born at Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of William Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. Moved to Newburg, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1799. Practiced Thomsonian botanical system...

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also arose and  testified that while Presdt Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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was making [p. 184]
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JS, “Sketch Book for the use of Joseph Smith, jr.,” Journal, Sept. 1835–Apr. 1836; handwriting of Warren Parrish

10 Jan. 1803–3 Jan. 1877. Clergyman, gardener. Born in New York. Son of John Parrish and Ruth Farr. Married first Elizabeth (Betsey) Patten of Westmoreland Co., New Hampshire, ca. 1822. Lived at Alexandria, Jefferson Co., New York, 1830. Purchased land at...

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, an unidentified scribe, Sylvester Smith

25 Mar. 1806–22 Feb. 1880. Farmer, carpenter, lawyer, realtor. Born at Tyringham, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of Chileab Smith and Nancy Marshall. Moved to Amherst, Lorain Co., Ohio, ca. 1815. Married Elizabeth Frank, 27 Dec. 1827, likely in Chautauque...

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, Frederick G. Williams

28 Oct. 1787–10 Oct. 1842. Ship’s pilot, teacher, physician, justice of the peace. Born at Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of William Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. Moved to Newburg, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1799. Practiced Thomsonian botanical system...

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, Warren Cowdery

17 Oct. 1788–23 Feb. 1851. Physician, druggist, farmer, editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Married Patience Simonds, 22 Sept. 1814, in Pawlet, Rutland Co. Moved to Freedom, Cattaraugus Co., New York, 1816...

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, JS, and Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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; 195 pages; JS Collection, CHL. Includes redactions and archival marking.
The text block consists of 114 leaves—including single flyleaves and pastedowns in the front and back—measuring 12¼ x 8 inches (31 x 20 cm). The 110 interior leaves are ledger paper with thirty-four lines in faint—and now faded—black ink that has turned brown. There are nine gatherings of various sizes—each about a dozen leaves per gathering. The text block is sewn all along over cloth tapes. The front and back covers of the journal are pasteboard. The ledger has a tight-back case binding with a brown calfskin quarter-leather binding. The outside covers are adorned in shell marbled paper, with dark green body and veins of light green. The bound volume measures 12⅜ x 8¼ inches (31 x 21 cm) and is 13/16 inches (2 cm) thick. One cover of the book is labeled “Repentence.” in black ink. The first page of ledger paper under that cover contains eight lines of references to the book of Genesis under the heading “Scriptures relating to Repentince”. The spine has “No 8” inscribed upside up when the book is standing upright for this side. When the volume is turned upside down and flipped front to back, the other cover is titled “Sabbath Day” with “No 9” written beneath in black ink. The first page of ledger paper under that cover contains two lines of references to the book of Genesis under the heading “Scriptures relating to the Sabbath day”. Thus the book was used to simultaneously house two volumes of topical notes on biblical passages. This book was apparently part of a larger series that included at least two other extant volumes—one bearing “Faith” and “10” on the cover, and the other bearing “Second Comeing of Christ” and “No 3” on one cover and “Gift of the Holy Ghost” on the other cover.1

“Grammar & Aphabet of the Egyptian Language,” Kirtland Egyptian Papers, ca. 1835–1836, CHL; Kirtland Elders Quorum, “Record”.  


In late 1835, JS and scribes began using the book to record his journal for 1835–1836, which begins on the recto of the second leaf of ledger paper. Warren Parrish

10 Jan. 1803–3 Jan. 1877. Clergyman, gardener. Born in New York. Son of John Parrish and Ruth Farr. Married first Elizabeth (Betsey) Patten of Westmoreland Co., New Hampshire, ca. 1822. Lived at Alexandria, Jefferson Co., New York, 1830. Purchased land at...

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added the title “Sketch Book” to the cover, beneath “Repentence.”.
The entire journal is inscribed in black ink that later turned brown. Pages 25, 51, 77, 103, 129, and 154 bear the marks of adhesive wafers that were probably used to attach manuscripts until they were copied into the journal. The journal was used in 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, in 1843 as a major source in composing JS’s multivolume manuscript history of the church. At this time, redactions were made in ink and in graphite pencil, and use marks were made in graphite. Also, apparently in Nauvoo, the cover of the journal side of the book was marked with a “D” and then with a larger, stylized “D”. At some point a white paper spine label was added with “1835–6 <Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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> JOURNAL” hand printed or stenciled in black ink that later turned brown. The insertion “Kirtland” is written in graphite. Also, in the “Repentence” side of the volume, the rectos of the third through eighth leaves of ledger paper are numbered on the upper right-hand corners as 195, 197, 199, 201, 203, and 205—all written in graphite and apparently redactions. Except with regard to the title “Sketch Book”, none of the authors of the inscriptions mentioned previously have been identified. This volume is listed in Nauvoo and early Utah inventories of church records, indicating continuous custody.2

Historian’s Office, “Schedule of Church Records”; “Historian’s Office Catalogue,” [1], Catalogs and Inventories, 1846–1904, CHL; Johnson, Register of the Joseph Smith Collection, 7.  


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