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Letter from Oliver Cowdery, 12 November 1830

directly to this place. On the fourth after attending a public meeting we came to the place where we had prophesied tarrying a few days. It is where several families had united themselves as a band of brethren and put all their property together determining to live separate from the world as much as possible,2

Known as “the Family” or “Morley’s Family,” this group of Sidney Rigdon’s followers lived communally on Isaac Morley’s farm in the township of Kirtland, Ohio, in an effort to replicate the New Testament ideal of having “all things common.” Of the Family’s origin, Lyman Wight wrote, “I went to Kirtland, about twenty miles, to see Bro. I[saac] Morley and—[Titus] Billings, after some conversation on the subject we entered into a covenant to make our interests one as anciently. In conformity to this covenant I moved the next February [1830] to Kirtland, into the house with Bro. Morley. We commenced our labors together with great peace and union. We were soon joined by eight other families. Our labors were united both in farming and mechanism, all of which was prosecuted with great vigor. We truly began to feel as if the millennium was close at hand.” (Acts 2:44; History of the Reorganized Church, 1:152–153; see also De Pillis, “Development of Mormon Communitarianism,” 58–62; and Backman, “Non-Mormon View of the Birth of Mormonism in Ohio,” 308.)  


and when we had returned we held a meeting with these brethren, and seventeen went immediately forward and were baptized

An ordinance in which an individual is immersed in water for the remission of sins. The Book of Mormon explained that those with necessary authority were to baptize individuals who had repented of their sins. Baptized individuals also received the gift of...

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directly to this place. On the  fourth after attending <a public> meeting  we came to the place where  we had prophesied tarrying  a few days. It is where several  families had united them selves as a band of brethren  and put all their property  together determining to  live separate from the  world as much as possible,2

Known as “the Family” or “Morley’s Family,” this group of Sidney Rigdon’s followers lived communally on Isaac Morley’s farm in the township of Kirtland, Ohio, in an effort to replicate the New Testament ideal of having “all things common.” Of the Family’s origin, Lyman Wight wrote, “I went to Kirtland, about twenty miles, to see Bro. I[saac] Morley and—[Titus] Billings, after some conversation on the subject we entered into a covenant to make our interests one as anciently. In conformity to this covenant I moved the next February [1830] to Kirtland, into the house with Bro. Morley. We commenced our labors together with great peace and union. We were soon joined by eight other families. Our labors were united both in farming and mechanism, all of which was prosecuted with great vigor. We truly began to feel as if the millennium was close at hand.” (Acts 2:44; History of the Reorganized Church, 1:152–153; see also De Pillis, “Development of Mormon Communitarianism,” 58–62; and Backman, “Non-Mormon View of the Birth of Mormonism in Ohio,” 308.)  


 and when we had returned  we held a meeting with these  brethren, and seventeen  went immediately forward  and were baptized

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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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, Letter, Kirtland Township

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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, OH, to “Our beloved brethren” [JS and others], [Fayette Township

Located in northern part of county between Seneca and Cayuga lakes. Area settled, by 1790. Officially organized as Washington Township, 14 Mar. 1800. Name changed to Fayette, 6 Apr. 1808. Population in 1830 about 3,200. Population in 1840 about 3,700. Significant...

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, Seneca Co., NY], 12 Nov. 1830. Featured version copied [ca. 1871] in Newel Knight, History, 207–210; unidentified handwriting; private possession. For more complete source information, see the source note for Letter to Newel Knight and the Church in Colesville, 28 August 1830.

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