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Prayer of Dedication, 27 March 1836 [D&C 109]

And whatever city thy servants shall enter, and the people of that city receive not the testimony of thy servants, and thy servants warn them to save themselves from this untoward generation, let it be upon that city according to that which thou hast spoken, by the mouths of thy prophets; but deliver thou, O Jehovah, we beseech thee, thy servants from their hands, and cleanse them from their blood. O Lord, we delight not in the destruction of our fellow men: their souls are precious before thee; but thy word must be fulfilled:—help thy servants to say, with thy grace assisting them, thy will be done, O Lord, and not ours.
We know that thou hast spoken by the mouth of thy prophets, terrible things concerning the wicked, in the last days, that thou wilt pour out thy judgments, without measure: therefore, O Lord, deliver thy people from the calamity of the wicked; enable thy servants to seal up the law and bind up the testimony, that they may be prepared against the day of burning.
We ask thee, holy Father, to remember those who have been driven by the inhabitants of Jackson county

Settled at Fort Osage, 1808. County created, 16 Feb. 1825; organized 1826. Named after U.S. president Andrew Jackson. Featured fertile lands along Missouri River and was Santa Fe Trail departure point, which attracted immigrants to area. Area of county reduced...

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, Missouri, from the lands of their inheritance, and break off, O Lord, this yoke of affliction, that has been put upon them. Thou knowest, O Lord, that they have been greatly oppressed, and afflicted, by wicked men, and our hearts flow out in sorrow because of their grievous burdens. O Lord, how long wilt thou suffer this people to bear this affliction, and the cries of their innocent ones to ascend up in thine ears, and their blood to come up in testimony before thee, and not make a display of thy power in their behalf?
Have mercy, O Lord, upon that wicked mob, who have driven thy people, that they may cease to spoil, that they may repent of their sins, if repentance is to be found; but if they will not, make bear thine arm O Lord, and redeem that which thou didst appoint a Zion unto thy people!
And if it can not be otherwise, that the cause of thy people may not fail before thee, may thine anger be kindled and thine indignation fall upon them, that they may be wasted away, both root and branch from under heaven; but in as much as they will repent, thou art gracious and merciful, and will turn away thy wrath, when thou lookest upon the face of thine annointed.
Have mercy, O Lord, upon all the nations of the earth: have mercy upon the rulers of our land: may those principles which were so honorably and nobly defended: viz, the constitution of our land, by our fathers, be established forever. Remember the kings, the princes, the nobles, and the great ones of the earth, and all people; and the churches: all the poor, the needy and the afflicted ones of the earth, that their hearts may be softened when thy servants shall go out from thy house, O Jehovah, to bear testimony of thy name, that their prejudices may give way before the truth, and thy people may obtain favor in the sight of all, that all the ends of the earth may know that we thy servants have heard thy voice, and that thou hast sent us, that from among all these thy servants, the sons of Jacob, may gather out the righteous to build a holy city to thy name, as thou hast commanded

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them.
We ask thee to appoint unto Zion other stakes

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besides this one, which thou hast appointed, that the gathering of thy people may roll on in great power and majesty, that thy work may be cut short in righteousness.
Now these words, O Lord, we have spoken before thee, concerning the revelations and commandments which thou hast given unto us, who are identified with the Gentiles

Those who were not members of the House of Israel. More specifically, members of the church identified gentiles as those whose lineage was not of the Jews or Lamanites (understood to be the American Indians in JS’s day). Certain prophecies indicated that ...

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;—But thou knowest that we have a great love for the children of Jacob who have been scattered upon the mountains; for a long time in a cloudy and dark day.
We therefore ask thee to have mercy upon the children of Jacob, that Jerusalem, from this hour, may begin to be redeemed; and the yoke of bondage may begin to be broken off from the house of David, and the children of Judah may begin to return to the lands which thou didst give to Abraham, their father, and cause that the remnants of Jacob, who have been cursed and smitten, because of their transgression, to be converted from their wild and savage condition, to the fulness of the everlasting gospel, that they may lay down their weapons of bloodshed and cease their rebellions. And may all the scattered remnants of Israel, who have been driven to the ends of the earth, come to a knowledge of the truth, believe in the Messiah, and be redeemed from oppression, and rejoice before thee.
O Lord, remember thy servant Joseph Smith, jr. and all his afflictions and persecutions, how he has covenanted with Jehovah and vowed to thee, O mighty God of Jacob, and the commandments which thou hast given unto him, and that he hath sincerely strove to do thy will.—Have mercy, O Lord, upon his wife

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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and children, that they may be exalted in thy presence, and preserved by thy fostering hand.—Have mercy upon all their immediate connexions, that their prejudices may be broken up, and swept away as with a flood, that they may be converted and redeemed with Israel and know that thou art God. Remember, O, Lord, the presidents

The presiding body of the church. From the day of the church’s organization on 6 April 1830, JS and Oliver Cowdery led the church in their capacity as elders. An 11 November 1831 revelation directed that “the duty of the president of the office of the high...

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, even all the presidents of thy church, that thy right hand may exalt them with all their families, and their immediate connexions, that their names may be perpetuated and had in everlasting remembrance from generation to generation.
Remember all thy church, O Lord, with all their families, and all their immediate connexions, with all their sick and afflicted ones, with all the poor and meek of the earth, that the kingdom which thou hast set up without hands, may become a great mountain and fill the whole earth, that thy church may come forth out of the wilderness of darkness, and shine forth fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners, and be addorned as a bride for that day when thou shalt unveil the heavens, and cause the mountains to flow down at thy presence, and the valleys 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, honor, 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 of Jan. 1831 directed Latter-day Saints to migrate to Ohio, where they would “be endowed with power from on high.” JS Revelation of Dec. 1832 directed Saints to “establish . . . an house of God.” JS Revelation of 1 June 1833 chastened Saints...

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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

A Hebrew cry to God for help also used in the New Testament to give acclaim. An exultant, formulaic “Hosanna Shout,” uttered in unison by all present, occurred several times in the House of the Lord in Kirtland, Ohio, both in meetings leading up to and during...

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to God and the Lamb: and let these thine annointed ones be clothed with salvation, and thy saints shout aloud for joy. Amen and Amen. [p. [2]]
And whatever city thy servants shall enter, and the people of that city receive not the testimony of thy ser vants, and thy servants warn them to save themselves from this untoward generation, let it be upon that city ac cording to that which thou hast spoken, by the mouths of thy prophets; but deliver thou, O Jehovah, we beseech  thee, thy servants from their hands, and cleanse them from their blood. O Lord, we delight not in the destruction  of our fellow men: their souls are precious before thee; but thy word must be fulfilled:—help thy servants to  say, with thy grace assisting them, thy will be done, O Lord, and not ours.
We know that thou hast spoken by the mouth of thy prophets, terrible things concerning the wicked, in the last  days, that thou wilt pour out thy judgments, without measure: therefore, O Lord, deliver thy people from the ca lamity of the wicked; enable thy servants to seal up the law and bind up the testimony, that they may be prepar ed against the day of burning.
We ask thee, holy Father, to remember those who have been driven by the inhabitants of Jackson county

Settled at Fort Osage, 1808. County created, 16 Feb. 1825; organized 1826. Named after U.S. president Andrew Jackson. Featured fertile lands along Missouri River and was Santa Fe Trail departure point, which attracted immigrants to area. Area of county reduced...

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,  Missouri, from the lands of their inheritance, and break off, O Lord, this yoke of affliction, that has been put up on them. Thou knowest, O Lord, that they have been greatly oppressed, and afflicted, by wicked men, and our  hearts flow out in sorrow because of their grievous burdens. O Lord, how long wilt thou suffer this people to  bear this affliction, and the cries of their innocent ones to ascend up in thine ears, and their blood to come up in  testimony before thee, and not make a display of thy power in their behalf?
Have mercy, O Lord, upon that wicked mob, who have driven thy people, that they may cease to spoil, that  they may repent of their sins, if repentance is to be found; but if they will not, make bear thine arm O Lord,  and redeem that which thou didst appoint a Zion unto thy people!
And if it can not be otherwise, that the cause of thy people may not fail before thee, may thine anger be  kindled and thine indignation fall upon them, that they may be wasted away, both root and branch from under  heaven; but in as much as they will repent, thou art gracious and merciful, and will turn away thy wrath, when  thou lookest upon the face of thine annointed.
Have mercy, O Lord, upon all the nations of the earth: have mercy upon the rulers of our land: may those  principles which were so honorably and nobly defended: viz, the constitution of our land, by our fathers, be es tablished forever. Remember the kings, the princes, the nobles, and the great ones of the earth, and all peo ple; and the churches: all the poor, the needy and the afflicted ones of the earth, that their hearts may be soften ed when thy servants shall go out from thy house, O Jehovah, to bear testimony of thy name, that their prejudi ces may give way before the truth, and thy people may obtain favor in the sight of all, that all the ends of the  earth may know that we thy servants have heard thy voice, and that thou hast sent us, that from among all  these thy servants, the sons of Jacob, may gather out the righteous to build a holy city to thy name, as thou hast  commanded

Generally, a divine mandate that church members were expected to obey; more specifically, a text dictated by JS in the first-person voice of deity that served to communicate knowledge and instruction to JS and his followers. Occasionally, other inspired texts...

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them.
We ask thee to appoint unto Zion other stakes

The ecclesiastical organization of church members in a particular locale. Stakes were typically large local organizations of church members; stake leaders could include a presidency, a high council, and a bishopric. Some revelations referred to stakes “to...

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besides this one, which thou hast appointed, that the gathering  of thy people may roll on in great power and majesty, that thy work may be cut short in righteousness.
Now these words, O Lord, we have spoken before thee, concerning the revelations and commandments which  thou hast given unto us, who are identified with the Gentiles

Those who were not members of the House of Israel. More specifically, members of the church identified gentiles as those whose lineage was not of the Jews or Lamanites (understood to be the American Indians in JS’s day). Certain prophecies indicated that ...

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;—But thou knowest that we have a great love for  the children of Jacob who have been scattered upon the mountains; for a long time in a cloudy and dark day.
We therefore ask thee to have mercy upon the children of Jacob, that Jerusalem, from this hour, may begin  to be redeemed; and the yoke of bondage may begin to be broken off from the house of David, and the children  of Judah may begin to return to the lands which thou didst give to Abraham, their father, and cause that the rem nants of Jacob, who have been cursed and smitten, because of their transgression, to be converted from their  wild and savage condition, to the fulness of the everlasting gospel, that they may lay down their weapons of  bloodshed and cease their rebellions. And may all the scattered remnants of Israel, who have been driven to the  ends of the earth, come to a knowledge of the truth, believe in the Messiah, and be redeemed from oppression,  and rejoice before thee.
O Lord, remember thy servant Joseph Smith, jr. and all his afflictions and persecutions, how he has covenan ted with Jehovah and vowed to thee, O mighty God of Jacob, and the commandments which thou hast given unto  him, and that he hath sincerely strove to do thy will.—Have mercy, O Lord, upon his wife

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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and children, that  they may be exalted in thy presence, and preserved by thy fostering hand.—Have mercy upon all their imme diate connexions, that their prejudices may be broken up, and swept away as with a flood, that they may be con verted and redeemed with Israel and know that thou art God. Remember, O, Lord, the presidents

The presiding body of the church. From the day of the church’s organization on 6 April 1830, JS and Oliver Cowdery led the church in their capacity as elders. An 11 November 1831 revelation directed that “the duty of the president of the office of the high...

View Glossary
, even  all the presidents of thy church, that thy right hand may exalt them with all their families, and their immediate  connexions, that their names may be perpetuated and had in everlasting remembrance from generation to gener ation.
Remember all thy church, O Lord, with all their families, and all their immediate connexions, with all their  sick and afflicted ones, with all the poor and meek of the earth, that the kingdom which thou hast set up without  hands, may become a great mountain and fill the whole earth, that thy church may come forth out of the wilder ness of darkness, and shine forth fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners, and  be addorned as a bride for that day when thou shalt unveil the heavens, and cause the mountains to flow down  at thy presence, and the valleys 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, honor, 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 of Jan. 1831 directed Latter-day Saints to migrate to Ohio, where they would “be endowed with power from on high.” JS Revelation of Dec. 1832 directed Saints to “establish . . . an house of God.” JS Revelation of 1 June 1833 chastened Saints...

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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

A Hebrew cry to God for help also used in the New Testament to give acclaim. An exultant, formulaic “Hosanna Shout,” uttered in unison by all present, occurred several times in the House of the Lord in Kirtland, Ohio, both in meetings leading up to and during...

View Glossary
to God and the Lamb: and let these thine annointed  ones be clothed with salvation, and thy saints shout aloud for joy. Amen and Amen. [p. [2]]
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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, 27 Mar. 1836; two pages; CHL.

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