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Report of Instructions, July 1839, as Reported by Willard Richards

give an account of his Stewardship

One who managed property and goods under the law of consecration; also someone given a specific ecclesiastical responsibility. According to the “Laws of the Church of Christ,” members of the church were to make donations to the bishop, who would record the...

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, & they to him. The Priesthood

Power or authority of God. The priesthood was conferred through the laying on of hands upon adult male members of the church in good standing; no specialized training was required. Priesthood officers held responsibility for administering the sacrament of...

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is everlasting. The Savior. Moses. & Elias— gave the Keys

Authority or knowledge of God given to humankind. 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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to Peter. James & John on the Mount when they were transfigured before him. The Priesthood is everlasting. without biginning of days or end of years, without Father. Mother &c.—
If there is no change 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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there is no change of Priesthood. Wherever the ordinances of the Gospel are adminestered there is the priesthood. How have we come at the Priesthood in the last days? It came down, down in regular succession—. Peter James & John had it given to them & they gave it up.— Christ is the Great High priest

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. Christ and many ancient prophets, including Abraham, were described as being high priests. The Book of Mormon used the term high priest to denote one appointed to lead the church. However, the Book of Mormon also discussed...

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; Adam next.— Paul speaks of the Church coming to an innumerable company of angels, to God the Judge of all, the spirits of Just men made perfect. to Jesus the mediator of the New Covenant

Generally referred to the “fulness of the gospel”—the sum total of the church’s message, geared toward establishing God’s covenant people on the earth; also used to describe individual elements of the gospel, including marriage. According to JS, the everlasting...

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. &c Heb XII.2.3. I saw Adam in the valley of Ah-dam ondi-ahman

The term Adam-ondi-Ahman was introduced into Latter-day Saint vocabulary by a revelation that stated that God had “established the foundations of Adam-ondi-Ahman.” A revelation of ca. April 1835 explicitly applied the term to a place, “the valley of Adam-...

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— he called together his children & blessed them with a Patriarchal blessing

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office with the authority to give inspired blessings, similar to the practice of Old Testament patriarchs. JS occasionally referred to patriarchs as “evangelical ministers” or “evangelists.” Joseph Smith Sr. was ordained as...

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. The Lord appeared in their midst. & he (Adam) blessed them [p. 65]
give an account of his Stewardship

One who managed property and goods under the law of consecration; also someone given a specific ecclesiastical responsibility. According to the “Laws of the Church of Christ,” members of the church were to make donations to the bishop, who would record the...

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, &  they to him. The Priesthood

Power or authority of God. The priesthood was conferred through the laying on of hands upon adult male members of the church in good standing; no specialized training was required. Priesthood officers held responsibility for administering the sacrament of...

View Glossary
is everlasting.  The Savior. Moses. & Elias— gave the Keys

Authority or knowledge of God given to humankind. 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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 to Peter. James & John on the Mount  when they were transfigured before him.  The Priesthood is everlasting. without big inning of days or end of years, without  Father. Mother &c.—
If there is no change 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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 there is no change of Priesthood. Wherever  the ordinances of the Gospel are adminestered  there is the priesthood. How have we  come at the Priesthood in the last days?  They <It> came down, down in regular successio n—. Peter James & John had it given to them  & they gave it up.— Christ is the Great High  priest

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. Christ and many ancient prophets, including Abraham, were described as being high priests. The Book of Mormon used the term high priest to denote one appointed to lead the church. However, the Book of Mormon also discussed...

View Glossary
; Adam next.— Paul speaks of the  Church coming to an innumerable com pany of angels, to God the Judge of all, the  spirits of Just men made perfect. to Jesus  the mediator of the New Covenant

Generally referred to the “fulness of the gospel”—the sum total of the church’s message, geared toward establishing God’s covenant people on the earth; also used to describe individual elements of the gospel, including marriage. According to JS, the everlasting...

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. &c  Heb XII.2.3. I saw Adam in the valley  of Ah-dam ondi-ahman

The term Adam-ondi-Ahman was introduced into Latter-day Saint vocabulary by a revelation that stated that God had “established the foundations of Adam-ondi-Ahman.” A revelation of ca. April 1835 explicitly applied the term to a place, “the valley of Adam-...

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— he called  together his children & blessed them with  a Patriarchal blessing

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office with the authority to give inspired blessings, similar to the practice of Old Testament patriarchs. JS occasionally referred to patriarchs as “evangelical ministers” or “evangelists.” Joseph Smith Sr. was ordained as...

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. The Lord appeared  in their midst. & he (Adam) blessed them [p. 65]
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JS, Report of Instructions, Commerce

Located near middle of western boundary of state, bordering Mississippi River. European Americans settled area, 1820s. From bank of river, several feet above high-water mark, ground described as nearly level for six or seven blocks before gradually sloping...

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, IL, July 1839; in Willard Richards Pocket Companion, pp. 63–79; handwriting of Willard Richards

24 June 1804–11 Mar. 1854. Teacher, lecturer, doctor, clerk, printer, editor, postmaster. Born at Hopkinton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Joseph Richards and Rhoda Howe. Moved to Richmond, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, 1813. Moved to Chatham, Columbia...

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; Willard Richards, journals, CHL.

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