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Selections from Elders’ Journal, August 1838

your paper; the vehicle through which you have the privilege of sending your testimony where you cannot go yourselves. Support it then by your influence, by exerting yourselves to obtain subscribers, and by obtaining and sending on means to Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Christ, characterized by adherence to ideals of harmony, equality, and purity. In JS’s earliest revelations “the cause of Zion” was used to broadly describe the focus ...

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for its support. And we on our part, will endeavor to conduct it in righteousness, and it shall be a standing trumpet through which, you may send your warning voice, to all nations, kindreds, tongues and people.
None need to expect the paper will be sent to them after the present number until they send in their names, and money, who have not paid for the Journal either here or in 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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Our brethren, [Heber C.] Kimball

14 June 1801–22 June 1868. Blacksmith, potter. Born at Sheldon, Franklin Co., Vermont. Son of Solomon Farnham Kimball and Anna Spaulding. Married Vilate Murray, 22 Nov. 1822, at Mendon, Monroe Co., New York. Member of Baptist church at Mendon, 1831. Baptized...

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and [Orson] Hyde

8 Jan. 1805–28 Nov. 1878. Laborer, clerk, storekeeper, teacher, editor, businessman, lawyer, judge. Born at Oxford, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Nathan Hyde and Sally Thorpe. Moved to Derby, New Haven Co., 1812. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, ...

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, have arrived in this place with their families, and will locate in this city

Originally called Shoal Creek. Located fifty-five miles northeast of Independence. Surveyed 1823; first settled by whites, 1831. Site purchased, 8 Aug. 1836, before Caldwell Co. was organized for Latter-day Saints in Missouri. William W. Phelps and John Whitmer...

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.—They have been absent from their homes eleven months and eight days. They were upon the Island of Great Britain nine months and two days; and have been exceedingly blessed of the Lord, and brought many souls into the Kingdom. They think of publishing an account of their labors in a pamphlet, together with the manners and customs of the people of that country; and, also, such other information as will be of general service to the Elders

A male leader in the church generally; an ecclesiastical and priesthood office or one holding that office; a proselytizing missionary. The Book of Mormon explained that elders ordained priests and teachers and administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto...

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and Ministers who may be sent there to preach the gospel. Should they conclude not to do this, they will favor the public with an abridged account thereof in the next number of this paper.
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Persons wishing to convey money to the publisher of the Journal, by mail, will understand that it must be in bills not less than five dollars current money, as no paper money of less amount is allowed to circulate in the state of Missouri

Area acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803, and established as territory, 1812. Missouri Compromise, 1820, admitted Missouri as slave state, 1821. Population in 1830 about 140,000; in 1836 about 240,000; and in 1840 about 380,000. Mormon missionaries...

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; and any person who has no more than one, two, three or four dollars to send, will please hand the money to some one of the travelling Elders, take a receipt of him, and direct a letter to the publisher, stating the amount paid, with the subscriber and Elder’s names, signed to it.
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Argument to argument where I find it; Ridicule to ridicule, and scorn to scorn.”
We are not in the habit, of noticing the many libellous publications which are abroad in the world, designed, to injure our character. We generally let the authors and publishers of lies, take their own course, relying at all times, on the righteousness of our cause, and the integrity of our course, in the sight of God, our heavenly father; and feel disposed at the present time to pursue this as our general course. Indeed, we have felt to pity the poor priests and their satellites, seeing they had no better weapons to work with, than lies; a great majority of which, they made themselves, but some were catered for them, by men of like passions with themselves.
We have always been assured of this, that if they had any better weapons to have used against us, they would have used them, but as they have not, it would surely be wrong to deprive them of the best resort they have. And we feel the more willing to do this, inasmuch as we have no fear of their efforts doing any injury. They have been employed at it, for eight years; making and publishing all kinds of lies, till one would be ready to think, that the very prince of devils himself, had by this time, got wearied, and would certainly be ready, to sneak back to his smutty kennel, and there seek repose. But instead of this, at the appearance of every new liar, not only the prince himself, but all the flunkies, that fly at his knell, whether in the flesh or out of the flesh, take new courage, and put forth new efforts; and it would seem that they really believe, that by the assistance of a few more liars, they will be able to dethrone Jehovah, and upset his kingdom; and with satan at their head, establish an empire, that [p. 55]
your paper; the vehicle through which  you have the privilege of sending your  testimony where you cannot go your selves. Support it then by your influ ence, by exerting yourselves to obtain  subscribers, and by obtaining and send ing on means to Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Christ, characterized by adherence to ideals of harmony, equality, and purity. In JS’s earliest revelations “the cause of Zion” was used to broadly describe the focus ...

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for its support.  And we on our part, will endeavor to  conduct it in righteousness, and it shall  be a standing trumpet through which,  you may send your warning voice, to  all nations, kindreds, tongues and peo ple.
None need to expect the paper will  be sent to them after the present num ber until they send in their names, and  money, who have not paid for the  Journal either here or in 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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Our brethren, [Heber C.] Kimball

14 June 1801–22 June 1868. Blacksmith, potter. Born at Sheldon, Franklin Co., Vermont. Son of Solomon Farnham Kimball and Anna Spaulding. Married Vilate Murray, 22 Nov. 1822, at Mendon, Monroe Co., New York. Member of Baptist church at Mendon, 1831. Baptized...

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and [Orson] Hyde

8 Jan. 1805–28 Nov. 1878. Laborer, clerk, storekeeper, teacher, editor, businessman, lawyer, judge. Born at Oxford, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Nathan Hyde and Sally Thorpe. Moved to Derby, New Haven Co., 1812. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, ...

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,  have arrived in this place with their  families, and will locate in this city

Originally called Shoal Creek. Located fifty-five miles northeast of Independence. Surveyed 1823; first settled by whites, 1831. Site purchased, 8 Aug. 1836, before Caldwell Co. was organized for Latter-day Saints in Missouri. William W. Phelps and John Whitmer...

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.— They have been absent from their  homes eleven months and eight days.  They were upon the Island of Great  Britain nine months and two days; and  have been exceedingly blessed of the  Lord, and brought many souls into the  Kingdom. They think of publishing  an account of their labors in a pamph let, together with the manners and cus toms of the people of that country;  and, also, such other information as  will be of general service to the Elders

A male leader in the church generally; an ecclesiastical and priesthood office or one holding that office; a proselytizing missionary. The Book of Mormon explained that elders ordained priests and teachers and administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto...

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 and Ministers who may be sent there  to preach the gospel. Should they  conclude not to do this, they will favor  the public with an abridged account  thereof in the next number of this pa per.
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Persons wishing to convey money to  the publisher of the Journal, by mail,  will understand that it must be in bills  not less than five dollars current mo ney, as no paper money of less amount  is allowed to circulate in the state of  Missouri

Area acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803, and established as territory, 1812. Missouri Compromise, 1820, admitted Missouri as slave state, 1821. Population in 1830 about 140,000; in 1836 about 240,000; and in 1840 about 380,000. Mormon missionaries...

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; and any person who has no  more than one, two, three or four dol lars to send, will please hand the mo ney to some one of the travelling El ders, take a receipt of him, and direct  a letter to the publisher, stating the a mount paid, with the subscriber and  Elder’s names, signed to it.
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Argument to argument where I find it;  Ridicule to ridicule, and scorn to scorn.”
We are not in the habit, of noticing  the many libellous publications which  are abroad in the world, designed, to  injure our character. We generally  let the authors and publishers of lies,  take their own course, relying at all  times, on the righteousness of our  cause, and the integrity of our course,  in the sight of God, our heavenly fath er; and feel disposed at the present  time to pursue this as our general course.  Indeed, we have felt to pity the poor  priests and their satellites, seeing they  had no better weapons to work with,  than lies; a great majority of which,  they made themselves, but some were  catered for them, by men of like pas sions with themselves.
We have always been assured of  this, that if they had any better weap ons to have used against us, they would  have used them, but as they have not,  it would surely be wrong to deprive them  of the best resort they have. And we  feel the more willing to do this, inas much as we have no fear of their  efforts doing any injury. They have  been employed at it, for eight years;  making and publishing all kinds of lies,  till one would be ready to think, that  the very prince of devils himself, had  by this time, got wearied, and would  certainly be ready, to sneak back to  his smutty kennel, and there seek re pose. But instead of this, at the ap pearance of every new liar, not only the  prince himself, but all the flunkies,  that fly at his knell, whether in the  flesh or out of the flesh, take new cour age, and put forth new efforts; and it  would seem that they really believe,  that by the assistance of a few more liars,  they will be able to dethrone Jehovah,  and upset his kingdom; and with satan  at their head, establish an empire, that [p. 55]
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In the final issue of the Latter Day Saints’ Messenger and Advocate, dated September 1837, a prospectus appeared announcing the forthcoming publication of the Elders’ Journal of the Church of Latter Day Saints. The following month, the first issue of the new paper appeared. The short-lived newspaper ran only four issues—two in 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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, Ohio, dated October and November 1837; and two in Far West

Originally called Shoal Creek. Located fifty-five miles northeast of Independence. Surveyed 1823; first settled by whites, 1831. Site purchased, 8 Aug. 1836, before Caldwell Co. was organized for Latter-day Saints in Missouri. William W. Phelps and John Whitmer...

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, Missouri, dated July and August 1838. For the two Far West issues, the title of the paper was changed to Elders’ Journal of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. JS is listed as editor for each of the four issues, with Thomas B. Marsh

1 Nov. 1800–Jan. 1866. Farmer, hotel worker, waiter, horse groom, grocer, type foundry worker, teacher. Born at Acton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Son of James Marsh and Molly Law. Married first Elizabeth Godkin, 1 Nov. 1820, at New York City. Moved to ...

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listed as proprietor or publisher. It is unknown how labor was divided on the newspaper or how much immediate responsibility JS had for the content. The paper presumably would have continued with additional issues in Missouri

Area acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803, and established as territory, 1812. Missouri Compromise, 1820, admitted Missouri as slave state, 1821. Population in 1830 about 140,000; in 1836 about 240,000; and in 1840 about 380,000. Mormon missionaries...

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had it not been for the escalating violence between Mormons and non-Mormons in late 1838, which culminated in the Mormons being driven from the state. After settling at 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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, Illinois, the Saints began publishing a new paper, the Times and Seasons—though explicitly not as a successor to the Elders’ Journal.
Because of JS’s involvement as editor of the Elders’ Journal, the Joseph Smith Papers will publish the significant editorial content from each issue as a collection of documents. Some of the individual items are signed “Ed[itor]” while others are not. Each of these collections is titled “Selections from Elders’ Journal” and dated with the month and year of publication for the issue.

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