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History, 1838–1856, volume B-1 [1 September 1834–2 November 1838]

be occupied by the presidency and Twelve in speaking each in January 17. their turn, until they had all spoken. The Lord poured out his Spirit upon us, and the brethren began to confess their faults one to the other, and the congregation were soon overwhelmed in tears, and some of our hearts were too big for utterance. The gift of tongues came on us also like the rushing of a mighty wind, and my soul was filled with the Glory of God. In the afternoon I joined three couple in matrimony in the public congregation, viz. William F. Cahoon

7 Nov. 1813–6 Apr. 1893. Shoemaker, carpenter, joiner. Born at Harpersfield, Ashtabula Co., Ohio. Son of Reynolds Cahoon and Thirza Stiles. Baptized into LDS church by Parley P. Pratt, 16 Oct. 1830, at Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio. Ordained a priest by Oliver...

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and Maranda Nancy Miranda Gibbs

27 July 1817–6 Oct. 1867. Born at Benson, Rutland Co., Vermont. Daughter of Aaron Gibbs and Prudence Carter. Baptized into LDS church by Jared Carter, fall 1831. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, fall 1833. Married to William F. Cahoon by JS, 17 Jan. 1836...

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; Harvey Stanley

21 Dec. 1812–16 Feb. 1862. Stonecutter, dairyman. Born in Vermont. Son of Benjamin Stanley and Ruth. Baptized into LDS church, by Apr. 1834. Participated in Camp of Israel expedition to Missouri, 1834. Labored on temple in Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio. Ordained...

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and Larona Lerona Cahoon

25 Oct. 1817–18 June 1840. Born at Harpersfield, Ashtabula Co., Ohio. Daughter of Reynolds Cahoon and Thirza Stiles. Married to Harvey Stanley by JS, 17 Jan. 1836, at Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio. Charged and forgiven in disciplinary case before Kirtland high...

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; Tunis Rapleye

2 Feb. 1807–25 Dec. 1883. Farmer, laborer, gardener. Born at Ovid, Seneca Co., New York. Son of John Ransen Rappleye and Margaret Tillier. Baptized into LDS church by S. Roundy, 20 Nov. 1834. Married to Louisa Elizabeth Cutler by JS, 17 Jan. 1836, at Kirtland...

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and Louisa Cutler

16 May 1816–9 Mar. 1854. Nurse. Born at Lisle, Broome Co., New York. Daughter of Alpheus Cutler and Lois Lathrop. Baptized into LDS church at Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio. Married to Tunis Rappleye by JS, 17 Jan. 1836, at Kirtland. Moved to Crooked River near...

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. We then administered the sacrament and dismissed the congregation which was so dense that it was very unpleasant for all. We were then invited to a feast at elder Cahoon

7 Nov. 1813–6 Apr. 1893. Shoemaker, carpenter, joiner. Born at Harpersfield, Ashtabula Co., Ohio. Son of Reynolds Cahoon and Thirza Stiles. Baptized into LDS church by Parley P. Pratt, 16 Oct. 1830, at Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio. Ordained a priest by Oliver...

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s, which was prepared for the occasion, and had a good time while partaking of the rich repast, and I verily realized that it was good for brethren to dwell together in unity, like the dew upon the mountains of Israel, where the Lord commanded blessings, even life forevermore.
Spent the evening at home.

18 January 1836 • Monday

18. Monday the 18th attended the Hebrew School. This day the elder’s school was removed into the Temple

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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in the room adjoining ours.—

19 January 1836 • Tuesday

19 Tuesday 19th. Spent the day at school. The Lord blessed us in our studies. This day we commenced reading in our Hebrew Bibles with much success. It seems as if the Lord opens our minds in a marvellous manner to understand his word in the original language; and my prayer is that God will speedily endue us with a knowledge of all languages and tongues, that his servants may go forth for the last time to bind up the law and seal up the testimony.
Marriage Certificate Form of,— Marriage Certificate.
I hereby certify that agreeably to the rules and regulations of the church of Christ of Latter Day Saints, on matrimony, were joined in marriage Mr William F. Cahoon

7 Nov. 1813–6 Apr. 1893. Shoemaker, carpenter, joiner. Born at Harpersfield, Ashtabula Co., Ohio. Son of Reynolds Cahoon and Thirza Stiles. Baptized into LDS church by Parley P. Pratt, 16 Oct. 1830, at Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio. Ordained a priest by Oliver...

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and Miss Nancy M. Gibbs

27 July 1817–6 Oct. 1867. Born at Benson, Rutland Co., Vermont. Daughter of Aaron Gibbs and Prudence Carter. Baptized into LDS church by Jared Carter, fall 1831. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, fall 1833. Married to William F. Cahoon by JS, 17 Jan. 1836...

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, both of this place, on Sabbath the 17th instant.
Joseph Smith Junr.
Presiding elder of said Church.
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, January 19th. 1836

20 January 1836 • Wednesday

20 Wednesday Morning 20th. attended school at the usual hour, and spent the day in reading and lecturing, and made some advances in our studies. At evening I attended on a matrimonial occasion, with my family, at Mr John Johnson

14 Apr. 1779–30 July 1843. Farmer, innkeeper. Born at Chesterfield, Cheshire Co., New Hampshire. Son of Israel Johnson and Abigail Higgins. Married Alice (Elsa) Jacobs, 22 June 1800. Moved to Pomfret, Windsor Co., Vermont, ca. 1803. Settled at Hiram, Portage...

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s having been invited to join President John F. Boynton

20 Sept. 1811–20 Oct. 1890. Merchant, lecturer, scientist, inventor. Born at East Bradford (later Groveland), Essex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Eliphalet Boynton and Susanna Nichols. Baptized into LDS church by JS, Sept. 1832, at Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio...

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, and Miss Susan Lowell

20 Aug. 1816–7 Aug. 1859. Born at Buxton, Cumberland Co., Maine. Daughter of Samuel Lowell and Sarah Hayes. Baptized into LDS church, 6 Oct. 1833, at Buxton. Married to John F. Boynton by JS, 20 Jan. 1836, at Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio. Lived at Syracuse,...

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in marriage. A large John F. Boynton

20 Sept. 1811–20 Oct. 1890. Merchant, lecturer, scientist, inventor. Born at East Bradford (later Groveland), Essex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Eliphalet Boynton and Susanna Nichols. Baptized into LDS church by JS, Sept. 1832, at Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio...

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s Wedding. and respectable company assembled, and were seated by Elders 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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and 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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in the following order, The presidency and their companions in the first seats, The Twelve Apostles in the second, the Seventy in the third, and the remainder of the congregation seated with their Companions. [p. 693]
be occupied by the presidency and Twelve in speaking each in  <January 17.> their turn, until they had all spoken. The Lord poured out  his Spirit upon us, and the brethren began to confess their faults  one to another the other, and the congregation were soon overwhelmed  in tears, and some of our hearts were too big for utterance.  The gift of tongues came on us also like the rushing of a  mighty wind, and my soul was filled with the Glory of God.  In the afternoon I joined three couple in matrimony in the  public congregation, viz. William F. Cahoon

7 Nov. 1813–6 Apr. 1893. Shoemaker, carpenter, joiner. Born at Harpersfield, Ashtabula Co., Ohio. Son of Reynolds Cahoon and Thirza Stiles. Baptized into LDS church by Parley P. Pratt, 16 Oct. 1830, at Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio. Ordained a priest by Oliver...

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and Maranda [Nancy Miranda]  Gibbs

27 July 1817–6 Oct. 1867. Born at Benson, Rutland Co., Vermont. Daughter of Aaron Gibbs and Prudence Carter. Baptized into LDS church by Jared Carter, fall 1831. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, fall 1833. Married to William F. Cahoon by JS, 17 Jan. 1836...

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; Harv[e]y Stanley

21 Dec. 1812–16 Feb. 1862. Stonecutter, dairyman. Born in Vermont. Son of Benjamin Stanley and Ruth. Baptized into LDS church, by Apr. 1834. Participated in Camp of Israel expedition to Missouri, 1834. Labored on temple in Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio. Ordained...

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and Larona [Lerona] Cahoon

25 Oct. 1817–18 June 1840. Born at Harpersfield, Ashtabula Co., Ohio. Daughter of Reynolds Cahoon and Thirza Stiles. Married to Harvey Stanley by JS, 17 Jan. 1836, at Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio. Charged and forgiven in disciplinary case before Kirtland high...

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; Tunis Rapley[e]

2 Feb. 1807–25 Dec. 1883. Farmer, laborer, gardener. Born at Ovid, Seneca Co., New York. Son of John Ransen Rappleye and Margaret Tillier. Baptized into LDS church by S. Roundy, 20 Nov. 1834. Married to Louisa Elizabeth Cutler by JS, 17 Jan. 1836, at Kirtland...

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and  Louisa Cutler

16 May 1816–9 Mar. 1854. Nurse. Born at Lisle, Broome Co., New York. Daughter of Alpheus Cutler and Lois Lathrop. Baptized into LDS church at Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio. Married to Tunis Rappleye by JS, 17 Jan. 1836, at Kirtland. Moved to Crooked River near...

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. We then administered the sacrament and  dismissed the congregation which was so dense that it was  very unpleasant for all. We were then invited to a feast  at elder Cahoon

7 Nov. 1813–6 Apr. 1893. Shoemaker, carpenter, joiner. Born at Harpersfield, Ashtabula Co., Ohio. Son of Reynolds Cahoon and Thirza Stiles. Baptized into LDS church by Parley P. Pratt, 16 Oct. 1830, at Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio. Ordained a priest by Oliver...

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s, which was prepared for the occasion, and  had a good time while partaking of the rich repast, and  I verily realized that it was good for brethren to dwell to gether in unity, like the dew upon the mountains of Israel,  where the Lord commanded blessings, even life forevermore.
Spent the evening at home.

18 January 1836 • Monday

<18.> Monday the 18th attended the Hebrew School. This day the  elder’s school was removed into the chapel <Temple>

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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in the room  adjoining ours.—

19 January 1836 • Tuesday

<19> Tuesday 19th. Spent the day at school. The Lord blessed us in  our studies. This day we commenced reading in our Hebrew  Bibles with much success. It seems as if the Lord opens our  minds in a marvellous manner to understand his word  in the original language; and my prayer is that God  will speedily endue us with a knowledge of all languages  and tongues, that his servants may go forth for the last  time to bind up the law and seal up the testimony.
<Marriage Certificate> Form of,— Marriage Certificate.
I hereby certify that agreeably to the rules and regulations of  the church of Christ of Latter Day Saints, on matrimony,  were joined in marriage Mr William F. Cahoon

7 Nov. 1813–6 Apr. 1893. Shoemaker, carpenter, joiner. Born at Harpersfield, Ashtabula Co., Ohio. Son of Reynolds Cahoon and Thirza Stiles. Baptized into LDS church by Parley P. Pratt, 16 Oct. 1830, at Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio. Ordained a priest by Oliver...

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and Miss  Nancy M. Gibbs

27 July 1817–6 Oct. 1867. Born at Benson, Rutland Co., Vermont. Daughter of Aaron Gibbs and Prudence Carter. Baptized into LDS church by Jared Carter, fall 1831. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, fall 1833. Married to William F. Cahoon by JS, 17 Jan. 1836...

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, both of this place, on Sabbath the 17th  instant.
Joseph Smith Junr.
Presiding elder of said Church.
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, January 19th. 1836

20 January 1836 • Wednesday

<20> Wednesday Morning 20th. attended school at the usual  hour, and spent the day in reading and lecturing, and  made some advances in our studies. At evening I attend ed on a matrimonial occasion, with my family, at Mr John  Johnson

14 Apr. 1779–30 July 1843. Farmer, innkeeper. Born at Chesterfield, Cheshire Co., New Hampshire. Son of Israel Johnson and Abigail Higgins. Married Alice (Elsa) Jacobs, 22 June 1800. Moved to Pomfret, Windsor Co., Vermont, ca. 1803. Settled at Hiram, Portage...

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s having been invited to do to join President John   F. Boynton

20 Sept. 1811–20 Oct. 1890. Merchant, lecturer, scientist, inventor. Born at East Bradford (later Groveland), Essex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Eliphalet Boynton and Susanna Nichols. Baptized into LDS church by JS, Sept. 1832, at Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio...

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, and Miss Susan Lowell

20 Aug. 1816–7 Aug. 1859. Born at Buxton, Cumberland Co., Maine. Daughter of Samuel Lowell and Sarah Hayes. Baptized into LDS church, 6 Oct. 1833, at Buxton. Married to John F. Boynton by JS, 20 Jan. 1836, at Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio. Lived at Syracuse,...

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in marriage. A large  <John F. Boynton

20 Sept. 1811–20 Oct. 1890. Merchant, lecturer, scientist, inventor. Born at East Bradford (later Groveland), Essex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Eliphalet Boynton and Susanna Nichols. Baptized into LDS church by JS, Sept. 1832, at Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio...

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s  Wedding.> and respectable company assembled, and were seated by  Elders O[rson] 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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and W[arren] 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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in the following order, The  presidency and their companions in the first seats, The  Twelve Apostles in the second, the Seventy in the third,  and the remainder of the congregation seated with their Companions. [p. 693]
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This document, volume B-1, is the second of the six volumes of the “Manuscript History of the Church.” The collection was compiled over the span of seventeen years, 1838 to 1856. The narrative in volume B-1 begins with the entry for 1 September 1834, just after the conclusion of the Camp of Israel (later called Zion’s Camp), and continues to 2 November 1838, when JS was interned as a prisoner of war at 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. For a fuller discussion of the entire six-volume work, see the general introduction to the history.
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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, serving as JS’s “private secretary and historian,” completed the account of JS’s history contained in volume A-1 in August 1843. It covered the period from JS’s birth in 1805 through the aftermath of the Camp of Israel in August 1834. When work resumed on the history on 1 October 1843, Richards started a new volume, eventually designated B-1.
At the time of JS’s death in June 1844, the account had been advanced to 5 August 1838, on page 812 of volume B-1. 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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’s poor health led to the curtailment of work on B-1 for several months, until 11 December 1844. On that date, Richards and William W. Phelps

17 Feb. 1792–7 Mar. 1872. Writer, teacher, printer, newspaper editor, publisher, postmaster, lawyer. Born at Hanover, Morris Co., New Jersey. Son of Enon Phelps and Mehitabel Goldsmith. Moved to Homer, Cortland Co., New York, 1800. Married Sally Waterman,...

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, assisted by Thomas Bullock, resumed gathering the records and reports needed to draft the history. Richards then composed and drafted roughed-out notes while Thomas Bullock compiled the text of the history and inscribed it in B-1. They completed their work on the volume on or about 24 February 1845. Richards, Willmer Benson, and Jonathan Grimshaw later added ten pages of “Addenda,” which provided notes, extensive revisions, or additional text to be inserted in the original manuscript where indicated.
Though JS did not dictate or revise any of the text recorded in B-1, 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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and Thomas Bullock chose to maintain the first-person, chronological narrative format established in A-1 as if JS were the author. They drew from a variety of primary and secondary sources including JS’s diaries and letters, minutes of meetings, the first edition of the Doctrine and Covenants, church and other periodicals, reports of JS’s discourses, and the reminiscences and recollections of church members. As was the case with A-1, after JS’s death, Brigham Young

1 June 1801–29 Aug. 1877. Carpenter, painter, glazier, colonizer. Born at Whitingham, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of John Young and Abigail (Nabby) Howe. Brought up in Methodist household; later joined Methodist church. Moved to Sherburne, Chenango Co., New...

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, 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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, George A. Smith

26 June 1817–1 Sept. 1875. Born at Potsdam, St. Lawrence Co., New York. Son of John Smith and Clarissa Lyman. Baptized into LDS church by Joseph H. Wakefield, 10 Sept. 1832, at Potsdam. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, 1833. Labored on Kirtland temple...

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, and others modified and corrected the manuscript as they reviewed material before its eventual publication.
Beginning in March 1842 the church’s Nauvoo periodical, the Times and Seasons, began publishing the narrative as the “History of Joseph Smith.” It was also published in England in the church periodical the Millennial Star beginning in June 1842. Once a press was established in Utah and the Deseret News began publication, the “History of Joseph Smith” once more appeared in print in serialized form. Beginning with the November 1851 issue, the narrative picked up where the Times and Seasons had left off over five years earlier.
The narrative recorded in B-1 continued the story of JS’s life as the prophet and president of the church he labored to establish. The account encompasses significant developments in the church’s two centers at that time—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, and northwest 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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—during a four-year-span. Critical events included the organization of the Quorums of the Twelve Apostles and the Seventy, the dedication of the House of the Lord in Kirtland, Ohio, the establishment of the Kirtland Safety Society, dissension and apostasy in Kirtland and Missouri, the first mission to England, JS’s flight from Kirtland to Missouri in the winter of 1838, the Saints’ exodus from Kirtland later that year, the disciplining of the Missouri presidency, and the outbreak of the Missouri War and arrest of JS. Thus, B-1 provides substantial detail regarding a significant period of church expansion and transition as well as travail.

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