History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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had given us, viz: that provided we continued faithful; we should also have  the Melchesidec Priesthood, which holds the authority of the . We had for some time made this matter a  subject of humble prayer, and at length we got together in the Chamber of Mr  Whitmer’s house in order more particularly to seek of the Lord what we now  so earnestly desired: and here to our unspeakable satisfaction did we realize  the truth of the Saviour’s promise; “Ask, and you shall recieve, seek, and  you shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you;” for we had not long  been engaged in solemn and fervent prayer, when the word of the Lord, came  unto us in the Chamber, us; that I should to be an in the , and that he also  should ordain me to the same office, accordin and then <to> ordain others as it  should be made known unto us, from time to time: we were however comman ded to defer this our ordination untill, such times, as it should be practicable  to have our brethren, who had been and who should be , assembled  together, when we must have their sanction to our thus proceeding to ordain each  other, and have them decide by vote whether they were willing to accept us  as spiritual teachers, or not, when also we were commanded to ,  afterward proceed to ordain each other according to commandment, then  call out such men as the Spirit should dictate, and ordain them, and then  attend to the laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost, upon all those  whom we had previously baptized; doing all things in the name of the Lord.
The following commandment will further illus trate the nature of our calling to this Priesthood as well as that of others who  were yet to be sought after.
Revelation to Joseph Smith Jr, , and , making known the calling of  in these last days, and also instructions relative to building up the , according to the fulness of the gospel: Given in , Seneca  County New York, June 1829.
1 Now behold, because of the thing which you, my servant,  have desired to know of me, I give unto you these words: behold I have manifest ed unto you by my Spirit in many instances, that the things which you  have written are true: wherefore you know that they are true; and if you  know that they are true, behold I have given unto a you a commandment, that  you rely upon the things which are written, for in them are all things written  concerning the foundation of my Church, my gospel and my rock; wherefore  if you shall build up my Church upon the foundation of my gospel and my [p. 27]
had given us, viz: that provided we continued faithful; we should also have the Melchesidec Priesthood, which holds the authority of the . We had for some time made this matter a subject of humble prayer, and at length we got together in the Chamber of Mr Whitmer’s house in order more particularly to seek of the Lord what we now so earnestly desired: and here to our unspeakable satisfaction did we realize the truth of the Saviour’s promise; “Ask, and you shall recieve, seek, and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you;” for we had not long been engaged in solemn and fervent prayer, when the word of the Lord, came unto us in the Chamber, us; that I should to be an in the , and that he also should ordain me to the same office, and then to ordain others as it should be made known unto us, from time to time: we were however commanded to defer this our ordination untill, such times, as it should be practicable to have our brethren, who had been and who should be , assembled together, when we must have their sanction to our thus proceeding to ordain each other, and have them decide by vote whether they were willing to accept us as spiritual teachers, or not, when also we were commanded to , afterward proceed to ordain each other according to commandment, then call out such men as the Spirit should dictate, and ordain them, and then attend to the laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost, upon all those whom we had previously baptized; doing all things in the name of the Lord.
The following commandment will further illustrate the nature of our calling to this Priesthood as well as that of others who were yet to be sought after.
Revelation to Joseph Smith Jr, , and , making known the calling of in these last days, and also instructions relative to building up the , according to the fulness of the gospel: Given in , Seneca County New York, June 1829.
1 Now behold, because of the thing which you, my servant, have desired to know of me, I give unto you these words: behold I have manifested unto you by my Spirit in many instances, that the things which you have written are true: wherefore you know that they are true; and if you know that they are true, behold I have given unto you a commandment, that you rely upon the things which are written, for in them are all things written concerning the foundation of my Church, my gospel and my rock; wherefore if you shall build up my Church upon the foundation of my gospel and my [p. 27]
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