History, circa June–October 1839 [Draft 1]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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we had for some time made this a subject of humble prayer, and at  length we got together in the Chamber of ’s house in order  more particularly to seek of the Lord information, and if possible  obtain what we now so earnestly desired. We had not been long  After some time spent in solemn and fervent prayer, the Word  of the Lord came unto us, in the Chamber, commanding us, that  I should ordain to be an Elder in the Church of  Jesus Christ, and that he also should ordain me to the same  office, and that after having been thus ordained, we should  proceed to ordain others to the same office, according as it should  be made known to us, from time to time, We also commanding  us, that as soon as practicable we should call together all those  who had already been baptized by us, to bless bread, and break  it with them, also to take wine, bless it, and drink it with them  doing all these things in the name of the Lord, but to defer our own  ordination untill we had called the Chur together our brethren  and had their sanction, and been accepted by them as their  teachers, after which we were commanded to proceed to ordain  each other and then call out such men as the spirit should  dictate unto us, and ordain them, and then attend to the laying  on of hands for the Gift of the Holy Ghost,
The following commandment will further illustrate the  nature of our calling to this Priesthood as well as others who  were yet to be sought after.
Revelation Page 172
 
We continued to receive instruction concerning our duties  from time to time, and among the many things the folowing  directions, fixing the time of our anticipated meeting together <for the purpose of being organized>  were given by the Spirit of prophecy & revelation
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we had for some time made this a subject of humble prayer, and at length we got together in the Chamber of ’s house in order more particularly to seek of the Lord information, and if possible obtain what we now so earnestly desired. After some time spent in solemn and fervent prayer, the Word of the Lord came unto us, in the Chamber, commanding us, that I should ordain to be an Elder in the Church of Jesus Christ, and that he also should ordain me to the same office, and that after having been thus ordained, we should proceed to ordain others to the same office, according as it should be made known to us, from time to time, also commanding us, that as soon as practicable we should call together all those who had already been baptized by us, to bless bread, and break it with them, also to take wine, bless it, and drink it with them doing all these things in the name of the Lord, but to defer our own ordination untill we had called together our brethren and had their sanction, and been accepted by them as their teachers, after which we were commanded to proceed to ordain each other and call out such men as the spirit should dictate unto us, and ordain them, and then attend to the laying on of hands for the Gift of the Holy Ghost,
The following commandment will further illustrate the nature of our calling to this Priesthood as well as others who were yet to be sought after.
Revelation Page 172
 
We continued to receive instruction concerning our duties from time to time, and among many things the folowing directions, fixing the time of our anticipated meeting together for the purpose of being organized were given by the Spirit of prophecy & revelation
Section 2nd [p. [8]]
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