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the hands of Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer and Martin
Harris; died Dec. 9, 1861.

JOHNSON, Lyman Eugene; born Oct. 24, 1811; ordained an
Elder and subsequently a High Priest in 1831, by Joseph
Smith; ordained an Apostle Feb. 14, 1835, under the hands
of Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer and Martin Harris; died
Dec. 20. 1856.

KIMBALL, Heber Chase; born June 14, 1801; baptized In
April, 1832, by Alpheus Gilford; ordained an Elder in 1832,
by Joseph Young; ordained an Apostle Feb. 14, 1835, under
the hands of Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer and Martin
Harris; died June 22, 1868.

KIMBALL, Jonathan Golden; born June 8, 1853, In Salt
Lake City, Utah; ordained a Seventy July 21, 1886, by Chr.
D. Fjeldsted; set apart as one of the First Seven Presidents
of Seventies. April 8, 1892, by Apostle Francis M. Lyman.

LAW, William; called by revelation, Jan. 19, 1841, to "be
appointed, ordained and anointed as a Counselor" to Joseph
the Prophet (Doc. and Cov., 124:91); soon afterwards he was
ordained and set apart as second Counselor in the First
Presidency, under the hands of Joseph the Prophet and
others.

LITTLE, Jesse Carter; born Sept. 26, 1815, at Belfast,
Maine; ordained a High Priest April 17, 1845, by Parley P.
Pratt; ordained a Bishop and set apart as second counselor
to Bishop Edward Hunter, in 1856; died Dec. 26, 1893.

LUND, Anthon Henrik; born May 15, 1844; baptized May
15, 1856. by Jacob Julander; ordained an Elder a few years
later; ordained a Seventy March 23, 1864, by Peter Madsen
Peel, who was ordained a Seventy Nov. 21. 1862, by John
Tidwell; ordained an Apostle Oct. 7, 1889, by Geo. Q. Cannon.

LYMAN, Amasa Mason; born March 30, 1813; baptized
April 27, 1832, by Lyman E. Johnson; confirmed the follow-
ing day by Orson Pratt; ordained an Elder Aug. 23, 1832, by
Joseph Smith; ordained a High Priest Dec. 11, 1833, by
Lyman E. Johnson, assisted by Orson Pratt; ordained an
Apostle Aug. 20, 1842, by Brigham Young, assisted by Heber
C. Kimball and Geo. A. Smith; died Feb. 4. 1877.

LYMAN, Francis Marion; born Jan. 12, 1840, at Good
Hope, McDonough Co., 111.; baptized In the Elkhorn river.
Neb., and confirmed July 1, 1848, by Amasa M. Lyman; or-
dained an Elder in 1856, at San Bernardino, Cal.. by Amasa
M. Lyman; ordained a Seventy Jan. 7, 1860, at Farmtngton,
Davis Co., Utah, by John S. Gleason, who was ordained a



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Seventy Oct. 30, 1843, by Pres. Brigham Young, ordained a
High Priest March 13, 1869, at Fillmore, Millard Co., Utah,
by Thomas Canister, who was ordained a High Priest and
Bishop Sept. 17, 1855, in Great Salt Lake City, Utah, by Ed-
ward Hunter; ordained one of the Twelve Apostles Oct. 27,
1880, in Salt Lake City, Utah, by John Taylor, assisted by his
Counselors and nearly all the Apostles.

MARSH, Thomas Baldwin; born Nov. 1, 1799; baptized in
September, 1830, by David Whitmer; ordained a High Frlest
June 6, 1831, by Lyman Wight; ordained an Apostle April
26, 1835, under the hands of Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer
and Martin Harris; died about 1866. at Ogden, Utah.

McLELLIN, William E; born 1806, baptized, confirmed
and ordained an Elder in 1831. under the hands of Samuel
H. Smith and Reynolds Cahoon; ordained an Apostle Feb.
16, 1835, under the hands of Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer
and Martin Harris; died April 24, 1883.

McMURRIN, Joseph William; born Sept. 5, 1858, at Tooele,
Tooele Co., Utah; baptized in 1866, by Henry W. Lawrence;
irdained a Seventy April 21, 1884, by Royal Barney, who
was ordained a Seventy in 1835, under the hands of Joseph
Smith and Sidney Rigdon; set apart as one of the First
Council of Seventies Jan. 21, 1898, by Apostle Anthon H.
Lund in Liverpool, England.

MERRILL, Marriner Wood; born Sept. 25, 1832; baptized
April 6, 1852, by John Skerry; ordained an Apostle Oct. 7,
1889, by Wilford Woodruff, assisted by his Counselors and
most of the Apostles.

MILES, Daniel S; ordained a Seventy April 6, 1837, by
Hazen Aldrich; set apart as one of the First Seven Presi-
dents of Seventies April 6, 1837, under the hands of Sidney
Rigdon and Hyrum Smith.

MORGAN, John; born Aug. 8, 1842, near Greensburgh,
Decatur Co., Ind.; baptized Nov. 26, 1867, in Salt Lake City,
Utah, by Robert Campbell; ordained an Elder Oct. 23, 1868,
by Wm. H. Folsom, who was ordained a High Priest Oct. 7,
1862, by Pres. Brigham Young; ordained a Seventy Oct. 8,
1875, by Joseph Young; died Aug. 14, 1894.

MORLEY, Isaac; born March 11, 1786, in Montague, Hamp-
shire Co., Mass.; baptized in November, 1830, at Kirtland,
Ohio, by Parley P. Pratt; ordained a High Priest June 6,
1831, by Lyman Wight, and on the same day set apart as a
counselor to Bishop Edward Partridge; ordained a Patriarch
at Far West, Mo.. Nov. 7, 1837, under the hands of Joseph
Smith, Sidney Rigdon and Hyrum Smith; died June 24, 1865.

PAGE, John E.; baptized Aug. 18, 1833, by Emer Harris;
ordained an Elder in September, 1833, by Nelson Higgins;
ordained an Apostle Dec. 19, 1838, under the hands of Brig-
ham Young and Heber C. Kimball; died near Sycamore, De-
Kalb Co.. 111., in the fall of 1S67.

PARTRIDGE, Edward; born Aug. 27, 1893; baptized Dec.
11, 1830, by Joseph the Prophet; ordained an Elder Dec. 5,
1830, by Sidney Rigdon; called by revelation to be the first
Bishop of the Church, and ordained and set apart to that
position Feb. 4, 1831, by Sidney Rigdon; ordained a High
Priest, June 6, 1831, by Lyman Wight; died May 27, 1840.

PATTEN, David W.; born 1800; baptized June 15. 1832, by
John Patten; ordained an Elder June 17, 1832, by Elisha H,
Groves; ordained an Apostle Feb. 15, 1835, under the hands
of Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer and Martin Harris; died
Oct. 25, 1838.

PENROSE, Charles William; born Feb. 4, 1832. in London,
England, baptized May 14, 1850, by John Hyde, Sr.; ordained
an Elder Jan. 6, 1851, by Geo. B. Wallace; ordained a Seventy
Oct. 27, 1861, by Truman Leonard; later ordained a High
Priest.

PRATT, Orson; born Sept. 19, 1811; baptized Sept. 19, 1830,
by Parley P. Pratt; ordained an Elder Dec. 1, 1830, by
Joseph Smith; ordained a High Priest Feb. 2, 1832, by Sidney
Rigdon; ordained an Apostle April 26, 1835, under the hands
of David Whitmer and Oliver Cowdery; died Oct. 3. 1881.

PRATT, Parley Parker; born April 12, 1807; baptized, con-
firmed and ordained an Elder by Oliver Cowdery, in Sep-
tember, 1830; ordained a High Priest June 6, 1831, by Joseph
Smith; ordained an Apostle Feb. 21, 1835, by Joseph Smith;
died May 13, 1857.

PRESTON, William Bowkerj born Nov. 24, 1830, at Halifax,
Franklin Co., Va.; baptized in February, 1857, by Henry G.
Boyle; ordained an Elder by Geo. Q. Cannon; ordained a
High Priest and Bishop Nov. 14, 1859, by Orson Hyde; set
apart as Presiding Bishop of the Church in 1884, by Pres.
John Taylor.

PULSIPHER, Zera; born June 24, 1789, in Rockingham,
Windham Co., Vt. ; baptized and ordained to the ministry In
1832; ordained and set apart as one of the First Seven Presi-
dents of Seventies March 6, 1838, under the hands of James
Foster and Joseph Young; died Jan. 1, 1872.

REYNOLDS, George; born Jan. 1, 1842, in London. Eng-
land; baptized May 4, 1856; ordained a Seventy March 18,
1866, by Israel Barlow, who was ordained a Seventy in 1835,
by Sidney Rigdon; set apart as one of the First Seven Presi-
dents of the Seventies, April 10, 1890, by Lorenzo Snow.

RICH, Charles Coulson; born Aug. 21, 1809; baptized April
1, 1832, by Geo. M. Hinkle; ordained an Elder May 16. 1832,
under the hands of Zebedee Coltrin and Solomon Wixom;
ordained a High Priest in April, 1836, under the hands of
Hyrum Smith and Uncle John Smith; ordained an Apostle
Feb. 12, 1849, by Pres. Brigham Young; died Nov. 17, 1883.

RICH. Leonard; ordained a Seventy Feb. 28, 1835, under
the hands of Joseph Smith and others.

RICHARDS, Franklin Dewey; born April 2. 1821; baptized
June 3. 1838, by Phinehas Richards, at Richmond, Berkshire
Co. Mass.; confirmed June 10, 1838, by Gibson Smith; or-
dained a Seventy April 9, 1840, at Nauvoo, 111., by Joseph
Young; ordained a High Priest May 17, 1844, at Nauvoo, 111.,
by Brigham Young; ordained an Apostle Feb. 12. 1849, in the
"Old Fort." Great Salt Lake City, by Heber C. Kimball.

RICHARDS. Willard; born June 24, 1804; baptized Dec. 31,
1836, by Brigham Young; ordainpd an Elder March 6, 1837,
by Alma Bf-eman; ordained a High Priest April 1, 1838,



under the hands of Heber C. Kimball and others; ordained
an Apostle April 14, 1840, by Brigham Young; died March
11, 1854.

RIGDON, Sidney; born Feb. 19, 1793; baptized, confirmed
and ordained an Elder late in 1830, under the hands of Oliver
Cowdery, Parley P. Pratt, Peter Whitmer, Jr., and Ziba
Peterson. Subsequently he was ordained a High Priest by
Joseph the Prophet, and on March 18, 1833, he was ordained
and set apart as first Counselor in the First Presidency by
Joseph Smith; died July 14. 1876.

ROBERTS, Brigham Henry; born March 13, 1857, in War-
rlngton, Lancashire, England; baptized in 1867. by Seth
Dustin; ordained a Seventy March 8, 1877, by Nathan T.
Porter, who was ordained a Seventy Oct. 6, 1844, by Joseph
Young; set apart as one of the First Council of Seventies in,
October. 1889, by Lorenzo Snow.

ROCKWOOD, Albert P.; born June 5, 1805, in Holliston,
Middlesex Co., Mass.; baptized in 1833; ordained a Seventy
Jan. 5, 1839, under the hands of Joseph Young, Zera Pulsi-
pher, Henry Harriman and Levi W. Hancock; set apart as
one of the First Council of Seventies Dec. 2, 1845, under the
hands of Apostles Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, Orson
Hyde, Parley P. Pratt and Geo. A. Smith; died Nov. 26, 1879.

SHERMAN, Lyman; ordained a Seventy Feb. 28. 1835, at
Kirtland, Ohio, under the hands of Joseph Smith and others.

SLOAN, James; born at Donaghmore, Tyrone Co., Ireland;
ordained a High Priest Feb. 18, 1838, under the hands of
Joseph Smith. Sr.

SMITH, Asahel, son of Asahel Smith and Mary Duty; born
May 21, 1773, at Windham, Rockingham Co., N. H.; bap-
tized June 29, 1835, at Stockholm, Lawrence Co.. N. Y., by
Lyman E. Johnson; ordained a High Priest in 1836, by Don
Carlos Smith; ordained a Patriarch Oct. 7, 1844, at Nauvoo,
111., under the hands of the Twelve Apostles.

SMITH, George Albert; born June 26, 1817; baptized
Sept. 10, 1832, by Joseph H. Wakefield; ordained a SeTenty
March 1, 1835, by Sidney Rigdon; ordained an Apostle April
26, 1839, by Heber C. Kimball; died Sept. 1, 1875.

SMITH, Hyrum; born Feb. 9, 1800; baptized by Joseph
Smith in Seneca Lake, N. Y., in June, 1829; ordained a High
Priest June 6, 1831, by Joseph Smith; chosen as second
Counselor in the First Presidency Nov. 7, 1837; ordained a
Patriarch Jan. 28, 1841, under the hands of Joseph the
Prophet and others; died June 27, 1844.

SMITH, John, familiarly known as Uncle John Smith;
born July 16, 1781, in Derryfleld, Rockingham Co., N. H.:
baptized, confirmed and ordained an Elder Jan. 9, 1832, by
his brother Joseph Smith, Sr.; ordained a High Priest June
6, 1833, by Sidney Rigdon; ordained a Patriarch Jan. 10,

1844, by Joseph Smith; ordained Presiding Patriarch Jan. 1,
1849, under the hands of Brigham Young and Heber C.
Kimball; died May 23, 1854.

SMITH, John, eldest son of Hyrum Smith; born Sept. 22,
1832, at Kirtland. Ohio; baptized in 1841, by John Taylor;
ordained Presiding Patriarch in the Church Feb. 18, 1855,
by Pres. Brigham Young.

SMITH, John Henry; born Sept. 18, 1848; baptized Sept.
18, 1856, by Geo. A. Smith; ordained an Elder Jan. 16, 1864,
by Samuel L. Sprague; ordained a High Priest and Bishop
Nov. 22, 1875, by Pres. Brigham Young; ordained an Apostle
Oct. 27, 1880, by Wilford Woodruff.

SMITH, Joseph, the Prophet, born Dec. 23, 1805; or-
dained to the Aaronic Priesthood May 15, 1829. by John the
Baptist; baptized and reordained the same day by Oliver
Cowdery; later, perhaps in June or July, 1829, he and Oliver
Cowdery were ordained to the Melchisedek Priesthood by
Peter, James and John, three of the ancient Apostles, who
held the keys of that Priesthood; confirmed a member of the
Church and ordained the first Elder in the Church April 6,
1830, by Oliver Cowdery; died June 27, 1844.

SMITH, Joseph, Sr.; born July 12, 1771; baptized April 6.
1830; ordained a High Priest June 6, 1831 by Lyman Wight;
ordained a Patriarch Dec. 18, 1833, under the hands of
Joseph Smith, Oliver Cowdery, Sidney Rigdon and Frederick
G. Williams; died Sept. 14, 1840.

SMITH, Joseph Fielding; born Nov. 13, 1838; baptized
In 1850 or 1851 by Heber C. Kimball; ordained an Elder in
May, 1854, by Geo. A. Smith; ordained a Seventy March 20,
1858, by George Meyer, who was ordained a Seventy July 13,

1845, by Jesse P. Harmon, who was ordained a Seventy
Oct. 8, 1844, by Brigham Youpg; ordained a High Priest Oct.
16, 1859; ordained an Apostle July 1, 1866, by Pres. Brigham
Young, and set apart as one of the Twelve Apostles Oct. 8,
1867, by Pres. Brigham Young, assisted by all the members
of the Council of Twelve Apostles.

SMITH, Sylvester; ordained a Seventy Feb. 28, 1835, at
Kirtland, Ohio, under the hands of Joseph Smith and others.

SMTTH, William; born March 13, 1811; ordained a High
Priest June 6, 1833, by Sidney Rigdon; ordained an Apostle
Feb. 15, 1835, under the hands of Oliver Cowdery, David
Whitmer and Martin Harris; died Nov. 13, 1893.

SNOW, Erastus; born Nov. 9, 1818; baptized Feb. 3, 1833;
ordained an Elder Aug. 16, 1835, by Luke S. Johnson; or-
dained a High Priest in October, 1839; ordained an Apostle
Feb. 12, 1849, by President Brigham Young; died May 27,
1888.

SNOW, Lorenzo; born April 3, 1814; baptized June. 1836,
by John F. Boynton; confirmed by Hyrum Smith; ordained
an Elder In the winter of 1836-37 by Alva Beeman; ordained
a Seventy July 17, 1840, by Joseph Young; ordained a High
Priest July 18, 1840, by Don Carlos Smith; ordained an
Apostle Feb. 12, 1849, by Heber C. Kimball.

STEVENSON, Edward; born May 1, 1S20, at Gibraltar,
Spain; baptized in 1834, by Japhet Fosdick; ordained a Sev-
enty May 1, 1845, under the hands of Joseph Young and
others; set apart as one of the First Council of Seventies,
Oct. 9, 1894, by Apostle Brigham Young; died Jan. 27. 1897.

TAYLOR, John; born Nov. 1, 1808; baptized, confirmed and
ordained an Elder in 1836, by Parley P. Pratt; ordained an



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Apostle, Dec. 19, 1838, under the hands of Brigham Young
and Heber C. Kimball; died July 25, 1887.

TAYLOR. John Whittaker; born May 18, 1858, at Provo,
Utah Co., Utah; ordained an Elder March 13, 1876, by Wra.
J. Smith; ordained an Apostle April 9, 1884, by John Taylor,
assisted by his Counselors and most of the Apostles.

TAYLOR, William W.; born Sept. 11, 1853. in Salt Lake
City, Utah; baptized by his father, John Taylor; ordained a
Seventy Oct. 11, 1875, by Orson Pratt, and chosen as one of
the First Council of Seventies in 1880; died Aug. 1, 1884.

TEASDALE. George; born Dec. 8, 1831, in London. Eng-
land; baptized Aug. 8. 1852, by Robert Till; ordained an
Elder April 30, 1854, by John Tuddenham; ordained a Sev-
enty Oct. 18, 1875. by Joseph Young; ordained a High Priest
July 9, 1877, by Pres. Brigham Young; ordained an Apostle
Oct. 16, 1882, by John Taylor.

THATCHER. Moses; born Feb. 2, 1842, in Sangamon County,
111.; baptized and confirmed Dec. 25, 1856, by Henry G. Boyle;
ordained an Elder March 23, 1857, by Henry G. Boyle; or-
dained a Seventy by Brigham Young; ordained a High Priest
and set apart to preside over the Cache Stake of Zion in
1877, by Pres. Brigham Young; ordained an Apostle April
9, 1879, by John Taylor.

THOMPSON. Robert Blashel; born Oct. 1, 1811. In Great
Drifflelrt, Yorkshire. England; baptized and confirmed in
May, 1836, in Canada, by Parley P. Pratt; ordained an Elder
July 22, 1836, by John Taylor; died Aug. 27, 1841.

VAN COTT, John; born Sept. 7, 1814. at Canaan, Columbia
Co., N. Y.; baptized in September, 1845, by Parley P. Pratt;
ordained a Seventy Feb. 25, 1847, by Joseph Young; died
Feb. 18. 1883.

WELLS, Daniel Hanmer; born Oct. 27, 1814; baptized Aug.
9, 1846, by Almon W. Babbitt, at Nauvoo, 111.; ordained an
Apostle and set apart as second Counselor In the First Pres-
idency Jan. 4, 1857, by President Brigham Young; died
March 24, 1891.

WELLS, Rulon Seymour; born July 7, 1854, in Salt Lake
City, Utah; baptized about 1862, by Daniel H. Wells; con-
firmed by John V. Long; ordained an Elder Aug. 15. 1866,
by Wm. J. Smith; ordained a Seventy Oct. 22, 1875, by Pres.
Brigham Young; set apart as one of the First Seven Presi-
dents of Seventies April 5, 1893, by George Q. Cannon.

WHITMER, David; born Jan. 7, 1805; baptized In June,
1829, by Joseph Smith; confirmed April 6, 1830; ordained
an Elder soon afterwards, and subsequently ordained a
High Priest; set apart in 1834 by Joseph Smith to preside
over the Saints in Missouri; "blessed by the laying- on of
hands of the Presidency" (Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon and
Frederick G. Williams), in connection with Oliver Cowdery
and Martin Harris. Feb. 14. 1835, to choose the Twelve
Apostles, in accordance with revelation (Doc. and Cov.,
18:37); died Jan. 25, 1888.

WHITMER. John; born Aug. 27, 1802; baptized and or-
dained an Elder at an early day; ordained a High Priest
June 6. 1831, at Klrtland, Ohio, by Lyman Wight; died July
11, 1878.

WHITNEY, Newel K.; born Feb. 5, 1795; baptized late in



1830; called by revelation Dec. 4, 1831, to the office of a
Bishop; died Sept. 23, 1853.

WIGHT, Lyman; born May 9, 1796; baptized in 1830, by
Oliver Cowdery; ordained a High Priest June 6, 1831,
by Joseph the Prophet; ordained an Apostle April 8, 1841, by
Joseph Smith; died March 31, 1858.

WILLIAMS, Frederick Granger; born Oct. 28. 1787, In
Suffleld, Hartford Co. Conn.; baptized, confirmed and or-
dained an Elder In November, 1830, under the hands of
Oliver Cowdery, Parley P. Pratt, Peter Whitmer, Jr., and
Ziba Peterson; called by revelation to "be a High Priest"
and a Counselor to Joseph t e Prophet in March, 1832; or-
dained and set apart by Joseph Smith as his second Coun-
selor, March 18, 1833; died Oct. 25, 1842, at Quincy, 111

WINDER. John Rex; born Dec. 11, 1820, in Biddenden,
County of Kent. England; baptized Sept. 20, 1848; ordained
a Seventy in 1854; ordained a High Priest March 4, 1872, by
Edward Hunter; ordained a Bishop and set apart as second
counselor to Bishop Wm. B. Preston in 1886, by Franklin
D. Richards, assisted by George Q. Cannon.

WOODRUFF, Abraham Owen; born Nov. 23, 1872, near
Salt Lake City, Utah; baptized May 3, 1881, by Henry
Fowler; ordained an Elder Jan. 8, 1894, by Samuel H. Har-
row; ordained a Seventy June 19, 1894, by Wilford Woodruff;
ordained an Apostle Oct. 7, 1897, by Wilford Woodruff.

WOODRUFF, Wilford; born March 1, 1807; baptized by
Zera Pulsipher Dec. 31. 1833; ordained an Elder by Warren
Parrish in 1835; ordained a Seventy May 31, 1836, under the
hands of David W. Patten and Warren Farrish, ordained an
Apostle April 26, 1839, by Brigham Young; died Sept. 2,
1898.

YOUNG. Brigham, born June 1, 1801; baptized, confirmed
and ordained an Elder April 14, 1832, by Eleazer Miller;
ordained an Apostle Feb. 14, 1835, under the hands of Oliver
Cowdery, David Whitmer and Martin Harris; died Aug. 29,
1877.

YOUNG, Brigham, Jr.; born Dec, 18, 1836; baptized in 1845,
by his father, Brigham Young; ordained a Seventy; or-
dained an Apostle Nov. 22, 1855, by Brigham Young, and
admitted into the Council of Twelve Apostles Oct. 9, 1868,
being set apart by Brigham Young.

YOUNG, John W.; born Oct. 1, 1844, ordained an Apostle
Nov. 22, 1855, by Pres. Brigham Young, but has never been
admitted into the Council of Twelve Apostles.

YOUNG. Joseph; born April 7, 1797, in Hopkinton, Middle-
sex Co., Mass.; baptized April 6, 1832, by Daniel Bowen; or-
dained an Elder in 1832, by Ezra Landen; ordained a Seventy
Feb. 28, 1835, under the hands of Joseph Smith and others,
and soon afterwards chosen as one of the seven Presidents
of Seventy; died July 16, 1881.

YOUNG, Seymour Bicknell; born Oct. 3, 1837, at Kirtland,
Ohio; baptized in 1848, at Carterville, Ohio, by Ezekiel Lee;
ordained an Elder in the Endowment House, Salt Lake
City, Utah, April 15, 1856, by Samuel L. Sprague; ordained
a Seventy Feb. 18, 1857, by Edmund Ellsworth, who was or-
dained a Seventy March, 8, 1843, by Joseph Young.



Continuation of Church Chronology and History (1830) from page 1277



Soon after the organization of the Church the Prophet's
parents (Joseph Smith, Sr., and Lucy Smith), Martin Harris
and A. Rockwell were baptized.

Some persons who had been baptized In the sectarian de-
nominations desired to Join the Church without further
baptism, but the Lord, by revelation through the Prophet
Joseph, Instructed them to enter in at the gate, as He had
commanded, and not seek to counsel God.

.Revelation to the Church of Christ, which was established In these
last days. In the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred
and thirty, given through Joseph, the Beer, hi Manchester. New
York, April, 1830, in consequence of some desiring to unite with
the Church without rebaptism, who had previously been
baptized.

Behold, I say unto you. that all old covenants have I caused to
be done away In this thing, and this Is a new and an everlasting
covenant, even that which was from the beginning.

Wherefore, although a man should be baptized an hundred times.
it availeth him nothing, for you cannot enter in at the straight gate
by the law of Moses, neither by your dead works;

For It is because of your dead works, that I have caused this last
covenant and this church to be built up unto me, even as in days
of old.

Wherefore, enter ye in at the gate, as I have commanded, and
seek not to counsel your God. Amen. Doc. and Cov. Sec. 22.

Oliver Cowdery, Hyrum Smith, Samuel H. Smith and Joseph
Knight being anxious to know their respective duties in
relation to the work of God, Joseph the Prophet enquired
of the Lord and received a revelation. (Doc. and Cov.,
Sec. 23.)

Sun. 11. Oliver Cowdery preached the first public dis-
course delivered by any of the Elders in this dispensation.
The meeting was held in the house of Peter Whitmer, Sr., at
Fayette. Hiram Page. Catherine Page, Christian Whitmer,
Annie Whitmor, Jacob Whitmer and Elizabeth Whitmer
were baptized by Oliver Cowdery. in Seneca lake.

Sun. 18. Peter Whitmer, Sr., Mary Whitmer, Wm. Jolly,
Elizabeth Jolly, Vincent Jolly, Ziba Peterson and Elizabeth
Anne Whitmer were baptized by Oliver Cowdery in Seneca
lake.

Late in April the Prophet Joseph visited Joseph Knight,
at Colesville. Broome Co., N. Y., where, under the Prophet's
administration, the first miracle was wrought in this dispen-
sation, viz.: Casting out devils.

May. Newel Knight visited Joseph Smith, Jr.. at Fayette
and was baptized by David Whitmer.

June. The Church held Its first conference, at Fayette.
Several of the brethren were ordained to the Priesthood;



the Holy Spirit was poured out in a miraculous manner;
many of the Saints prophesied and Newel Knight and
others had heavenly visions.

Later in June David Whitmer baptized Wm. Smith, Don
Carlos Smith, Catherine Smith and six others in Seneca lake.

Joseph Smith, Jr., returned with his family to his own
home at Harmony, Pa.

Joseph Smith, Jr., Oliver Cowdery, John Whitmer and
David Whitmer visited Colesville, N. Y., where they held
meeting, notwithstanding the mob, and baptized thirteen
persons, among whom were Emma Smith and Joseph Knight.
Joseph Smith, Jr., was arrested, charged with setting the
country in an uproar by his preaching, tried and acquitted
in South Bainbrldge, Chenango Co., N. Y. Immediately after-
wards he was again arrested, tried and acquitted at Coles-
ville.

Joseph Smith, Jr., and Oliver Cowdery again visited
Colesville, but were driven away by a mob.

An important revelation (Words of Moses) was given to
Joseph Smith. Jr. (Pearl of Great Price, page 1.)

Joseph Smith. Jr., and Oliver Cowdery again visited
Colesville and confirmed the newly baptized members.

July. Joseph Smith, Jr., was commanded by revelation to
devote all his time to the Interest of the Church, but In
temporal labors he should "not have strength."

And thou shalt continue in calling upon God in my name, and
writing the things which shall be given thee by the Comforter, and
expounding all scriptures unto the church: * '

For thou shall devote all thy service in Zion; and in this thou
shalt have strength. *

And In temporal labors thou shalt not have strength, for this is
not thy calling. Attend to thy calling and thou shalt have where-
with to magnify thine office, and to expound all scriptures, and



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