The History of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints


Volume 1
Table of Contents


Chapter 1

History of Joseph Smith and the Church Unique - Antagonism to be Expected - Claims Worthy of Investigation - In Harmony With Reformers - Coming of an Elias - Luther in the Spirit of Elias - John Wesley on he Latter-Day Glory and the Kingdom - Protestants Should Patiently Hear - Hon. Josiah Quincy on Joseph Smith - Rev. Mr Prior on Joseph Smith - Smucker on Joseph Smith's Character

Chapter 2
1805 - 1828

History of the Early Life of Joseph Smith - His Father's Family - Religious Revival - Greatly Exercised on Religious Subjects - Is Encouraged by Reading the Epistle of Apostle James - Retires to the Woods to Pray - Sees a Vision - Relates the Vision to a Minister - Is Repulsed - Yields to Weaknesses - An Angel Appears - Is Told of the Plates - Much Instruction Given - The Angel Repeats the Visitation - Relates the Vision to his Father - Obtains a View of the Plates - Alvin's Death - Labors for Mr. Stoal - Boards at Mr. Hale's - Marries Miss Emma Hale - Receives the Plates - Mr. Harris Befriends Him - Removes to Harmony, Pennsylvania - Mr. Harris Visits Dr. Mitchell and Prof. Anthon - Smucker on Joseph's Sincerity - Prof. Anthon Writes Two Letters - Howe Misrepresents - Anthon Describes the Characters - Harris Renews His Testimony - Facsimilie of Characters

Chapter 3
1828 - 1829

M. Harris Writes for Joseph - Desires and Obtains Permission to Show Manuscript - Violates Obligations - Joseph ans Harris Rebuked - The Urim and Thummim and Gift Taken From Joseph - Another Record Substituted for the Lost One - Translation Delayed on Account of Circumstances - Oliver Cowdery Comes to Joseph - Becomes His Scribe - Cowdery Describes His Experience - Concerning the Apostle John Tarrying - Aaronic Priesthood Conferred

Chapter 4
1829

Emergencies Always Supplied - They Remove to Fayette, New York - Three Witnesses View the Plates - Eight Other Witnesses - Witnesses Have Not Renounced Their Testimony - Their Attitudes Misunderstood - The Three Witnesses Reaffirm Their Testimony - Oliver Cowdery - Martin Harris - David Whitmer - John Whitmer of the Eight Witnesses Reaffirms - Their Testimony Unretracted and Unimpeached

Chapter 5
1829

Provisions for Conferring the Office of Elder - Then Right of the Body to Indorse Appointments - God's Right to Direct - Charge of Arbitrary Ruling Inconsistent - Manner of Ordaining Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery - No Foundation for the Theory fo Two Ordinations - No Evidence of the Presence of Peter, James, and John at the Place of Ordination - Definition of the Word Ordain - Inherent Right to the Priesthood

Chapter 6
1830

Joseph Smith's Simple Manner of Recording Events - A Revelation Containing Important Provisions - Title Page of the Book of Mormon - Organization of the Church - Church Organized at Fayette, New York - Organization Partial, but Further Provisions Made - Men Always Found to Fill Provided Places - More Ordinations - Instruction on Rebaptism - Date of Completing Translation - Clerk's Certificate - Gilbert on Dates - Title Page Palmyra Edition of Book of Mormon - Joseph Smith Author and Proprietor - His Protection Under the Law - Preface to Palmyra Edition - Obstacles Met - First Miracle - Visits Colesville - Blessings Considered Strange - Wesley on Extraordinary Gifts - A. Campbell on Ancient Order of Things - Hayden's Testimony - Garfield's Statement - Spiritual Blessings Promised

Chapter 7
1830

Persecutions - Trials Before the Courts - Statement of Attourney Reed - Persecution No New Thing - Christ, Prophets, and Apostles Persecuted - Gibbon on Persecution of Christians - Modern Persecution - A. Campbell and John Wesley Persecuted - Persecution a Mistaken Policy - Emma Smith, Her Office and Calling Made Known - Joseph Copies Revelations - Receives Letter from O. Cowdery - Joseph's Attitude in a Peculiar Trial - Instructions on the Sacrament - Joseph's Wife's Family Turned Against Them - Enemies on the Alert - Hiram Page Deceived by a Seer Stone - Mission to the West - Revelation to Emman Smith, Its Peculiar Significance - John Taylor's Tribute to Her Character - Joseph's Words of Praise for His Wife - Emma Smith's Worthiness - Incidents of Her Life - Conference - Hiram Page Matter Adjusted - Others Appointed to Go West

Chapter 8
1830

Importance of the Mission to the West - Missionaries Start West - Arrive at Kirtland - Present Their Testimony to S. Rigdon and Others - Sketch of the Life of Rigdon - Story of the Manuscript Found - The Story Untenable - Sidney Rigdon Speaks on the Subject - Oliver Cowdery's Testimony - P. P.Pratt Makes a Statement - Rigdon's Record - His Whereabouts Located - Rigdon's Reputation - Hayden's Testimony - Lyman Wight confirms the Account of Joseph Smith - P. P. Pratt's Account

Chapter 9
1830 - 1831

Orson Pratt Comes to the Church - Sidney Rigdon and Edward Partridge Visit the Prophet - Inspired Translation - Rigdon Assists Joseph - Directed to Go to Ohio - Events of the Year 1830 - Prospects for the Year 1831 - Conference at Fayette - A Promise and a Warning - Joseph Covill - Joseph and Emma in Company With Rigdon and Partridge Journey to Ohio - Promised a law - Bishop Called - Law Not to be Abrogated - Edward Partridge - The Promised Law Given - Its Importance - Instruction to the Bishop - A Woman Gives Revelation - Instruction concerning Joseph's Successor - Slanderous Reports - Pratt's Account of Labors Among the Indians - Orson Pratt's Labors - Labors of Lyman Wight - To Gather Out of Eastern Lands - Valuable Information Given - Shakers - Historian Appointed - Spirit Manifestations - Inheritances - June Conference - Melchisedec Priesthood Conferred First Time - High Priests Ordained - Explanation - Next Conference to Meet in Missouri - Cowdery's Letter - W. W. Phelps Arrives

Chapter 10
1831 - 1832

Joseph and Comapny Leave Kirtland - Lyman Wight's Account - Temple Lot Pointed Out - W. W. Phelps Preaches in Missouri - Sidney Rigdon and Others Arrive in Missouri - Revelation Concerning Zion - First Log Laid for House in Zion - Description of Zion - Spot for Temple Dedicated - The Sabbath - Instructions on Returning East - Joseph and Ten Others Start East - Incidents by the Way - Purchasing Land - Prepares to Remove to Hiram - Further Information Concerning Zion - Prepare to Establish a Press in Missouri - Translation Resumed - Preface to the Book of Commandments - Some Murmur Concerning Language in Revelations - Oliver Cowdery to Carry Them to Missouri - The Appendix - John Whitmer to Accompany Oliver Cowdery - Cowdery and Whitmer Start for the West - Council in Kirtland - Bishop N. K. Whitney Called - Missionary Trip - Translation Resumed - Conference Held at Amherst, Ohio - Remarkable Vision - Joseph Smith and Sidney Mobbed - Journey to Missouri - Council Called - The Prophet Acknowledged as President of the High Priesthood - Ordination Considered - Book of Commandments and Hymn Book - Journey to Kirtland - Incidents by the Way - Evening and Morning Star - "Common Schools" - Revelation on Priesthood

Chapter 11
1832 - 1833

Translating - Trip East - Joseph Writes to His Wife - Birth of His Son Joseph - Other Children - Letter to Phelps - Parable of Wheat and Tares - Revelation on Rebellion - Historical Events - Letter to Seaton - Published by Richards - John Hyde - Trouble in Missouri - Zion Warned - Gift of Tongues - Washing of Feet - Translation of New Testament Finished - Word of Wisdom - Keys of the Kingdom - First Presidency - Apocrypha - School of the Prophets - First Presidency Organized - Council Proceedings - Affairs in Zion - Letter to Zion

Chapter 12
1833

Persecution in Zion - Saints Err - No Excuse for Their Enemies - Conferences of High Priests in Kirtland - Hurlburt's Trial - Dimensions of Temple - Erection of Temple - Hurlburt on Appeal - Plat of the City of Zion - Letter to Phelps - Letter to Zion - Hostilities in Missouri - Letter of Elders in Zion - Its Teaching - Appeal to the Governor - His Reply - Free People of Color - Slavery - Mob Violate Their Agreement - P. P. Pratt's Account - Lyman Wight's Experience - H. Rathbun's Testimony - Sheriff Gregg on the Situation - Judge Ryland - A. S. Gilbert

Chapter 13
1833

Active Missionary Work - Revelations on Zion - Oliver Cowdery Arrives in Kirtland - Action on Publication - Hyde and Gould Arrive in Zion - Mission to Canada - Letter of F. G. Williams - Zion - Return from Canada - New Press and Type - Counsel to Exiled Saints - Reason for Zion's Trouble - Printing Office Dedicated - Dispaches to Zion - Epistle to Bretheren Abroad - Threats around Kirtland

Chapter 14
1833

Depredations of the Mob - Saints Engage Counsel - Their Credit Good - Appeal to the Governor - Persecution in Van Buren County - Letter from Phelps - Aged Families Abused - Burr Joyce on the Exodus - A Contrast - Prayers for Zion

Chapter 15
1834

Messengers Sent to Kirtland - Difference in Date - Arrive at Kirtland - Gilbert Writes the Governor - Dunklin's Reply - Col. Pitcher on Tiral - Appeal to President Jackson - Letter to Dunklin - His Reply - Lewis Cass Replies for the President - State's Rights - Letter to Governor - His Reply - Col. Pitcher Condemned - Return of Arms Ordered - Compromise Negotiated

Chapter 16
1834

Special Prayers - Council of High Priests - Organization of High Council - Word of Wisdom - Messengers from Zion Arrive - Revelation on Zion - Work in Canada - In Maine - Mission East - Purpose of Zion's Camp - Hurlburt Before the Court - H. Smith and L. Wight go to Zion via Michigan - Preparations for Starting to Zion - Revelation to Enoch - Name of the Church - The Start for Zion - Kimball and Pratt on the Purpose of the Expedition

Chapter 17
1834

The March - Incidents by the Way - Travels of the Other Company - Names of Zion's Camp - Incidents in Missouri - The Storm - An Attack prevented - Hyde and Pratt Visit Governor Dunklin - Sheriff Gillium Visits the Camp - Statement of Sheriff - Fishing River Revelation - Cholera - Some Called to go to Kirtland - Camp Disbanded - Deductions

Chapter 18
1834

Compromise Sought - Second Order for Arms - Judge Ryland's Letter - The Reply - A Public Meeting - Letter to Jackson County - A Proposition - Communication to the Governor - Letter From the Mob - Lawless Acts - High Council Organized - An Appeal - Instructions Given - Joseph Returns to Kirtland - Letter to Owens - Arrival at Kirtland

Chapter 19
1834

Rigdon Presides at Kirtland - "Evening and Morning Star" - Progress of the Church - Alexander Campbell - Charges Against Joseph Smith - Conferences - Work on Temple - Sylvester Smith - Committee on Doctrine - High Priest's License - Publications - Visit to Michigan - School of the Elders - "Messenger and Advocate" - Sylvester Smith's Letter - Elders' Reports - A Covenant

Chapter 20
1834

High Council in Zion - Spiritual Manifestations - Phelp's Letter - Thompson's Letter - Dunklin's Message - Phelps to Thompson - Thompson's Reply

Chapter 21
1835

Events of 1835 - Kimball's Testimony - Corroborative Evidence - Lectures - Advice to Tanner - Camp of Zion - Choosing the Twelve - Charge to the Twelve - A Council - Choosing the Seventy - The Sacrament - Blessings - Conferences of the Twelve - Irvingites - Public Meetings - A Grand Council - The Twelve Depart - Literary Concerns - Work of the Twelve - Affairs of Zion - Mr. Hewitt - The Twelve in the East - Mummies - The Twelve Again - Progress

Chapter 22
1835

General Assembly - Doctrine and Covenants - The Witnesses - The Evidence - John Whitmer on Doctrine and Covenants

Chapter 23
1835

Gathering - Historical Items - Some Depart for Zion - Redemption of Zion - The Twelve Return - Sickness - Special Prayer - S.H. Smith Fined - Trouble with William - A Prophecy Verified - Bookbindery - Council with the Twelve - Mr. Holmes - A Marriage - O. Hyde Complains - More Trouble with William - O. Hyde's Case - William's Case Again - Seventy's Council - Charges Against William Smith - Patriarchal Blessings - Council of the Twelve - Encouraging Reports

Chapter 254
Biographies

Joseph Smith the Prophet - Joseph Smith the Patriarch - Sidney Rigdon - Fredrick G. Wiliams

Chapter 25
Biographies

Lyman E. Johnson - Brigham Young - Heber C. Kimball - Orson Hyde - David W. Patten - Luke S. Johnson - William E. McLellin - John F. Boynton - Orson Pratt - William Smith - Thomas B. Marsh - Parley P. Pratt

Chapter 26
Biographies

Edward Partridge - Newel K. Whitney

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