Articles and Covenants, circa April 1830, as Recorded in Coltrin, Diary [D&C 20]

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The & Law of the
Jackson County Missorie—— January 12th. 1832
Copied by for Sum of the Church of Christ [p. [1]]
The rise of the in these last days being 1830 years since the coming of our lord & saveiour Jesus Christ in the flesh it being regularly organized & established agreeable to the laws of our by the will & of God in the fourth Month & on the Sixth day of the Month which is called April which commandments were given to Joseph the who was called of God & an of Jesus Christ an of the Church & also to who was also called of God an Apostle of Jesus Christ an Elder of the Church & ordained under his hand & this according to the grace of our Lord & Saveiour Jesus Christ to whom be all glory both now & for ever AMEN
For after that it was truly manifested unto this first Elder that he had received a remission of his Sins he was entangelled again in the vanities of the world but after truly repenting god ministered unto him by an Holy whose countenance was as lightning & whose garments were pure & white above all whiteness & gave unto him commandments which inspired him from on high & gave unto him power [p. [2]] by the means which was before prepa[red] that he should a Book which Book contained a Record of a fallen people & also the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the & also to the Jews proveing unto them that the are true & also that God doth inspire men & call them to his holy work in these last days as well as in days of old that he might be the same God for ever AMEN
Which Book was given by inspiration & is called the Book of Mormon & is confirmed to others by the ministering of & declared unto the world by them wherefore having so great witnesses by them shall the world be Judged even as many as shall hereafter receive this work either to faith & righteousness or to the hardness of heart in unbelief to their own condemnatio[n] for the Lord God hath spoken it for we the of the Church have heard & been witness to the words of his glorious majesty on high to whom be glory for ever & ever AMEN——
Wherefore by these things we know that there is a god in heaven who is infinite & eternal from everlasting to everlasting the same unchangable God the maker of heaven & Earth & all things that in them is & that he created man male & female & after his own image [p. [3]] And in his likeness created he them & that he gave unto the children of men a that they should love & serve him the only being that <​whom​> they should worship but by the transgression of these holy laws man became sensual & devilish & became fallen man Wherefore the almighty God gave his only begotten son as it is written in those which have been given of him that he suffered temptations but gave no heed unto them that he was crusified died & rose again the third day & that he ascended into Heaven to sit down on the right hand of the father to reign with almighty power according to the will of the father therefore as many as would believe & were in his holy name & endured in faith to the end should be saved yea even as many as were before he came in the flesh from the begining which believed in the words of the Holy Prophets which were inspired by the which truly testify of him in all things as well as those who should come after who should believe in the gifts & callings of God by the Holy ghost which beareth Record of the father & of the Son which father & Son & holy ghost is one god infinite & eternal without end Amen [p. [4]]
And we know that all men must repent & believe on the name of Jesus christ & worship the father in his name & endure in faith on his name to the end or they cannot be saved in the kingdom of God & we know that Justification through the grace of our Lord & saveiour Jesus Christ is just & true & we also know that Sanctification through the grace of our Lord & saveiour Jesus Christ is Just & true to all those who love & serve God with all their mights minds & strength but there is a posability that men may fall from grace & depart from the living God therefore let the church take heed & pray always but they fall into temptation yea & even he that is sanctified also & we know that these things are true & agreeable to the revelations of John neither adding nor diminishing to the Prophesy of his book neither to the neither to the revelations of God which Shall come hereafter by the neither by the voice of God neither by the ministering of & the Lord god hath spoken it & honour power & glory he rendered to his holy name both now & ever AMEN [p. [5]]
And again by way of to the church concerning the manner of Book of Mormon Page 576
The duty of the of & Members of the an is an Elder & it is his calling to Baptize & to other Elders Priests Teachers & Deacons & to administer the flesh & blood of Christ according to the & to teach expound exhort & to Baptize & to watch over the Church & to the Church by the & the & to take the lead of all meetings &c——
The Elders are to conduct the meetings according as they are led by the Holy Ghost——
The Priests duty is to Preach teach expound exhort & baptize & administer the & visit the house of each member & exhort them to pray vocalley & in Secret & also to attend all family duties & ordain other Priests Teachers & Deacons & take the lead in meetings but none of these offices are they to do when there is an Elder Present but in all cases are to assist the Elders &c——
The Teachers duty is to watch over the church always & be with them & [p. [6]] Strengthen them & see that there is no iniquity in the church nor hardness with each other nor lying nor back biteing nor evil Speaking & see that the Church meets together often & also that every member does his duty & he is to take the lead of Meetings in the absence of or & is to be assisted always & in all his duties in the Church by the but neither the nor the Deacons have authority to nor administer the but are to warn expound exhort & teach & invite all to come to Christ——
Every Elder Priest Teacher or Deacon is to be according to the gifts & callings of God unto him by the Power of the holy Ghost which is in the one who ordains him——
The Several Elders composing this are to meet in one in three month to church Church business whatsoever is nessessary &c & each Priest or Teacher who is ordained by any Priest is to take a cirtificate from him at the time which when shewn to an Elder he is to give him a licence which shall authorize him to perform the duty of his calling—— [p. [7]]
The Duty of the members after they are received by the or are to have a sufficient time to expound all things concerning this to their understanding previous to their partaking of the & being by the of the Elders so that all things may be done in order & the members shall manifest before the Church & also before the Elders by a Godly walk & conversation that they are worthy of it that there may be works & faith agreeable to the walking in holyness before the Lord
Every member of this Church of Christ having children is to bring them unto the Elders before the Church who is to lay their hands on them in the name of Christ the Lord & bless them in the name of Christ——
There cannot any one be received into this church of Christ who has not ariven to the before God & is not capable of repentance
And Baptism is to be administered in the following manner unto all those who repent whosoever being [p. [8]] called of God & having authority given them of Jesus Christ shall go down into the water with them & shall say calling them by name having authority given me of Jesus Christ I you in the name of the father & of the Son & of the Holy Ghost AMEN—— then shall he immerse them in the water & come forth again out of the water & it is expedient that the Church meet together often to partake of bread & wine in remembrence of the Lord Jesus & the or shall minister it & after this manner shall he do Book of Mormon Page 175
Any member of this transgressing or being over taken in a fault shall be dealt with according as the direct &c——
It shall be the duty of the Several Churches composing this church of Christ to send one or more of their to attend the several held by the Elders of this Church with a list of the names of the Several members uniting themselves to the [p. [9]] Church since the last or send by the hand of some so that there can be kept a regular list of all the names of the members of the whole Church in a book kept by one of the whomsoever the other Elders shall appoint from time to time & also if any have been expelled from the Church so that their names may be blotted out of the general Church record of names——
Any Member removeing from the Church where he belongs if going to a Church where he is not known may take a letter certifying that he is a regular member & in good standing which certificate may be signed by any Elder or Priest if the member receiving the letter is Personally acquainted with the Elder or Priest as it may be signed by the or of the Church [p. 10]