3--History--Building the Kingdom in Kirtland,1

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Building the Kingdom in  Kirtland, Ohio
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The Prophet’s Arrival in Ohio “On a cold day in  February 1831, the  Prophet Joseph Smith  and his wife, Emma, then  six months pregnant with  twins, completed the  250-mile journey from  New York to Kirtland,  Ohio.” • “The Prophet’s coming brought the word of the Lord to Kirtland,  where many essential elements of the Church were set in place.  The basic organization of Church government was revealed,  missionaries were sent abroad, the first temple was built, and  many important revelations were received. The Saints were  severely persecuted and tested to see whether they would  demonstrate faith, courage, and willingness to follow the Lord’s  anointed prophet.”
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Two Centers of Church Activity “In June of 1831, the Prophet  Joseph Smith received a  revelation directing him, Sidney  Rigdon, and 28 other elders to go  on a proselyting mission to  Missouri and there hold the next  conference of the Church (see  D&C 52). Missouri was on the  western frontier of what was then  the United States of America,  over 1,000 miles west of  Kirtland. The Lord revealed to  Joseph that in Jackson County,  Missouri, the Saints would  receive their inheritance and  establish Zion.”
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Ohio and Missouri “Between 1831 and  1838, the Church  had two centers of  population. Joseph  Smith, members of  the Council of the  Twelve, and a large  number of Saints  lived in the Kirtland,  Ohio, area, while  many other Church  members lived in  Missouri, presided  over by their  appointed priesthood  leaders.”  • “Important events were happening in  both places at the same time, and  officers of the Church traveled from  one location to the other as necessary.”
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Sacrifices of Saints in Gathering to  Ohio • “Many of the Saints  who came to Ohio  made great sacrifices.  Some were disowned  by their families;  others lost the  companionship of  former friends….Such  stalwart people  formed the foundation  for the Church’s  amazing growth and  progress.”  
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Brigham Young described how he sacrificed to respond  to the Prophet’s call to gather: “When we arrived in Kirtland [in  September 1833], if any man that ever did  gather with the Saints was any poorer than  I was—it was because he had nothing. … I  had two children to take care of—that was  all. I was a widower. ‘Brother Brigham,  had you any shoes?’ No; not a shoe to my  foot, except a pair of borrowed boots. I  had no winter clothing, except a  homemade coat that I had had three or  four years. ‘Any pantaloons?’ No. ‘What  did you do? Did you go without?’ No; I 
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