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Revelation, 1 August 1831 [D&C 58]

61 Commandment August 1st. 1831
A Revelation given to the Elders

A male leader in the church generally; an ecclesiastical and priesthood office or one holding that office; a proselytizing missionary. The Book of Mormon explained that elders ordained priests and teachers and administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto...

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who were assembeled on the land of Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Jesus Christ, characterized by adherence to ideals of harmony, equality, and purity. In JS’s earliest revelations “the cause of Zion” was used to broadly describe the ...

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Directions what to do &c &c &c
Hearken oh ye Elders of my Church

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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& give ear to my word & learn of me what I will concerning you & also concerning this land unto which I have sent you for verily I say unto you blessed is he that keepeth my commandments

Generally, a divine mandate that church members were expected to obey; more specifically, a text dictated by JS in the first-person voice of Deity that served to communicate knowledge and instruction to JS and his followers. Occasionally, other inspired texts...

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whether in life or in death & he that is faithfull in tribulation the reward of the same is greater in the kingdom of heaven ye cannot behold with your natural eyes for the present time the design of your God concerning those things which shall come hereafter & the glory which shall follow after much tribulation for after much tribulation cometh the blessings Wherefore the day cometh that ye shall be crowned with much glory the hour is not yet but is nigh at hand remember this which I tell you before that you [p. 94]
61 Commandment August 1st. 1831
A Revelation given to the Elders

A male leader in the church generally; an ecclesiastical and priesthood office or one holding that office; a proselytizing missionary. The Book of Mormon explained that elders ordained priests and teachers and administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto...

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who were assembeled in on  the land of Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Jesus Christ, characterized by adherence to ideals of harmony, equality, and purity. In JS’s earliest revelations “the cause of Zion” was used to broadly describe the ...

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Directions what to do &c &c &c
Hearken oh ye Elders of my Church

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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& give ear to my word & learn of  me what I will concerning you & also concerning this land unto which I  have sent you for verily I say unto you blessed is he that keepeth my  commandments

Generally, a divine mandate that church members were expected to obey; more specifically, a text dictated by JS in the first-person voice of Deity that served to communicate knowledge and instruction to JS and his followers. Occasionally, other inspired texts...

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whether in life or in death & he that is faithfull in  tribulation the reward of the same is greater in the kingdom of  heaven ye cannot behold with your natural eyes for the present  time the design of your God concerning those things which shall come  hereafter & the glory which shall follow after much tribulation for  after much tribulation cometh the blessings Wherefore the day cometh  that ye shall be crowned with much glory the hour is not yet but  is nigh at hand remember this which I tell you before that you [p. 94]
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A June 1831 revelation directed more than two dozen elders to make a journey from Ohio

French explored area, 1669. British took possession following French and Indian War, 1763. Ceded to U.S., 1783. First permanent white settlement established, 1788. Northeastern portion maintained as part of Connecticut, 1786, and called Connecticut Western...

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to Missouri

Area acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803, and established as territory, 1812. Missouri Compromise, 1820, admitted Missouri as slave state, 1821. Population in 1830 about 140,000; in 1836 about 240,000; and in 1840 about 380,000. Mormon missionaries...

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, preaching along the way. They began arriving in the western part of the state the following month. About that time the first congregation of church members, sixty converts known as the Colesville

Area settled, beginning 1785. Formed from Windsor Township, Apr. 1821. Population in 1830 about 2,400. Villages within township included Harpursville, Nineveh, and Colesville. Susquehanna River ran through eastern portion of township. JS worked for Joseph...

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Branch, also arrived. Several revelations resulted from the ventures. This revelation addressed the general principles and specific procedures that were to govern the gathering. It mingled reflection on Zion’s future with direction on how to meet immediate practical needs.
John Whitmer

27 Aug. 1802–11 July 1878. Farmer, stock raiser, newspaper editor. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Member of German Reformed Church, Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, most likely in Seneca...

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copied this text, addressed to the elders assembled in Zion, into Revelation Book 1, where it is designated “61 Commandment August 1st 1831,” sometime in September 1831. The 1833 Book of Commandments designates it “A Revelation to the elders of the church assembled on the land of Zion, given August, 1831.” The 1835 Doctrine and Covenants shares the same location and dating.

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