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Revelation, 1 August 1831 [D&C 58]

accomplish the residue of the work which I have appointed unto  them in their own land & the residue as shall be ruled by  the conference & let no man return from this land except he  bear record by the way of that which he knows & most assuredly  believes let that which has been bestowed upon Ziba [Peterson] be taken  from him & let him stand as a member in the Church & labour  with his own hands with the brethren untill he is sufficiently  chastened for all his sins for he confeseth them not & he think eth to hide them let the residue of the Elders of this church which  are coming to this land some of whom are exceedingly blessed  even above measure also hold a conference which shall be  held by them & let them also return preaching the gospel by  the way bearing record of the things which are revealed unto  them for verily the sound must go forth from this place  into all the world & unto the uttermost parts of the Earth the  gospel must be preached unto every creature with signs  following them that believe & behold the son of man cometh  Amen [p. 98]
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A June 1831 revelation directed more than two dozen elders to make a journey from Ohio to Missouri, 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 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 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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