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Revelation, 1 December 1831 [D&C 71]

Hiram

Area settled by immigrants from Pennsylvania and New England, ca. 1802. Located in northeastern Ohio about twenty-five miles southeast of Kirtland. Population in 1830 about 500. Population in 1840 about 1,100. JS lived in township at home of John and Alice...

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Portage county Ohio Dec. 1– 1831
Behold thus saith the Lord unto you my Servents that the time has verily come that it is necessary and expedient in me that you should open your mouths in proclaiming my gospel the things of the kingdom expounding the misteries thereof out of the Schriptures according to that portion of spirit and power which shall be given unto you even as I will verily I say unto you proclaim unto the world in the regions round about and in the 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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also for the space of a season even untill it shall be made known unto you verily this is a mission for a season which I give unto you wherefore labour ye in my vinyard call upon the inhabitants of the earth and bear record and prepare the way for the 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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and the revelations which are to come Now behold this is wisdom whoso readeth let him understand and receive also for unto him who receiveth it shall be given more abundantly even power wherefore confound your enemies Call upon them to meet you both in publick and in private and inasmuch as ye are faithfull their shame shall be made manifest wherefore let them bring forth their strong reasons against the Lord verily thus saith the Lord unto you there is no weapon that is formed against you shall prosper and if any man lift his voice against you he shall be confounded in mine own due time wherefore keep these commandments for they are true and faithfull even so amen [rest of page 3 blank] [p. [3]]
Hiram

Area settled by immigrants from Pennsylvania and New England, ca. 1802. Located in northeastern Ohio about twenty-five miles southeast of Kirtland. Population in 1830 about 500. Population in 1840 about 1,100. JS lived in township at home of John and Alice...

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Portage county Ohio Dec. 1– 1831
Behold this thus saith the Lord unto you my Servents that the  time has verily come that it is necessary and expedient in me  that you should open your mouths in proclaiming my gospel  the things of the kingdom expounding the misteries thereof out of  the Schriptures according to that portion of spirit and power which  shall be given unto you even as I will verily I say unto you  proclaim unto the world in the regions round about and in the  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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also for the space of a season even untill it shall  be made known unto you verily this is a mission for a season  which I give unto you wherefore labour ye in my vinyard call  upon the inhabitants of the earth and bear record and prepare the  way for the revelations 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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and <the> revelations which  are to come Now behold this is wisdom whoso readeth let  him understand and receive also for unto him who receiveth  it shall be given more abundantly even power wherefore  confound your enemies Call upon them to meet you <both in> at publi ck both in publick and in private and inasmuch as ye are  faithfull their shame shall be made manifest wherefore  let them bring forth their strong reasons against the Lord  verily thus saith the Lord unto you there is no weapon  that <is> formed against you shall prosper and if any man lift  his voice against you he shall be confounded in mine  own due time wherefore keep these commandments for  they are true and faithfull even so amen [rest of page 3 blank] [p. [3]]
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A Methodist minister of some local prominence before joining the Mormons in 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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, Ezra Booth

14 Feb. 1792–before 12 Jan. 1873. Farmer, minister. Born in Newtown, Fairfield Co., Connecticut. Admitted on trial to Methodist ministry, 4 Sept. 1816, and stationed in the Ohio District in Beaver, Pike Co. Admitted into full connection and elected a deacon...

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left the church in 1831. Ira Eddy, his former ministerial colleague, asked him to write a series of letters explaining his decision to break with JS. The Ohio Star of Ravenna, Ohio, published the letters, later carried by four other Ohio papers. In response, a revelation directed JS and Sidney Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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to counter Booth’s negative claims by actively declaring the gospel.
Sidney Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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inscribed this document soon after its reception on 1 December 1831 at Hiram

Area settled by immigrants from Pennsylvania and New England, ca. 1802. Located in northeastern Ohio about twenty-five miles southeast of Kirtland. Population in 1830 about 500. Population in 1840 about 1,100. JS lived in township at home of John and Alice...

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, Ohio. 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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made a copy in Revelation Book 1, where it is designated “82 A Revelation to Joseph & Sidney given Hiram Portage County Ohio Decm. 1, 1831.” Frederick G. Williams

28 Oct. 1787–10 Oct. 1842. Ship’s pilot, teacher, physician, justice of the peace. Born at Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of William Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. Moved to Newburg, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1799. Practiced Thomsonian botanical system...

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copied the text into Revelation Book 2 in March 1832. The 1835 Doctrine and Covenants gives the date of December 1831 without reference to the location.

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