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Revelation, 11 September 1831 [D&C 64]

67 Revelation Kirtland Sept 11th. 1831
Directions to the Elders &c &c
Behold thus saith the Lord your God unto you O ye Elders [p. 108]
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This revelation, dated two weeks after JS’s return to Kirtland, Ohio, from Jackson County, Missouri, advanced the cause of gathering to Zion for church members. It also warned members against faultfinding and encouraged the spirit of forgiveness among them.
The revelation clarified that Kirtland would remain a church stronghold for five years and that the gathering to Zion was to be gradual and orderly. Lest church members might misconstrue the revelation’s intent, however, it concluded with a ringing affirmation of Zion’s future glory.
In September 1831, John Whitmer copied this text, addressed simply to the elders, into Revelation Book 1, where it is designated “67 Revelation Kirtland Sept 11th 1831.” Sidney Gilbert and Whitmer both made copies in September 1831. Orson Hyde included it in his revelation notebook, recording it around January 1832. The 1833 Book of Commandments contains a partial text and dates the revelation to September 1831 at Kirtland, Ohio. The 1835 Doctrine and Covenants includes a complete text with the same date and location.

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