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Revelation, 16 and 17 December 1833 [D&C 101]

Verily I say unto you concerning your breth ren who have been afflicted and persecuted  and cast out from the Land of their inheriten[ces]  I the Lord have suffered the affliction to come  upon them wherewith they have been afflicted  in consequence of their transgressions yet I  will own them and they shall be mine in that  day when I shall come to make up my jewels  Therefore they must needs be chastened and  tried even as Abraham who was comman ded to offer up his only son for all those  who will not endure chastening but deny me  cannot be sanctified Behold I say unto you  there were jar[r]ings and contentions envyings  and strifes and lustful and covetous desires  among them Therefore by these things they  poluted their inheritances they were also  slow to hearken unto the voice of the Lord  their God Therefore the Lord their God  is slow to hearken unto their prayers to  answer them in the day of their trouble  In the day of their peace they esteemed  lightly my council but in the day of their  trouble of necessity they feel after me  Verely I say unto you notwithstanding  their sins my bowels are filled with compas sion towards them I will not utterly cast  them off and in the day of wrath I will  remember mercy I have sworn and the  decree hath gone forth by a former com mandment which I have given unto  you that I would let fall the sword  of mine indignation in the behalf  of my people and even as I have said [p. 73]
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This revelation, dictated in the aftermath of the violent expulsion of church members from Jackson County, Missouri, provided direction on a variety of questions and concerns raised by those events. Along with explaining the cause of the displacement, it discussed the future of Zion and counseled the Missouri church not to sell Jackson County lands but to petition the government for redress.
Frederick G. Williams recorded this text in Revelation Book 2, without a preface or conclusion. John Whitmer entered the text into Revelation Book 1. A broadside, printed no later than 19 January 1834, also included the revelation. The Painesville (Ohio) Telegraph published a version as “A Scrap of Mormonism” in the 24 January 1834 edition. The 1835 Doctrine and Covenants includes this revelation with a date of December 1833.

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