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Revelation, 20 May 1831 [D&C 51]

54 Commandment ——
54 <Com> A Revelation given to the Bishop at Thompson Ohio  May 20th. 1831 concerning the property of the Church &c
Hearken unto me saith the lord your God & I will speak unto  my Servent Edward [Partridge] & give unto him directions for it must needs  be that he receive directions how to organize this people for it must  needs be that they are organized according to my laws if otherwise  they will be cut off wherefore let my Servent Edward receive the  properties of this People which have covenanted with me to obey  the Laws which I have given & let my Servent Edward receive  the money as it shall be laid before him according to the covenant  & go & obtain a deed or Article of this land unto himself for I  have appointed him to receive these things & thus through him  the Properties of this Church shall be covenanted unto me where fore let my Servent Edward & those whom he has chosen in  whom I am well pleased appoint unto this People their  portion every man alike according to their families according  to their wants & their needs & let my servent Edward when he  shall appoint a man his portion give unto him a writing  that shall secure unto him his portion that he shall hold it  of the Church untill he transgress & is not counted worthy by  the Church voice of the Church according to the laws to belong  to the Church & thus all things shall be made sure accord ing to the laws of the land & let that which belongeth to this  people be appointed unto this people & the money which is  left unto this people let there be an agent appointed unto  this people to take the money to provide food & raiment  according to the wants of this people & let every man deal  honestly & be alike among you this People & receive alike  that ye may be one even as I have commanded you & let that  which belongeth to this people not be taken & given unto that  of another church wherefore if another Church would receive  money of this Church let them pay unto this church again  according as they shall agree & this shall be done through the  Bishop or the agent which shall be appointed by the voice of  the church & again let the Bishop appoint a storehouse unto  this Church & let all things both in in money & in meat [p. 86]
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At a conference held 2 January 1831, church members in New York accepted the challenge to move to Ohio. The sixty-plus members of the Colesville “branch” (congregation), who lived in Broome and Chenango counties, New York, began their journey in mid-April 1831. Upon arrival in the Western Reserve, they settled as directed in the village called Thompson, on property held by Leman Copley. This revelation directed Bishop Edward Partridge to organize the settlers according to the recently dictated “Law” that governed the consecration of property to the church.
Sometime between May and June 1831, John Whitmer copied this text, addressed to the bishop at Thompson, Ohio, into Revelation Book 1, where it is designated “54 Commandment.” Sidney Gilbert also copied it into his revelation notebook, possibly in June or September 1831. The document does not appear in the 1833 Book of Commandments, although it is included in the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants with the date of May 1831.

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