Revelation, 22 June 1834 [D&C 105]

may be prepared, and that my people may be taught more  perfectly, and have experience, and know more perfectly con cerning their duty and the things which I require at their  hands. And this cannot be brought to pass until mine  elders

A male leader in the church generally; an ecclesiastical and priesthood office or one holding that office; a proselytizing missionary. The Book of Mormon explained that elders ordained priests and teachers and administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto...

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are endowed with power from on high; for, behold, I  have prepared a greater endowment

The terms endow, endowed, and endowment—as well as endued and enduement—were used to describe the bestowal of spiritual blessings upon the Latter-day Saints. In common usage, these terms meant essentially the same thing: to clothe, to put on, to furnish, ...

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and blessing to be boured [poured]  out upon them, inasmuch as they are faithful, and contrite, <continue>  in humility before me. Therefore, it is expedient in me that  mine elders should wait <for> a little season for the redemption of  Zion

The name of the spring 1834 military expedition from Kirtland, Ohio, to Clay County, Missouri. It later came to be known as “Zion’s Camp.” This relief expedition, appointed by revelation and led by JS, consisted of about two hundred armed but largely untrained...

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; for behold, I do not require at their hands to fight the bat tles of Zion; for as I have said in a former commandment, even so  I will fulfil: I will fight your battles. Behold, the destroyer I have  <already> sent forth to lay waste and destroy and lay waste mine enemies, and not  many years hence they shall not be left to pollute mine heritage, and to blas pheme my name upon the lands which I have consecrated

The dedicating of money, lands, goods, or one’s own life for sacred purposes. Both the New Testament and Book of Mormon referred to some groups having “all things common” economically; the Book of Mormon also referred to individuals who consecrated or dedicated...

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for the gath ering

As directed by early revelations, church members “gathered” in communities. A revelation dated September 1830, for instance, instructed elders “to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect” who would “be gathered in unto one place, upon the face of this land...

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together of my saints. Behold, I have commanded

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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my servant Joseph to  say to the strength of my house, even my warriors, my young men and  middleaged, to gether together for the redemption of my people, and  throw down the towers of mine enemies, and scatter their watch men; but the strength of mine house has not hearkened unto  my words: but inasmuch as there are those that have hear kened unto my word I have prepared a blessing and an endow ment for them I have heard their prayers, and will accept  their offering. And it is expedient in me that they should be  brought thus far for a trial of their faith.
And now, verily I say unto you, a commandment I give unto  you, that as many as have come up hither that can stay in the regions  round about, let them stay, and those who cannot stay, <who> for a  little season who have families in the east, let them tarry for  a little season, inasmuch as my servant Joseph shall appoint  unto them; for I will counsel him concerning this matter, and all  things whatsoever he shall appoint unto them, shall be fulfilled.  And let all may [my] people who dwell in the regions round about be  very faithful, and prayerful, and humble before me, and reveal [p. 98]
Revelation, Fishing River, MO, 22 June 1834; handwriting of Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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; in Revelation Book 2, pp. 97–100; Revelations Collection, CHL.