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Revelation, 6 May 1833 [D&C 93]

——Kirtland May 6— 1833——
Verely thus saith the Lord, it shall come to  pass, that evry soul who forsaketh their sins  and cometh unto me and calleth on my  name and obeyeth my voice and keepeth  all my commandments shall see my  face and know that I am and that I  am the true light that lighteth evry  man who cometh into the world; and  that I am in the fathe[r] and the father in me  and the fathe[r] and I are one the father because  he gave me of his fulness and the son  becaus[e] I was in the world and made flesh  my tabernacle and dwelt among the sons  of men I was in the world and received of  my father, and the works of him were  plainly manifest and John saw and bear  record of the fulness of his <my> glory and the  fulness of Johns reccord is hereafter to  be reveiled and he bear reccord saying  I saw his glory that he was in the begin ing before the world was therefore in the beg[inn]ing  the word was for he was the word even the  messenger of salvation the light and the  redeemer of the world the spirit of truth  who came into the world becaus the  world was made by him and in him  was the <fife> light <Life> of men and the light  of men the worlds were made by him [p. [1]]
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Many of the early revelations focused on church government or other matters of temporal concern, and this one includes admonition to specific leaders to better oversee their families. But most of this revelation is distinctly theological in nature. The circumstances surrounding the revelation are not certain, although this text possibly illuminated doctrinal issues raised in recent sessions of Kirtland, Ohio’s school of the prophets. It also may have been prompted by JS’s revision of the New Testament, which was completed in February 1833. Regardless, this revelation was of great importance to the early church.
Frederick G. Williams copied this document, probably in May 1833. It came into the possession of Newel K. Whitney at an early date and may even be the dictation copy. Orson Hyde transcribed this text in mid-1833 into Revelation Book 2, where it appears without specific identification. John Whitmer later recorded a copy in Revelation Book 1 as “Revelation given May 6, 1833.” The 1835 Doctrine and Covenants includes this revelation with a date of May 1833 but no location.

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