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Revelation, 7 December 1830 [D&C 35]

who believe on my name & whoso shall ask it in my name  in faith they shall cast out Devils they shall heal the sick  they shall cause the blind to receive their sight & the deaf  the to hear & the dumb to speak & the lame to walk & the time  speedily cometh that great things are to be shewn forth unto  the Children of men but without faith not any thing shall  be shewn forth except desolations upon Babylon the same  which has made all Nations drink of the wine of the wrath  of her fornication & there are none that do good except they  that are ready to receive the fulness of my Gospel which I have  sent forth to this generation Wherefore I have called upon  the weak things of the world they that are unlearned &  dispised to thresh the Nations by the Power of my spirit  & their arm shall be mine arm & I will be their shield & their  Buckler & I will gird up their loins & they shall fight manf ully for me & their enemies shall be under their feet & I will  let fall the sword in their behalf & by the fire of mine indig nation will I preserve them & the poor & the meek shall have  the Gospel preached unto them & they shall be looking forth  for the time of my coming for it is nigh at hand & they shall  learn the Parible of the figg tree for even now already sum mer is nigh & I have sent forth the fullness of the <my> Gospel  by the hand of my servent Joseph & in weakness have I blessed  him & I have given unto him the Keys of the mystery of  those things which have been sealed even things which was  from the foundation of the world & the things which shall  come from this time until the time of my coming if he  abide in me & if not another will I plant in his stead  Wherefore watch over him that his faith fail not & it shall  be given by the comforter (the Holy Ghost) Which knoweth  all things & a commandment I give unto you that thou  shalt write for him & the scriptures shall be given even as  they are in mine own bosom to the salvation of mine  own elect for th[e]y will hear my voice & shall see me &  shall not be asleep & shall abide the day of my coming  for they shall be purified even as I am pure & now I [p. 47]
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A few weeks after his baptism in fall 1830, Sidney Rigdon journeyed from Ohio to New York with Edward Partridge to visit JS, arriving in early December 1830. This revelation was directed to JS and Rigdon. The revelation acknowledged Rigdon’s previous ministerial labors in the denomination called the “Disciples of Christ” and hinted at even greater things ahead. It also appointed him to write for JS. Rigdon remained in New York at JS’s side for the next two months, until JS moved to Ohio.
John Whitmer copied this text into Revelation Book 1 as “38th Commandment AD 1830 Decm 7th” sometime between March and June 1831. David Whitmer made a copy of this revelation sometime in May or June 1831. A published version appeared in the The Telegraph (Painesville, Ohio) on 17 January 1831, as well as in the Ravenna Ohio Star on 4 January 1832. The 1833 Book of Commandments dates this revelation to December 1830 at Fayette Township, New York, as does the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants.

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