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Revelation, 7 March 1832 [D&C 80]

Hiram

Area settled by immigrants from Pennsylvania and New England, ca. 1802. Located in northeastern Ohio about twenty-five miles southeast of Kirtland. Population in 1830 about 500. Population in 1840 about 1,100. JS lived in township at home of John and Alice...

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Portage County Ohio March 7th 18321

It is unknown whether this heading appeared in the original manuscript; JS may have added it when he copied the revelation into Revelation Book 2.  


Verily thus saith the Lord unto you my sevent servant Stephen Burnett

15 Dec. 1813–14 Feb. 1885. Farmer, tavernkeeper, patent medicine salesman, nurseryman. Born in Trumbull Co., Ohio. Son of Serenus Burnett and Jane Burnes (Burnside). Moved to Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1815. Baptized into LDS church by John Murdock, 21 Nov. 1830...

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go ye go ye into the world & preach the Gospel to every creature2

See Mark 16:15; Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 537 [Mormon 9:22]; Revelation, June 1829–B [D&C 18:28]; and Revelation, 1 Nov. 1831–A [D&C 68:8].  


that cometh under the Sound of your voice and inasmuch as you desire a companion I will give unto you my servant Eden Smith

1806–7 Dec. 1851. Laborer. Born in Indiana. Son of John Smith. Baptized into LDS church. Served mission to Ohio, Dec. 1831, 1832. Married first Elizabeth. Rebaptized into LDS church by William E. McLellin, 27 Aug. 1834, in Eugene, Vermillion Co., Indiana....

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therefore go ye and preach my gospel whither to the North or to the South, to the East or to the west it mattereth not for you cannot go amiss therefore declare the things [p. 18]

JS handwriting begins.  


Hiram

Area settled by immigrants from Pennsylvania and New England, ca. 1802. Located in northeastern Ohio about twenty-five miles southeast of Kirtland. Population in 1830 about 500. Population in 1840 about 1,100. JS lived in township at home of John and Alice...

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Portage County Ohio March 7th 18321

It is unknown whether this heading appeared in the original manuscript; JS may have added it when he copied the revelation into Revelation Book 2.  


Verily thus saith the Lord u[n]to you my sevent [servant] Step hen [Burnett]

15 Dec. 1813–14 Feb. 1885. Farmer, tavernkeeper, patent medicine salesman, nurseryman. Born in Trumbull Co., Ohio. Son of Serenus Burnett and Jane Burnes (Burnside). Moved to Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1815. Baptized into LDS church by John Murdock, 21 Nov. 1830...

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go ye go ye into the world & preach the Gospel to  every creature2

See Mark 16:15; Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 537 [Mormon 9:22]; Revelation, June 1829–B [D&C 18:28]; and Revelation, 1 Nov. 1831–A [D&C 68:8].  


that cometh under the Sound of your voice  

JS handwriting ends; Frederick G. Williams begins.  


and inasmuch as you desire a companion I will give  unto you my servant Eden Smith

1806–7 Dec. 1851. Laborer. Born in Indiana. Son of John Smith. Baptized into LDS church. Served mission to Ohio, Dec. 1831, 1832. Married first Elizabeth. Rebaptized into LDS church by William E. McLellin, 27 Aug. 1834, in Eugene, Vermillion Co., Indiana....

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therefore go ye  and preach my gospel whither to the North or to the  South, to the East or to the west it mattereth not  for you cannot go amiss therefore declare the things [p. 18]
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The index to Revelation Book 2, which Frederick G. Williams

28 Oct. 1787–10 Oct. 1842. Ship’s pilot, teacher, physician, justice of the peace. Born at Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of William Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. Moved to Newburg, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1799. Practiced Thomsonian botanical system...

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was keeping in Ohio

French explored area, 1669. British took possession following French and Indian War, 1763. Ceded to U.S., 1783. First permanent white settlement established, 1788. Northeastern portion maintained as part of Connecticut, 1786, and called Connecticut Western...

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in March 1832, identifies the subject of this 7 March 1832 revelation as Stephen Burnett

15 Dec. 1813–14 Feb. 1885. Farmer, tavernkeeper, patent medicine salesman, nurseryman. Born in Trumbull Co., Ohio. Son of Serenus Burnett and Jane Burnes (Burnside). Moved to Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1815. Baptized into LDS church by John Murdock, 21 Nov. 1830...

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Revelation Book 2, Index, [1]. The surname “Burnett” was added in the text of the revelation when it was recorded in Revelation Book 1 by John Whitmer. (Revelation Book 1, p. 147.)  


At age seventeen, Burnett was ordained

The conferral of power and authority; to appoint, decree, or set apart. Church members, primarily adults, were ordained to ecclesiastical offices and other responsibilities by the laying on of hands by those with the proper authority. Ordinations to priesthood...

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to the high priesthood

The authority and power held by certain officers in the church. The Book of Mormon referred to the high priesthood as God’s “holy order, which was after the order of his Son,” and indicated that Melchizedek, a biblical figure, was a high priest “after this...

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at the October 1831 conference

A meeting where ecclesiastical officers and other church members could conduct church business. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church directed the elders to hold conferences to perform “Church business.” The first of these conferences was held on 9 June...

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held in Orange

Located about five miles south of Kirtland Township. Area settled, 1815. Organized 1820. Population in 1830 about 300. Population in 1838 about 800. Sixty-five Latter-day Saints lived in township, by Nov. 1830. Joseph and Julia Murdock, twins adopted by JS...

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, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.2 Three months later, at the 25 January 1832 conference in Amherst

Located in northeastern Ohio on southern shore of Lake Erie. Area settled, ca. 1810. County organized, 1824. Formed from Black River Township, Dec. 1829. Population in 1830 about 600. Population in 1840 about 1,200. Parley P. Pratt settled in township, Dec...

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, Ohio, JS dictated a revelation appointing Burnett to travel and preach with Ruggles Eames, though it is not known if Burnett and Eames fulfilled that assignment.3 This 7 March revelation appointed Burnett to travel and preach again, this time with Eden Smith

1806–7 Dec. 1851. Laborer. Born in Indiana. Son of John Smith. Baptized into LDS church. Served mission to Ohio, Dec. 1831, 1832. Married first Elizabeth. Rebaptized into LDS church by William E. McLellin, 27 Aug. 1834, in Eugene, Vermillion Co., Indiana....

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. However, the two did not preach together until August 1832 because Eden Smith became sick on 7 March and remained ill “for sometime.”4

Eden Smith, Journal, 7 Mar. 1832; John Smith, Diary, 24–26.  


Instead, two weeks after this revelation was dictated, Burnett began his mission with John Smith, Eden’s father.
The revelation was probably originally inscribed by Sidney Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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, Jesse Gause

Ca. 1784–ca. Sept. 1836. Schoolteacher. Born at East Marlborough, Chester Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Gause (Goss) and Mary Beverly. Joined Society of Friends (Quakers), 1806. Moved to Fayette Co., Pennsylvania, 1808; to Chester Co., 1811; and to Wilmington...

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, or Frederick G. Williams

28 Oct. 1787–10 Oct. 1842. Ship’s pilot, teacher, physician, justice of the peace. Born at Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of William Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. Moved to Newburg, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1799. Practiced Thomsonian botanical system...

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, who served as scribes to JS in 1832.5

See Scribal Directory, in JSP, MRB:683–684; Jennings, “Consequential Counselor,” 183; and Faulring et al., Joseph Smith’s New Translation of the Bible, 46–48.  


JS and Williams copied the revelation into Revelation Book 2, probably sometime before JS departed for Missouri

Area acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803, and established as territory, 1812. Missouri Compromise, 1820, admitted Missouri as slave state, 1821. Population in 1830 about 140,000; in 1836 about 240,000; and in 1840 about 380,000. Mormon missionaries...

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on 1 April. The date on this copy of the revelation is 7 March 1832, written in JS’s handwriting. The copy of the revelation in Revelation Book 1, made sometime after April 1832, bears the date 17 March. However, the ink flow of the “1” is heavier than that of the surrounding text, suggesting that it was inserted at a later time.6

Revelation Book 1, p. 147.  


When the revelation was published, the date was given as March 1832 and the revelation followed a 12 March revelation.7

Doctrine and Covenants 77, 1835 ed., and Doctrine and Covenants 78, 1844 ed.; “History of Joseph Smith,” Times and Seasons, 15 Aug. 1844, 5:608–609.  


Because JS originally inscribed the date of 7 March on the copy in Revelation Book 2 so close to the time of the original inscription, that date is probably correct.

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