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“Explanation of the Plat of the City of Zion,” circa 25 June 1833

“Explanation of the Plat of the City of Zion,” circa 25 June 1833

for the Presidency of the high Priesthood after  the order of Aaron a standard for the people  Nos 19-20-21 House of the Lord the law of the  Kingdom of heaven and Messinger to the people  for the high Priesthood after the order of  Aaron Nos-16-17-18 house of the Lord  for the teachers in Zion Messinger to the  Church Nos 13-14-15 house of the Lord  for the Deacons in Zion helps in governm ent underneath must be writen on  each house holiness to the Lord
The scale of the plot is 40 perches  to the inch [p. 41]
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In summer 1831, Jackson County, in western Missouri, was identified as the site of Zion. By mid-1833, more than a thousand church members had relocated to Jackson County. In late June the presidency of the high priesthood in Kirtland, Ohio, sent church leaders in Missouri a city plat for Zion, drawn by Frederick G. Williams. A written explanation in the margins described the configuration of the plat or pattern. The plat was revised in August.
Before mailing the original plat, Williams transcribed the explanatory text into Letterbook 1. In the process he made several textual changes and corrections. The original drawing is now incomplete, with edges missing that included text. This transcription is drawn from the text in Letterbook 1, which is more complete. JS and Williams began the letterbook to record JS’s history and also as a letter registry.

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