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Journal, March–September 1838

Revelation for Thomas B. Marsh • 23 July 1837

A Revelation

23 Jul. 1837

Revelation on duties of Twelve Apostles and their president, Thomas B. Marsh, Kirtland, Ohio [D&C 112].

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Now D&C 112.  


given Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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July 23rd. 1837.
The word of the Lord unto Thomas, B. Marsh

1 Nov. 1800–Jan. 1866. Farmer, hotel worker, waiter, horse groom, grocer, type foundry worker, teacher. Born at Acton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Son of James Marsh and Molly Law. Married first Elizabeth Godkin, 1 Nov. 1820, at New York City. Moved to ...

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concerning the twelve Apostles

Members of a governing body in the church, with special administrative and proselytizing responsibilities. A June 1829 revelation commanded Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer to call twelve disciples, similar to the twelve apostles in the New Testament and ...

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of the Lamb.208

As president of the Quorum of the Twelve, Marsh had expected to lead that body in a proselytizing mission to Europe. In May 1837, he and fellow apostle David W. Patten sent notice from Far West that they would convene a meeting of the Twelve in Kirtland on 24 July 1837 to restore unity among the quorum in preparation for that mission. Before Marsh arrived in Kirtland, however, JS dispatched apostles Heber C. Kimball and Orson Hyde to begin proselytizing in England. Several others of the Twelve were dissatisfied with JS’s leadership. Concerned about his divided quorum and distressed about his own role as president, Marsh asked for divine direction. This revelation for Marsh is dated the day prior to the conference that was planned for the Twelve but that was not held because of disaffection or absence of several of its members. (Esplin, “Emergence of Brigham Young,” 273–281; Esplin, “Exalt Not Yourselves,” 117–119.)  


Verily thus saith the Lord unto you my servant Thomas

1 Nov. 1800–Jan. 1866. Farmer, hotel worker, waiter, horse groom, grocer, type foundry worker, teacher. Born at Acton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Son of James Marsh and Molly Law. Married first Elizabeth Godkin, 1 Nov. 1820, at New York City. Moved to ...

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, I have heard thy prayers and thine alms have come up as a memorial before me in behalf of those thy brethren who were chosen to bear testimony of my name and to send it abroad among all nations, kindreds, tongues and people and 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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through the instrumentality of my servants.
Verily I say unto you there have been some few things in thine heart and with thee, with which I the Lord was not well pleased; nevertheless inasmuch as thou hast abased thyself thou shalt be exalted: therefore all thy sins are forgiven thee. Let thy heart be of good cheer before my face, and thou shalt bear record of my name, not only unto the Gentiles, but also unto the Jews; and thou shalt send forth my word unto the ends of the earth.
Contend thou therefore morning by morning, and day after day let thy warning voice go forth; and when the night cometh let not the inhabitants of the earth slumber because of thy speech. Let thy habitation be known in Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Jesus Christ, characterized by adherence to ideals of harmony, equality, and purity. In JS’s earliest revelations “the cause of Zion” was used to broadly describe the ...

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, and remove not thy house, for I the Lord have a great work for thee to do, in publishing my name among the children of men, therefore gird up your loins for the work. Let your feet be shod also for thou art chosen, and thy path lyeth among the mountains and among many nations, and by thy word many high ones shall be brought low; and by thy word many low ones shall be exalted, thy voice shall be a rebuke unto the transgressor, and at thy rebuke let the tongue of the slanderer cease its perverseness. Be thou humble and the Lord thy God shall lead thee by the hand and give thee an answer to thy prayers, I know thy heart and have heard thy prayers concerning thy brethren. Be not partial towards them in love above many others, but let your love be for them as for yourself, and let your love abound unto all men and unto all who love my name. And pray for your brethren of the twelve. Admonish them sharply for my name’s sake, and let them be admonished for all their sins, and be ye faithful before me unto my name; and after their temptations and much tribulation behold I the Lord will feel after them, and if they harden not their hearts and stiffen not their necks against me they shall be converted and I will heal them.
Now I say unto you, and what I say [p. 72]

Revelation for Thomas B. Marsh • 23 July 1837

George W. Robinson handwriting ends; James Mulholland begins.  


A Revelation

23 Jul. 1837

Revelation on duties of Twelve Apostles and their president, Thomas B. Marsh, Kirtland, Ohio [D&C 112].

207

Now D&C 112.  


given Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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July 23rd. 1837.
The word of the Lord unto Thomas, B. Marsh

1 Nov. 1800–Jan. 1866. Farmer, hotel worker, waiter, horse groom, grocer, type foundry worker, teacher. Born at Acton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Son of James Marsh and Molly Law. Married first Elizabeth Godkin, 1 Nov. 1820, at New York City. Moved to ...

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concerning the  twelve Apostles

Members of a governing body in the church, with special administrative and proselytizing responsibilities. A June 1829 revelation commanded Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer to call twelve disciples, similar to the twelve apostles in the New Testament and ...

View Glossary
of the Lamb.208

As president of the Quorum of the Twelve, Marsh had expected to lead that body in a proselytizing mission to Europe. In May 1837, he and fellow apostle David W. Patten sent notice from Far West that they would convene a meeting of the Twelve in Kirtland on 24 July 1837 to restore unity among the quorum in preparation for that mission. Before Marsh arrived in Kirtland, however, JS dispatched apostles Heber C. Kimball and Orson Hyde to begin proselytizing in England. Several others of the Twelve were dissatisfied with JS’s leadership. Concerned about his divided quorum and distressed about his own role as president, Marsh asked for divine direction. This revelation for Marsh is dated the day prior to the conference that was planned for the Twelve but that was not held because of disaffection or absence of several of its members. (Esplin, “Emergence of Brigham Young,” 273–281; Esplin, “Exalt Not Yourselves,” 117–119.)  


Verily thus saith the Lord  unto you my servant Thomas

1 Nov. 1800–Jan. 1866. Farmer, hotel worker, waiter, horse groom, grocer, type foundry worker, teacher. Born at Acton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Son of James Marsh and Molly Law. Married first Elizabeth Godkin, 1 Nov. 1820, at New York City. Moved to ...

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, I have heard thy prayers and thine  alms have come up as a memorial before me in behalf of those thy brethren  who were chosen to bear testimony of my name and to send it abroad  among all nations, kindreds, tongues and people and 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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through the  instrumentality of my servants.
Verily I say unto you there have been  some few things in thine heart and with thee, with which I the Lord  was not well pleased; nevertheless inasmuch as thou hast abased thyself  thou shalt be exalted: therefore all thy sins are forgiven thee. Let thy  heart be of good cheer before my face, and thou shalt bear record of  my name, not only unto the Gentiles, but also unto the Jews; and  thou shalt send forth my word unto the ends of the earth.
Contend thou  therefore morning by morning, and day after day let thy warning voice go  forth; and when the night cometh let not the inhabitants of the earth slum ber because of thy speech. Let thy habitation be known in Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Jesus Christ, characterized by adherence to ideals of harmony, equality, and purity. In JS’s earliest revelations “the cause of Zion” was used to broadly describe the ...

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, and remove  not thy house, for I the Lord have a great work for you <thee> to do, in publishing  my name among the children of men, therefore gird up your loins for the  work. Let your feet be shod also for thou art chosen, and thy path lyeth  among the mountains and among many nations, and by thy word many  high ones shall be brought low; and by thy word many low ones shall be  exalted, thy voice shall be a rebuke unto the transgressor, and at thy  rebuke let the tongue of the slanderer cease its perverseness. Be thou hum ble and the Lord thy God shall lead thee by the hand and give thee an  answer to thy prayers, I know thy heart and have heard thy prayers  concerning thy brethren. Be not partial towards them in love above  many others, but let your love be for them as for yourself, and let your  love abound unto all men and unto all who love my name. And pray  for your brethren of the twelve. Admonish them sharply for my name’s  sake, and let them be admonished for all their sins, and be ye faithful  before me unto my name; and after their temptations and much tribulation  behold I the Lord will feel after them, and if they harden not their  hearts and stiffen not their necks against me they shall be converted  and I will heal them.
Now I say unto you, and what I say [p. 72]
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JS, “The Scriptory Book—of Joseph Smith Jr.—President of The Church of Jesus Christ, of Latterday Saints In all the World,” Journal, Mar.–Sept. 1838; handwriting of George W. Robinson

14 May 1814–10 Feb. 1878. Clerk, postmaster, merchant, clothier, banker. Born at Pawlet, Rutland Co., Vermont. Baptized into LDS church and moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, by 1836. Clerk and recorder for Kirtland high council, beginning Jan. 1836. Married...

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and James Mulholland

1804–3 Nov. 1839. Born in Ireland. Baptized into LDS church. Married Sarah Scott, 8 Feb. 1838, at Far West, Caldwell Co., Missouri. Engaged in clerical work for JS, 1838, at Far West. Ordained a seventy, 28 Dec. 1838. After expulsion from Missouri, lived ...

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; sixty-nine pages; in “General,” Record Book, 1838, verso of Patriarchal Blessings, vol. 5, CHL. Includes redactions and archival marking.
JS’s “Scriptory Book” is recorded on pages 15 to 83 of a large record book entitled “General” that also includes a list of church members in Caldwell County

Located in northwest Missouri. Settled by whites, by 1831. Described as being “one-third timber and two-thirds prairie” in 1836. Created specifically for Latter-day Saints by Missouri state legislature, 29 Dec. 1836, in attempt to solve “Mormon problem.” ...

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, Missouri (pages 2–14), a copy of JS’s 16 December 1838 letter from the jail in Liberty

Located in western Missouri, thirteen miles north of Independence. Settled 1820. Clay Co. seat, 1822. Incorporated as town, May 1829. Following expulsion from Jackson Co., 1833, many Latter-day Saints found refuge in Clay Co., with church leaders and other...

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, Missouri (pages 101–108), and an aborted record partially entitled “Recor” in unidentified handwriting (page 110). The book, which measures 13 x 8¼ x 1¾ inches (33 x 21 x 4 cm), has 182 leaves of ledger paper sized 12½ x 7¾ inches (32 x 20 cm) with thirty-seven lines in blue ink per page. There are eighteen gatherings of various sizes, each of about a dozen leaves. The text block is sewn all along over three vellum tapes. The heavy pink endpapers each consist of a pastedown and two flyleaves pasted together. The text block edges are stained green. The volume has a hardbound ledger-style binding with a hollow-back spine and glued-on blue-striped cloth headbands. It is bound in brown split-calfskin leather with blind-tooled decoration around the outside border and along the turned-in edges of the leather on the inside covers. At some point the letter “G” was hand printed in ink on the front cover. The original leather cover over the spine—which appears to have been intentionally removed—may have borne a title or filing notation.
The journal is inscribed in black ink that later turned brown and is almost entirely in the handwriting of George W. Robinson

14 May 1814–10 Feb. 1878. Clerk, postmaster, merchant, clothier, banker. Born at Pawlet, Rutland Co., Vermont. Baptized into LDS church and moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, by 1836. Clerk and recorder for Kirtland high council, beginning Jan. 1836. Married...

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. James Mulholland

1804–3 Nov. 1839. Born in Ireland. Baptized into LDS church. Married Sarah Scott, 8 Feb. 1838, at Far West, Caldwell Co., Missouri. Engaged in clerical work for JS, 1838, at Far West. Ordained a seventy, 28 Dec. 1838. After expulsion from Missouri, lived ...

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’s handwriting appears in a copy of the 23 July 1837 revelation for Thomas B. Marsh

1 Nov. 1800–Jan. 1866. Farmer, hotel worker, waiter, horse groom, grocer, type foundry worker, teacher. Born at Acton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Son of James Marsh and Molly Law. Married first Elizabeth Godkin, 1 Nov. 1820, at New York City. Moved to ...

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(D&C 112) on pages 72–74. Running heads added by Robinson throughout the journal indicate the months of the entries on the page. The volume was later used in Nauvoo

Principal gathering place for Saints following expulsion from Missouri. Beginning in 1839, LDS church purchased lands in earlier settlement of Commerce and planned settlement of Commerce City, as well as surrounding areas. Served as church headquarters, 1839...

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, Illinois, as a source for JS’s multivolume manuscript history of the church. During the preparation of the history, redactions and use marks were made in graphite pencil. Redactions in graphite and ink may have been made at other times as well. In 1845, the book was turned over so that the back cover became the front and the last page became the first. This side of the book was used to record patriarchal blessings. The original spine may have been removed at this time. The spine is now labeled with a number “5”, designating its volume number in a series of books of patriarchal blessings.
The volume is listed in Nauvoo and early Utah inventories of church records, indicating continuous custody.1

Historian’s Office, “Schedule of Church Records”; “Historian’s Office Catalogue,” [2]; Historian’s Office, “Index of Records and Journals,” [12], Catalogs and Inventories, 1846–1904, CHL; JS, Journal, Mar.–Sept. 1838, microfilm, JS Collection, CHL.  


At some point, the leaf containing pages 54 and 55 was torn from the journal. This removed leaf—which is transcribed herein and contains, among other writings, the earliest extant text of an 8 July 1838 revelation for the Quorum of the Twelve (D&C 118)—was for a time kept in Revelation Book 2.2

Best, “Register of the Revelations Collection,” 19.  


It is now part of the Revelations Collection at the Church History Library.

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