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Revelation, 1 August 1831 [D&C 58]

may lay it to heart & receive that which shall follow behold verily I say unto you for this cause I have sent you that you might be obedient & that your hearts might be prepared to bear testimony of the things which are to come & also that you might be honoured of laying the foundation & of bearing record of the land upon which the Zion of God

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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shall stand & also that a feast of fat things might be prepared for the poor yea a feast of fat things of wine on the lees well refined that the earth may know that the mouths of the Prophets shall not fail yea a supper of the house of the Lord well prepared unto which all nations shall be invited firstly the rich & the learned the wise & the Noble & after that cometh the day of my Power then shall the poor the lame and the blind & the deaf come in unto the marriage of the lamb & partake of the supper of the Lord prepared for the great day to come Behold I the Lord have spoken it & that the testimony might go forth from Zion yea from the mouth of the City of the heritage of God yea for this cause I have Sent you hither & have Selected my Servent Edward [Partridge]

27 Aug. 1793–27 May 1840. Hatter. Born at Pittsfield, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of William Partridge and Jemima Bidwell. Moved to Painesville, Geauga Co., Ohio. Married Lydia Clisbee, 22 Aug. 1819, at Painesville. Initially a Universal Restorationist...

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& appointed him his mission in this land but if he repent not of his sins which is unbelief & blindness of heart let him take heed lest he fall behold his mission is given unto him & it shall not be given again & whoso standeth in that mission is appointed to be a Judge in Israel

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. JS appointed Edward Partridge as the first bishop in February 1831. Following this appointment, Partridge functioned as the local leader of the church in Missouri. Later revelations described a bishop’s duties as receiving...

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like as it was in ancient days to divide the lands of the heritage of God unto his children & to Judge his people by the testimony of the Just & by the assistance of his councillors

Initially referred to a bishop’s ecclesiastical jurisdiction, but eventually described the ecclesiastical body comprising the bishop and his assistants, or counselors. John Corrill and Isaac Morley were called as assistants to Bishop Edward Partridge in 1831...

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according to the laws of the kingdom which are given by the Prophets of God for verily I say unto you my laws shall be kept on this land let no man think that he is ruler but let god rule him that Judgeth according to the council of his own will (or in other words) him that councileth or seteth upon the Judgement Seat let no man break the laws of the land for he that keepeth the laws of God hath no need to break the laws of the land Wherefore be subject to the powers that be untill he reigns whose right it is to reign & subdues all enemies under his feet behold the laws which ye have received from my hand are the laws of the Church

Principles given to the church and its members in February 1831 revelations. In January 1831, a revelation promised the saints in New York that the law would be given after they gathered in Ohio. Once in Ohio, on 9 and 23 February 1831, JS dictated two revelations...

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& in this light ye shall hold them forth behold here is wisdom & now as I spoke concerning my [p. 95]
may lay it to heart & receive that which shall follow behold  verily I say unto you for this cause I have sent you that you might  be obedient & that your hearts might be prepared to bear testimony  of the things which are to come & also that you might be honoured  of laying the foundation & of bearing record of the land upon which  the Zion of God

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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shall stand & also that a feast of fat things might  be prepared for the poor yea a feast of fat things of wine on the  lees well refined that the earth may know that the mouths of the  Prophets shall not fail yea a supper of the house of the Lord well  prepared unto which all nations shall be invited firstly the rich  & the learned the wise & the Noble & after that cometh the day of my  Power then shall the poor the lame and the blind & the deaf come  in unto the marriage of the lamb & partake of the supper of the  Lord prepared for the great day to come Behold I the Lord have spoken  it & that the testimony might go forth from Zion yea from the  mouth of the City of the heritage of God yea for this cause I have  Sent you hither & have Selected my Servent Edward [Partridge]

27 Aug. 1793–27 May 1840. Hatter. Born at Pittsfield, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of William Partridge and Jemima Bidwell. Moved to Painesville, Geauga Co., Ohio. Married Lydia Clisbee, 22 Aug. 1819, at Painesville. Initially a Universal Restorationist...

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& appointed  him his mission in this land but if he repent not of his sins which  is unbelief & blindness of heart let him take heed lest he fall  behold his mission is given unto him & it shall not be given  again & whoso standeth in that mission is appointed to be a Judge  in Israel

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. JS appointed Edward Partridge as the first bishop in February 1831. Following this appointment, Partridge functioned as the local leader of the church in Missouri. Later revelations described a bishop’s duties as receiving...

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like as it was in ancient days to divide the lands of  the heritage of God unto his children & to Judge his people by the  testimony of the Just & by the assistance of his councillors

Initially referred to a bishop’s ecclesiastical jurisdiction, but eventually described the ecclesiastical body comprising the bishop and his assistants, or counselors. John Corrill and Isaac Morley were called as assistants to Bishop Edward Partridge in 1831...

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according  to the laws of the kingdom which are given by the Prophets of  God for verily I say unto you my laws shall be kept on this land  let no man think that he is ruler but let god rule him  that Judgeth according to the council of his own will (or in other  words) him that councileth or seteth upon the Judgement Seat  let no man break the laws of the land for he that keepeth  the laws of God hath no need to break the laws of the land  Wherefore be subject to the powers that be untill he reigns  whose right it is to reign & subdues all enemies under his feet  behold the laws which ye have received from my hand are the  laws of the Church

Principles given to the church and its members in February 1831 revelations. In January 1831, a revelation promised the saints in New York that the law would be given after they gathered in Ohio. Once in Ohio, on 9 and 23 February 1831, JS dictated two revelations...

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& in this light ye shall hold them forth  behold here is wisdom & now as I spoke concerning my [p. 95]
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A June 1831 revelation directed more than two dozen elders to make a journey from 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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to 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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, preaching along the way. They began arriving in the western part of the state the following month. About that time the first congregation of church members, sixty converts known as the Colesville

Area settled, beginning 1785. Formed from Windsor Township, Apr. 1821. Population in 1830 about 2,400. Villages within township included Harpursville, Nineveh, and Colesville. Susquehanna River ran through eastern portion of township. JS worked for Joseph...

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Branch, also arrived. Several revelations resulted from the ventures. This revelation addressed the general principles and specific procedures that were to govern the gathering. It mingled reflection on Zion’s future with direction on how to meet immediate practical needs.
John Whitmer

27 Aug. 1802–11 July 1878. Farmer, stock raiser, newspaper editor. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Member of German Reformed Church, Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, most likely in Seneca...

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copied this text, addressed to the elders assembled in Zion, into Revelation Book 1, where it is designated “61 Commandment August 1st 1831,” sometime in September 1831. The 1833 Book of Commandments designates it “A Revelation to the elders of the church assembled on the land of Zion, given August, 1831.” The 1835 Doctrine and Covenants shares the same location and dating.

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