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 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] & 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 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 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 & in this light ye shall hold them forth  behold here is wisdom & now as I spoke concerning my [p. 95]
A June 1831 revelation directed more than two dozen elders to make a journey from Ohio to Missouri, 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 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 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.