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Revelation, 1 August 1831 [D&C 58]

accomplish the residue of the work which I have appointed unto them in their own land48

JS was previously appointed to work on a revision of the Bible, for which Rigdon was serving as scribe. Before beginning his mission to the Lamanites in 1830, Cowdery served as JS’s scribe. He had also been appointed second elder in the church. (Revelation, 7 Dec. 1830 [D&C 35:20]; Revelation, 6 Apr. 1830 [D&C 21:10–11]; JS History, ca. Summer 1832; Oliver Cowdery, Norton, OH, to William W. Phelps, 7 Sept. 1834, LDS Messenger and Advocate, Oct. 1834, 1:14–15; Bushman, Rough Stone Rolling, 69–76.)  


& the residue as shall be ruled by the 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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Minutes of the conference held on 4 August contain no specific instructions on JS, Rigdon, and Cowdery’s work. (Minutes, 4 Aug. 1831.)  


& let no man return from this land except he bear record by the way of that which he knows & most assuredly believes let that which has been bestowed upon50

The Howe copy has “given to” instead of “bestowed upon.”  


Ziba Peterson

Ca. 1810–1849. Teacher, farmer, law officer. Born in New York. Lived in Macedon, Wayne Co., New York, ca. 1830. Baptized into LDS church. Ordained an elder, by 9 June 1830. Served mission to Ohio and Missouri, 1830–1831. Stripped of office of elder, Aug. ...

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be taken from him & let him stand as a member in the Church & labour with his own hands with the brethren untill he is sufficiently chastened for all his sins for he confeseth them not & he thinketh to hide them51

Peterson had traveled to Missouri with Oliver Cowdery, Peter Whitmer Jr., Parley P. Pratt, and Frederick G. Williams. Ezra Booth wrote that Whitmer and Williams had informed him that Peterson was guilty of conduct “on a parallel” with a man who “enters into a matrimonial contract with a young lady, and obtains the consent of her parents; but as soon as his back is turned upon her, he violates his engagements, and prostitutes his honor by becoming the gallant of another, and resolves in his heart, and expresses resolutions to marry her.” Peterson confessed his transgression at the 4 August conference, and a week later married Rebecca Hopper of Lafayette County, Missouri. (Revelation, Oct. 1830–A [D&C 32:3]; Ezra Booth, “Mormonism—No. VII,” Ohio Star [Ravenna], 24 Nov. 1831, [1]; “Mormonism—Nos. VIII–IX,” Ohio Star, 8 Dec. 1831, [1], italics in original; Minutes, 4 Aug. 1831; Lafayette Co., MO, Marriage Records, 1821–1873, vol. B, p. 21, microfilm, 959,414, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL.)  


let the residue of the Elders

A male leader in the church generally; an ecclesiastical and priesthood office or one holding that office; a proselytizing missionary. The Book of Mormon explained that elders ordained priests and teachers and administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto...

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of this church

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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which are coming to this land52

Most of those commanded in the June 1831 revelation to go to Missouri had not yet arrived in Independence at this time. Several men, including Samuel Smith, Reynolds Cahoon, John Corrill, John Murdock, Hyrum Smith, Lyman Wight, David Whitmer, and Harvey Whitlock, arrived later in August. Some, including Levi Hancock and Zebedee Coltrin, did not arrive until October or November. (Covenant of Oliver Cowdery and Others, 17 Oct. 1830; Pratt, Autobiography, chaps. 7–8; Murdock, Journal, Aug. 1831; Minutes, 4 Aug. 1831; “Autobiography of Levi Ward Hancock,” ca. 1896, 37, 40; Edward Partridge, Independence, MO, to Lydia Clisbee Partridge, 5–7 Aug. 1831, Edward Partridge, Letters, 1831–1835, CHL.)  


some of whom are exceedingly blessed even above measure53

The Howe copy omits “even above measure.”  


also hold a conference54

In the copy of this revelation in Revelation Book 1, Rigdon inserted here the line “upon this land: and let my Servent Edw. direct the conference.” Rigdon’s insertion may have restored a line from the original revelation inadvertently omitted by copyist John Whitmer when his eye skipped from the end of the phrase “hold a conference” to the end of the phrase “direct the conference.” However, the Howe copy of the revelation does not include the line either. This conference was apparently held on 24 August 1831. (McLellin, Journal, 24 Aug. 1831.)  


which shall be held by them & let them also return preaching the gospel by the way bearing record of the things which are revealed unto them for verily the sound must go forth from this place into all the world & unto the uttermost parts of the Earth the gospel must be preached unto every creature with signs following them that believe55

See Mark 16:15, 17; and Acts 1:8.  


& behold the son of man cometh56

Regarding the closing words of this revelation, Ezra Booth wrote, “The Elders of the Church, by commandment given in Missouri, and of which I was both an eye and ear witness, are to go forth to preach Mormonism to every creature; and now, said Mr. Rigdon—‘The Lord has set us our stint; no matter how soon we perform it—for when this is done, he will make his second appearance.’” (Ezra Booth, Nelson, OH, to Ira Eddy, 12 Sept. 1831, in Ohio Star[Ravenna], 13 Oct. 1831, [3], italics in original.)  


Amen [p. 98]
accomplish the residue of the work which I have appointed unto  them in their own land48

JS was previously appointed to work on a revision of the Bible, for which Rigdon was serving as scribe. Before beginning his mission to the Lamanites in 1830, Cowdery served as JS’s scribe. He had also been appointed second elder in the church. (Revelation, 7 Dec. 1830 [D&C 35:20]; Revelation, 6 Apr. 1830 [D&C 21:10–11]; JS History, ca. Summer 1832; Oliver Cowdery, Norton, OH, to William W. Phelps, 7 Sept. 1834, LDS Messenger and Advocate, Oct. 1834, 1:14–15; Bushman, Rough Stone Rolling, 69–76.)  


& the residue as shall be ruled by  the 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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Minutes of the conference held on 4 August contain no specific instructions on JS, Rigdon, and Cowdery’s work. (Minutes, 4 Aug. 1831.)  


& let no man return from this land except he  bear record by the way of that which he knows & most assuredly  believes let that which has been bestowed upon50

The Howe copy has “given to” instead of “bestowed upon.”  


Ziba [Peterson]

Ca. 1810–1849. Teacher, farmer, law officer. Born in New York. Lived in Macedon, Wayne Co., New York, ca. 1830. Baptized into LDS church. Ordained an elder, by 9 June 1830. Served mission to Ohio and Missouri, 1830–1831. Stripped of office of elder, Aug. ...

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be taken  from him & let him stand as a member in the Church & labour  with his own hands with the brethren untill he is sufficiently  chastened for all his sins for he confeseth them not & he think eth to hide them51

Peterson had traveled to Missouri with Oliver Cowdery, Peter Whitmer Jr., Parley P. Pratt, and Frederick G. Williams. Ezra Booth wrote that Whitmer and Williams had informed him that Peterson was guilty of conduct “on a parallel” with a man who “enters into a matrimonial contract with a young lady, and obtains the consent of her parents; but as soon as his back is turned upon her, he violates his engagements, and prostitutes his honor by becoming the gallant of another, and resolves in his heart, and expresses resolutions to marry her.” Peterson confessed his transgression at the 4 August conference, and a week later married Rebecca Hopper of Lafayette County, Missouri. (Revelation, Oct. 1830–A [D&C 32:3]; Ezra Booth, “Mormonism—No. VII,” Ohio Star [Ravenna], 24 Nov. 1831, [1]; “Mormonism—Nos. VIII–IX,” Ohio Star, 8 Dec. 1831, [1], italics in original; Minutes, 4 Aug. 1831; Lafayette Co., MO, Marriage Records, 1821–1873, vol. B, p. 21, microfilm, 959,414, U.S. and Canada Record Collection, FHL.)  


let the residue of the Elders

A male leader in the church generally; an ecclesiastical and priesthood office or one holding that office; a proselytizing missionary. The Book of Mormon explained that elders ordained priests and teachers and administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto...

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of this church

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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which  are coming to this land52

Most of those commanded in the June 1831 revelation to go to Missouri had not yet arrived in Independence at this time. Several men, including Samuel Smith, Reynolds Cahoon, John Corrill, John Murdock, Hyrum Smith, Lyman Wight, David Whitmer, and Harvey Whitlock, arrived later in August. Some, including Levi Hancock and Zebedee Coltrin, did not arrive until October or November. (Covenant of Oliver Cowdery and Others, 17 Oct. 1830; Pratt, Autobiography, chaps. 7–8; Murdock, Journal, Aug. 1831; Minutes, 4 Aug. 1831; “Autobiography of Levi Ward Hancock,” ca. 1896, 37, 40; Edward Partridge, Independence, MO, to Lydia Clisbee Partridge, 5–7 Aug. 1831, Edward Partridge, Letters, 1831–1835, CHL.)  


some of whom are exceedingly blessed  even above measure53

The Howe copy omits “even above measure.”  


also hold a conference54

In the copy of this revelation in Revelation Book 1, Rigdon inserted here the line “upon this land: and let my Servent Edw. direct the conference.” Rigdon’s insertion may have restored a line from the original revelation inadvertently omitted by copyist John Whitmer when his eye skipped from the end of the phrase “hold a conference” to the end of the phrase “direct the conference.” However, the Howe copy of the revelation does not include the line either. This conference was apparently held on 24 August 1831. (McLellin, Journal, 24 Aug. 1831.)  


which shall be  held by them & let them also return preaching the gospel by  the way bearing record of the things which are revealed unto  them for verily the sound must go forth from this place  into all the world & unto the uttermost parts of the Earth the  gospel must be preached unto every creature with signs  following them that believe55

See Mark 16:15, 17; and Acts 1:8.  


& behold the son of man cometh56

Regarding the closing words of this revelation, Ezra Booth wrote, “The Elders of the Church, by commandment given in Missouri, and of which I was both an eye and ear witness, are to go forth to preach Mormonism to every creature; and now, said Mr. Rigdon—‘The Lord has set us our stint; no matter how soon we perform it—for when this is done, he will make his second appearance.’” (Ezra Booth, Nelson, OH, to Ira Eddy, 12 Sept. 1831, in Ohio Star[Ravenna], 13 Oct. 1831, [3], italics in original.)  


 Amen [p. 98]
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Settled at Fort Osage, 1808. County created, 16 Feb. 1825; organized 1826. Named after U.S. president Andrew Jackson. Featured fertile lands along Missouri River and was Santa Fe Trail departure point, which attracted immigrants to area. Area of county reduced...

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, MO], 1 Aug. 1831. Featured version, titled “61 Commandment August 1st. 1831,” copied [ca. Sept. 1831] in Revelation Book 1, pp. 94–98; handwriting of John Whitmer

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; CHL. Includes redactions. For more complete source information, see the source note for Revelation Book 1.

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