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Revelation, 1 August 1831 [D&C 58]

61 Commandment August 1st. 1831
A Revelation given to the Elders who were assembeled in on  the land of Zion Directions what to do &c &c &c
Hearken oh ye Elders of my Church & give ear to my word & learn of  me what I will concerning you & also concerning this land unto which I  have sent you for verily I say unto you blessed is he that keepeth my  commandments whether in life or in death & he that is faithfull in  tribulation the reward of the same is greater in the kingdom of  heaven ye cannot behold with your natural eyes for the present  time the design of your God concerning those things which shall come  hereafter & the glory which shall follow after much tribulation for  after much tribulation cometh the blessings Wherefore the day cometh  that ye shall be crowned with much glory the hour is not yet but  is nigh at hand remember this which I tell you before that you [p. 94]
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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.

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