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Revelation, 1 December 1831 [D&C 71]

Hiram

Area settled by immigrants from Pennsylvania and New England, ca. 1802. Located in northeastern Ohio about twenty-five miles southeast of Kirtland. Population in 1830 about 500. Population in 1840 about 1,100. JS lived in township at home of John and Alice...

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Portage county Ohio Dec. 1— 1831
Behold thus saith the Lord unto you my Servents that the time has verily come that it is necessary and expedient in me that you should open your mouths in proclaiming my gospel1

See Revelation, Sept. 1830–D [D&C 30:5]. An August 1831 revelation declared that the Lord was not pleased with those who “will not open their mouths but hide the tallent which I have given unto them because of the fear of man.” (Revelation, 8 Aug. 1831 [D&C 60:2].)  


the things of the kingdom expounding the misteries thereof out of the Schriptures2

A February 1831 revelation explained that the Lord would provide “Revelation upon Revelation knowledge upon knowledge that thou mayest know the mysteries & the peacible things of the kingdom.” (Revelation, 9 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:61].)  


according to that portion of spirit and power which shall be given unto you even as I will verily I say unto you proclaim unto the world in the regions round about3

A later JS history indicates that he and Sidney Rigdon preached “in Shalersville, Ravenna, and other places” in response to these instructions. (JS History, vol. A-1, 179.)  


and in the 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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also for the space of a season even untill it shall be made known unto you verily this is a mission for a season which I give unto you wherefore labour ye in my vinyard call upon the inhabitants of the earth4

See Revelation, Feb. 1831–A [D&C 43:28].  


and bear record and prepare the way for the commandments

Generally, a divine mandate that church members were expected to obey; more specifically, a text dictated by JS in the first-person voice of Deity that served to communicate knowledge and instruction to JS and his followers. Occasionally, other inspired texts...

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and the revelations which are to come Now behold this is wisdom whoso readeth let him understand5

See Revelation, 20 July 1831 [D&C 57:9].  


and receive also for unto him who receiveth it shall be given more abundantly even power wherefore confound your enemies Call upon them to meet you both in publick and in private and inasmuch as ye are faithfull their shame shall be made manifest wherefore let them bring forth their strong reasons6

See Isaiah 41:21.  


against the Lord verily thus saith the Lord unto you there is no weapon7

According to Webster’s 1828 dictionary, a weapon was “any thing used or designed to be used in destroying or annoying an enemy.” Booth’s letters could fit such a description. (“Weapon,” in American Dictionary [1828].)  


that is formed against you shall prosper8

See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 502 [3 Nephi 22:17].  


and if any man lift his voice against you he shall be confounded in mine own due time wherefore keep these commandments for they are true and faithfull9

See Revelation, 1 Nov. 1831–B [D&C 1:37].  


even so amen [rest of page blank] [p. [3]]
Hiram

Area settled by immigrants from Pennsylvania and New England, ca. 1802. Located in northeastern Ohio about twenty-five miles southeast of Kirtland. Population in 1830 about 500. Population in 1840 about 1,100. JS lived in township at home of John and Alice...

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Portage county Ohio Dec. 1— 1831
Behold this thus saith the Lord unto you my Servents that the  time has verily come that it is necessary and expedient in me  that you should open your mouths in proclaiming my gospel1

See Revelation, Sept. 1830–D [D&C 30:5]. An August 1831 revelation declared that the Lord was not pleased with those who “will not open their mouths but hide the tallent which I have given unto them because of the fear of man.” (Revelation, 8 Aug. 1831 [D&C 60:2].)  


 the things of the kingdom expounding the misteries thereof out of  the Schriptures2

A February 1831 revelation explained that the Lord would provide “Revelation upon Revelation knowledge upon knowledge that thou mayest know the mysteries & the peacible things of the kingdom.” (Revelation, 9 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:61].)  


according to that portion of spirit and power which  shall be given unto you even as I will verily I say unto you  proclaim unto the world in the regions round about3

A later JS history indicates that he and Sidney Rigdon preached “in Shalersville, Ravenna, and other places” in response to these instructions. (JS History, vol. A-1, 179.)  


and in the  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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also for the space of a season even untill it shall  be made known unto you verily this is a mission for a season  which I give unto you wherefore labour ye in my vinyard call  upon the inhabitants of the earth4

See Revelation, Feb. 1831–A [D&C 43:28].  


and bear record and prepare the  way for the revelations commandments

Generally, a divine mandate that church members were expected to obey; more specifically, a text dictated by JS in the first-person voice of Deity that served to communicate knowledge and instruction to JS and his followers. Occasionally, other inspired texts...

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and <the> revelations which  are to come Now behold this is wisdom whoso readeth let  him understand5

See Revelation, 20 July 1831 [D&C 57:9].  


and receive also for unto him who receiveth  it shall be given more abundantly even power wherefore  confound your enemies Call upon them to meet you <both in> at publi ck both in publick and in private and inasmuch as ye are  faithfull their shame shall be made manifest wherefore  let them bring forth their strong reasons6

See Isaiah 41:21.  


against the Lord  verily thus saith the Lord unto you there is no weapon7

According to Webster’s 1828 dictionary, a weapon was “any thing used or designed to be used in destroying or annoying an enemy.” Booth’s letters could fit such a description. (“Weapon,” in American Dictionary [1828].)  


 that <is> formed against you shall prosper8

See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 502 [3 Nephi 22:17].  


and if any man lift  his voice against you he shall be confounded in mine  own due time wherefore keep these commandments for  they are true and faithfull9

See Revelation, 1 Nov. 1831–B [D&C 1:37].  


even so amen [rest of page blank] [p. [3]]
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Revelation, Hiram Township

Area settled by immigrants from Pennsylvania and New England, ca. 1802. Located in northeastern Ohio about twenty-five miles southeast of Kirtland. Population in 1830 about 500. Population in 1840 about 1,100. JS lived in township at home of John and Alice...

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, OH, 1 Dec. 1831. Featured version copied [ca. 4 Dec. 1831]; handwriting of Sidney Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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; one page; Newel K. Whitney, Papers, BYU.
This revelation was copied on the recto of the second leaf of a bifolium that also includes copies of JS’s three revelations of 4 December 1831. The leaf measures 12¾ × 8 inches (32 × 20 cm). For complete physical description, see Source Note for Revelation, 4 Dec. 1831–A [D&C 72:1–8].
This document and several other revelations, along with many other personal and institutional documents kept by Newel K. Whitney

3/5 Feb. 1795–23 Sept. 1850. Trader, merchant. Born at Marlborough, Windham Co., Vermont. Son of Samuel Whitney and Susanna Kimball. Moved to Fairfield, Herkimer Co., New York, 1803. Merchant at Plattsburg, Clinton Co., New York, 1814. Mercantile clerk for...

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, were inherited by his daughter Mary Jane Whitney, who married Isaac Groo. This collection was passed down in the Groo family and donated by members of the family to the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University during the period 1969–1974.1

Andrus et al., “Register of the Newel Kimball Whitney Papers, 1825–1906,” 5–6.  


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