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Revelation, 1 December 1831 [D&C 71]

A Methodist minister of some local prominence before joining the Mormons in Ohio, Ezra Booth left the church in 1831. Ira Eddy, his former ministerial colleague, asked him to write a series of letters explaining his decision to break with JS. The Ohio Star of Ravenna, Ohio, published the letters, later carried by four other Ohio papers. In response, a revelation directed JS and Sidney Rigdon to counter Booth’s negative claims by actively declaring the gospel.
Sidney Rigdon inscribed this document soon after its reception on 1 December 1831 at Hiram, Ohio. John Whitmer made a copy in Revelation Book 1, where it is designated “82 A Revelation to Joseph & Sidney given Hiram Portage County Ohio Decm. 1, 1831.” Frederick G. Williams copied the text into Revelation Book 2 in March 1832. The 1835 Doctrine and Covenants gives the date of December 1831 without reference to the location.

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