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Revelation, 1 November 1831–B [D&C 1]

the Lord am well pleased speaking unto 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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collectively & not individually for I the Lord cannot look upon sin with the least degree of allowance20

See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 349 [Alma 45:16].  


nevertheless he that repenteth & doeth 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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of the Lord shall be forgiven & he that repenteth not from him shall be taken even the light which he has received for my spirit shall not always strive with man saith the Lord of hosts21

See Genesis 6:3; Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 107, 542 [2 Nephi 26:11; Ether 2:15]; and Old Testament Revision 1, p. 20 [Moses 8:17].  


& again verily I say unto you O inhabitants of the Earth for I the Lord am willing to make these things known unto all flesh for I am no respector to persons22

See Acts 10:34; and Revelation, 2 Jan. 1831 [D&C 38:16].  


& willeth that all men shall know that the day speedily cometh the hour is not yet but is nigh at hand when peace shall be taken from the Earth23

See Revelation 6:4.  


& the Devil shall have power over his own dominion & also the Lord shall have power over his saints & shall reign in their midst & shall come down in Judgement upon Idumea (or the World)24

“Idumea” is the Greek rendition of “Edom,” the land southeast of Judah where Esau and his descendants lived and whose people became an enemy of Israel. (See Genesis 32:3; 1 Samuel 14:47; and Ezekiel 35:15.)  


search these commandments for they are true & faithfull & the Prophecies & promises which are in them shall all be fulfilled what I the Lord have spoken I have spoken & I excuse not myself & though the Heaven & the Earth pass away my word shall not pass away25

See Matthew 24:35; Mark 13:31; Luke 21:33; and Revelation, 15 June 1831 [D&C 56:11].  


but shall all be fulfilled whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my Servants it is the same26

In another revelation dictated on the same day, several elders were told that “whatsoever they shall speak when moved upon by the Holy Ghost shall be Scripture shall be the will of the Lord shall be the mind of the Lord shall be the voice of the Lord & the power of God unto Salvation.” (Revelation, 1 Nov. 1831–A [D&C 68:4].)  


for Behold & Lo the Lord is God & the Spirit beareth record & the record27

Missing word supplied from version of this revelation published in The Evening and the Morning Star. (“Revelation Given, Hiram, Ohio, November 1, 1831,” The Evening and the Morning Star, Mar. 1833, [6].)  


is true & the truth abideth for ever & ever Amen [p. 127]
the Lord am well pleased speaking unto 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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collectively & not  individually for I the Lord cannot look upon sin with the least degree  of allowance20

See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 349 [Alma 45:16].  


nevertheless he that repenteth & doeth 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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of  the Lord shall be forgiven & he that repenteth not from him shall be  taken even the light which he has received for my spirit shall not  always strive with man saith the Lord of hosts21

See Genesis 6:3; Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 107, 542 [2 Nephi 26:11; Ether 2:15]; and Old Testament Revision 1, p. 20 [Moses 8:17].  


& again verily I say unto  you O inhabitants of the Earth for I the Lord am willing to make  these things known unto all flesh for I am no respector to persons22

See Acts 10:34; and Revelation, 2 Jan. 1831 [D&C 38:16].  


 & willeth that all men shall know that the day speedily cometh the hour  is not yet but is nigh at hand when peace shall be taken from the  Earth23

See Revelation 6:4.  


& the Devil shall have power over his own dominion & also the  Lord shall have power over his saints & shall reign in their midst & shall  come down in Judgement upon Idumea (or the World)24

“Idumea” is the Greek rendition of “Edom,” the land southeast of Judah where Esau and his descendants lived and whose people became an enemy of Israel. (See Genesis 32:3; 1 Samuel 14:47; and Ezekiel 35:15.)  


search these com mandments for they are true & faithfull & the Prophecies & promises  which are in them shall all be fulfilled what I the Lord have spoken  I have spoken & I excuse not myself & though the Heaven & <the> Earth  pass away my word shall not pass away25

See Matthew 24:35; Mark 13:31; Luke 21:33; and Revelation, 15 June 1831 [D&C 56:11].  


but shall all be fulfilled  whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my Servants it is the  same26

In another revelation dictated on the same day, several elders were told that “whatsoever they shall speak when moved upon by the Holy Ghost shall be Scripture shall be the will of the Lord shall be the mind of the Lord shall be the voice of the Lord & the power of God unto Salvation.” (Revelation, 1 Nov. 1831–A [D&C 68:4].)  


for Behold & Lo the Lord is God & the Spirit beareth record & the  [record]27

Missing word supplied from version of this revelation published in The Evening and the Morning Star. (“Revelation Given, Hiram, Ohio, November 1, 1831,” The Evening and the Morning Star, Mar. 1833, [6].)  


is true & the truth abideth for ever & ever Amen [p. 127]
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At a 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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of 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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in 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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, Ohio, on 1 November 1831, JS dictated a revelation designated as a preface for the Book of Commandments, a proposed compilation of JS’s revelations.1

For additional information on this conference, see Minutes, 1–2 Nov. 1831.  


According to the minutes of the 1 November conference, this revelatory preface was “received by inspiration” during a recess between the morning and afternoon sessions.2

Minutes, 1–2 Nov. 1831. A later JS history merely relates that the revelation came at a “Special Conference” in Hiram. (JS History, vol. A-1, 157.)  


William E. McLellin

18 Jan. 1806–14 Mar. 1883. Schoolteacher, physician, publisher. Born at Smith Co., Tennessee. Son of Charles McLellin and Sarah (a Cherokee Indian). Married first Cynthia Ann, 30 July 1829. Wife died, by summer 1831. Baptized into LDS church by Hyrum Smith...

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, one of the conference participants, gave a more detailed account of the production of the preface fifty years later to William Kelley, an elder in the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. According to Kelley’s account of the conversation, McLellin said that he, 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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, and Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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had been given the assignment to write the preface to the Book of Commandments, but when they presented their draft to the conference, the “Conference picked it all to pieces” and requested that JS petition the Lord for a preface. After JS and the elders bowed in prayer, JS, who was “sitting by a window,” dictated the preface “by the Spirit,” while Rigdon served as scribe. “Joseph would deliver a few sentences and Sydney would write them down,” McLellin told Kelley, “then read them aloud, and if correct, then Joseph would proceed and deliver more.” In this way, “the preface was given.”3

“Letter from Elder W. H. Kelley,” Saints’ Herald, 1 Mar. 1882, 67.  


As with prefaces to other published works, this revelation informed readers of the subject and purpose of the volume. Speaking in the voice of Deity, it told both 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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and the world why God revealed these 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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to JS and painted an apocalyptic picture of the wrath that God would unleash against the wicked unless they responded to the new revelations by repenting. The revelations were thus a “voice of warning” to the world to prepare them for Jesus Christ’s second coming.
The original manuscript of the preface is no longer extant. John Whitmer

27 Aug. 1802–11 July 1878. Farmer, stock raiser, newspaper editor. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Member of German Reformed Church, Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, most likely in Seneca...

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copied the revelation into Revelation Book 1 likely between 12 November 1831, the date of the revelation that precedes it in the revelation book, and 20 November, the date that he and Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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left for Missouri

Area acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803, and established as territory, 1812. Missouri Compromise, 1820, admitted Missouri as slave state, 1821. Population in 1830 about 140,000; in 1836 about 240,000; and in 1840 about 380,000. Mormon missionaries...

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with the revelation book.4

See Historical Introduction to Revelation Book 1; Revelation, 1 Nov. 1831–B, in Revelation Book 1, pp. 125–127 [D&C 1]; Whitmer, History, 38.  


The revelation was printed as the preface to the Book of Commandments about a year later.5

The first gathering of the Book of Commandments was printed in December 1832; The Evening and the Morning Star published the preface in March 1833. (Notice, The Evening and the Morning Star, Dec. 1832, [8]; “Revelation Given, Hiram, Ohio, November 1, 1831,” The Evening and the Morning Star, Mar. 1833, [6].)  


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