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Revelation, 1 November 1831–B [D&C 1]

hear may hear prepare ye prepare ye for that which is to come for the Lord is nigh & the anger of the Lord is kindled & his sword is bathed in heaven & it shall fall upon the inhabitants of the Earth & the arm of the Lord shall be revealled & the day cometh that they who will not hear the voice of the Lord neither his servants neither give heed to the words of the Prophets & Apostles

A title indicating one sent forth to preach; later designated as a specific ecclesiastical and priesthood office. By 1830, JS and Oliver Cowdery were designated as apostles. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church explained that an “apostle is an elder...

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shall be cut off from among the People for they have strayed from mine ordinances

A religious rite. JS taught that ordinances were covenants between man and God, in which believers could affirm faith, gain spiritual knowledge, and seek blessings. Some ordinances were considered requisite for salvation. The manner in which ordinances were...

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& have broken mine everlasting Covenant they seek not the Lord to establish his righteousness but every man walketh in his own way & after the Image of his own God whose Image is in the likeness of the world & whose substance is that of an Idol which waxeth old & shall perish in Babylon even Babylon the great, which shall fall wherefore I the Lord knowing the calamity which should come upon the inhabitants of the Earth called upon my Servent Joseph & spake unto him from heaven & gave him commandment

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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& also gave commandments to others that they should proclaim these things unto the world & all this that it might be fulfilled which was written by the Prophets the weak things of the world should come forth & break down the mighty & strong ones that man should not council his fellow man neither trust in the arm of flesh but that every man might Speak in the name of God the Lord even the Saveiour of the world that faith also might increase in the Earth that mine everlasting Covenant might be established that the fullness of my Gospel might be proclaimed by the weak & the Simple unto the ends of the world & before kings & Rulers Behold I am God & have spoken it these commandments are of me & were given unto my Servents in their weakness after the manner of their Language that they might come to understanding & in as much as they erred it might be made known & in as much as they sought wisdom it might be instructed & in as much as they sinned they might be chastened that they might repent & in as much as they were humble they might be made strong & blessed from on high & receive knowledge from time to time After they having received the record of the Nephites yea even my Servant Joseph might have power to translate

To produce a new text through a revelatory, rather than scholarly, process, by the “gift and power of God.” In the Book of Mormon, the ancient prophet Mosiah translated records into his own language using “interpreters,” or “two stones which was fastened ...

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through the mercy of God by the power of [God] the Book of Mormon & also those to whom these commandments were given might have power to lay the foundation 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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& to bring it forth out of obscurity & out of darkness the only true & living Church upon the face of the whole Earth with which I [p. 126]
hear may hear prepare ye prepare ye for that which is to come for  the Lord is nigh & the anger of the Lord is kindled & his sword is bathed in  heaven & it shall fall upon the inhabitants of the Earth & the arm of the  Lord shall be revealled & the day cometh that they who will not hear the  voice of the Lord neither his servants neith[er] give heed to the words of the  Prophets & Apostles

A title indicating one sent forth to preach; later designated as a specific ecclesiastical and priesthood office. By 1830, JS and Oliver Cowdery were designated as apostles. The “Articles and Covenants” of the church explained that an “apostle is an elder...

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shall be cut off from among the People for they  have strayed from mine ordinances

A religious rite. JS taught that ordinances were covenants between man and God, in which believers could affirm faith, gain spiritual knowledge, and seek blessings. Some ordinances were considered requisite for salvation. The manner in which ordinances were...

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& have broken mine everlasting Coven ant they seek not the Lord to establish his righteousness but every man  walketh in his own way & after the Image of his own God  whose Image is in the likeness of the world & whose substance is that  of an Idol which waxeth old & shall perish in Babylon even Babylon  the great, which shall fall wherefore I the Lord knowing the calamity  which should come upon the inhabitants of the Earth called upon my  Servents Joseph & spake unto him from heaven & gave him commandment

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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 & also & gave commandments to others that they should proclaim these things  unto the world & all this that it might be fulfilled which was written by  the Prophets the weak things of the world should come forth & break  down the mighty & strong ones that men <man> should not council his fellow  man neither trust in the arm of flesh but that every man might  Speak in the name of God the Lord even the Saveiour of the world  that faith also might increase in the Earth that mine everlasting  Covenant might be established that the fullness of my Gospel might  be proclaimed by the weak & the Simple unto the ends of the world  & before kings & Rulers Behold I am God & have spoken it these are  commandments are of me & were given unto my Servents in their weakness  after the manner of their Language that they might come to understanding  & in as much as they erred it might be made known & in as much as they  sought wisdom it might be made known instructed & in as much  as they sinned they might be chastened that they might repent & in as  much as they were humble they might be made strong & blessed from  on high & receive knowledge from time to time After they having  received the record of the Nephites yea even my Servant Joseph might have  power to translate

To produce a new text through a revelatory, rather than scholarly, process, by the “gift and power of God.” In the Book of Mormon, the ancient prophet Mosiah translated records into his own language using “interpreters,” or “two stones which was fastened ...

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through the mercy of God by the power of [God] the  Book of Mormon & also those to whom these commandments  were given might have power to lay the foundation 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...

View Glossary
 & to bring it forth out of obscurity & out of darkness the only true  & living Church upon the face of the whole Earth with which I [p. 126]
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During the first half of November 1831, JS held a series of conference meetings 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, at which the primary business was planning the publication of a compilation of revelations. This revelation, written as an introduction or preface to the collection, affirmed an apocalyptic conclusion to human history and declared God’s restored gospel to be the sole means of deliverance.
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 this text into Revelation Book 1, where it is designated “77 Revelation,” and dated it to 1 November 1831 at 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. The 1833 Book of Commandments and 1835 Doctrine and Covenants included this revelation as the preface to the published revelations without indicating a date or location.

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