26112

Revelation, 10 June 1831 [D&C 54]

57th. Commandment June 10th. 1831
A Revelation to the Church at Thompson giving them  Directions what to do &c1

John Whitmer likely created this heading when he copied the text into Revelation Book 1.  

 
Behold thus saith the Lord even Alpha & Omega the begining & the  end even him that was crusified for the sins of the World Behold verily  verily I say unto you my servent Newel [Knight] you shall stand fast in the  office wherewith I have appointed you2

It is unknown whether Knight was appointed to a specific priesthood office, but Shaker leader Ashbel Kitchell clearly recognized Knight as the leader of the Mormons living in Thompson. A revelation dictated four days earlier called Knight, along with many others, to journey to Missouri, preaching as they went. (“Mormon Interview,” 15; Revelation, 6 June 1831 [D&C 52:32].)
Comprehensive Works Cited

 

 

“A Mormon Interview. Copied from Brother Ashbel Kitchell’s Pocket Journel,” 1856. Elisha D. Blakeman copy of Ashbel Kitchell, Reminiscences. Photocopy in editors’ possession. Original at Shaker Museum and Library, Old Chatham, NY. Also available as Lawrence R. Flake, “A Shaker View of a Mormon Mission,” BYU Studies 20, no. 1 (Fall 1979): 94–99.

& if your Brethren desire to escape  their enemies let them repent of all their sins & become truly humble  before me & contrite & as the covenant which they make unto me has  been broken even so it hath become void & of none affect & wo to him  by whom this offence cometh for it had been better for him that he had  been drownded in the depth of the sea3

See Matthew 18:6.  

 
but blessed are they who have  kept the covenant & observed the commandment for they shall obtain  mercy wherefore go to now & flee the land lest your enemies  come upon you4

Concerning the eviction from Leman Copley’s land, Joseph Knight Sr. explained that “we sold out what we Could But Copley took the advantege of us, and we Could not git any thing for what we had done so we left Copleys in June.” According to a newspaper report, the group was forced to “leav their spring crops all upon the ground.” (Knight, Reminiscences, 9; News Item, Painesville [OH] Telegraph, 28 June 1831, [3].)
Comprehensive Works Cited

 

 

Knight, Joseph, Sr. Reminiscences, no date. CHL.

Painesville Telegraph. Painesville, OH. 1831–1838.

And take your Journey & appoint whom you  will to be your leader5

The church members at Thompson wanted Newel Knight to continue as their leader. (See Revelation, 15 June 1831 [D&C 56:6–7].)  

 
& to pay moneyes for you & thus you shall  take your Journeys into the regions westward unto Missorie6

After the group left Thompson, they departed Wellsville, Ohio, on 3 July by boat and arrived in St. Louis on the thirteenth. From there they traveled on the steamer Chieftain to Independence, Missouri. (Knight, History, 310–311.)
Comprehensive Works Cited

 

 

Knight, Newel. History. Private possession. Copy in CHL.

unto the  borders of the Lamanites & after you have done Journeying Behold I  say unto you seek ye a living like unto men untill I prepare  a place for you & again be patient in tribulation7

See Romans 12:12.  

 
untill I  come & Behold I come quickly & my reward is with me [p. 90]
Next
Revelation, [Kirtland Township, OH], to Newel Knight, 10 June 1831. Featured version, titled “57th. Commandment June 10th. 1831,” copied [ca. June 1831] in Revelation Book 1, pp. 90–91; handwriting of John Whitmer; CHL. Includes redactions. For more information, see the source note for Revelation Book 1.

Facts