Revelation, 11 November 1831–A [D&C 69]


John Whitmer assigned this number to the revelation when recording it in Revelation Book 1.  

> Received on the. 11 of Oct 18312

This heading likely did not appear in the original manuscript; John Whitmer likely added it when he copied the revelation into Revelation Book 1.  

Hearken unto me saith the Lord for verily I say unto  you for my Servent Olivers [Oliver Cowdery’s] sake it is not wisdom  in me that he should be intrusted with the commandments  & moneys which he shall carry unto the Land of Zion  except one go with him who will be true & faithfull  wherefore I the Lord willeth that my Servent John (Whitmer)  shall go with my servent Oliver & also that he observe to  continue in writing & makeing a history of all the  important things which he shall observe & know concerning  my Church & also that he receive council & assistance  from my Servent Oliver & others3

Cowdery apparently kept the church record before Whitmer’s appointment. Cowdery was also the second elder in the church. (Revelation, ca. 8 Mar. 1831–B [D&C 47:3]; Whitmer, History, 1, 24–25, in JSP, H2:12–13, 36; Revelation, 6 Apr. 1830 [D&C 21:10–11].)
Comprehensive Works Cited



JSP, H2 / Davidson, Karen Lynn, Richard L. Jensen, and David J. Whittaker, eds. Histories, Volume 2: Assigned Historical Writings, 1831–1847. Vol. 2 of the Histories series of The Joseph Smith Papers, edited by Dean C. Jessee, Ronald K. Esplin, and Richard Lyman Bushman. Salt Lake City, Church Historian’s Press, 2012.

& also that my Saints  which are abroad in the Earth should send forth their accounts4

When William W. Phelps quoted from this revelation in the August 1832 issue of The Evening and the Morning Star, he included the phrase “of their stewardships” here and asked “the elders at a distance” to send him their accounts of their missions so he could publish them. (Notice, The Evening and the Morning Star, Aug. 1832, [7].)
Comprehensive Works Cited



The Evening and the Morning Star. Independence, MO, June 1832–July 1833; Kirtland, OH, Dec. 1833–Sept. 1834.

 to the Land of Zion for the Land of Zion shall be a seat  & a place to receive & do all these things nevertheless  let my Servnt John travel many times from place  to place & from Church to Church that he may the more  easily obtain knowledge Preaching & expounding writing  cop[y]ing & selecting & obtain[in]g all things which shall be  for the good of the Church & for the rising generations  which shall grow up on the Land of Zion to possess  it from generations to generations forever & ever5

See Revelation, 15 June 1831 [D&C 56:20].  

Amen [p. 122]
Revelation, [Hiram Township, OH], 11 Nov. 1831. Featured version, titled “74 Received on the. 11 of Oct1

John Whitmer later crossed out “Oct” and wrote “Nov”.  

1831,” copied [between 11 and 20 Nov. 1831] in Revelation Book 1, p. 122; handwriting of John Whitmer; CHL. Includes redactions.