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Revelation, 11 September 1831 [D&C 64]

to pass in its time wherefore be not weary in well doing  for ye are laying the foundation of a great work & out of  small things proceedeth that which is great behold the Lord  requireth the hearts & a willing mind & the willing & obedient  shall eat the good of the Land of Zion in these Last days  & the rebelious shall be cut off out of the Land of Zion & shall be  sent away & shall not inherit the Land for verily I say that the  rebelious are not of the blood of Ephraim wherefore they shall  be plucked out Behold I the Lord have made my Church in  these last days like unto a Judge setting on a hill or in an  high place to Judge the Nations for it shall come to pass that  the inhabitants of Zion shall Judge all things & all liars &  hypocrites shall be proved by them & they which are not Apostles  shall be known & even the Judge & his councellors if they are  not faithfull in their stewardship shall be condemned & an oth ers shall be planted in their stead for behold I say unto you  that Zion shall flourish & the glory of the Lord shall be upon  her & she shall be an ensighn unto the People & these shall  shall come unto her out of every Nation under heaven & the  days shall come when the Nations of the Earth shall  tremble because of her & shall fear because of her terable  ones the Lord hath spoken it amen
Given at Kirtland September the 11th. 1831 [p. 111]
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This revelation, dated two weeks after JS’s return to Kirtland, Ohio, from Jackson County, Missouri, advanced the cause of gathering to Zion for church members. It also warned members against faultfinding and encouraged the spirit of forgiveness among them.
The revelation clarified that Kirtland would remain a church stronghold for five years and that the gathering to Zion was to be gradual and orderly. Lest church members might misconstrue the revelation’s intent, however, it concluded with a ringing affirmation of Zion’s future glory.
In September 1831, John Whitmer copied this text, addressed simply to the elders, into Revelation Book 1, where it is designated “67 Revelation Kirtland Sept 11th 1831.” Sidney Gilbert and Whitmer both made copies in September 1831. Orson Hyde included it in his revelation notebook, recording it around January 1832. The 1833 Book of Commandments contains a partial text and dates the revelation to September 1831 at Kirtland, Ohio. The 1835 Doctrine and Covenants includes a complete text with the same date and location.

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