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Revelation, 11 September 1831 [D&C 64]

Of the evil & they shall be forgiven & now verily I say that  it is expedient in me that my servent Sidney (Gilbert) after a  few weeks should return upon his business & to his agency  in the Land of Zion & that which he hath seen & heard may be  made known unto my Deciples that they perish not & for this  cause have I spoken these things & again I say unto you that  my servent Isaac may not be tempted above that which he is  able to bear & council wrongfully to your hurt I gave  commandment that this farm should be sold I willeth not  that my servent Frederick [G. Williams] should sell his farm for I the Lord  willeth to retain a strong hold in the Land of Kirtland for  the space of five years in the which I will not overthrow  the wicked that thereby I may save some & after that day I  the Lord will not hold any guilty that shall go with open  hearts up to the Land of Zion for I the Lord requireth the hearts  of the Children of men Behold now it is called to day & verily  it is a day of Sacrifice & a day for the tithing of my People  for he that is tithed shall not be burned for after to day cometh  the burning this is speaking after the manner of the Lord for  verily I say tomorrow all the proud & they that do wickedly shall  be as stuble & I will burn them up saith the Lord for I am  the Lord of hosts & I will not spare any that remaineth in Babylon  wherefore if ye believe me ye will labour while it is called  to day & it is not meet that my servent Newel [K. Whitney] & sidney [Gilbert] should  sell their Store & their Possessions here for this is not wisdom  untill the residue of the Church which remaineth in this place  shall go up unto the Land of Zion behold it is said in my Laws  or forbidden to get in debt to thine enemies but Behold it is  not said at any time that the Lord should not take when he  please & pay as seemeth him good wherefore as ye are agents  & ye are on the Lords errand & whatever ye do according to  the will of the Lord is the Lords business & it is the Lords busi ness to provide for his saints in these last days that they  may obtain an in heritance in the Land of Zion & Behold  I the Lord declare unto you & my words are shure & shall not  fail that they shall obtain it but all things must come [p. 110]
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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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