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Revelation, 16–17 December 1833 [D&C 101]

vineyard called upon his servants and said unto them why what is the cause of this great evil ought ye not to have done even as I commanded

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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you and after you had planted the vineyard and built the hedge round about and set watchmen upon the walls thereof built the tower also and set a watchman upon the tower and watched for my vineyard and not have fallen asleep lest the enemy should come upon you And behold the watchman upon the tower would have seen the enemy while he was yet afar off and then ye could have made ready and kept the enemy from breaking down the hedge thereof and saved my vineyard from the hands of the distroyer And the Lord of the vineyard said unto one of his servants, go and gather together

As directed by early revelations, church members “gathered” in communities. A revelation dated September 1830, for instance, instructed elders “to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect” who would “be gathered in unto one place, upon the face of this land...

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the residue of my servants and take all the strength of mine house which are my wariors my young men and they that are of middle age also among all my servants who are the strength of mine house save th only whom I have appointed to tarry and go ye straitway unto the Land of my vineyard and redeem my vineyard for it is mine I have bought it with money therefore get ye straitway unto my Land break down the walls of mine enemies throw down their tower and scatter their watchmen and inasmuch as they gather to gether against you avenge me [p. 78]
vineyard called upon his servants and said  unto them why what is the cause of this great  evil ought ye not to have done even as  I commanded

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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you and after you had  planted the vineyard and built the hedge  round about and set watchmen upon the  walls thereof built the tower also and set  a watchman upon the tower and watched  for my vineyard and not have fallen  asleep lest the enemy should come upon  you And behold the watchman upon  the tower would have seen the enemy  while he was yet afar off and then ye  could have made ready and kept the  enemy from breaking down the hedge  thereof and saved my vineyard from  the hands of the distroyer And the  Lord of the vineyard said unto one  of his servants, go and gather togethe[r]

As directed by early revelations, church members “gathered” in communities. A revelation dated September 1830, for instance, instructed elders “to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect” who would “be gathered in unto one place, upon the face of this land...

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 the residue of my servants and take  all the strength of mine house  which are my wariors my young men  and they that are of middle age also  among all my servants who are the  strength of mine house save th◊◊ only  whom I have appointed to tarry and go  ye straitway unto the Land of my  vineyard and redeem my vineyard  for it is mine I have bought it with  money therefore get ye straitway unto  my Land break down the walls of mine  enemies th[r]ow down their tower and scatte[r]  their watchmen and inasmuch as they  gather to gether against you avenge me [p. 78]
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This revelation, dictated in the aftermath of the violent expulsion of church members from Jackson County

Settled at Fort Osage, 1808. County created, 16 Feb. 1825; organized 1826. Named after U.S. president Andrew Jackson. Featured fertile lands along Missouri River and was Santa Fe Trail departure point, which attracted immigrants to area. Area of county reduced...

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, Missouri, provided direction on a variety of questions and concerns raised by those events. Along with explaining the cause of the displacement, it discussed the future of Zion and counseled the Missouri church not to sell Jackson County lands but to petition the government for redress.
Frederick G. Williams

28 Oct. 1787–10 Oct. 1842. Ship’s pilot, teacher, physician, justice of the peace. Born at Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of William Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. Moved to Newburg, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1799. Practiced Thomsonian botanical system...

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recorded this text in Revelation Book 2, without a preface or conclusion. 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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entered the text into Revelation Book 1. A broadside, printed no later than 19 January 1834, also included the revelation. The Painesville (Ohio) Telegraph published a version as “A Scrap of Mormonism” in the 24 January 1834 edition. The 1835 Doctrine and Covenants includes this revelation with a date of December 1833.

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