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Revelation, 16 April 1830 [D&C 22]

24 Commandment AD 1830
A Revelation given to Joseph the Seer

The Book of Mormon identified a seer as a “revelator, and a prophet also,” specifying, however, that a seer was “greater than a prophet.” A seer could “know of things which has past, and also of things which is to come.” The work of a seer included translation...

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Some were anxious to Join the Church

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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without Rebaptism

An ordinance in which an individual is immersed in water for the remission of sins. The Book of Mormon explained that those with necessary authority were to baptize individuals who had repented of their sins. Baptized individuals also received the gift of...

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& Joseph enquired of the Lord & he received as follows
A commandment

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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unto the Church of Christ

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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which was established in these last days one thousand eight hundred & thirty on the forth month & on the sixth day of the month which is called April Behold I say unto you that all old covenants

A binding agreement between two parties, especially God and man. The term covenant was often associated with “commandments,” referring to revelation texts. The gospel, as preached by JS—including the need for faith, repentance, baptism, and reception of the...

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have I caused to be done away in this thing & this is a New & an everlasting covenant

Generally referred to the “fullness of [the] gospel”—the sum total of the church’s message, geared toward establishing God’s covenant people on the earth; also used to describe individual elements of the gospel, including marriage. According to JS, the everlasting...

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even the same which was from the begining wherefore although a man shouldest be baptized an hundred times it availeth him nothing for ye cannot enter into the strait gate by the law of Moses neither by your dead works for it is because of your dead works that I have caused this last covenant & this church to be built up unto me even as in days of old wherefore enter ye in at the gate as I have commanded & seek not to Council your God [p. 32]
24 Commandment AD 1830
A Revelation given to Joseph the Seer

The Book of Mormon identified a seer as a “revelator, and a prophet also,” specifying, however, that a seer was “greater than a prophet.” A seer could “know of things which has past, and also of things which is to come.” The work of a seer included translation...

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Some were  anxious to Join the Church

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

View Glossary
they without Rebaptism

An ordinance in which an individual is immersed in water for the remission of sins. The Book of Mormon explained that those with necessary authority were to baptize individuals who had repented of their sins. Baptized individuals also received the gift of...

View Glossary
& Joseph  enquired of the Lord & he received as follows
A commandment

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...

View Glossary
unto the Church of Christ

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

View Glossary
which  was established in these day last days one thousand eight  hundred & thirty on the forth month & on the sixth day of  the month which is called April Behold I say unto you that  all old covenants

A binding agreement between two parties, especially God and man. The term covenant was often associated with “commandments,” referring to revelation texts. The gospel, as preached by JS—including the need for faith, repentance, baptism, and reception of the...

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have I called caused to be done away in  this thing & this is a New & an everlasting covenant

Generally referred to the “fullness of [the] gospel”—the sum total of the church’s message, geared toward establishing God’s covenant people on the earth; also used to describe individual elements of the gospel, including marriage. According to JS, the everlasting...

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even  wherefore the same which was from the begining wherefore although a  man shouldest be baptized an hundred times it availeth  him nothing for ye cannot enter into the strait gate  by the law of Moses neither by your dead works for it  is because of your dead works that I have caused this  last covenant & this church to be built up unto me even  as in days of old wherefore enter ye in at the at gate as  I have commanded & seek not to Council your God [p. 32]
This brief revelation, dictated shortly after the church was organized, discussed the necessity of rebaptism for those joining the Church of Christ. This direction challenged the conventional Protestant practice that deemed rebaptism or reconfirmation as unnecessary when a previously baptized Christian sought admission to a religious society.
The earliest extant text for this revelation appears in Revelation Book 1, copied by 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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between March and June 1831. Other early iterations appeared in “The Mormon Creed,” The Telegraph (Painesville, Ohio), 19 April 1831; Sidney Gilbert

28 Dec. 1789–29 June 1834. Merchant. Born at New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Eli Gilbert and Lydia Hemingway. Moved to Huntington, Fairfield Co., Connecticut; to Monroe, Monroe Co., Michigan Territory, by Sept. 1818; to Painesville, Geauga Co...

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’s notebook of revelations; and a William E. McLellin

18 Jan. 1806–14 Mar. 1883. Schoolteacher, physician, publisher. Born at Smith Co., Tennessee. Son of Charles McLellin and Sarah (a Cherokee Indian). Married first Cynthia Ann, 30 July 1829. Wife died, by summer 1831. Baptized into LDS church by Hyrum Smith...

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manuscript.

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