Revelation, 2 August 1833–A [D&C 97]

that it be not defiled, my glory shall rest upon it, yea and my pres ence shall be there, fir I will come into it and all the pure in heart that  shall come into it shall see God; but if it be defiled I will not come into  it, and my glory shall not be there, for I will not come unto an unholy  temple. And now behold if Zion do these things she shall pros per and <and now behold if Zion do these things> spread herself and become very glorious very great and very tera ble, and the nations of the earth shall honor her, and shall say surely  Zion is the City of our God, and surely Zion cannot fall neither be  removed, out of her place, for God is there, and the hand of the Lord is  there and he hath sworn by the power of his might, to be her salvati on and her high tower therefore verily thus saith the Lord let Zion  rejoice (for this is Zion the pure in heart) Therefore let Zion rejoice  while all the wicked shall mourn, for behold and lo! Vengence cometh  speedily upon the ungodly as the whirlwind and who shall escape, it,  the Lords scourge shall pass over, by night, and by day, and  the report thereof shall vex all people, yet it shall not be staid untill  the Lord come; for the indignation of the [Lord] is kindled against their abom inations, and all their wicked works, nevertheless Zion shall escape if  she observe to do all things whatsoever I have commanded her, but if  she observe not whatsoever I have commanded her, I will visit her acc ording to all her works, with sore affliction, with pestilince, with plague  with, sword, with vengence, with devouring fire, nevertheless let it be  read this once in their ears that I the Lord have accepted of their offering  and if she sin no more none of these things shall come upon her, but  I will bless her with blessings and multiply a multiplicity of blessings,  upon her and upon her generations forever and ever saith the Lord your  God Amen. [p. [2]]
Though addressed to JS, Sidney Rigdon, and Frederick G. Williams, who were serving as the presidency of the high priesthood, this revelation provided direction and counsel to church members in Missouri regarding the establishment of Zion. As was the case in Kirtland, Ohio, the Missouri church members were instructed to build a “house,” a structure for both for worship and education.
This revelation and another of the same date were included in a 6 August 1833 letter sent by Sidney Rigdon, Frederick G. Williams, and JS to church leaders in Missouri. Edward Partridge received the letter. Williams copied the text into Revelation Book 2 sometime between August 1833 and August 1834, identifying the setting as “Kirtland 2d. of August 1833.” John Whitmer recorded a copy in Revelation Book 1 with the same identification. The 1835 Doctrine and Covenants includes this revelation with a date of August 1833.