Revelation, 2 January 1831 [D&C 38]

Riches even a land of promise a land flowing with  milk & Honey upon which there shall be no curse  & I will give it unto you for the land of your  enheritance if you seek it with all your hearts  & this shall be my covenant with you ye shall have  it for the land of your inheritence & for the inheritance  of your Children forever while the Earth shall stand & ye shall  Possess it again in eternity no more to pass away But Verily  I say unto you that in time ye shall have no King nor Ruler  for I will be your King & watch over you Wherefore hear my  voice & follow me & ye shall be a free People & ye shall  have no laws but my laws for I am your Law giver & who  can stay my hand But Verily I say unto you teach  one another according to the Office wherewith I have appoi nted you & let evry man esteem his brother as himself  & practice Virtue & Holyness before me & again I say unto  you let evry man esteem his Brother as himself for  what man among you having twelve sons & is no respector  to them & they Serve him obediently & he saith unto the  one be thou clothed in Robes & sit thou here & to the other  be thou clothed in Raggs & sit thou there & looketh upon  his sons & saith I am Just Behold I have given unto you  a Parable & it is even as I am I say unto you be one & if  ye are not one ye are not mine & again I say unto you  that the Enemy in the Seecret Chambers seek<[e]th> your lives  ye hear of wars in far Countries & you say in your hearts  there will soon be great wars in far Countries but ye know  not the hearts of they in your own Land I tell you these  things because of your prayers Wherefore treasure up  Wisdom in your bosoms lest the wickedness of men reveal  reveal these things in your unto you by their wicke[d]ness  in a manner which shall speak in your ears with a voice  louder than that which shall shake the Earth but if ye are  prepared ye need not fear & that ye might escape the power  of the enemy & be gethered unto me a Righteous people without  spot & blameless Wherefore for this cause I gave unto you [p. 51]
A revelation in September 1830 first proclaimed a central gathering of church members in one place. With continuing opposition in New York

Located in northeast region of U.S. Area settled by Dutch traders, 1620s; later governed by Britain, 1664–1776. Admitted to U.S. as state, 1788. Population in 1810 about 1,000,000; in 1820 about 1,400,000; in 1830 about 1,900,000; and in 1840 about 2,400,...

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and word of growing numbers of members in Ohio

French explored area, 1669. British took possession following French and Indian War, 1763. Ceded to U.S., 1783. First permanent white settlement established, 1788. Northeastern portion maintained as part of Connecticut, 1786, and called Connecticut Western...

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, a move to Ohio seemed attractive. This revelation was the second of two (see also Revelation, 30 December 1830 [D&C 37]) that instructed JS and other members to assemble in Ohio.
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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copied this text into Revelation Book 1 as “41st Commandment AD Jan 2nd 1831” sometime between March and June 1831. The 1833 Book of Commandments dates this revelation to January 1831 at Fayette Township

Located in northern part of county between Seneca and Cayuga lakes. Area settled, by 1790. Officially organized as Washington Township, 14 Mar. 1800. Name changed to Fayette, 6 Apr. 1808. Population in 1830 about 3,200. Population in 1840 about 3,700. Significant...

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, New York, as does the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants.